August 18, 2013

The Threee Faces Of Paprika


Here are the results of my three Paprika experiments.

1) (Far Left) A bit of Paprika added to lye water gave me a muddy pumpkin pie type color that was okay, but not what I was looking for.

2) (Center)  Infused Paprika used at 100% of my OO. Very orange and bleeds actually much less than I thought it would, but does bleed slightly with very pale orange bubbles. (not a look I am going for)

3) (Far Right) Dialed back percentage per my batch and hoping it doesn't bleed. Honestly, I was loving the color pre gel-the perfect "happy orange" but was really expecting the more sweet potato coppery orange post gel. The disappointing thing is that this batch bleeds also meaning I will need to dial back even more. Apparently Paprika is potent stuff and a little goes a long way, so for me this means one more adjustment to achieve an orange that doesn't bleed.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there!

I am enjoying your experiments with colour. I use paprika extract to colour my M&P soap, but only in teensy amounts because it is very strong.

Cheers, Jane

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

@ Jane,Yep,I think you're right. Paprika= a strong infusion that is best used at a small percentage to avoid bleeding.

Thanks for stopping by.

Elaine Massad said...

Since I've never done color I'm really enjoying learning from your experiments.

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

@ Elaine. Well,when you get ready to give it a try maybe I'll have some experience to pass along. lol!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

First off, regarding your photos..one beautiful chick. Yes embrace those over 20 wrinkles, they add a very special beauty.

Thanks for sharing your paprika experiments. I love the middle one. Love it

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

@ Donna- " Yes embrace those over 20 wrinkles, they add a very special beauty." Thank you! I'm trying. I love to see pics of you-you are evidently very happy and it shows. Love that!! Happiness it THE most beautiful youth serum. <3