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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:46 pm 
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You would be better using the strained infusion from Chamomile, rather then the powder. Most herbal materials oxidize and will turn brown over time.

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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:15 pm 
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soapbuddy wrote:
You would be better using the strained infusion from Chamomile, rather then the powder. Most herbal materials oxidize and will turn brown over time.


That's what I was wondering about. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:26 pm 
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LavenderLady wrote:
soapbuddy wrote:
You would be better using the strained infusion from Chamomile, rather then the powder. Most herbal materials oxidize and will turn brown over time.


That's what I was wondering about. Thanks!

You're very welcome. It's nice to have another knowledgable person on this forum.

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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:02 am 
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I would think that even if the powder did turn brownish, that small amount would probably not look too bad in a natural colored soap. It would be kind of speckled-y, like finely ground oatmeal.

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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:35 am 
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ljm1180 wrote:
I would think that even if the powder did turn brownish, that small amount would probably not look too bad in a natural colored soap. It would be kind of speckled-y, like finely ground oatmeal.

You could make a small batch and see. :)

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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:22 pm 
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iI think I will have to do a small test batch and see. Curiosity is eating at me! Cant wait til the supplies arrive!!!

And Thanks SoapBuddy! Nice to be here!!

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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:34 pm 

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Hi LavenderLady, the chamomile powder does give very fine brown flecks eventually, but it goes with the colour of the soap, it looks good.
I use a lot of dried herbs and flower heads powdered in my soaps, my friends go nuts over it. They love the look, and they love to see the herbs as well as feel the benefits of a good soap bar. I guess it's just what you prefer.
I worried about it when I first made them that way, but honestly, so far they have flown out the door. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: chamomile
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:49 pm 
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BarbaraMay wrote:
Hi LavenderLady, the chamomile powder does give very fine brown flecks eventually, but it goes with the colour of the soap, it looks good.
I use a lot of dried herbs and flower heads powdered in my soaps, my friends go nuts over it. They love the look, and they love to see the herbs as well as feel the benefits of a good soap bar. I guess it's just what you prefer.
I worried about it when I first made them that way, but honestly, so far they have flown out the door. :lol: :lol: :lol:


Thanks for the info! I personally love herbal soaps, but when I included the flowers I wondered if my (old) customers ever got mad at me because their soap turned brown. Since back then I only sold at fairs and such, I thought they could be upset and I may never know, so I quit using them and played it safe, using just the powder (but I never used pulverized chamomile because the flower worried me).
But now that I haven't made soap for quite some time, I have been dreaming about what I want to make, and I keep coming back to adding the herbs. I guess there is something for everyone so I will do them with and without and see what happens! I think my customers will just be happy to see soap for sale again! :D

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