I know most people don’t think about how soap is colored. But, if you’re a soap maker (like me) you have to think of these things. Some people want naturally colored soaps and some people don’t care. Eye appeal comes from the colors of the soap. We all know how important Eye Appeal is with food well, it’s the same with soap.
I figured I’d go over some of the natural colorants that can be used.
My “All–Natural” bars of soap are just that “All-Natural” which includes the colorings too. (I have an example at the bottom of this post where I used paprika).. Here are some of the natural colorants that can be used to color soap. I’m sure you have some of them in your cabinets right now.
Always try and do a Test prior to using it in an entire batch. Take lots notes let me repeat Take Lots of Notes. As with anything in Soap Making “Notes” are important. With Ground spices and herbs I start with about ½ Tablespoon per pound of soap – depending on the recipe I’m using. You don’t want to add too much or certain ground spices or herbs can make for scratchy bathing. That’s not something I think most people like. So, when experimenting w/ natural colorings hold off adding too much to the soap. Here’s my list of Naturals…….
***Sometimes steeping is better than just adding a powder to the soap. Experiment and have fun trying new ways to color****
Alkanet – steep in oil – dark purple to muted blue
Allspice – Brown
Annatto Seed – steep in oil first – yellow orange
Bentonite clay – off white to a light ivory-green
Calendula Petals – yellow
Carrots – pale yellow to pale orange
Chamomile – Steep first yellow to beige
Chili – Orange
Cinnamon – Light Brown (be very careful with this one can be irritating)
Clove – Brown
Cocoa powder– brown
Coffee – light brown to black
Curry – Yellow
Kelp, seaweed – green (not too much or the soap will smell like the ocean)
Madder root – pinky red – purple
Nutmeg – Brown
Paprika – Orange
Pumice (finely ground) – grey (Don’t forget this is stone be careful)
Ground Rose-hip – light tan to deep brown (not too much of this one or can be scratchy)
Rosemary – Green
Saffron – yellow
Spinach – light green
Turmeric – Yellow
Here’s my example of a Naturally Paprika Colored Soap! Beautiful isn’t it?