Natural Soap Colours in CP (Archival)

Natural Colour Cold Process Soap Samples (Archived)

Please note:  These tests are now archival - many of the colours are no longer available 
It is left on the website for informational purposes only as it can be tricky working with natural colourants in
Cold Process Soap.

In our early days we trialled many, many naturally derived colourants (herbal as opposed to clays and oxides) and found almost all lacking. Its now been so long, we felt it was time to give the modern extractions a go, and you'll find some of them in our Natural Colours page.  With colours from botanical materials imany will fade or mutate, many before the soap even gels,

Non fading natural colours are oxides and clays.  So, if you sell your soap and it sits in a shop, or under fluorescent lighting much of each week, be warned they will pale to cream very quickly. However, these colours are lovely and gentle and serene.  All colours can be mixed and matched in your soap, ie natural, synthetic, pigments, dyes etc, and mostly they will all work well in Melt & Pour once they have been hydrated.




Alkanet Root Infusion in CP

STILL AVAILABLE

 

Alkanet Root Infusion. This is a very old picture (as you can see by the lack of straight cut soaps!! (You may wonder why we sell crinkle cutters? Well, this is the bread knife cut from circa 2000!  This is where I began!  This trial of Alkanet Root soap was using a very, very concentrated oil solution of ground alkanet root. It formed part of my oil portion, if you use a less strong infusion, you 'll achieve from maroon to pale blue/grey.


REPLACED WITH ANNATO INFUSED OIL

This is our  Natural Golden Yellow Dye - it is from Turmeric, the Indian spice. It was the most robust of our test colours. This colour has good staying power for a Natural Dye. However, all my previous trials using Turmeric powder were less happy. When using the powdered spice, the colour comes out much more of a dirty yellow clay sort of colour.

STILL AVAILABLE

 

This is simply our Madder Root Powder, made into an oil slurry, and spooned into the raw soap. If you want a richer, stronger pink, we suggest you triple infuse the Madder Root Powder and then use this as part of the oil portion. You'll avoid the specks you can see in the photo if you use the infusion, but I was quite pleased with this trial batch - specks and all! This soap is fragranced with Nature's Blush Fragrance, a light and dreamy, rosy fragrance. (This fragrance is on our wish list!). This colour has good staying power for a Natural Dye.

NOT AVAILBLE

Nice green, oil soluble Chlorophyll dye. I have bad memories of my previous experiments with Water Soluble Chlorophyll as it tends to sweat out of CP over a couple of months, like brown ooze. This oil soluble Natural Green is so far holding its own, showing no seepage. This colour has good staying power for a Natural Dye. This soap is Fragranced with Wasabi Fragrance.

ANNATO INFUSED OIL

 

Annatto Seed Powder infused in Oil, and used as part of the Oil portion. Triple infused is best for strong colour. Creates a nice sort of gentle caramel/buttery colour. Expect your cured CP soap to have approximately 50% less colour intensity once cured.

 

 

NOT AVAILABLE

 

From the capscium, this lovely Peachy Orange Natural Dye ends up an lovely apricot colour, this soap is fragranced with BB Fresh Mango. Expect your cured CP soap to have approximately 50% less colour intensity once cured.

NOT AVAILABLE

Now the not so good!

Beetroot! This is what finally prompted me to work on this page - the number of times we get asked about using beetroot to colour CP! So, here is 25ml of highly concentrated red/purple beet dye poured into 200g of raw CP - creates a lovely shade of.......umm cream! So here you have it! It does work nicely in lip balm though!

NOT AVAILABLE

 

This blue is dark navy blue in colour, like Biro Ink, but once the high pH soap action starts happening, you are left with a dull unpleasing grey - unless you are looking for something between Battleship Grey to Dove Grey! I know it looks an almost pleasant pale mauve, but its a really musty, muddy lifeless GREY!

This is the same colour, but a few days on and the colour is starting to bleach out in the daylight As it ages (and this is over a week) it is gradually speckling out in to white blotches and bleaching even more.

Well, here it is - yuk! Still it certainly proves that this gardenia blue is not for CP!

NOT AVAILABLE - REPLACED WITH BLUE INDIGO POWDER

Yes, raw indigo powder produces a rich, solid, non fading green soap, which doesn't ooze or fade.