Soap Experiment with Homebrewed Beer, Kombucha and Green Tea

This weekend I decided to experiment with different medium to both color and scent my soap. It is always fun for me to see how all the ingredients react together (often far from what I imagined).  I experimented with homebrewed beer, homebrewed Kombucha, and frozen green tea.

Someone in one of the doTERRA Facebook groups I participate in shared a link to Kombucha soap. I decided right then that I had to try it and see how it worked. I had made soap with tea before and knew that I just had to replace the amount of water with tea. However, I wasn’t ready for the drastic color change that happened.  I added the lye to the water and as I stirred it in, the liquid changed from brownish to neon orange in seconds. I thought, cool…that’ll make an awesome colored soap. But nope, as soon as I mixed the lye with the melted oils, the soap took a beige color and stayed that way.  I washed my hands with the soap to see how it felt. It feels kinda gooey but it leaves my hands hydrated.

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Then, I saw that flat beer can give soap a nice golden to brown color. It is also adds more lather to the soap. Since we still have beer that my husband made a few years ago (we don’t really drink), I grabbed one that was flat, gently boiled the amount I needed, and then let it cool. There were no drastic color changes with the lye and oil mixtures but my house smelled like beer the whole time the soap cooked.  The soap came out with a nice light brown color. I also added a couple teaspoons of honey in it to try and tone out the beer scent. The result: a soap that kinda smells like beer or saltine crackers (depending on who you ask). I think it smells pretty good.

My last experiment was yesterday. Sunday night, I was doing some more research on coloring hot processed soap and came across this great website. I found an article about soap coloring and read through it. Since I had some of the ingredients she mentions (green tea, Rooibos tea, and turmeric)  in the article, I jumped right to it. I measured out the water I needed and brewed the two separate teas. I then prepared the lye solution and added turmeric to it. I let the teas steep until the morning and then froze the strained green tea (I’ll write about the Rooibos tea and turmeric later). Freezing the green tea prevents the tannins from being released and the soap turning brown. Results? The soap did not turn brown, it has a slight green tint to it. I think my tea wasn’t concentrated enough. It was fun though to see how yet another trick works.

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Gone to experiment with Rooibos tea and Turmeric powder.

Who is Millie?

Who is Millie?

Millie is a creature I drew randomly one day while drawing monsters on the sidewalk with Anaïs (an awesome 6 year old I hang out with a lot). I instantly fell in love with its shape, the quickness with which it came together and how easy it is to change its facial expressions. Drawing Millie brings me comfort and a sense of home.  I am using it as Rambling Creation’s mascot because in a way it represents me and my creative side. I have always doodled unique creatures when I needed comfort, peace of mind or to reset my creative juices.

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 So why the name Millie?

Millie is a nickname that a friend gave me a few years ago. In text messages and emails to me and friends, she would abbreviate my name to Ml. Then, over time it became Millie. Once I talked about my idea to use this creature as a logo for my hand-crafted creations, another dear friend suggested I call her Millie. I thought it was a great idea, since with this business  I am sharing part of who I am and what I care about.

Are there more creatures besides Millie?

Yes, I have drawn other creatures using different shapes. Right now, I am focusing on using four of them to represent different entities of Rambling Creations.  Each one of them represents one of the seasons.  So for this season, Fall is the creature that you will see on my soap labels: 

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What should be the name of my Fall creature? – Share your suggestions! Help me give it a name and if I pick yours, you will win a $5 gift certificate to use towards any Rambling Creations skincare products! (make sure to include your email address in the comments so I can contact you). Ends November 1st.