I am new to soap making and my first three batches have turned out great. I couple of weeks ago I made a Lavender Rosemary soap and used sage infused distilled water instead of plain distilled water. The lye water turned dark green from using the sage infused water and the color of the soap is an earthy dark green. Yesterday I made a Lavender Peppermint soap so decided to use peppermint infused distilled water instead of plain distilled water to add a little color to the soap. I was completely surprise, though, to see the peppermint infused water turn a deep orange-red when I added the lye. My recipe called for 16 oz. of water so I made a tea using two tea bags of peppermint tea and steeped the tea for 10-15 minutes. I then let it cool to close to room temperature (but did not put it in the refrigerator) before I added the lye. The soap was a burnt umber (brownish red) when I put it in the mold and is still wrapped up for a couple more days. I am curious what I will find when I unmold the soap. If any one has any experience about using herb infused water and if this is a normal reaction with some herbs and lye I would be very grateful to hear you. Thank you!