With this month’s Soap Challenge, I decided to stick to a simple idea using opposite colors on the color wheel. I even kept my batch attempts down to 4 this month. I think that’s a new record for me. : )
I decided to do opposite sides of the color wheel – orange versus green and red versus blue. I wanted to keep the warm colors on one side and the cool colors on the other side. So I made the orange and green my base colors, then drop swirled red (into the orange) and blue (into the green). After removing the divider, I dropped black and white soap into the entire mold (mostly down the middle). Then I hanger swirled it all and decorated the top. I also used 2 different essential oil blends on each side (see recipe below).
I achieved the colors using the following:
Orange – Paprika in paprika infused Olive Oil
Blue – Indigo Root Powder in Sunflower Oil
Red – Rose Clay in distilled water
Green – French Green Clay in distilled water
Black – Activated Charcoal in Sunflower Oil
White – Kaolin Clay in distilled water
*If you’re interested, I described the colorants in more detail at the very bottom of this post.
Olive Oil – 48%
Coconut Oil – 27%
Organic Sustainable Palm Oil – 15%
Avocado Oil – 7%
Castor Oil – 3%
Superfat – 6%
Essential Oil Blend
This is an essential oil blend I recently discovered by accident (EO Blend Post). For this soap challenge, I decided to split the blend into 2 parts – a warm, spicy side and a cool, flowery side. The Star Anise is something I normally would never use (I despise it, actually). However, in small amounts with Sweet Orange, it seems to help create an orange zest type scent. Or I think so, anyway. : )
Sweet Orange 5X – 6 parts
Peppermint – 1.5 parts
Star Anise – 0.5 parts
Lavender – 3 parts
Lavandin – 1 part
Peppermint – 0.5 parts
Here’s the YouTube video I made of me making and cutting the soap for the Embracing Opposites soap challenge:
Here’s a pic of my other attempts – simple black & white, Auburn & Alabama, and my first attempt at what became my soap submission.
Thank you for reading my post!
*Colorant information, in case you’re interested:
For the paprika, indigo root powder, and activated charcoal, I used a rate of 1 Tsp powdered colorant dispersed in 1 Tbsp of oil. Then I used about 1 teaspoon of that dispersed colorant per cup of soap. (In order to get a darker orange, I actually dispersed the paprika in paprika infused olive oil that I had made earlier this year.)
For the rose and french green clays, I used a rate of 1 to 2 Tbsp dispersed in distilled water (until very fluid). Then I used about 2 to 3 Tbsp of the dispersed clay per cup of soap.
For the kaolin clay, I used a rate of 3 teaspoons dispersed in distilled water until very fluid. Then I used 3 teaspoons of dispersed kaolin clay per cup of soap.
The clays will cause the soap to thicken quickly, as you could probably see in the video. : )
22 thoughts on “Soap Challenge Club Submission – Embracing Opposites”
Beautiful. Thank-you for all the tips too! I have a question…what do you use to edge your soaps? Thanks!
Thank you, Lina! For edging my soaps, I use just a plain old vegetable peeler that I purchased at the grocery store.
No way did I ever think you used all natural colorants when I first saw your soap. The colors are so brilliant and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your scent and color tips with us! I’m not a fan of anise on its own either. Auburn vs. Alabama is awesome too! :)
Thank you, Amy!
This soap is beautiful such talent I only wish for half of your talent
Penny, thank you! That’s very sweet of you to say. Your embracing opposite soap is beautiful! The colors are so vibrant.
Absolutely beautiful soap and swirls. Lovely colours too for natural colourants. Fab x
Holly, your soaps are beautiful. Great colors – congrats.
Thank you so much, Yvonne!
Gorgeous natural colorants. Anise is one of those oils that you love or hate. I must be one of those odd ones because I do like it. That blend you used with it sounds awesome!
Thank you, Cris!
Very pretty – so surprised that this was accomplished using natural colorants. Thanks for sharing how you did the colors.
I crush on this one with the mastering of natural colorants. Well done.
Your colors are beautiful, no way I thought they were natural. And your swirls are gorgeous- well done!
Thank you so much, Beverly!
This is such a beautiful soap! I, too, really love that you used natural colorants and essential oils and got such vibrant, beautiful results. Just lovely!
Thank you, Penny! :)
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