Join Jo: Using Natural Colorants in Soap with Your Lye Solution

Pink manjistha soap in the mold with a decorated top for contrast

One of my favorite ways to use botanicals in soap is to make soap with the plant colorant directly in the lye solution! Madder (Rubia tinctorum), indigo (Indigofera Tinctoria), and manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia) are three natural colorants that can be used straight into the lye solutionĀ to bring out their best color. Madder and manjistha will […]

Join Jo: How to Use Plant Infusions in Soapmaking

The final result of using 15% of Alkanet infused oils - beautiful purple!

Great, now I have jars full of pretty plant infusions – exactly what do I do with them?Ā I use them, thatā€™s what! I love clear bright colors in soap. I used to use mica many moons ago, and I really wanted to have those colors again, but this time I wanted to use plants. Weavers […]

Join Jo: How to Make Infusions for Use in Soapmaking (& Cosmetics!)

Did you miss the first post in the Coloring Soap Naturally series? You can find it here! Are you ready for the next step on our plant colorant journey? I am so excited to teach you how to make infusionsĀ and see the results you achieve. Please share them with the rest of us in the […]

Join Jo & Her Botanical Love: Coloring Soap Naturally

Just a small selection of Jo's beautiful and naturally colored soaps!

My name is Jo Haslauer, and I LOVE soaping with natural colorants, botanicals andĀ essential oils. I love to infuse herbs for their color, their herbal properties, and to enhanceĀ essential oil scents. Yes, some plant infusions can help hold scents! The magic of seeing a red colored infusion turn blue when mixed into the lye, and […]