5 Top Mistakes When Working With Color In Soapmaking

1. SELECTING TOO MANY DARK COLORS– I go back to my photography composition and rule of thirds skills on this one. It’s important to create balance, a good balance of light and dark.

2. NEGLECTING TO TEST YOUR COLORS BEFORE YOU SWIRL THEM– This one is important because if you know what the outcome is going to be then designing the outcome will be easier. Swirling a batch of soap is not a good time to find out your beautiful blue turned pink on you.

3. IGNORING YOUR SCENT COLOR FAMILY– All scents smell like a color. If for example you make an ocean/air/ozone soap—you immediately think blue. Now is not the time to make it a pretty dark brown color with a gold swirl. It will throw your customers off. People gravitate toward color and the ones that like blue scents may not like brown which may signify sweet. (which would be the brown/gold swirl one)

4. USING A FRAGRANCE THAT IS NOT CLEAR TO START WITH– The color of your fragrance or essential oil could change the colors you are expecting. For example, if you use a fragrance that was a dark yellow and you are adding a pretty blue color, you may end up with a green version of it instead of the pretty blue you started with. If the fragrance contains vanilla it will darken over time no matter how much white you apply.

5. FORGETTING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTRAST– You need a good color wheel to find that magical opposite color. Opposites attract and stand out—good ones anyway. To purchase a good color wheel see more here: COLOR WHEEL

Hope this helps a little, we will be posting more tips and tricks for using color very soon— stay tuned!

Student Created Mica Glycerin Swirl

Student Created Glycerin Mica Swirl

Sign up for the next advanced soapmaking design class: http://www.mossycreeksoap.com/soapmaking-classes/advanced-soapmaking-design/

This is a perfect way to use the mica glycerin swirl. It has a beachy look about it. If you want to learn more about this kind of swirl sign up for the next Advanced Soapmaking Design in the studio!

Infusing Herbs in Olive Oil

In my quest for receiving the ultimate benefit from herbs in soap, I began researching how to get the homeopathic benefit from these delicate herbs without losing out to the harsh realities of using lye to make soap.  Because Lye is sodium hydroxide (a caustic salt), it can be too harsh and destroy many of the good properties of the herbs. One way to retain them is to infuse them into an oil.

This method is simple, like making tea but we are using oil instead of water. So that we may use the oil in our soaps, herbal salves and balms.

Let’s get started on how you can create your own herbal infusions.

Step 1-  I use regular pint sized wide mouth canning jars with the lids.

Step 2- Gather your dried herbs and place them into sealable tea bags
I used about 2-3 tablespoons
Step 3-  Iron them closed
Step 4- Place sealed tea bag into the jars and pour olive oil over the tea bags
till 3/4 full and lightly tighten the lid
(do not over tighten lid until it’s pulled out of the water bath when it’s complete).
Step 5- Place jars into canning pot and fill with water till jar is surrounded by water but not touching the lid.
Step 5- Simmer on low for a few hours, after about 1 hour, check to see if the oils 
have changed colors. You may need to steep them a little more or less.  
It will depend on the herbs you are using.
Step 6-  Remove them from the hot water carefully, I use my canning tongs to pull them out. 
Let them sit a while to cool off. 
There you have it! 
 A gorgeous herbal infused oil that you can use in your soap, herbal salves and balms.