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.

Feelin’ the Love

Brand new and hot off the press, Debbie Chialtas’ newest Let’s Get Soapy e-zine is now available! This 24-page full color PDF is packed with tutorials for making soaps with water-soluble paper, achieving ombre coloring and working with neon colors for bright soaps that are ready for summer.

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Domino Lip Balm

These fun and fruity lip balms are great for those who love the classic game of Dominoes. We are personally big fans of Trains (sometimes referred to as ‘Mexican Trains’) in this household. By manipulating hardened lip balm base, I was able to create a fun polka-dotty look with a tropical twist. Read on to learn how to create these adorable and yummy-tasting lip balms.

Domino Lip Balm


 3 oz Nourish Lip Balm Base

Fired Up Fuchsia Pigment

Cellini Yellow Mica

 Pineapple Lip Flavor Oil

 Papaya Lip Flavor Oil

20 Slidey Lip Tins

Drinking Straw

Clean Up Tool

Droppers with Suction Bulb

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The Art Of Natural Dye

Anne-Marie Note: This is a guest blog post by Alesia Lau, one of our fantastic instructors and soapsters extraordinaire at Otion – The Soap Bar. Alesia loves to explore the world of color and in her job at Otion, she gets to play with color every day! Taking this class in Bellingham was a natural extension of her desire to learn more about natural colorant options for soap. I’m excited to see her work in some of these great ideas in her upcoming soapmaking experiments.

Hair Chalk Recipe and Application Tutorial

I’ve been loving (obsessing over?) the hair chalking trend going around. If you follow me on Pinterest you may have seen a few hair chalking pins lately, so of course I had to give it a try. After a few test runs with the help of some gracious Bramble Berry team members’ luscious locks, I’ve come up with what I think is a great hair chalk recipe that works on both light and dark colored hair. Plus, a how-to about applying the chalk to hair once it’s made. It washes out in 1-2 shampoos (depending on the color of your hair before chalking; lighter hair may take a second shampoo) and really pops – the perfect low-commitment pizzazz to kick off the new year right.

How to Make and Apply Hair Chalk

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