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Natural Color for Handmade Soap

Natural color for handmade soap is easy and better for you. Cold and hot process is a wonderful and popular method to create soap. Looking for a little flair and natural personality? Add beautiful color using natural ingredients. Sure, there are many other, probably easier methods to color soap. Here we want to share a few favorites for adding colorant without chemicals or dyes. The amount of natural colorant mixed in will determine the level of each hue. Below, we have a few examples of each. Showcasing the colorant and result. Above all, the possibilities are open to creativity and experimentation.

Natural Colorant for Soap

Spirulina

spirulina green

Such possibility! This lovely little algae is a personal go-to. A blue-green color is popular and easy to achieve with one simple ingredient. The color can get a boost too if using a green tinted oil such as avocado or hemp seed.

Not only is Spirulina used as a super-food, the rich color it provides for soap is unbeatable. Spirulina is a live blue-green algae found in the tropical regions of Africa, South America, and Asia. Interestingly, experts believe this lovely gem to be one of the oldest life forms on Earth and has many health benefits. Overall, if it is good for the internal workings of the body, its great for soap. To read more on the health benefits, start with Spirulina: Are There Health Benefits? Pros and Cons, Nutrition, and More (webmd.com). Moreover, if it’s green color you’re after, add a tablespoon to your soap batch and watch the magic happen.

cold process soap with spirulina green color

Cold Process Soap with Spirulina

Turmeric

turmeric spice yellow

This yellow-orange spice is part of the ginger family and native to Asia. Traditionally, this spice is used to treat different skin and joint issues.

As with any spice, we should use the product in moderation. Even when adding to a handmade soap batch. Turmeric gets the deep yellow color from a component called curcumin. Additionally, outside of the common medicinal purposes around the globe, we frequently use turmeric in curry. For a nice yellow hue in soap making, try adding a few teaspoons. For more information on the study of turmeric properties and health benefits, read Turmeric | NCCIH (nih.gov).

cold process soap with poppy seed

Cold Process Soap with (poppy seed) Layer of Turmeric

Charcoal

activated charcoal

There are many types of charcoal on the market. When using in soap or other personal care products such as facemask, look for pure activated charcoal.

Interestingly, to make activated charcoal, manufacturers will heat it to extreme temperatures. These high temperatures improve the power of absorbing toxins by increasing its pore size. Many people are familiar with the use of charcoal to treat poisoning. There are skeptics and continued research being conducted on the benefits of oral use. Beyond these potential benefits, charcoal adds a brilliant color of soft gray to deep black in soap making. Finally, if you are interested in learning more, start with ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews (webmd.com).

cold process soap with activated charcoal

Cold Process Soap with Charcoal

Link above to charcoal soap recipe

Rose Clay

rose kaolin clay

Rose clay or pink kaolin clay is another favorite. Many beauty products in the market today use some type of kaolin clay. The rosy hue is beautiful in cold process soap.

Kaolin clay is nature’s magic. Originally mined in China, kaolin clay was first used to make porcelain and other china. Today, they mine the clay in several countries across the globe. Beyond its molding ability, kaolin clay is full of mineral properties. Ultimately, making it a popular addition in beauty products. The clay comes in many colors, such as white, red, pink, green, and yellow. In order to achieve multiple colors, they add a careful mixture of plants and other minerals in. You can find great reading on kaolin clay at Kaolin | clay | Britannica.

cold process soap with rose kaolin clay

Cold Process Soap with Rose Clay (and spirulina layer)

Above all, if you’re looking for a new natural color in soap making, give one of these a try. Remember, a little goes a long way with these beautiful additions. We can achieve unique colors without additional chemicals or dyes. Nature is full of possibility.

What natural colorants have you tried? Share color in the comments. We’re always looking for something new to try! Natural soap and eco-friendly products are available at the Modest Shop.

Rannae D

An artisan and writer.

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