Voyageur offers a wide range of so you can make your soap the perfect colour.
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|
|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
|Spirulina Powder||Green-yellow soap|
|Turmeric Ground||Peach-orange soap|
| Walnut Hulls
|| Yellow & brown speckled soap
ClaysClays 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
| French Yellow Clay
| French Green Clay
| Bentonite Clay
Pigments, Oxides, Ultramarines, and LabcolorsCommercial colourants such as Ultramarines, Chromium Greens, Iron Oxides, and Labcolors 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.
Iron Oxide Black
Iron Oxide Brown
Iron Oxide Burgundy
Iron Oxide Ochre
Iron Oxide Orange
Iron Oxide Red
Iron Oxide Sienna Brown
Iron Oxide Yellow
Bath Bomb Blue Colour - Blue 1 Lake
Bath Bomb Orange Colour - Yellow 6 Lake
Bath Bomb Red Colour - Red 40 Lake
Bath Bomb Yellow Colour - Yellow 5 Lake
Labcolors are a very reliable, color fast system, which are blends of F,D&C (food, drug, and cosmetic) and D&C colours that are very stable in both high and low pH products. They work great in cold process soap (high pH), melt & pour soap, creams & lotions, cleansers, and bath products.
Labcolors are very concentrated, so you can add the undiluted Labcolor Concentrate to your cold process soap by drops at a time until desired shade is achieved, or premix each 10ml concentrate bottle with 250ml of water to create a full bottle of liquid colourant. We also offer pre-diluted Labcolors for ease of use.
- Available colours include Aqua, Blue Mix, Brilliant Blue, Canary Yellow, Emerald, Fuchsia, Lime, Melon Red, Orange, Peach, Red and Royal Purple.