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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2012, 09:12:03 PM »

Well I unmolded my soap today and it has lighten up a bit to a rich dark purple.  Looking at the color now I am real happy with it and would not change the quantity of alkanet I infused.  I hope to cut the bars tomorrow and will then post pictures.
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2012, 04:37:12 PM »

I got really excited about this thread so I made my own alkanet infusion this week and then made Patchouli soap.  When I first poured it in my mold it looked a sorta sick gray blue.  after 24 hours in the freezer I took it out and unmolded and it was a beautiful blue?!?  24 hours later I cut it and here are the results...



Yup its green on the inside and blue all around the edges!  Weirdest thing i had ever seen! 

Laid the soaps on the drying rack and came back 10 mins later to show my DH how weird it was and now look...



Not a great picture because you can't see that THEY ARE COMPLETELY BLUE!!!!!!  So I took a scrap and cut it and yes the insides are green but quickly oxidize to blue when exposed to air! 

HOW THE HECK DOES THIS HAPPEN?  lol
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2012, 11:32:34 AM »

WOW, I'm impressed! Maybe it depends of the oils you are using, looks like the base would be quite white if the alkanet wouldn’t be used... Am I right?
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2012, 05:06:06 PM »

Honestly I have no idea!  It's a goat's milk soap so most all my soaps are never white.  It's quite facinating!  Tonight one to the small pieces is actually turning a purple color?!?  Every day its new soap!
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2012, 08:26:21 AM »

Very interesting!  when I used a vanilla fo I noticed that it took a month or so for the deep insides to change to brown. I figured it was an oxidation/drying process.  Barrerlm--did you use all alkanet infused oil?  If not what was your ratio?

Thanks for posting pics you all--one of these days I will have to take the time to figure out how to do that.

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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2012, 12:29:33 PM »

Okay,  Here is my Alkanet Infused soap, which is a lovely rich purple color.  I did a spoon swirl with the base color and the Alkanet Infuse as the dark color.  Hopefully the rich dark purple color comes through on the photos.....

Alright I have no clue how to post pictures.  I have an apple computer that I am trying to do this with and just simply can't figure it out.  Any help or suggestion on how I can post the pictures would be great.   

Sorry...I really am trying to share...I have never felt so stupid...
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2012, 12:34:33 PM »



Alright I have no clue how to post pictures.  I have an apple computer that I am trying to do this with and just simply can't figure it out.  Any help or suggestion on how I can post the pictures would be great.   


Try to use http://imageshack.us page - its easy, and quite fast in adding a pics Smiley good luck! I would love to see ur soap picture!
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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2012, 07:08:00 PM »

Ok I just uploaded the pictures to the ImageShack:

http://imageshack.us/v_images.php

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« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2012, 03:45:33 AM »

Ok I just uploaded the pictures to the ImageShack:

http://imageshack.us/v_images.php

Ok, we can still not see you pics : ) So, what you should do is go to your imageshack picture, right click on the mouse, chose the “view image” option – it will show up in little side window. When you do that the picture will be quite big, and it will have some link options on the right upper corner. Take the firs link and paste it here Smiley

Sorry for my English, I hope is understandable enough for you to succeed Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2012, 07:58:02 PM »

Oh Yea Oh Yea it may have taken me forever to figure out how to post but check it out now...Oh Yea I got my picture posted finally. 


This is the cut bar with the Alkanet infusion.  Hopefully you can see the dark purple color.  It is still this rich dark color even after fully cured.

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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2012, 10:03:08 PM »

I think a lot of the color from alkanet is based on the pH of the soap. I've had a very dark merlot colored infusion and ended up with a dark indigo soap. I've also used it and came up with a bluish slate grey. And another time a green but I think because the base color of the soap was more yellow then my usual soaps. I haven't quite got the hang of using the natural botanical colorants yet. Good luck!

Definitely!  A carpet cleaner showed me something with a wine stain; in his kit he had a spray bottle with acetic acid solution and another with an ammonia/peroxide solution, he could flip the color of the wine stain from blue/purple to red by spraying the two solutions on it alternately.
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« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2013, 10:15:00 AM »

Oh Yea Oh Yea it may have taken me forever to figure out how to post but check it out now...Oh Yea I got my picture posted finally. 


This is the cut bar with the Alkanet infusion.  Hopefully you can see the dark purple color.  It is still this rich dark color even after fully cured.



Beautiful soap!!!!
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« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2013, 11:01:52 AM »

I love the swirls and the contrast of colors!
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« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2013, 01:16:57 PM »

So beautiful!
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« Reply #29 on: January 01, 2013, 03:13:58 PM »

Gorgeous color. I just used alkanet for the first time today and it is a beautiful purple. Can't wait to see if it stays that color. Will unmold tomorrow afternoon.
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