Oh, thank you for that info! I am just about to start playing with "not from nature" colorants, so I need all the info I can get.I've never used liquid colorants in CP mostly because I'm afraid of morphing or bleeding. However, I did just order some of the WSP stained glass powdered dyes to use in bath bombs bubble bars. Maybe I should try a small test batch in CP to see how it turns out.
I tend to use micas for my CP soaps (sometimes oxides or clays) and highly recommend the ones from Nurture Soap. The website shows what each one will look like in both CP & MP plus specifies usage rates, if they're soap stable, safe for lips/eyes, etc. I've also seen some beautiful soaps made with Mad Oils micas but the prices & shipping cost at Nurture works out better for me.
Yes, please? I need lots of suggestions from people who have used these in actual CP. I would rather not learn colorants using the trial-and-error method. Clays, natural powders, micas, liquid, anything that you like that works and does not morph.Susie, are you looking only for liquid colorants, or do you want to try powders? I usually use micas because they are the easiest to deal with. I get mine from Mad Oils or Nurture as well. I recently joined Steph's Micas and More FB group, and the few I've tried from her seem to be of good quality. I really prefer a jar though, and she only has bags. Snappy gave you a great list of favorites, and I totally agree that black mica is so much easier to deal with than AC, and white is easier than TD. AC is messy, messy, messy.
I'd be happy to share my favorite mica colors if you want to go that route.
Look on the challenge soap entry threads. Most people say which colours (and they are generally micas) they used and how much.Yes, please? I need lots of suggestions from people who have used these in actual CP. I would rather not learn colorants using the trial-and-error method. Clays, natural powders, micas, liquid, anything that you like that works and does not morph.
Sorry, the fancy swirls and such are not for me. I think they are gorgeous when y'all do them, but it is just not in my nature. I do practical stuff. If I can even make myself do a glittery bit on the top of the loaf, I count it fancy. Even a cocoa line occasionally. But I want people to use my soaps, not just look at them.Look on the challenge soap entry threads. Most people say which colours (and they are generally micas) they used and how much.
You need 2 tsp plus ppo for micas.
You know this means people will want to see your soaps now and you won't have an excuse not to enter challenges! (Not that you had much of one before because natural colourants can be great!
Thank you! These lists are invaluable! Now I can order the "Choose 10" sample pack from NS with far more confidence.Well, I guess I'm not only an official FO ho, but a mica ho as well. Here you go:
1. The Vibrance micas from Nurture are great. I think most people agree with that, with the exception of the Vibrance Green. I've not had a problem with that one morphing, although it isn't my favorite green.
2. Greens: Apple Green (NS) and Maniacal Pea (MO) are the same to my eye and are a bright, happy green, Lettuce Green (MO) which is a nice springy yellow-green, Laurel Green (NS) which is a cool, minty green, 3 Olive Martini (MO) which is one I actually use more often than I thought I would. Kombu Green (NS) which is a beautiful, dark green.
3. Blues: Klein Blue (NS) and Twighlight Blue (MO) are not the same, but very similar - deep blue, Sky Blue (NS) is a pretty light blue. I think you could get similar results with Vibrance Blue mixed with a touch of black or white.
4. Purple: Wisteria Purple (NS) is deep, dark. Other than that I've just used Vibrance Purple in varying amounts for the shade I want. Flash Dance (MO) is a pretty pink/purple - berry color.
5. Orange: Other than Vibrance Orange, I probably use Tangerine Dream (MO) or Mango Tango (NS) the most often (again, they are the same to my eye). I do sometimes mix a little Neon Orange (NS is a more red-orange color and MO is a more yellow-orange color, and I prefer Nurture's) for a better pop. Orange can be tricky for me.
6. Red: Spicy Red Tomato (MO) and Red Vibrance are, if not the same, very close in color. Really Red (NS) is a true bright red, but the soap has to gel.
7. Pink: Amaranth Pink (NS) is a lovely soft pink, Pink Vibrance is a good all-around pink, and Raspberry Red (NS) and VooDoo (MO) are the same, both are beautiful and bright.
8. A black and a white. Right now, I'm using Black Pearl (NS) and Snow White (MO), but when I need to reorder, I'd be comfortable using a black or white from either place.
9. Bronze Brown (NS), Mocha Brown (NS), Satin Penny (MO), Sister Golden Hair (MO) and Gold Finger (MO).
Whew, quite a lot huh? I don't quite know what colors you are looking for. If I had to choose, starting from scratch and knowing what I know now:
A black and a white, Raspberry Red or VooDoo, Bronze Brown or Mocha Brown, Gold Finger (which is closer to a copper than a traditional gold), Apple Green or Maniacal Pea, Vibrance Blue, Vibrance Yellow, Mango Tango or Tangerine Dream, Vibrance Red or Spicy Red Tomato, Vibrance Pink.
FWIW, I haven't had any color morphing with any of the micas I've used. The pictures on the Nurture site are pretty accurate on my monitor, and I appreciate that they are there. I'm sure that Mad Oils has colors that compare to the Vibrance micas at Nurture, I just haven't tried any that I thought were like what I already had. Playing with color is so much fun. We need to see pictures!!!
Yup. I know that's what you've said before but if you are going to sell...well now is your chance to let that creative side take overSorry, the fancy swirls and such are not for me. I think they are gorgeous when y'all do them, but it is just not in my nature. I do practical stuff. If I can even make myself do a glittery bit on the top of the loaf, I count it fancy. Even a cocoa line occasionally. But I want people to use my soaps, not just look at them.
Great that you know your market and it is a perfect fit for you.I'm a nurse, and I have given AC to many a child, so if I can avoid AC, I'm all for it. I have ruined so many shoes and such with AC, you have no idea.
The soapmakers that sell the most soap at the farmer's markets here and in Louisiana have mostly solid colored plain soap. Occasionally they have a simple swirl or a bit of mica sprinkled over the top. Nothing really fancy. And the person that wants me to wholesale to their shop has opaque bags that they will be providing.