Who would have thought that by adding the brilliantly red colored crushed saffron herb to your homemade soap batter you would end up with a gorgeous light tan colored body soap with natural white twirls? From my most recent creations, that’s exactly what happened when I made this Saffron Herbal body soap over a week ago.
I was thrilled with the final outcome of the soap that I made. I have discovered that one of the most exciting and surprising things about making homemade body soap is that you never know what color you will end up with in the process because the natural chemical reaction of the saponification process is full of surprises and can change one natural color to another.
This beautiful Saffron Herbal Soap is also a Castile body soap, containing for the larger part pure Organic Olive Oil. To make for a bubbly lather and skin conditioner, I added organic Coconut Oil along with Caster Oil, a wonderful oil that attracts and holds moisture to your skin as well as contributes to a hard bar of soap, along with a nice stabilizing, creamy lather as well.
This batch of soap will now remain on the rack to cure for months to obtain a desirable ph of 8.5-9, and to obtain a nice hard bar of soap. I ran into a soap maker selling her soap at a local farm market in my area over the weekend who said she cured her soap for only three weeks. I couldn’t believe my ears. Many new soap makers often make the mistake of being in a hurry to sell their soap at the local farm markets which will more than likely leave the customer very dissatisified with the product they have purchased and not return for more in the future.
One of the most important things to remember is that there is no short cut or cutting corners in producing a high quality body soap that will cause a customer to return over and over for more in the future. I think that is the best principle to follow in any passion or dream you may have.