After 5 very different batches of Back to Nature soap "experiments" I felt I was ready for my next step. I'm starting to find new possibilities of merging the 2 extremes: vibrant artificial coloring and fragrance VS. total natural colorant and scents. There are lots of great artificial fragrance choices out there and I can't compete by mixing essential oils myself especially the prices are not permitted. I love fragrance, I want to be able to use them. Here's my first try, I called it the Arabian Nights (inspired by Bramble Berry's fragrance Ancient Sedona) , it's a mix of Lavender, Frankincense, Sweet Orange 10X, Anise Star, Geranium, Vanilla, and Vetiver essential oils and then mix in Jasmine fragrance oil. It is now available at my shop: Arabian Nights Soap
Did I mention I used Honeysuckle fragrance oil and turmeric powder to make these clear M&P soap embeds then dropped into my CP?! So pretty under the sun. One issue I always have mixing M&P with CP is the different wash rate they have under water. CP lasts longer than M&P. To prevent M&P embeds from falling off the soap and separating, I used LCP (low sweat like CP) M&P soap base, basically it contains less glycerin.
For CP coloring I used dark cocoa powder and a little Australian red clay swirl. Since I added vanilla essential oil, not much, I'm going to examine color change over time. I do want a deeper brown. Do come back and visit this blog entry a week or 2 later, I will edit the post and show another photo to see if there's any color change.