Soaping with Madder
I know that any color added to soap can morph into a surprise, but there is an added element of unknown when using botanicals to color my soap. Some people jump out of planes or ski off mountains, but this is how I live on the edge these days. Hmm. If I weren't having so much fun, I'd be embarrassed.
I recently had my first go with madder. So....whatsa madder? It's a root--the root of the madder. Ahem. (I love puns...)
I infused 8 oz. of olive oil with 2 t. madder root powder for almost a week. This amount worked out to be 20% of the oils in my batch.
I wanted something in the way of embeds to add visual interest. I dearly love my soap balls but I don't want to over do a good thing. I've recently done square-shaped embeds, so this time I cut a bar of white soap into slices.
I panicked a little that it wouldn't get dark enough--it was kind of a dusty peach--so I added 1/4 t. dried powder right before pouring. Madder powder can get a little scratchy, I've read, so I reined myself in from adding more.
|Adding the infused oil|
|Right after pouring|
I legitimately had to get up early the next morning, but yes, after grumbling my way out of the bedroom, I was slicing into this batch at 4:15 in the morning. Gelling had a dramatic effect on the color. The dark rose was just what I wanted and made the little slices of white really pop. Besides the plus of being a successful natural color, it's a shade that I have never achieved with another colorant.
|Speckles of madder|