Monday, March 31, 2014

Natural Green - Spirulina

Spirulina is derived from freshwater algae, smells a little ocean-ish, like seaweed.  Using it to color cold process soap will give you a rustic more olive green color.  I was afraid that the fishy scent will effect the final smell of the soap, and since I'm using natural colorant I thought I might as well use essential oil to scent.  Have you heard of 4 thieves?  It's a blend consists of lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, and clove.  There are many variations, you can mix up to your taste.  I also added some grapefruit to sweetened it up a little.  4 thieves oil has a very interesting story if you want to read: Thieves Oil History  This blend is said to be highly antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious, should be great for soap!
The mold I used to make this soap is FREE.  It is the empty carton of coconut cream I use for cooking and soap making.
 It is a bit hard to unmold, I just teared it up piece by piece.  Can I call this recycling too?!
I hope this green won't turn brown!

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful soap! And that eo blend sounds interesting too, I don't have clove, but those others I have, so I must try it myself. I haven't used spirulina, but I used Chlorella (almost the same) as the colourant few weeks ago, and that gave bright light green at first and then turned little bit to brownish green - but not much.

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  2. Your green should be fine! I use spirulina all the time. Unless you have vanilla somewhere in your fragrance the green should hold up like a champ! I love the design of this bar.

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  3. That is a lovely green colour. Interesting to see how it changes with time, hopefully not much.

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  4. Love the story of Thieves Oil....I might have to try this. Does it smell good?

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    1. Personally I don't like the combination of all these strong medicine smell EO like Eucalyptus, clove and rosemary. When I put them together the first time I thought I was smelling old school sick potion or something, LOL But it grows on me. I actually used it a couple times on my lip canker sores and minor paper cuts. It stings but surprisingly helps a little. Now that I got used to it I decided to make it into soap. My husband actually likes it, it is more of a manly scent. There are many different recipes for thieves oil, some add lavender some don't. And like me, I add my own little something else to suit my own taste as long as you have the main 5 EO - lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, clove, and cinnamon.

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  5. Yes, it is a beautiful soap! I am following your website for a long time..and I like it! Best regards! Iulia

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  6. Oh Dear! What a wonderful soap - thank you very much for showing this terriffic beauty. I am going do order spirulina and I hope, the green Color will come out similar.

    Many greetings from Switzerland!

    Maria

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  7. I LOVE this soap. I just ordered Spirulina and I can only hope my soap comes out as beautiful as yours! Yours is MAGNIFICENT!

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