紫草薰衣皂 Handmade Gromwell Lavender Soap
I have not been updating my blog for over a month, and I blame my new flat screen TV for it 😛 It’s so hard to get away from the wonderful entertainment TV provides. Anyway, today I am sharing my new handmade soap! Lavender Gromwell Soap!
今天來分享新的手工皂 – 紫草薰衣皂!
紫草有鎮定，消炎，解毒透疹的作用。之前就一直聽朋友們說紫草根用在皂裡面對皮膚很好，尤其是像我這種異位性皮膚炎的患者更是有益。研究報告表示，這裡面的萘醌類化合物 (Naphthoquinone compounds) 具有抗腫瘤、抗菌、抗發炎、抑制真菌、促進傷口癒再生等藥理效用。經常被使用於治療皮膚癌、濕疹及帶狀泡疹。近年來在日本也非常的盛行，有紫草皂，紫草霜，紫草乳液等等。
The lovely purple color actually comes from the gromwell root not lavender seeds. Gromwell root is a herb that’s used widely in Chinese medicine. It is known to demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal characteristics as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Recent years, gromwell root have gained its popularity in Japanese skin care products because of its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Gromwell root is also a great colorants in handmade soap for its lovely purple to blue magenta color. Furthermore, it’s an excellent for people with eczema and acne prone skin.
Gromwell root can be purchased in Chinese herbal store. I pre-soaked the roots in olive oil for three months. Some people believe it should be soaked for at least more than 6 months in order to gain its full medicinal benefits. While gromwell root is soaked in oil it’s a dark reddish color. However, it turns into blue-magenta or violet color in an alkaline environment.
這次超大手筆的把油給撩下去，打了三公斤的肥皂! 可是再也不這樣弄了，實在太辛苦，打的時候要小心不讓它噴出來，切的時候又很難脫模，以後還是少少的打就好了 😛
My Recipe is simple:
- Olive Oil (pre-soaked with gromwell root) 1560g
- Palm Oil 220g
- Coconut Oil 230g
- Lavender Essential Oil 10g
- NaOH 269g
- Water 699g
This is taken right after trace, the color is a royal blue magenta. Not what I was expecting, but it’s pretty.
And I also mix in some lavender seeds harvested from my mom’s garden in Vancouver.
過了一天以後，顏色居然變淡了! 淺淺的藍紫色! 漂亮漂亮!
After a day… SURPRISE!!! It’s a light purple just as I have wanted!
Is the pattern from the essential oil that I added?
Or is it because that I mixed in the lavender seeds in the mixture? Personally I think this is likely the reason why.
Whatever the reason is, I love it! This is the joy of making my own soap. I get to experiment, and I get unique results every single time. No other soap in the world is identical to this one I make!
It is still a deeper blue inside of the soap, I guess the color will slowly change to a light purple as the soap making process complete in a month or two.
We shall revisit in a month. Bye for now ~~