It’s been a long time since I last made a challenge soap but when I saw that Amy is organizing a challenge concerning natural colorants, I immediately thought that this would be interesting to participate.
The theme was something I love: alternative liquids. So bye-bye water and think of something different to make your soap. I have, during my soap adventures, already tried liquids in soap like: carrot juice , celery juice, pumpkin juice, teas , vegan milks , elderberry juice , kvass , bors and kombucha (fermented beverages). The more challenging was when I made soap out of red cabbage juice , but my favourite ingredients remain the fermented beverages. The soaps is so silky and gets an extra lather, that will make you want to continue using it.
I made several tests using vegetables juices. These are the healthiest thing one can eat, every one knows it, don’t you?
The sweet potatoes aren’t only very delicious and so versatile, but also very healthy containing iron, vitamin D, magnesium and such a great form of beta-carotene, known as a powerful antioxidant (source here ).
The sweet potatoes juice made an interesting yellow colored soap.
Want to get more antioxidants? Then you need to eat paprika. So well known for a glowing skin due to its high level in betacaroten, paprika also have anti-inflammatory properties. Due to their content in capsaicin, they are known to lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. Lots of reason to eat them and, why not, to use them in soap too (source here ).
Red paprika gave a surprising reddish color which I really like. I wasn’t expecting this juice to give such a lovely color (having in my mind the beetroot juice for instance, which becomes green).
The insertions are from an old indigo soap.
I then had the idea of making a soap in the shape of potatoes and also made with potatoes juice in place of water. Potatoes juice is known to be a very good remedy for gastric problems and stomac ulcers. As one of the most alkaline foods, this juice helps to detox your body, bringing lots of benefits due to their rich mineral, potassium and organic salt content. Source to read more here )
Strange color and especially strange flavour (when mixing the juice with lye), so I needed to add some essential oil to this soap. The soap came out interesting as you can see.
Because I had home too many zucchini, I decided quickly to give it a try in soap. Zucchini are high in water content which makes them an excellent snack for those like me who don’t want to put kilo’s on. Loaded with vit. C along with reasonable quantities of potassium, vit. A as well as foliate (source here), zucchini are also known as a versatile vegetable which can be used even in desserts to replace the butter. Cool, isn’t it?
I was surprised how ‘white’ this soap was. For the green part I used moringa powder.
I don’t know how I came up with the idea of making a book soap, but it’s been a while I wanted to give it a try. Maybe because my daughters are very involved in this activity and they come everytime with a new idea for a soap. Anyway, even before starting to make it, I knew this soap would be for my elder sister who is always busy studying …for her master, for her school courses etc (she is a history teacher). Funny was that when I told her that I made a soap in her honour, she immediately asked me’ is this a book soap?” .
This soap contains for 50% light beer and for 50% kombucha instead of water. We all know about how healthy this fermented tea is, but what about beer? Maybe not really healthy, but sometimes good for the moral. Or should I maybe ask my husband ? :). To be honest, I also like to drink it, especially during the holiday. Not only is the beer a stress reducer, but it’s also high in silicon and contains anti-microbial properties. Beer is full of vitamin from the yeast. Unfiltered beer is especially high in B3(cell repair) and B9( acid folic). The source here.
The brown part was colored with walnut shell powder and a little bit of Australian red clay.
Thank you for reading.