For those who are as fascinated by my olive leaf powder as I am (come on, there must be at least one person out there who is mildly interested), I have some very interesting photos for you. They may not win any “Photo of the Year” award but, for the ‘fascinated’, they will be interesting.
After Tania, from The Cook’s Pyjamas, explained to me that some of the colour in my original olive leaf soap would be discolouration from the Arabian Spice Bramble Berry fragrance I was using, I decided to make another lot but, this time, split the batter in half – half with olive leaf powder and half with Arabian Spice fragrant oil. Well, here is the result. The photo was taken about one week after I made it. The soap has darkened slightly since the photo was taken, but the tone hasn’t changed. I quite like both colours (though, maybe not together). The Arabian Spice Oil has a nice mauve/taupe colour and the olive leaf power is a speckled olive green.
What is interesting is that the Arabian Spice and olive leaf powder soap has done what Tania said it would, that is, darken. It is decidedly brown. Check out how it looks now and how it used to look.
I now appreciate that all fragrances with vanilla in them discolour to various shades of brown. My problem is: all the Bramble Berry fragrances that appeal to me have vanilla in them. Looks like I will be making a lot of brown soap!
I used a recipe from Elizabeth Letcavage’s Basic Soap Making for this batch.
- 28g caster oil
- 200g coconut oil
- 170g olive oil
- 140g water
- 56g lyre
At trace I divided the batter into two and added:
- 1⅓ tsp olive leaf powder to one half; and
- 2¾ tsp Bramble Berry’s Arabian Spice Fragrant Oil to the other half.