Infusing oil is simple. Most of the time I use the cold infusion method. Simply pack a sanitized mason jar with herbs or spices, add oil, and let it sit for a few weeks (shaking occasionally). If you don't have a few weeks, you can infuse oils in a only a couple of hours. Put oils and herbs into a crock pot, turn it on low, and let it warm for a couple of hours. Easy peasy.
From left to right: calendula, paprika, coffee, and turmeric
|Alkenet's color may vary. This was a blue in the mold, but a beautiful purple after it gelled.|
I also love infusing coffee in olive oil for the lovely brown color it gives my coffee soap, but also for the added benefits coffee has on your skin (coffee is a known cellulite reducer).
Coffee infused oil used in my mocha latte soap
But, my personal favorite oil infusion is calendula petals in olive oil. In my opinion, calendula is hands down the best herb to use in skin care products. It is not only beneficial for dry and damaged skin, it is also known to have fast healing, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It also gives my soap a beautiful soft yellow color. I really could go on and on about my love for calendula, but I will save that for another time.
Instead, I'll show you a picture of my Calendula & Lemongrass soap I whipped about a week ago. It's made with calendula infused olive oil, loaded with shea butter, coconut milk, and lemongrass essential oil (not to mention it's my daughters favorite).
It was a buttery cream color in the mold, but has sense turned a lovely yellow.