Holi powder as colourant

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Sonya-m

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I took part in a charity run at the weekend that involved having powder paint flung at us at various points around the route. We all received a couple of the bags and on the bag it said safe for use in food, medicine and cosmetics. Which got me wondering if anyone has ever used these in soap? I wonder if they're stable or not?

This was the particular brand they had: http://www.carecolours.com

It's known as holi powder and got be obtained quite cheaply online

Has anyone tried it?
 

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That site says the powder is corn starch and food grade color. Sounds like its probably FD&C colors, they are safe in soap but some will morph. Not sure what affect the corn starch would have on the soap.
 

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If it's like the stuff I remember I would be cautious about using it. If the same, it is pretty much strictly made for the purposes of flinging at people during Holi, I would not be surprised if it bled and morphed quite a bit. It certainly makes an un-Holi mess of your clothes and skin after a pelting :)

ETA: just re-read your post, maybe it is from a different source if it is supposedly stable/safe for use in cosmetics. I would try a small batch and not be surprised if the results varied between colors, though.
 
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I might give it a try in a small batch with it costing so little - what have I got to lose?

We had so much fun, here's a pic, my step daughter looks miserable but she was so tired - she's only 9 but jogged the whole 5km with us!!

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What a great picture! Poor baby, she does look exhausted. She did a great job keeping up with you. Also glad to see you ran for autism, have some folks on the spectrum that are close.
 

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Cosmetics can also include eye make up and so on, so cosmetic safe might not mean non-morphing. As you say, try it in a wee batch and see. If you have cavity moulds you could try a couple out
 

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