I am looking for stuff that I can buy either from the dollar store or walmart for fairly cheap that give soap color and doesn't change the recipe very much. Anything from solid colors to specks that just add to the appearance of soap.
I'm so going to go the Michael's thanks to you. Should I get and test just the primary colors?Check out the baking section at Michael's. They will have icing colors which are very concentrated. Not all of them work in soap, but some do. They are dissolved in glycerin, which is soap safe.
White (titanium dioxide)
Red that contains Red #40
Blue will give you purple
There is going to be a lot of trial and error b/c I don't know of a definitive list of which food colors work well in soap.
If you really get into this and want dependable results, you will probably have to order online. Lye is a fickle beast and dyes for food, clothing, etc just aren't built to stand up to it.
Tmarr, what is your long-term goal? Do you just want a few color options to tinker with right now? Or do you want to build your soaping techniques around stuff you can buy locally? Nothing wrong with either, but it might help is shape our advice to you.
Some other options -
Ground spices add nice, interesting speckles. Some people are sensitive to them but some are not. I personally like to add ground clove, nutmeg and cinnamon to my soap. BTW I use cheap spices from Big Lots - my good Fancy Viennese Cinnamon from Penzeys does not go in soap!
I now have a good reason to look for my eyeshadow samples I never used... I wonder if I could immortalize some colors I've seen around... *day scheming*I've used loose eye shadow before, just read the ingredients to make sure its mostly mica and/or oxides. The colors turned out really nice and stayed vibrant.
I just want to say thank you, this was the type information I was looking for and it makes perfect sense as to why you can use them. Seems like you just helped another person out as well!I've used loose eye shadow before, just read the ingredients to make sure its mostly mica and/or oxides. The colors turned out really nice and stayed vibrant.
Pick which colors you want, and trying googling to see if those colors work in soap?Hello everyone!
I'm new here in the forums, and I've noticed that some of you like using Wilton icing colors for bath bombs and fizzes, but because they don't really list the ingredients or FD&C's they use for each individual color some of you have stopped using them. Well, I decided to go and contact the company to see if they would be willing to provide this information for us. They were more than willing to provide the FD&C's for each color. In fact I'll post the colors from the set I have and inquired about. I hope this helps.
Lemon Yellow- FD&C Yellow #5
Pink- FD&C Red #3, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Red #40
Orange- FD&C Yellow #6
Red/Red- FD&C Red #3, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Yellow #5
Royal Blue- FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #3
Violet- FD&C Red #3, FD&C Blue #1
Leaf Green- FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #1
Black-FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #2
That takes the fun out of trying them. My daughter also likes to help me bake so they would definitely be used.I'd google around to find what colors work. Here's a copy and paste from another forum:
Pick which colors you want, and trying googling to see if those colors work in soap?