Embracing Soap Discolorations

One of the irritating things about soap making has been the unexpected effects of scents in creating soap. You get a great idea in your head, find the perfect scent and in a few days your beautiful soap turns muddy or discolored. Buying your ingredients from a reputable soap company helps and often they will let you know in the description of the scent if it will discolor. Vanilla, for instance, usually discolors soap. If you don’t know and you don’t do your research, a beautiful idea of say, Creamy Vanilla becomes a perfectly good Brown Vanilla. But what if you use that discoloration to your advantage?

The first cut with the “original” color on the right

My most recent online class with Brambleberry taught me something new. I should have considered this idea but never had before. USE the discoloration to your advantage! Thinking like this, you can actually save time by allowing the scent itself to color the soap. This class created a soap using this idea and it was easy and it was good. The idea is to have a “half and half” soap by using the scent in one layer KNOWING it would do the job of scenting and darkening.

A day later and the yellow is now a beautiful brown

And it worked. A beautiful soap, simple to make with no added color. Half of the batch is darkened due to the “magic” of the scent (Turkish Mocha from Brambleberry) and the other half is left unscented with the color coming from coffee grounds. Now, what else can I use to my advantage?

The final product

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