I have always used dry material and I let them sit for about 30 days. I shake them every few days so that I get a better infusion.I'm just starting to experiment with infusing olive oil with herbs from my garden and local area. So far I have some lavender and meadow sage drying. I'm not entirely sure what those yellow flowers are View attachment 47533
What have you infused successfully? And did you infuse it dry or fresh?
Thats how I do it to. If I'm in a hurry, I will do the simmer a jar in warm water but I find it doesn't make as strong of a infusion.I have always used dry material and I let them sit for about 30 days. I shake them every few days so that I get a better infusion.
@Elizevt I do this quite often with my chamomile soaps, a favorite of my family. When I add the dry flowers to my oils I also add some turmeric and annatto, to accentuate the orange-tan color, then make a strong chamomile infusion when it comes time to make the soap. I keep the flowers instead of straining them out. I've found that the family likes the slight exfoliating effect they have when bathing.I wonder if you can infuse the dandelions in the water part of the soap mixture.
Make a dandelion tea using warm distilled water. Let it seep well and then mix the dandelion tea with the Lye before mixing it with the oils.
Maybe then you can do a double infusion. Infuse the water part and the oil part of your recipe.
I'm a total noob here, so I'm just speculating.
No, the scent of infusions, teas and hydrosols won't survive the lye.Hello to all! I'm new here! Does the smell of the herbs and roses actually last in the soap? I use only essential oils to fragrance and was wondering about making hydrosols. I wasn't sure if the scent would last. But I hadn't thought about herb infused oils in soap. Thanks
Actually, @Obsidian, even though the whole scent of the chamomile doesn't survive the saponification process, maybe because I add the infused oils, a strong water infusion (about 1 tbsp to e/oz of water) then stick blend the flowers into the oils before adding the lye, there is a faint honey scent to the soaps even after 3 months of cure when I don't use anything that has a scent at all. Or hardly a scent, like lard. I wouldn't advertise it, of course, but it's one of the reasons my kids like the addition of it. They call it butterscotch.No, the scent of infusions, teas and hydrosols won't survive the lye.