The past two months, I’ve been busy testing micas, pigments and lakes in cold process soaps and bath bombs. I’ve blogged about it, but to make it easier for you to find these posts, I’ve created some colour guides for you to use and download.
The last in the mica colour test series, purple is particular important for the ever popular lavender soap. However, it has always been a difficult colour to achieve in cold process soap, one reason many soap makers turn to micas for this colour.
Three blue micas, so similar in colour, yet result in very different shades of blue in cold process soap. It’s always good to test your micas before using it in soap making as this week’s test clearly showed.
Beautiful greens in four different shades covering the whole spectrum. There is a yellow-green of apples, a grey-green of evergreen fir trees, a gorgeous blue-green shade, and a pale green that would work perfect as a base colour in a soap design.
Sunshine, joy, happiness, cheerful, those are all words we associated with yellow. This week, I’ll be looking at how yellow and orange mica behaves in cold process soap.
Reds and pinks are probably the most popular colours in soap making, yet for all their popularity it is often difficult to get the exact shade you desire. Many reds morph towards the purple part of the spectrum or even into browns.
Mica is a name given to a group of silicate minerals, which form distinct sheets and flakes. These are very thin and light, and are most commonly found in schist and granite, giving the rock its shiny, sparkly appearance. It’s this sparkle that makes the mineral so attractive to the cosmetic industry.
FD&C is an American labelling standard, which stands for Food, Drugs and Cosmetic. FD&C dyes have gone through rigorous testing, which makes them safe for use in foods and cosmetics, however, they are artificially made (not natural)