Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap
Have you ever noticed, that when a chef serves up a beautiful plate of food to, it will most likely has some colorful food displayed on a plain white plate. Don’t you instantly want it, regardless if you are truly hungry or not? This is because you always “eat with your eyes first”. When you are setting out to make masterpieces of soap for your customers, you want them drawn to the colors of your soap. Soap colorants in cold process soap (or in any type of soap you make) can add another dimension to your creation. It’s the first thing everybody will see.
There are so many options out there when it comes time to color your soap. You have soap dyes, in liquid or powder form. Micas are also a colorant choice. Some micas will add sparkle and color at the same time. Then, there is the option of natural colors using herbal powders. If you are trying to achieve a more simple, rustic look to your soaps, herbal powders are a wonderful way to go, however, natural soap colorants are a topic for another day.
Typically, you will have a recipe that can be any basic, everyday cold process soap or it can even be your own favorite cold process soap recipe. The next step is to decide your fragrance. This will always depend on your customers, a season, holiday or even a personal choice. So, next comes the artistic part. The coloring and designing part. How will you design it? Will it be a solid color? Swirls of multiple colors? Plain, uncolored soap is an open canvas to create with. I always believe the colors depend on the fragrance. But, I also have coworkers that love having the option to create soap to match the room, using any fragrance you would like. Take for example, Melissa, she has red soap to match one of her bathrooms scented with blueberry fragrance oil. What colors do you see when you smell your scent of choice?
No matter what type of colorant you chose, you have the opportunity to create something that will be almost to beautiful to use. They can be true works of art.
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: About Natures Garden’s FUN Soap Colorants
Before we get started talking about how to use our Fun Soap colorants though, let’s get the details about what they are like. Fun Soaps are actually colored pigments that are dispersed in vegetable glycerin. There are absolutely no chemical preservatives added. All of our FUN Soap Colorants are vegan. Using liquid soap pigments which have already been dispersed in vegetable glycerin helps to prevent pigments from clumping in your soap. In addition, it’s already mixed for you, saving you time and frustration. All of these soap colorants work well in melt and pour soap as well as cold process soap. They are non-bleeding, perform well in high pH environments, and do they not morph during the saponification process. These Fun Soap colorants can also be used in any bath or body product.
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Pastel FUN Soap Colors
For example, say you have chosen Nature’s Garden Awapuhi Seaberry fragrance oil. With fresh sea air and notes of water lilies, I picture blues and greens. With a few drops of Fun Soap colorants like ultramarine blue, teal and neon green soap colorants, you can achieve some pretty swirls of blue, green, and teal! You can create this fun Awapuhi Seaberry Cold Process Soap Recipe! How beautiful your soaps can be! Fun Soap Colorants will make it stand out first and when your customer gets a smell, they will be hooked.
If you would rather go bright and vibrant, another choice of an artistic creation could be a cold process soap using our Cannabis Flower fragrance oil. Use some of our Neon FUN colors such as, blue, pink, green, and yellow and you will take what could have been a plain, white bar of soap and turn it into a psychedelic palette of colors! Just like our Hippies & Hemp Cold Process Soap!
Now, not all soaps have to be bright and colorful. When you are looking at a plate of brownies or chocolate cake, what comes to mind is yummy, sweet and chocolaty, right? When your products are geared more towards men then you will want something a little more masculine, if you will. The oxide colorants are going to give you deeper, richer colors. These are also perfect if you are in need more “fall-like” colors. Frankincense and Myrrh soap uses a few of the Fun Soap oxide colors, in yellow, brown and orange. These colorants are perfect for creating the colors one would associate with the fragrance oil, Frankincense and Myrrh. A rich woodsy scent of myrrh, vanilla with a touch of floral to it.
You are only limited by your imagination with Nature’s Garden FUN Soap colorants! Our Creative Team has been hard at work testing all 21 vibrant soap colorants in cold process soap. Each color was tested with 1 drop, 3 drops, 6 drops, 12 drops and 18 drops. That’s a total of 105 different shades of colors! That only leaves an unlimited amount of shades you can explore and create! Below we will talk about these amazing colorants and give you ideas on how to achieve any color you could possibly want under the Fun Soap rainbow!
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Cold Process Soap Testing Recipe
We used a specific cold process soap recipe for testing purposes. The recipe we used is as follows:
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: The Water Phase
- Water-144 grams
- NaOH Lye-53 grams
- Sodium Lactate-8 grams (added to the cooled lye solution)
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: The Oil Phase
- Apricot Kernel Oil-28 grams
- Shea Butter-49 grams
- Palm Oil-57 grams
- Coconut Oil-113 grams
- Mango Butter-53 grams
- Castor Oil-14 grams
- Sunflower Oil-63 grams
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: How Our Testing Was Performed
- We soaped at 100 degrees.
- When the soap batter reached emulsification, we separated it.
- We separated each batch of soap into 5 bowls.
- Each bowl contained 116 grams of soap batter.
- We added various amounts of colorants to each bowl. We gave each testing bowl a specific number of drops. 1 drop, 3 drops, 6 drops, 12 drops and finally 18 drops. However, there were two exceptions to the number of drops we used, these differences are noted in FUN Soap Colorant testing videos.
We have also included a video of our soap colorant testing in cp soap on our YouTube Channel! So, watch and see how the whole process was done. There are other fun videos on our Nature’s Garden YouTube Channel you can take a look at too!
First, Neon Red Fun Soap doesn’t have to be just bright and eye-popping!
Here is Neon Pink. As you can see you can have a range of pinks from a pastel baby girl pink to a neon screaming teenage girl pink! A truly fun color!
Jailhouse Red has a much lighter tone to it then the neon red. You can get a range of color from a pale pink-orange to a brighter tone of a red-orange.
As with all the other neon colors we will explore, Neon Green Fun Soap you will get the prettiest pale, spring green to a bright tree-froggy green!
Kelly Green has a beautiful, rich color that can range from a soft, pale green to the deep green color of a shamrock.
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant
This Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant is by far one of my favorites! You can have yourself a Periwinkle Blue or even more of deep ocean blue with this color!
Also, Neon Orange Fun Soap is the perfect rendition of Traffic Cone Orange to a creamy, pastel orange that reminds me of the colored chalk we used to draw with when we were kids.
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Eye Poke Orange FUN Soap Colorant
I’m not sure if your eye would really look orange if you got poked, but with Eye Poke Orange you do get the palest, pastel orange to a lovely bright pumpkin color, perfect for jack o’lanterns or fall leaves.
Now, here’s a fun Lime Green that will give you colors ranging from a light, little boy green to a bright margarita color!
Of course, Neon Blue doesn’t have to be so neon! You can achieve a sweet, pastel baby blue all the way to a color that reminds of a Blue Raspberry Slushy!
With Ultramarine Violet you can have the most perfect shade of pale Lavender to the color of the brightest hyacinth purple!
Yelp Yellow is a good color that will give you an array of yellows to chose from. From a soft, light daffodil yellow to the brightest lemonade yellow!
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Next, Red Oxide is a wonderful way get a deep, rusty red to an almost blush color.
Next, just like all the other neon soap colorants, Neon Yellow will give you will a beautiful, soft pastel yellow all the way to a So-bright-I-gotta-wear-shades sunshine yellow!
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Tomato Red Fun Soap is going to give you a true red that says Fire Engine Red all the way down to a soft pale pink.
Black Oxide Fun Soap will give you a range starting at a soft pearl gray all the way to midnight black and everything in between!
Brown Oxide is going to give you anywhere from a pale beige to a deep, rich teddy bear chocolate brown.
Teal Fun Soap is also one of my favorites! From a pale, spring teal-blue all the way to a bright Caribbean ocean blue. This would be a beautiful color to add to your collection!
Deep Purple Fun Soap will give you a hue of pale, lilac lavender to a beautiful deep purple, that makes the purple soap colorant perfect for your floral fragrance oils!
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Orange Oxide Fun Soap will give your soaps or bath bombs a very pretty shade of pale orange, all the way to a deep russet orange that makes me think of fall leaves and pumpkins!
Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Lastly, Yellow Oxide Fun Soap has a range of soft, pale yellow shades all the way up to a deep yellow!
So, there you go! There are an incredible amount of colors to explore and many endless color possibilities for creating a beautiful soap! No matter if you are going for simple and elegant or something more wild and eye-popping, the sky is the limit! We at Nature’s Garden hope you enjoy exploring all these colors and creating amazing soaps as well as other bath and body products! Feel free to give us a call or send an email if you have any questions. Also, if you are looking for some cool new recipes that use any of these colorants then check out our FUN Soap category on our website. Click on the tab marked recipes and you will have a plethora of new creations to explore.
Do you have some amazing colored soaps? Have you used any of our fragrances or any other Nature’s Garden products in any of your creations? Well, we have a Show & Tell section on our website! So, if you feel like showing off any type of candle, soap, body or bath creation, go ahead and let us know!