Wednesday, June 9, 2010

no bugs summer sunshine soap

natural color experiment #2: annatto seed

results: awesome!

i steeped several tablespoons of annatto seeds in olive oil while i was preparing the rest of the materials. i decided to use the same recipe as the margarita bar and the summer sunrise since it is such a nice final bar. very hard and lots of lather. i'd like a heavier, smoother lather eventually, but this one is my best so far. most requested soap has been the dog soap, the essential oil blend that repels bugs for dogs, gardeners, and hikers alike. i tweaked the e.o. blend a bit from last time to include some eucalyptus and a bit more citronella. and i wanted it a little more beautiful. *bright* yellow and covered in calendula petals.

i am 90% in love with this soap. the color is perfectly beautiful and i love it. the calendula petals got a bit oily and weird looking. there are tiny bubble on the tops in some places. and there is a small crack right in the middle of the top. i guess it got too hot?


  1. Loooooove the color of this soap. Did you strain the annatto out first? Did you add the coloured oil before or after trace? xo Jen

  2. Definitely strained the annatto out first and I added the colored oil at the same time as the rest of the oil. I'd love to find a way to have this color mixed with another color like a pretty green or a bright red, but since the annatto-infused oil was part of the whole recipe, I'm not sure how to do that. I guess I could make the same recipe but divided into two separate bowls, one uses the annatto-infused oil and one uses a regular non-colored oil. Thoughts?


if you have any suggestions or comments, i'd love to hear them. i do search engine optimization as part of my job, so don't think you can put one past me though if you do the same.