Saturday, May 5, 2012

All Natural Colorants

I continue to be amazed at all the beautiful colors I have been able to achieve in CP soap using all natural colorants!

Here are just a few that I have had success with:
Turmeric powder - golden yellow
Parsley powder - earthy green
Honey - honey beige
Rose clay - pink!
Woad powder - depending on the recipe anywhere from green to turquoise to sky blue
Alkanet root - grayish to lavender to deep purple
Cocoa powder - chocolatey brown
Indigo root - grayish blue to dark denim blue
Madder root - pink to orangey red

I have found that you need to enjoy surprises when working with natural colorants...there are so many factors involved that impact the result when using natural material to color your soap.  Temperature and ph are important factors to take into consideration, especially if you are trying to recreate a previously successful color. 

Next up - Morracan Red Clay for brick red (i hope!)


  1. Wow, your soaps look beautiful - I love the colors! I haven't played much with natural colorants. If I do start using herbs, clays, and other additives more often to color my soap, your list will help me know what to expect. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Ooh thanks for your post on my brand spanking new blog, Jenny! figured I needed to a place to "vent" my soap talk/ramblings...since it is pretty much all I think about!! :)