Saturday was the deadline for the Alternative Liquids soap challenge hosted by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks. this was my first soap challenge and I have to say I am in awe with the creativity displayed in the entries, and amazed at the detailed research provided by these soapers. There is a ton of reading material to dive into here, and I will be spending quite a few late nights going over all this great information! I was really excited to participate in this challenge, and quite inexperienced, so I was along for the learning experience, and to soak up all of the wonderful knowledge from fellow-crafters.
Our challenge this month is really perfect for me as it was an all natural soap. The criteria was: use an alternative liquid instead of plain distilled water; use only natural colorants; and only use essential oil if fragranced. I posted by challenge entry to my facebook page so this is just for my information and enjoyment, and to add additional pictures of the soap creation process. I see I need a LOT more research in my soap challenges and will strive to increase my writing to provide more value in during the review process.
I created my soap using rose tea, rose kaolin clay, and tussah silk (which I forgot to mention in my challenge entry on FB). My color was Alkanet root powder infused in olive oil, which I used 2 Tsp. and this was too strong and came out almost black in the finished soap. I also added 1 Tbsp. rose kaolin clay as a color/texture to my soap and wow did this speed up the trace! The remainder of the soap I left natural. The alkanet root turned a dark green when added to the soap and I was afraid the bars would come out green but after gel phase the color changed to a really dark purple/black so next time I will use on 1/2 a teaspoon to a batch of soap.
This super creamy bar was an in-the-pot swirl and made using: Rose tea infused distilled water, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor oil, Coconut oil, Mango butter, Rose infused Olive oil, Rosehip oil, and Shea butter. The Essential oil is Rose Absolute and my colorants are alkanet root (infused in olive oil) and Rose Kaolin clay
Rose oil and hydrosols have been used for centuries to help moisturize and infuse our skin with vitamins and antioxidants. huffingtonpost.com/emilie-davidson-hoyt/rose-oil-benefits_b_2633703.html
I did additional research and should have listed it in my submission but ran out of time to post my soap before the close of the challenge. My other sources and research was on the Rose Absolute I used in my soap: Rosa Damascena. Rose is known for its beauty and cosmetic treatment but is also used to treat burns, rashes and other skin ailments due to its skin regenerating properties based on the Essential Oils & The Definitive Bible; Aromatherapy book by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele.
Rose Otto (Rosa damascene) is also known as an aphrodisiac and mild astringent as well as the cell regeneration mentioned above; and is good for all skin types. Rose is especially good for mature and environmentally damaged skin, and powdered petals are used in face cleansers with the whole petals used in facial steams per Stephanie Tourles books The Healing Remedies and Organic Body Care.
I also found where rose and geranium have been used in nerve tonics to help calm and nurture. (The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oil by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.)
Rose kaolin clay is a great additive to soap, not only for the color aspect but for the cleaning, absorbing oils, and skin detoxifying properties. Clays are beneficial in helping your body to remove toxins from the skin because of the ingredient montmorillonite. Rose kaolin clay has iron oxide added to it, giving it the red color. (http://benefitof.net/benefits-of-kaolin-clay/)