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Colouring Soaps

You can use a wide range of natural herbs, spices, clays, and cosmetic colourants when making your own soap.
Voyageur offers a wide range of 
so you can make your soap the perfect colour.

Colouring Soaps

Herbs & Spices:

When using herbs and spices to colour your soap, the colour of the ingredient will not necessarily create the same colour in your finished soap. The saponifcation process can make herbs and spices change colour, and flower petals will tend to brown.

The intensity and darkness of the colour will also depend on the amount used. Start by adding a tsp of herbs or spices to a bit of water and then adding it to your batch of soap at a light trace.

Here are some commonly used botanicals in soap making, and the colours they make.

Botanical Colourant:
Beet Root Powder Earth brownish soap
Bladderwrack Gray-green soap
Burdock Root Warm brown soap
Cayenne Pepper Salmon colored soap
Chickweed Herb
Rich green soap
Cinnamon Ground Caramel to brown speckled
Comfrey Leaf
Sage green soap
Curry Powder Madras Yellow soap
Dulse Powder Choice Green soap
Elder Berries Caramel brown soap
Henna Blonde Powder Light brown soap
Henna Black Powder Green soap
Henna Red Powder Sage green soap
Kelp Powder Atlantic Gray-green soap
Neem Leaf
Textured deep brown soap
Nettle Leaf
Lime green soap
Salmon speckled soap
Speckled pink & tan soap
Stevia Leaf Powder
Yellow-green soap
Spirulina Powder Green-yellow soap
Turmeric Ground Peach-orange soap
Walnut Hulls
Yellow & brown speckled soap


Clays are a beautiful way to naturally colour your soaps while also adding skin care benefits. A rounded tsp. per 4 lb. batch of soap will generally give the soap a nice colour.

We add the clay to a tbsp of water to make a slurry first, then add the slurry to the soap at a light trace. Continue to whisk or stick-blend the soap to distribute the clay evenly with no lumps or streaks.

Australian Pink Clay Dusty pink
French Red Clay
Brick red
French Yellow Clay
Mustard yellow
French Green Clay
Light grey-green
Bentonite Clay
Pale grey

Pigments, Oxides, Ultramarines, Neon Powders & Micas

Commercial colourants such as Ultramarines, Chromium Greens, Iron Oxides, Neon Powders and many of our Micas will give your soaps beautiful colours in varying shades depending on the amount that you add to your batch.

To use these colourants in your soap, simply make a concentrate by mixing together 1 tsp. of colourant with 1 tbsp. water, then add the liquid bit by bit when your soap is at a light trace, continuing to mix until you reach your desired colour and trace level.