Watermelon, again - and a drop swirl

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On my quest to make watermelon soap with “perfect to me” pinks and red, with more trial and error ahead. I used Trial by Fire red, but mixed in Raspberry. I have now finally had the ah-ha moment that the raspberry mica from BB is the culprit in turning my soap brownish. I am banning it from soap!

And in other news, I made this drop swirl. I wanted the base color to be more light baby blue, but the NS Sky Blue turned more gray than I expected. Scented with NS 8th & Ocean. Anyone have a great mica that is really baby blue? Maybe lighten a deeper blue with some TD? Help wanted, please.

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Oh your soaps are lovely! I’ve had really good results with NS Sky Blue, so I’m sorry to see it isn’t working for you. One of my current favorites is Caribbean Blue from NS. I can look for pics later if you want to see them for reference. My base is also pretty white.
 
I took a quick picture of the micas side by side. The sky blue is photographing darker than it really is, but you get the idea. The ombre with mini drops is Caribbean Blue and the other has Sky Blue in it. Hope this helps. I also meant to mention that I recently made a watermelon soap and used Hollywood Pink (NS) for the darkest part of the pinks and I liked how it came out.
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@dibbles - beautiful soaps, and that is the pretty light blue I was trying to achieve. My NS Sky Blue looks really different than yours. This photo is just like real life, and now that I look close, it seems to have some gray undertones, which explains my results.
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@dibbles
In breaking news, NS replied to my inquiry about my Sky Blue mica (yes, I’m THAT person that writes to companies LOL). Here’s what they said:

You have the older version of Sky Blue, before we had it reformulated to a lighter color. Your friend most likely has the newer formulation of Sky Blue. The older version was much darker than it is now but still more sparkly than Baby Blue.
 
@dibbles
In breaking news, NS replied to my inquiry about my Sky Blue mica (yes, I’m THAT person that writes to companies LOL). Here’s what they said:

You have the older version of Sky Blue, before we had it reformulated to a lighter color. Your friend most likely has the newer formulation of Sky Blue. The older version was much darker than it is now but still more sparkly than Baby Blue.
Out of curiosity I checked my order history. The mica I have was purchased in December of 2021. I didn't know that the mica was reformulated, or when that was. I used it frequently enough (for years) before I ordered a full ounce. I'm glad to know it might have changed. If I remember, the next time I place a Nurture order I'm going to get a small bag to see the difference while I still have some left to compare.
 
Out of curiosity I checked my order history. The mica I have was purchased in December of 2021. I didn't know that the mica was reformulated, or when that was. I used it frequently enough (for years) before I ordered a full ounce. I'm glad to know it might have changed. If I remember, the next time I place a Nurture order I'm going to get a small bag to see the difference while I still have some left to compare.
So this really made me curious! I responded to Tina at NS and let her know your Sky Blue was actually older than mine and asked if it was it reformulated multiple times.

She said:
It did change a few times from very light to darker and back again. These were changes our vendor was making, we hadn't asked for the color to be changed.
Also if I recall correctly we switched vendors for our micas sometime shortly after I started working here in 2020 and the new vendor's colors were slightly different.
Even this new vendor though has sent us different shades of Sky Blue. We're not sure why only Sky Blue changes like that, the ingredients are not changing at all so it has to be something to do with the mixing process.

Good to know, I guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
 
So this really made me curious! I responded to Tina at NS and let her know your Sky Blue was actually older than mine and asked if it was it reformulated multiple times.

She said:
It did change a few times from very light to darker and back again. These were changes our vendor was making, we hadn't asked for the color to be changed.
Also if I recall correctly we switched vendors for our micas sometime shortly after I started working here in 2020 and the new vendor's colors were slightly different.
Even this new vendor though has sent us different shades of Sky Blue. We're not sure why only Sky Blue changes like that, the ingredients are not changing at all so it has to be something to do with the mixing process.

Good to know, I guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
That's a big fat "Buyer Beware", isn't it?

And maybe not just from them, since none of our suppliers are making the micas in-house.

Do they post photos of the micas in CP? TKB does, I think WSP just shows theirs in MP?
 
I think that Nurture does actually mix some of their micas in-house @paradisi - I'm pretty sure Trial by Fire is one.

@dmcgee5034 I have ordered Sky Blue many, many times. I don't remember the color being too different, but maybe I ordered the Caribbean Blue because Sky came and was darker at one point. Even so, I always ended up with more or less the same light blue from the Sky Blue. 🤷‍♀️
 
I think that Nurture does actually mix some of their micas in-house @paradisi - I'm pretty sure Trial by Fire is one.

@dmcgee5034 I have ordered Sky Blue many, many times. I don't remember the color being too different, but maybe I ordered the Caribbean Blue because Sky came and was darker at one point. Even so, I always ended up with more or less the same light blue from the Sky Blue. 🤷‍♀️
Then it's even *more* incumbent upon them to represent their colors truthfully, if they're the ones changing them. They can't say they didn't know.

This is reminiscent of fo suppliers leaving up fragrance reviews from before reformulation and before drastic IFRA level drops.
It makes it hard to trust the supplier.
 
Then it's even *more* incumbent upon them to represent their colors truthfully, if they're the ones changing them. They can't say they didn't know.
I don't disagree with you. I was just pointing out that it is possible that some micas are mixed in-house. They are still getting the micas they use to mix custom colors from a supplier, which can change. Obviously the Sky Blue color is one they purchase, and can be inconsistent. I have seen a few times a note in the product description that will state that the color is different when the supplier sends something that is inconsistent with what they have previously had (Baby Blue and one of the yellows come to mind). Overall, I think they do their best to inform their customers.

That said, I am sure that many micas are ordered from the same suppliers. (Nurture) Maya Gold = (Mad Micas) Goldfinger = (TKB) 24K Gold.
 
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