Do you want a soap that is truly natural ? Make sure to ask the person selling you a bar of soap to explain what they actually use to color their soap bars. Check the packaging too.
Below you will find 100% natural ways to color your soaps with Mother Earth.
All natural soap means that the colorants should be natural too! The truly natural soap colors are created by using plants, foods and pigments. Many soap makers use chemicals colors so their soaps tend to have brighter and bolder colors. You can purchase pigment soap colorants that are natural and bright but they are costly. I actually favor the pigments myself, but I have used, tea bags , wine, cocoa, carrot, beetroot powder, clays and other natural colorants.
Here is a list of some natural soap colorants:
Alkanet Root:a plant with blue flowers and a root with a dark red dye that releases into alcohol or oil. The finished color can be anywhere between a greyish lavender and purple, to pastel blue and dark blue.
Annatto Seed:from a shrub that makes large rose-like flowers, and the red from the seeds is used for the dye. Annatto makes nice shades of yellow and orange.
Beetroot Powder:made from dehydrated beets into a powder, and the finished color could be described as a muddy yellow.
Beta-Carotene:found in carrots, known as the carotenoids in orange or red plants and vegetables. True beta-carotene is expensive, so often the beta-carotene found at soap suppliers is a synthetic version. Yellow-orange shades are created with this.
Chlorophyll: I used this one often for a nice natural tint. Usually in my Tea Tree bars.
Cocoa Powder: Another natural colorant I used often. Use a little for a light tan color, or make a darker brown swirl.
Rose Hip Powder: made from dried and powdered Rose Hips, making a beautiful rosy-peach color.
Turmeric:powdered and made from the roots, this colorant will make shades of peach or orange.
Clays:beautiful and muted shades of green and pink and great for soaps. The pink clay is especially good in facial bars with its super gentle exfoliating properties.
And now for the not-natural colorants:
Ultramarines:originally from ground gem stones, virtually all ultramarine is synthetic and considered safe in soap. Yet these colorants are not considered safe for cosmetics.
Oxides: if they are the synthetic versions. I have used oxides and these do make nice colors, but there are natural oxides and synthetic versions. Try to obtain the natural sourced materials.
Crayons:crayons are made with petroleum products, which are made from crude oil. If you want an all natural bar aim for plant colorants.
Food Coloring:some people use these, but food coloring doesn't mean that it is natural. Food coloring that we all have in our cupboards for cake decorating is made from petroleum oil as well. Also, it is a deep coloring and could leave color streaks on your skin.
( If it was meant for skin it would say skin color , Not really sure it should even be consumed. But remember using colorants which are not made for the skin may cause your customers to have a reaction, which causes a real problem)
Food Grade Coloring:this is often found at soap making suppliers, and I have used this as well. Again, made from petroleum products.
Spices to give your soaps color naturally I would bet you have at least 5 of these in your kitchen right now.
When cooking almond flour and honey in HP soap the soap comes out a deep golden brown and smells divine. ( keep posted for recipe)
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For a gallery of many different natural colorants, visit the Natural Soap Colorants Gallery.
Note: Unless you've used this colorant before, or are following someone else's recipe, it's important to do some simple tests before you throw a bunch of carrots or seaweed into your soap. Check out Testing Natural Colorants in Soap for more information. Tips on Using Natural Colorants
To purchase a natural color kit for your soaps see list and link below.
Do you want to try each of the natural soap colorants below? Well, Now you can! Get the natural soap colorant kit and find out which ones you like the best by trying each of them!
The natural soap colorant kit will include: