Color Soap naturally, with what?

27 Jul

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?

ALL Natural Litsea Cubeba/Tangerine Soap


4 Responses to “Color Soap naturally, with what?”

  1. mondayschildprims July 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

    Fascinating! thank you for sharing:)

    • P.S. I Love Soap Co. July 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM #

      You’re welcome..Thanks for stopping by:) have you tried the Grapefruit Peppermint soap yet?

  2. Flamboyant Wallflower July 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM #

    Beautiful! I was thinking carrots! 🙂

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