Plants infused in alcohol, added after HP cook

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  1. Nov 30, 2019 #21

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    Ugh.. I seem to have posted the last post 3 times. Sorry about that!
    I did a separate post for each color because I often have trouble with uploading posts with multiple pictures. Mods feel free to add them all together if necessary.
     
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    Since HP is my preferred weapon, this is a great experiment. And it gives me something more to think about and put on my shopping list...natural colorants. Since I joined SMF my shopping list and bucket lists for soaping has been growing by leaps and bounds! Thanks for the update on your work.
     
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    Amazing work! Thanks for experimenting and sharing! Very very much appreciated!
     
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    @ Szaza I must have missed some of your updates when you posted them. Small audience does not equate to small value. You’re advancing our soap making knowledge and methods!
     
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    Aww that's so sweet! But I would never have thought of this if it wasn't for you, so right back at ya! Your soapy research is awesome and super inspiring!
     
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    Time for a 6month update!
    Let's start with alkanet.
    August
    IMG_20190831_123052.jpg

    November
    IMG_20191127_114106.jpg

    February
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    Same day, same lighting, different focus point of the camera.. irl they're somewhere in-between, but they've definitely faded a bit more since November.
     
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    Next up curcuma/tumeric
    August
    IMG_20190831_123653.jpg

    November
    IMG_20191127_113929.jpg

    February
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    I think the lighting makes them look darker in the last picture. Irl they're still a very ugly brown;)
     
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    Moving on to paprika

    August
    IMG_20190831_121656.jpg

    November
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    February
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    Again lots of difference from choosing different camera focus points.
    I think the one in isopropanol (left) has become a bit dull. The one in ethanol is not as crisp as in August, but is still a pretty color.
     
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    Now an interesting one.. annatto!

    August
    IMG_20190831_121850.jpg

    November
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    February
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    In the beginning the one made with ethanol (right) was darker than the one with isopropanol. Now it has reversed. The ethanol soap even has white spots in some places, which indicates it has faded quite a lot.
     
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    Let's move to greens, starting with wheatgrass

    August
    IMG_20190831_123517.jpg

    November
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    February
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    It's a soft color to begin with, but I don't see much change overall
     
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    Next is moringa

    August
    IMG_20190831_122414.jpg

    November
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    February
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    I see a big change in the first 3 months, but the fading seems to have stabilized. I also want to note that moringa powder added at trace or to the lye water turns brown on me within 3-4 months, so I think it performs quite a bit better as an alcohol infusion than as powder. I'll have to try it as an oil infusion too!
     
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    Great to see the results @szaza! Love the moringa and wheatgrass. Greens are so hard to get. I think this is very promising too for the clay experiments. :)
     
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    And last but not least, spirulina!

    August
    IMG_20190831_122123.jpg

    November
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    February
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    I think also with this one the fading stabilized. The green is not as deep as it was right after unmolding, but it's still a pretty green.

    I just wanted to note that in all pictures isopropanol is on the left and ethanol is on the right. Sorry about all the separate posts, I've had trouble uploading a lot of pictures in one post and decided my chances of successfully uploading were better with separate posts
     
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    Wow! Love the spirulina!
     
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    Me too.. it's still my favorite natural green;)

    And I just realized I might have to add the link to the thread where I used these infusions to color clays that I used in cp soap here.
     
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