Wednesday, 10 December 2014

violet leaf cold processed soap

making this soap was a test of patience that i ultimately failed..i waited about 10 days for the violet leaves to dry enough to be processed into a powder..i waited a month for the violet leaf powder to infuse with the olive oil..i decided to buy some extra emollient ingredients so i looked up the shop's address, wrote it down and poodled off to get them but i couldn't find the shop..came home..checked the address..i had the right numbers but in the wrong order..i waited 'til i had time to go back to the shop..i waited until i had several hours free to make the soap..i made it without any mishaps but i didn't wait long enough for it to firm up properly and so it crumbled a bit when i cut it into usable pieces..but it's still a lovely soap.. 

violet leaf cold processed soap
tea with hazel


750 gms olive oil
500 gms copha
150 gms shea butter
100 gms almond oil
20 gms beeswax
12-14 cups violet leaves
400 mls filtered water
210 gms sodium hydroxide


~ dry half of the leaves, crush to a fine powder, place in ceramic bowl and add 250 gms olive oil, leave for a month (or more) to infuse, then strain through several layers of muslin and then add the violet leaf oil to the remaining 500 gms of olive oil to make up the 750 gms of olive oil required
~ place the remaining violet leaves in a large bowl, add enough filtered boiling water to cover the leaves, leave to infuse until cold and then strain
~ measure the tea and add extra filtered water to make 400 mls or discard any excess (i drank the excess violet tea i had and it tasted lovely) and set the violet leaf tea aside
~ follow the instructions here for making the soap but use violet leaf tea instead of water


~ when i added the sodium hydroxide to the violet tea it turned orange but when i added the orange lye to the oils/butter/beeswax the combined mixture turned a lovely pale green that was retained through the saponification process and insulation phase
~ according to culpepper violet leaf infused oil is antiseptic and helps to soothe dry and itchy skin

next i want to make blue cornflower (they come in pink, purple and white too) soap..that's another test of far i've grown the cornflowers, collected the flowers, dried them and removed the petals..the blue of dried cornflowers doesn't fade so it should look really pretty in soap


  1. Hi Jane, Is there any perfume from the violet tea and infused oil? I would be interested to know if it fades in the next few months. My parsley leaf soap did.

    1. hi glenda..there's no perfume in the tea and oil..but the violet leaves do have a beneficial effect on the skin and that's why i used them..i'll be interested too to see if the colour fades too but i don't really mind if it does..the way around that would be to add chlorella powder though..x

  2. I love the vividness of cornflower blue so I hope you post your next go at these Jane. Soap making and still haven't happened...but one day eh.