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Grandma's Soapdish & Sundries, LLC
Making Quality Organic Soaps in Connecticut Since 1998
email: diane@grandmassoapdish.com



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NATURAL COLORANTS FOR SOAPMAKING

Using natural soap colorants can be a wonderful science experiment. Given the variables of the base oils, the butters, the other additions, and the scent you use, all of these things will affect the final result you get for the shade of color you get in your soap. A good rule of thumb is to use 1 to 2 teaspoons of natural colorant per pound of base oils. Sometimes I have found that using as much as 1 ounce of powder per pound of oils is necessary for very deep colors. That will depend on what colorant you are using and what works today might not work in a month. Using natural colorants demands you be flexible about the exact outcome.

I suggest that you take notes when you are experimenting with finding the shades of color that you are specifically looking for. Another factor to consider is how you are going to add your colorant. One method that is good is to make infusions. How ? Make concentrated oil infusions by taking one cup of olive oil, and adding a teaspoon of colorant and letting it set overnight. Check the shade of color that ou get for a result and realize that this color will be further dispersed into your batch of oils. Do you want to make it darker ? Add more colorant and let it set overnight again. Keep notes. You can tape a paper right onto your jar and make notes of what you're doing, for future reference. The shade of color you want for a given soapmaking project is unique to your needs, so keep track to eliminate guessing when making future soap batches.

The other way to use the colorants is to just add them at trace. Then, they will continue to affect the color of the soap as they saponify. You can get gorgeous shades of color using this method, too. Plus, sometimes what will happen is you get a sort of speckled textured look to the soap as the color leeches out from the colorant, into the surrounding soap. It can be quite pretty. But the bottom line is that it's all about what you're looking for in any given batch of soap. Be flexible, creative and know in advance that all soaps are just beautiful in their own creative way ! Keep in mind, that these colors are natural, earthy tones of the colors listed. Have fun !

Shades of Red sandalwood powder, madder root powder, moroccan red clay
Shades of Salmon, Pinks & Reddish Tan cinnamon, paprika, pink clays, cayenne pepper
Shades of Orange pureed baby food jar of carrots, beta carotene, paprika, annatto seeds will color soap mild yellow to bright orange
Shades of Yellow-Peach curry powder, paprika
Shades of Yellows, Golds, Yellow-Tan turmeric, calendula, beta carotene (4 ounce jar of baby carrots), safflower powder makes yellow
Shades of Green strained baby food jar of spinach, liquid chlorophyll, spirulina, comfrey leaf, nettle leaf makes a lime green, dandelion leaf, French green clay, seaweed, sage, green clay, dried parsley and dried dill, burdock root makes a nice green
Shades of Blue indigo powder, woad powder
Shades of Rose, Pink, Purple-to-Blue Purple alkanet root (I prefer powder)
Shades of Tans, Shades of Brown cocoa powder, ground cloves, black walnut hull powder (brown)
The Color White titanium dioxide (Are you kidding? This is natural? Yes, it is. It's a naturally occurring oxide that is mined from the earth of the element titanium and it has a high refractivity in the light spectrum giving a bright white)
Shades of Black ground activated charcoal powder


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