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Herbal Hues: Elevate Your Soap with Moringa, Annatto Seed and Indigo Powder



One thing we love about #soapmaking is the room to express our creativity by using a variety of ingredients such as herbs, clays, and natural additives in the #soapmaking process that produce a different texture and outcome of the soaps. 


For today’s blog, we would like to share more about herbs that are derived from the leaves of a plant. In conjunction with Mother's Day and Hari Raya, we have selected these 3 herbs : Moringa powder, Indigo powder, and Annatto Seed for you to experiment in your #soapmaking.


Moringa Powder | Color: Earthy Green

Moringa powder is derived from the leaves of the moringa tree, which are native to the Himalayan Mountains and parts of India & Africa. Moringa powder is mainly consumed as an herbal supplement, however, it can also be added to soaps for its skin-loving properties. 


Moringa leaves that are dried and ground into powder contain almost all essential nutrients, vitamins (vitamins A & C), amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals. It enriches soap with antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that protect the skin from various forms of infection and promote smooth, healthy skin by fighting free radicals, soothing irritation, and combating acne-causing bacteria. 


Incorporating moringa powder into your #soapmaking can contribute to a nourishing and moisturizing skin care experience.

Note: Pic below using 1.5tsp of moringa powder for the leaves




Beautiful feather swirl flower using Annatto Seed and Moringa powder

Annatto Powder | Color: Orange/ Earthy Yellow 

Annatto powder is derived from the achiote tree that is native to tropical regions of the Americas. The seeds are harvested from the spiky red pods of the tree, dried, and commonly used in various culinary and industrial purposes for their natural coloring properties. 


Besides giving your soap a vibrant color, annatto seeds contain skin-nourishing properties such as antioxidants and vitamins that shield your skin from damage caused by free radicals and fight the signs of aging. It has excellent cleansing properties that help soothe and calm irritated skin. 


Play around with annatto powder in your next #soapmaking session and see how the color changes from light to a golden hue (depending on the quantity that is being used) 

Note: Pic above using 1 tsp of annatto seed powder for the flower design





Indigo Powder | Color: Greyish blue/purple 

The traditional malay kuih-muih soap - Celebration for Hari Raya

Indigo powder is a natural dye derived from the leaves of the indigo plant which is native to Asia. It has been used for centuries to color fabrics, textiles, and hair. It has recently gained popularity in natural hair care, beauty products, and soap making. 


Indigo powder contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit the skin. When used in soap, it can help soothe irritated skin, reduce inflammation, and promote overall skin health.


Mix indigo powder into your next #soapmaking session to create the different shades of blue.

Note: Pic above using 0.5 tsp indigo powder + 1.5 tsp moringa powder



Guidelines for #soapmaking (depending on the vibrancy of the color preference) 

  • 0.5 to 1.5 tsp for annatto seed 

  • 0.5 to 1 tsp for moringa powder 

  • 0.5 tsp for indigo powder


Happy soap making!💛


Love,

Sugar & Spice



Disclaimer - Final soap colour varies depending on soap oils, quality of powders and soap making process (curing/ temperature/ gel phase)


 

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