Color Soap Naturally Series

Although I love making bright and colorful soap using micas, pigments, Lab Colors and other synthetic colorants, ever since I started making soap I’ve been drawn to using natural colorants in soap making.  To me there is a romantic notion that soap can be colored using natural herbs, spices and clays.

And if you sell soap…you probably know that consumers love the word “natural”.  Using botanicals and other natural colorants sounds great on a label.  “Colored naturally using alkanet and annatto seed herbal powders” sounds much better than “colored with Mica, Titanium Dioxide, iron oxide and Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide”.  

Over the past year and a half I’ve been experimenting with herbal powders, spices and clays and want to share my results with you.  We’ll start the series off today with how to test herbal and spice powders for pH stability and also how to make herbal infusions. 

4 Responses

  1. Joy

    Thank you, Amanda! I am very interested in coloring with natural herbal powders and spices. I appreciate the tutorial! Joy

  2. Jeanette

    yes this is something I have been studying for the past few months and am slowly transforming all my colored soaps to be colored naturally.
    I know I am gonna love this series!

  3. Claudia

    I think it´s wonderful ,because many who are handmade soap use artificial colors, so many…
    Mother Nature is so generous,really! I love everything is Natural and Simple.
    Thanks for your interesting articles,well done

  4. Candace

    I have been following your blog for a while now, just absorbing anything I can about CP soap making. I also tend toward natural colorants and thank you so much for all the effort you put into this series. Every time I look at your color chart, ‘color soap naturally’, I find myself wishing you had this in poster form for sale, with the title and your name in smaller letters toward the bottom. I would love to have this on my wall in my soap room. It’s not only beautiful, but provides that extra bit of motivation and encouragement when needed.