紫草薰衣皂 Handmade Gromwell Lavender Soap

天哪,一個多月沒來寫東西,我也太偷懶了,在這樣下去部落格不會就默默的消失了吧。一定是電視的錯,最近追了甄環傳,又追了罪美麗。呵呵,都好看。

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!
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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。

而我則是貪戀他美麗的顏色,一直想要來試試看。但是麻煩的是,紫草必須要泡在橄欖油裡面至少6個月以上,才能萃取出它的藥效,所以只能把它放在角落裡苦苦的等。最後,我熬了三個月還是按耐不住,把它拿來打皂了😛
PS (7 of 7)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.

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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.

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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😛

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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

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泡在油裡面的紫草又黑又紅,完全沒有辦法想像做起皂來會是甚麼樣的情況。跟氫氧化鈉反映過後漸漸開始變成藍色。下面這是剛打好的時候,是呈現深藍色。

This is taken right after trace, the color is a royal blue magenta. Not what I was expecting, but it’s pretty.

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我配合了薰衣草精油在裡面,表面再灑上媽媽種在花園裡的薰衣草。希望它做出來後會是漂亮的淡紫色。

And I also mix in some lavender seeds harvested from my mom’s garden in Vancouver.

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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!

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十天過後,我來切皂了。裡面居然有深深淺淺的紋路耶! 好棒喔!

After 10 days, I removed the soap from the mold and started cutting it. Another wonderful surprise! It’s lined with alternating light and dark patterns.
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這些紋路,是因為我最後加了精油的關係嗎? 

Is the pattern from the essential oil that I added?

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還是因為我放了薰衣草仔的關係? 我覺得比較有可能是薰衣草紫在裡面攪拌時產生的。

Or is it because that I mixed in the lavender seeds in the mixture? Personally I think this is likely the reason why.

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不管原因如何,這真是個美麗的驚喜。做皂就是這樣,出來的成品會和你想像中的不一樣,令人期待。

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!

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表層的顏色是淺紫色,裡面切開來後還是深的藍色。讓它皂化完成後應該裡面顏色也會變淺一點。

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.

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現在又是得耐心得等,一個月以後再見啦! 

We shall revisit in a month. Bye for now ~~