I think the natural variation in the coloration in each stripe of the soap really adds to the overall look of the soap and goes great with the Harvest Spice fragrance oil I chose for it. It makes the simple melt and pour soap look more handmade than commercial colorants (soap pigments can be pricey for those who only want to do an occasional soapmaking craft). Hand cutting the bars also adds to the handcrafted appearance.
Making Spice Box Soap Recipe with Natural Color for Spices
Full recipe with measures and directions below.
Making these striped spice soap bars colored with kitchen spices is easy, just weigh and melt each layer of melt and pour soap then color and scent. I chose cinnamon, paprika, cardamom and turmeric for the soap layers. Patiently waiting for each layer to be semi-firm will be the only hard part.
Start with a nice rich melt and pour white soap base. I suggest one with Goat's milk or shea butter.
I found a square silicone loaf mold that holds one pound of soap with ease. It can actually fit up to 18-19 ounces, but is still far more manageable than the 42 to 48 ounce size of most molds. It makes 4-5 nice full sized bars of handmade soap. Usable for both melt and pour as well as cold process soaps.
The Harvest Spice fragrance oil I selected for the spice soap recipe came out of the set below. I have been using the different oils in a number of fall projects on this site. They are also nice for candles and diffusing. The scent is available as a single oil also. ... and no the spices coloring the soap will not provide enough fragrance alone.Print