The question we ask then, is why not infuse these oils and incorporate them within your bath and body care recipes? Play around with plants and see what you can achieve. Infused oils in soaps can provide medicinal value, colour, scent and for all you market gurus – label appeal!
Infusing oils is a relatively simple process, is quite fun and addictive too!
Infused oils are a simple concoction made from steeping plant matter into a light carrier oil.
Some favourite infusions customer’s of Saffire Blue make are: Arnica, Annatto, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender, Rosemary and Peppermint.
When an oil is infused, the result is much weaker than the concentrated Essential Oil form and their is no need to dilute the infusion prior to using.
How might someone infuse oils, you ask?
1. Collect your herb/plant product of choice – clean and dried. (It is important the the plant be dry otherwise bacteria can grow within your infusion – no fun!)
2. Some people like to rub their fingers over the herb to slightly “bruise” the herb to allow it to release more of the volatile oil within the herb.
3. The ratio of herb/plant product vs carrier oil depends greatly on the needs and visions of one soaper to the next. However, a generally accepted ratio is filling your container 1/4 with your herb choice. This way, when the carrier oil is added, there is still room enough for the herb to shift and move when the jar is rotated. There is no harm in adding more herb, just as long as you allow for room and movement for the herb.
4. After you have assembled your herb in the jar it is now time to cover them completely with your base oil.
5. It is necessary to use a container that comes complete with an airtight lid. When you have applied the lid securely, place the jar and it’s contents in a spot where it will be exposed in sunlight.
6. Let the infusion sit for 2 weeks, rolling the container each day to expose all the oil to the herbs inside.
7. After the 2 weeks, take a small amount of the oil out and test it for the properties you were hoping to achieve with your infusion. If the oil doesn’t seem quite ready, strain out the herbs and replace them with a fresh quantity. NOTE: This process can be repeated up to 6 weeks.
8. We recommend that you strain your oil through muslin fabric. It helps to remove all the plant matter and makes for a purer finished product.
NOTE: Infused oils will have a longer shelf life if kept in dark bottles in a cool place.
Also, we would like to let you know that bacteria can be a problem in oil infusions. Sadly, oil infusions are an environment in which C. botulinum spores find ideal for germination and growth. Use with caution and do not be discouraged if you find bacterial growth within your infusion. The growth can not be foreseen and should not take away from your creativity and ambition to make your very own, gorgeous oil infusions!
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