There are all sorts of different greens but I read that Spirulina was very popular. It’s a blue-green algae that smells very oceany. Supposedly, Spirulina does some great stuff for the body, too; it’s sold as a dietary supplement. However, after something reacts with lye, most, if not all, beneficial properties are moot. Spirulina does give a great green color. Right out of the mold though, we weren’t prepared the first time for the seaweed smell. I was very happy as the scent mellowed out and the patchouli came through. It really is an ocean musk!
Now, the Purple Haze was a different story to making it swirly purple with the colorant I chose. Alkanet root is a powder that needs to be infused or steeped in oil. This posed a challenge for me in thinking about the entire soap recipe. With colorants that don’t need to be infused, we just scoop out the amount of raw soap we want and mix the colorant in that and swirl away. I really didn’t understand the whole batch issue until Donnie got nitty gritty with me about saponification values of oils. Saponification value or sap value (S.P.) indicates the amount of sodium hydroxide (for bar soap) or potassium hydroxide (for liquid soap) amount needed to make that particular oil into soap.
My alkanet root was infused only in olive oil and we weren’t mixing it into the entire batch, just for the swirl. We have to calculate the amount of the infused oil for one batch. The purple is deep, dark and hypnotic, not a vibrant jewel purple. My Jeep is actually close to this purple and I love it! So, Purple Haze is actually a soap that is made of 2 different batches of soap that we combine for a whole loaf. This is one of our more time consuming batches because it requires each of us to man a batch of soap and pay attention to our mixture for consistency in mixing and then pouring alternately. It’s a process but the end result is totally awesome as you can see for yourself!
So you must know where the name Purple Haze comes from! The soap just reminds me of dark, smoky swirls of incense burning filling up the air around me with that deep, earthy patchouli. Just heavenly and when you get around to using it yourself, you will know exactly what I mean! I haven’t heard anything but raves about Purple Haze and if it makes you feel the same way, then we’ve accomplished our mission in making it! As always, don’t be shy to share how you feel!