Using Mica Brites
These six micas have replaced the Pop! Micas that became unavailable. It has taken a while, and testing, and we are comfortable that these colours are as close as we can get to the discontinued Pop Micas. So, if you want your soap to really pop you can use these colours, and team with Neons, Brites NG for Melt and Pour Soap and Cold Process Soap and you'll have a myriad of colours at your soap bench. In fact you can mix and match all our colours within your soap designs.
These colours match the classic Colour Wheel (Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green and Violet) and as a result are a great option for colour blending. All these Micas are suitable for Cold Processed and Melt & Pour Soap, as well as blending with all our existing colours to create an absolute Rainbow of colours for all Bath and Body products including Mineral Makeup. Do not use Micas in Foamy Pump bottles.
Suggested starting usage rate in soap to achieve a Medium Colour is ¾ - 1 Teaspoon (3 – 4g) of Mica Powder (packed down) per 700g of oils or soap base. However, this is only a guide because my mid tone might be your pastel tone. If you don’t pack the powder down, allow for a volume of air in your measurement. Because they are dye free, these pigment based Micas won’t fade or bleed.
Approved for lips, eyes, face & nails, so can be used in all cosmetics
- The colours closely match the colour wheel, so they are great for blending
- They are Pigments, so are dye-free and non bleeding
- All our Mica Brites are stable in high pH (in CP soap)
- They are beautiful and affordable
The best results are achieved in soap when used in Clear Melt & Pour Bases and then they shimmer, and shine, and sparkle! You need light to reflect from the particles, and when used in Cold Process Soap or in White Melt & Pour Bases, you will not have this reflection. They do require a higher usage rate than other colours (Dyes and Pigments), but you can always keep them for swirling, or dust and brush them over the surface of your soap.
We have left the old names on this colour wheel so you can sea the replacement names.
You’ll see from the graphic above (if you have studied art you will already be familiar with the colour wheel) that colours that are opposite (directly across on the wheel) go well together. If you would like a darker shade, try mixing a little of the opposites together – magic! Suggestions to get your blending started:
To test the opposites go together theory - just do it! Just a tiny test and you'll see!
To make a colour a little darker, try blending a little of the opposite colour on the wheel - eg. some Blueberry with Tangerine - you'll see!
Begin by working one one colour first - Seafoam Green for instance. particularly useful if you are beginning to blend colours for eye shadows, and mineral makeup, not to mention soap! Here are some suggestions:
Try: Sherbert Green: 8 parts White Pearl, White Lustre or Sericite Mica, 4 Parts Seafoam Green, 1 Part Sunny Yellow, 2 parts New Gold
Try: Gelato Green: 4 parts Seafoam Green, 2 parts Blueberry, 2 parts Sunny Yellow, finish with either some White Mica or a more turquoise tone with Seafoam Green
Try: Aegean Sea: 8 parts White Pearl, White Lustre or Sericite Mica, 2 parts Seafoam Green, 1 part Blueberry
Try: Spring Shoots: 2 parts Seafoam Green, 1 part Tangerine and 1 part Sunny Yellow
I am sure you get the idea - experiment, but with small quantities, that is why our Pigment Scoops are so useful - you don't waste your colours and they are quite accurate. Keep notes in a diary so you can replicate your blends.
You can always add more of something to lighten, darken or change the blend. I always have Pearl White Mica, or now White Lustre on hand, in case I have been a little heavy handed with darker colours.
Mostly I pre-mix my Micas in some water to avoid speckling and clumping in soap. During our trials with these Micas, we found that they mix most easily in oil, however, water dispersion works too, it just takes a little longer to blend in.
Colour is one of the big “things” in my life, and the only subject I ever received 100% for in an aptitude test, and I play with colour as a matter of routine. So, have fun with your colours, we do!