Last week I signed up for a soap challenge. Amy Warden from Great Cakes Soapworks (http://www.greatcakessoapworks.com/handmade-soap-blog/) initiated this soap challenge and there are several other soapmakers from around the world participating. Amy did a soap challenge last year but I missed out and was really disappointed, so I was quite excited that she introduced a new one for 2013. I was quite thrilled about week 1: Tiger Stripe. I decided to make two different batches, one using Essential Oils and natural colourants and the other using a fragrance oil and micas.
The first batch I did was the Essential Oil blend with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Mandarin and Wintergreen. I used Activated Charcoal, Annatto and Dulse for the colours. I have used Activate Charcoal and Annatto several times and I love the way it mixes and how the colours turn out. I have never used Dulse before and it didn’t mix very with in the oils, but I still think it turned out all right, even if it is a little speckled.