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.

Learn to Prepare Colorants for Cold Process Soapmaking from Soap Queen on Vimeo.


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.

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  1. Ellen Pouw says

    Great video
    I was just wondering about the oils used to mix the colors. Are they being taken from the total oil amount of the soap recipe?


    Kind regards


  2. Tammy says

    Hello, I am still doing mad mad reading, watching and research for soap making, you mentioned taking the oils out from our measured oils to mix our colorants, would that not effect the water.lye amount once it’s taken out? Thank you for all the wonderful videos, you all have taught me so so much, I’m a firm believer in reaserching and learning all that you possibly can before dipping your toes into the soap making pool. Ann Marie has been my personal in home teacher and I would probably not know half of what I knew now if it weren’t for her and all of brambleberries videos, so, thank you so much.

    • Tammy says

      Ahh, you know what? My common sense just kicked in!!!! *laughing to myself* Those oils are going to be added back into the soap, therefore, not effecting the lye/water amounts…Correct?

      • Kelsey says

        Hi Tammy!

        That is correct! If you take those oils from your base soap, they will be added back into the soap. That means the lye and water amounts won’t be affected!

        Also, I’m so glad you are enjoying the videos and tutorials! Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

        -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  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,

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

    • 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

  10. 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.

      • 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.

        • 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

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