Today I started infusing several batches of oil with spices/herbs in order to use them as natural colorants in my soaps. It is a fun process and especially when seeing the finished colors!
Everything all ready to go . . . olive oil, cheesecloth, thread for tying the cheesecloth shut, three wide mouth quart jars, spices, and a scale
The olive oil measured into the jars, and the various spices measured and on top of cheesecloth squares (which in the next step, were tied into little 'bags' .) The spices used this time from left to right are: parsley powder, annatto seed powder, and paprika.
Ready to start infusing!
I use the heat method to begin with which is done by simply putting the jars into a pan of water and heating on low for several hours.
the paprika (which is on the far right.)
Now I'll let them sit for awhile to darken a bit more (particularly the parsley oil), and then it will be time to use them in soaps!