Prepare Your Colorants for Cold Process Soap Making

Learn to Mix Colorants for Cold Process Soap Making

Are you excited to make your first batch of cold process soap? Make sure you prep your colorants!  In this Soap Queen Short we show you what you need to prepare your colors beforehand to ensure an even pigmentation and give you more time to work with your soap. The more prepared you can be with all of your ingredients, the better your soap design will turn out. We use a few simple pigments and oxides and mix them into some of our favorite lightweight oils like sweet almond, sunflower, and canola.

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This link will take you to a great list of our pigments, and below you will see some of our best lightweight oils for mixing colorants:

We also have a battery powered 4-in-1 Mini Mixer that will make the job fast and easy.


Learn to Mix Colorants for Cold Process Soap Making

For more information on coloring your soap consult some of our other resources  like Lori Nova’s great E-Book, Color with Confidence and the Color with Confidence Starter Kit or check out Kathryn Hackney’s E-Book,Cold Process Colorant Master Class.

22 Responses to “Prepare Your Colorants for Cold Process Soap Making”

  1. Mrs G says:

    Thank you for this video… I’ll definitely use this method to disperse the colorants. The colors in my soaps don’t look very nice because of soda ash.
    So I have a question about alcohol. You suggest to spray the soap with isopropyl alcohol to avoid soda ash. I have only 96% denatured alcohol and I was wondering whether it would be effective in preventing soda ash.
    Thank you.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Mrs. G!
      I’m so glad you found this video helpful! From my own personal research, denatured alcohol is not safe for skin application or digestion. We have used isopropyl many times and have found it to be very effective in preventing soda ash.

      Isopropyl Alcohol:

      I hope this helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Felisha says:

        Hi, This video was quite helpful. Recently, I’ve started mixing my oxides and pigments in glycerin which also seems to work out nicely as long as I really give it a good mixing. On the question of soda ash, I just thought I would add that denatured alcohol is used in cosmetic applications quite often. I have a nivea face cream that contains it. It’ usually on the label as Alcohol denat. or SD alcohol. It’s simply ethanol with something added to make it taste bitter. I don’t know if it will prevent soda ash but it is safe to use in cosmetics.

        • Amanda says:

          Hi Felisha!
          Interesting, thanks for the additional info! Because we have not worked with denatured alcohol, I cannot recommend it to prevent soda ash like I can isopropyl alcohol. I will share this info with the team and research this more.The Teach Soap Forum is a great resource, and there may be more info there! :)

          Teach Soap Forum:

          -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Robin Miller says:

    I have trouble with Titanium Dioxide and getting enough of a “white” color. It always seems to fade and I never achieve white.
    I used one teaspoon oxide to one tablespoon sweet almond oil.
    What am I doing wrong do you think?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Robin!

      If you find that the Titanium Dioxide is not giving you a white enough color, I would recommend adding more! It sounds like your dispersion is correct, I would just try adding more to your soap :) I hope this helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. Sandi says:

    I really enjoy your products and videos! Thank you for your hard work. I did find that shopping online and placing items in cart, then continue shopping was difficult and did not bring me back to the page I was on. Maybe your IT person can fix this glitch. Thank you.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Sandi!

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the videos! When you return to the page you were on, your cart should stay intact if you are logged in :) Thanks for the feedback!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  4. Hello,
    I produce natural handmade glycerine soaps and your website is just awesome! Full of ideias, colors and shapes. Keep up with the good work. If you wanna visit my web store here is the URL:

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Ricardo!

      Thanks so much for the kind words, I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the blog! We are thrilled to have you as a reader :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. Vicky Dean says:

    Hi, I’ve never made soap but I’m very interested in making soap. Could use any information u could give me for a beginner. What kit show I start with? Which process is best Lyle or Glycerin.? I’ve watched a lot of your videos which are very help full. Any help would be very much appreciated.

  6. Cyndi says:

    Every morning I check my inbox and share a cup of coffee with SoapQueen. I am addicted to both!!!
    Is there any way you could pass on the recipe of the soap that is pictured along with this post? Those have got to be the most gorgeous pieces of eye candy I have seen in a long time!
    Also, are soaps made with such vivid colors mostly for looks? I find when I actually use them things get pretty ugly.
    Thanks so much,

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Cyndi!

      We can certainly try to get a tutorial up for this soap :). While soap with lots of color can start to loose some of its beauty after use, many look just as nice :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. Munimula says:

    As a new cold process soap maker, I am unsure about how adding the extra oil/colorant affects the overall soap recipe. For example, if you divide a batter into thirds (for example, to make a three color soap), and add one ounce of oil/colorant mixture to each third, that is adding 3 ounces of extra oil to your recipe. Does this affect the recipe overall? Do you have to adjust the water/lye mixture to account for adding an overall 3 ounces of extra oil? Or is it negligible? Please advise, and, thank you.

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Munimula!

      It depends on how much color you add! For instance, we typically add 1-3 tsp. of color to our recipes depending on the size of the recipe and how bright we want to color to be.

      We typically don’t have any problems with adding the extra oil, because it usually works out to be a couple teaspoons per color.

      If you’re using quite a bit of color in a small batch of soap, you can decrease your superfat by 1% or 2% to be extra careful. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  8. Eva Salas says:

    I have been mixing my colorants in oil and usually superfatting from 5-10%. My soap is too oily! Is the oil used for colorants incorporated in the lye calculator? Meaning if I use 5 grams of oil for colors should I add those 5 grams to the calculator?

  9. Amanda Jennings says:

    Do you know how long you could keep these colorants once they are mixed like this? I was wondering about keeping them in squeeze bottle for use in detailed molds. Thank you! I am very excited to get started!

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