Infusing Oils with Herbs and Spices for Use in Cold Process Soap Making


Infusing Oils with Herbs and Spices for Use in Cold Process Soap Making video 03:57

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This video shows how I personally make my herb and spice oil infusions. Be sure to research the herbs and spices for yourself and your particular recipe, making sure they are both safe to use in cold process soap and safe for the skin.

Several links below provide information on many other herbs and spices, along with details on how to make infusions with them and what happens when you add them to cold process soap.

In this video, I used olive oil, but I occasionally use sunflower and sweet almond oil for various infusions. Here are some details about each herb/spice I used in this video:

Indigo Root Powder Infusion ratio: 2 teaspoons for every 4 oz olive oil (I purchase my indigo powder from both BrambleBerry and Soap Making Resource)
Paprika Powder: 2 Tbsp for every 4 oz olive oil
Nettle Leaf Powder: 2 Tbsp for every 4 oz olive oil
Dried Calendula Petals: Fill the jar with the dried petals, cover completely with olive oil

There are basically two methods for infusing oils: applying heat to quickly infuse the oils OR allowing the mixture to sit for about 6 to 8 weeks. I make my infusions using a double boiler, but I have also achieved great results using a crock pot. I’ve never tried allowing the mixture to sit for weeks. I’m really just too impatient for that. There are links below that discuss both methods.

I’m sure I’ve left some great sites out of this list below, so if you know of one, please let us know in the comments. For more information on various ways to infuse oils, ratios, and some great tips, check out these links:

Soap Queen – How to Infuse Oils with a Crock-Pot – http://goo.gl/XX4s7T

Loving Soap – Color Soap Naturally – Using heat sealable tea bags – http://goo.gl/nN9rDw

Humblebee & Me – Make Your Own Herb Infused Oils (shows both the quick and slow methods) – http://goo.gl/okbFCz

Aussie Soap Supplies – How to Infuse Herbs – http://goo.gl/fXKbyB

Anne L Watson – Natural Colorants in Soap – http://goo.gl/hHKeaY

Bath Alchemy Lab – Natural Colorants for Soap – ratios for lots of herbs/spices – http://goo.gl/PwfPbK

Farmer Jim’s Blog – Natural Colorants Used in Soap Making – http://goo.gl/7iJkQw

How to Use Infused Natural Colors in Soap Making (candleandsoap.about.com) – http://goo.gl/v32L2k

Kápia Méra Soap Co Blog – by me 😉 – Testing New Herbs, Spices, & Clays in CP Soap – http://goo.gl/HpqQaW

Kápia Méra Soap Co Blog – by me 😉 – How to get a pink soap with an indigo root infusion – Impression Mat Soap – http://goo.gl/NI2TJV

Where I purchased my natural colorants:
Indigo Root Powder: BrambleBerry, Soap Making Resource, and Botanical Colors
Paprika Powder: Soap Making Resource
Nettle Leaf Powder: Amazon (Starwest Organic Nettle Leaf Powder)
Alkanet Root Powder: Soap Making Resource
Calendula Petals: Rustic Escentuals

I purchase a lot of other clays and herbs. Most come from the above stores. I also buy from Nature’s Garden, Mad Oils, Wholesale Supplies, Camden Grey, Soapmakingcolorants.com, Majestic Mountain Sage, and probably some others that I can’t quite recall at the moment. If you have a specific question or need a link, just leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you asap. 🙂

My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/kapiamerasoapcompany
My Blog: http://kapiamera.wordpress.com
My Website: http://www.kapiamera.com
My Etsy Site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KapiaMeraSoapCo

Music Info:

One Fine Day by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://audionautix.com/

In Albany New York by The 126ers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: YouTube Audio Library (http://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music)

Carpe Diem by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2016/05/carpe-diem/
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Infusing Oils with Herbs and Spices for Use in Cold Process Soap Making video 03:57

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