Let's Talk Soap Colorants

Let's Talk Soap Colorants

Are you looking to add a pop of color to your soap creations without using artificial dyes or synthetic colorants? Look no further! In this blog post, we will explore how to naturally color soap using ingredients like turmeric, activated charcoal, clays, and other powders.

Why Choose Natural Colors?

Natural colors not only add vibrancy to your soap but also offer a more eco-friendly and skin-friendly alternative to synthetic micas or dyes. By using ingredients like cocoa powder, turmeric, activated charcoal, and clays, you can create beautiful hues while keeping your products free from synthetic colorants. A good rule of thumb is to use about 1 teaspoon of natural colorant to 1 tablespoon of oil but you can opt to use more or less depending on the shade you are trying to achieve.


Cocoa Powder: A Rich Brown

Cocoa powder is a great choice for creating naturally brown soaps. Simply mix the cocoa powder with a small amount of oil from your soap recipe before adding it to your soap mixture. This will prevent any clumps from forming and ensure an even distribution of color. Below: Coffee & Oats with cocoa powder, coffee grounds, colloidal oats & gold dust

Turmeric: A Golden Hue

Turmeric is known for its vibrant yellow color and skin-loving properties. By infusing turmeric powder into your soap mixture, you can achieve a beautiful golden hue. In cold process soap, turmeric can come off as a bright or even a dull orange depending on how much is used but in melt and pour soaps, it can be a very bright yellow color. Below: Turmeric & Honey with dried calendula 

Activated Charcoal: Bold and Black

Activated charcoal is a popular choice for creating striking greyish black or black soap. Not only does it add a dramatic touch to your creations, but it also offers detoxifying properties for the skin. In soap, activated charcoal acts as a gentle skin polisher and it's gritty texture can help to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. If you want to avoid the gritty feel of the pigment in your soap, you can infuse your oils by using a tea bag. Below: Cosmic Rainbow with soap dough embeds

Clays: Earthy Tones

There are plenty of clays to choose from to achieve your desired look. Clays like French green clay, Brazilian clays, kaolin clay, and rose clay can add earthy tones to your soap. These natural ingredients not only provide color but also offer skin benefits such as detoxification and gentle exfoliation. Below: Rose Clay & Oatmeal, Tempted Goat Milk soap with gold Brazilian clay and oats

Other Powders: Endless Possibilities

From spirulina powder for a vibrant green to beetroot powder for a soft pink, the options for coloring your soap naturally are endless. Get creative with ingredients like mica powder, indigo powder, and even matcha powder to achieve unique and beautiful colors in your soap. If you're interested in trying different natural colors in your handmade soaps, Nurture Soap has just what you're looking for.

By incorporating natural colors into your soap-making process, you can create stunning products that are both visually appealing and beneficial for the skin. Experiment with different ingredients and ratios to find the perfect color palette for your soap creations. Let's get crafting!

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