I have been walking a lot lately. Walking before the beginning of the office hours and walking after work. Walking in Tokyo is a wonderful experience, giving me a lot of chances to discover new places – big and small, and keep fit at the same time. The temperatures here dropped by 10 degrees within a couple of days and it feels dry and fresh outside (this is not to say that I hate humidity – it is very good for the skin but after a long hot summer, dryness feels good too.)
For this reason, I have not had time to make soap, at least for the last 2 weeks but I am going to catch up on my soap making starting today.
I still have some Indian indigo powder to use. Last time I used it, I added the powder directly to the raw soap but since the trace was very quick I had close to no time to stir and disperse the powder well. The color was state blue, quite different from the Japanese indigo I use for other soaps.
I have not found indigo produced in countries other than Japan and India but judging by the colors I got I guess the methods of fermenting /processing the row indigo or the plant varieties are different. The funny thing though is that the farmer who produces the indigo here can be reached only by fax. First I thought it was a kind of inconvenient since I had to go to the convenience store to fax my order. But then the most amazing thing happened – I got my indigo with the invoice enclosed and a short letter asking me to send the money by post (it is a safe service provided by the post offices here) within the next two weeks. I hurried and posted the money the same day but now I know that even a week later would have been ok. This is one of the reasons I love Japan. After living here for some time I have gotten so used to people’s honesty that more often than not I do not wait for the money to reach my bank account either – I send the soaps as soon as receive an order.
I do prefer the color I get from the Japanese indigo though. If interested you can see my Japanese indigo soap at https://infusionsblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/indigo-soap/
I wish you a beautiful day!