I’m so excited to share a big project I’ve been working for the past year: How to naturally color your cold process soap. There has been lot of buzz lately about naturally coloring cold process soap but I couldn’t find very much information on the subject so I decided to do some experimenting myself
Now that I’ve figured out what works, I’m ready to share everything! Learn to make a truly all natural cold process soap for just $7.95. I’ll show how to infuse oils to make intense colors using only natural herbs. I’ll also show you how to use three of my favorite natural colorants and share my recipe for the beautifully layered soap you see below on camera. I’ll take you through every step of the process!
This video is nearly 15 minutes long and gives you all the basics of how to make your own natural color infusions for use in cold process soap. You can even use these infusions for lotion, lip balm, and so much more!
Find the video here at Bramble Berry!
Buy everything you need to make the soap featured above in the video Natural Colorants with the click of a button!
I also wrote a book with an in-depth explanation of infusing techniques and notes on how 104 different herbs, spices, teas and clays will work in your soap. You can purchase a printed version or a downloadable PDF version. Or you can get it all in this handy kit.
Hey there! I’m with Bare Tow’d Soap works here in Montana, and we have found an awesome red orange for cp by infusing a base oil with sweet paprika, low smell and bright great color!
Hi Anne Marie,
I find the pink and red very hard colours to get in cp soap. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you very much. Leslie
Becky with Bramble Berry says
Good morning, Leslie!
Pinks and reds can be a bit tricky to get in cold process soap, but here are a couple links to colors that we’ve found that work great in CP:
Berry Red LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Berry-Red-High-pH-LabColor-P4311.aspx
Dark Red Brazilian Clay: https://www.brambleberry.com/Dark-Red-Brazilian-Clay-P5500.aspx
Melon Red LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Melon-Red-LabColor-P3016.aspx
Merlot Sparkle Mica: https://www.brambleberry.com/Merlot-Sparkle-Mica-P3064.aspx
Red Velvet LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Red-Velvet-LabColor-P3484.aspx
Rosewood LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Rosewood-High-pH-LabColor-P4332.aspx
Tulip LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Tulip-High-pH-LabColor-P4337.aspx
Watermelon LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Watermelon-High-pH-LabColor-P4339.aspx
Brick LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Brick-LabColor-P3477.aspx
Brick Red (oxide) Pigment: https://www.brambleberry.com/Brick-Red-oxide-Pigment-P4041.aspx
Electric Bubble Gum Colorant: https://www.brambleberry.com/Electric-Bubble-Gum-Colorant-P4966.aspx
Flamingo Pink LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Flamingo-Pink-High-pH-LabColor-P4316.aspx
Impatien Pink LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Impatien-Pink-High-pH-LabColor-P4321.aspx
Pinkberry Sherbert LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Pinkberry-Sherbert-LabColor-P3482.aspx
Pinked Mauve LabColor: https://www.brambleberry.com/Pinked-Mauve-High-pH-LabColor-P4330.aspx
Rose Clay: https://www.brambleberry.com/Rose-Clay-P5112.aspx
And a few blog posts for true-red blends:
Hot Process Series: CPOP Swirls: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/hot-process-series-cpop-swirls/
Fall Sweater Stripes: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/fall-sweater-stripes-tutorial/
CP + MP = Magma Soap: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/cp-mp-magma-soap/
Cheery Holiday (Advanced) CP Soap: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/cheery-holiday-advanced-cp-soap-2/
Ultramarine Pink (Pink Oxide) Pigment: https://www.brambleberry.com/Ultramarine-Pink-pink-Oxide-Pigment-P4039.aspx
I hope this helps! 🙂
-Becky with Bramble Berry
Aura Laforest says
I’ve been doing all natural infusion/addition techniques for a couple of years now and it was long time that someone published on the subject!
People have been doing infusions since before the pioneer times – we’re lucky to be able to build on their good work and artistry. I do love a good calendula/lavender infusion in my base oils for cold process soap (swoon).
Shoot! I posted an observation about infusing Hibiscus blossoms on the Star Anise thread- please look for it and help me if you can!!;)
Oh, I was just about to purchase the kit and saw that it’s currently out of stock. 🙁 Any idea when you might have it available again?
So sorry, Kristine. We’re having a hard time getting our hands on the Alkanet Root Powder, which is why the kit is out of stock.
You can put together your own natural colorant kit and get the Annatto Seeds, Spirulina, Activated Charcoal, Paprika, Madder Root and Sweet Almond Oil.
Courtney from Bramble Berry
Becky Rippelmeyer says
Oh YEAH! I must have this – thankee thankee!
Just sitting down to read and am looking at the ‘tea’ page. I have made many batches replacing the water with a strong tea solution and haven’t run into any discoloration. Now – a few of those were so heavily colored with micas that no one would be able to tell even if it had. LOL But the one I did using green tea stayed white. Perhaps my infusion wasn’t as strong as I thought. =)
I am very much enjoying the book! Thank you very much for producing such a marvelous contribution to the soap making world!
Oh fun! That is really great info. I’ve always gone crazy strong but maybe there’s a happy medium. Thank you so much for posting your experience. =)
That’s a great idea! The soaps came out so pretty.
I also like coloring my soaps with clays, green, red, etc. Charcoal is my favorite. But I will have to check out your kit soon.
Oh, Anne-Marie. You’re so wonderful.
Amy Warden says
Sweet! I see an investment in my future…
You’re going to be a rock star with the natural colorants!
Courtney from BB
Special K says
Exited!! Just bought the book and video!! This is exaclty what I have been trying to look into and you did it all for me. Thank you! Your the best! Can’t wait to share with you one day my products and let you know what you and your blog has done to inspire me! (and it was all by accident)..So until then…;]
Yay! Keep us posted on your projects =)
Courtney from BB
Beth Ellis says
I love your info – I also use my home grown herbs for color – Comfrey leaves – dried -are a great Green and Annato infused with sunflower oil is great to – thanks for the other ideas. KEEP SOAPING!
There is really SO MUCH that you can do with natural colorants. We had a blast testing. Each round was like a little science experiment. We could hardly wait until the next day to see what the color was going to look like.
-Courtney from BB
Kelly Ann Taylor says
YAY! Can’t wait to get this and
Thank you Anne-Marie!
OH!! This is JUST what I have been hoping for!!!!! WAHOOOOOOO!!! Thank you!!!