That's waaaaaaay too little for 3 pounds of soap. I think the recommendation is in the ballpark of 1-3 tsp per pound. I often use more than that. Mix 2 tsp of your mica in a small amount of water or oil. Take out a portion of your batter and start blending in the color until you get the color you want in your soap and try to get a feel for how much you needed for that small part of the batter. That will help you gauge how much you need for the whole three pounds. Lighter micas usually require a little more than deeper colors to get where you want to go.
I find the micas blend into the batter better if they are already in water or oil than if I try to blend the powder directly into batter, but I have had to do that as well. Powder into the batter just requires more SB'ing (which can lead to heavier trace than you might be wanting at that moment.)
Also, Nuture has a usage rate for their micas in the MSDS section of each colorant. Hollywood Pink, for instance, has 1-2 tsp per pound listed for CP. HOwever, most of us eyeball it to get the color we want and I have almost certainly used more than 2 tsp per pound.
Where are you getting your colorants and how much are you using. I get great color pop when I gel. I se Nurtures and TKB Trading colorants with excellent results. Here's some that I made yesterday. View attachment 22118
Not Shunt, but washcloth staining doesn't seem to happen so much with mica. With oxides and ultra marines and AC, it is more likely. With micas, you can get a lot of color in a bar without coloring the lather but AC and the others mentioned seem more likely to tint your suds. It is, however, possible to get a rich black with AC without making your lather gray, but it's very easy to overcolor for black and then you've got drab looking bubbles.
So my last couple pours I took them and put n heating pad covered for 20 minutes then turned it off and left coverd for 24 or so hours with no real difference. I have 1/2 plywood arount the mold, even the bottom so I wonder if thats the problem? Wood all around the mold is to thick for the heat pad to do any good?
Sorry so late, So here are pics of the last soap I did. you can see the thick wood box I made (Not a carpenter but it works). The bottom is real thick. I put it on a heating pad and cover with a piece of saran wrap and a kitchen size towel that just covers the top of the mold. This soap seems to be a little brighter than the other 2 I have done, this is my 3rd soap... Pic does look brighter than actual soap... Ant input appreciated