Recently, one of our active Facebook fans posted a mystery photo (on left) and asked why her purple LabColors didn’t go purple. I suggested that perhaps diluting the LabColor rather than using it straight would fix the issue. And voila, fixed (right side).
The reason for this is simple: LabColors are crazy, insane concentrated FD&C (Food, Drug & Cosmetic) and D&C (Drugs & Cosmetics) colors blended in a small amount of liquid. We’ve deliberately made the colorants ultra-concentrated so you’re not shipping water. So there’s an extra step for you at home but judging from the photos above, it’s definitely worth it. Some of the colors are super gloppy and tend to sink or stick to the bottom of the container so if you use them directly out of the bottle, they can spot strangely (glop glop) or not go the color you want because you’re not getting the full mixture.
To dilute LabColors:
1. Heat distilled water in the microwave in a sterilized (5% bleach water will do the trick) heat-safe container until 140 degrees or warmer. If you’re heating the colors in a plastic container, we recommend using a hot water bath so the plastic won’t melt. For the Small bottle size of LabColor (10 mL), you can dilute between 4 to 8 ounces water. I prefer to work with 4 ounces of water for an ultra concentrated and non-clumping color. This is a personal preference thing. I know one other professional soapers that prefers 8 ounces, so play around with it until you get the perfect dilution. Start with 4 ounces and work up.
2. Mix the colorant into the water and rinse out the colorant bottle to get all the last dregs of color. Shake well.
And that’s it – it’s super simple! Thank you to Courtney for posting the mystery for us to all learn from.