Natural dyes for soap are products that we use as food or as medicines that can give a certain color to soap.

Natural Dyes for Soap

As we said in a general article about dyes, remember that natural dyes, in spite of their beneficial properties, do not always behave in soap in the same way. They muddy the base, change color, and the shelf life of such soap is significantly reduced. If you use juices or vegetables and fruit, soap may mold, if decoctions and dry mixes, then store the soap better in the refrigerator for no more than 2-3 weeks. However, the great advantage of dyes of natural origin is that you can make them from the products that you have at home. And the way natural dyes behave in soap, we figured out, now let’s see what product, what color dyes soap.

Dye base

Colour Product Recommendations for input Notes
Red Paprika, Cayenne Pepper Choose powder, dilute with a small amount of water. May cause burning and allergic reaction.
Alkanna 200 ml. base oil, heated in a water bath, add 25 grams. ground, dried alkane roots. Insist on 24 hours. The more you insist, the more intense the color will be. Good to use in soap from scratch.
Clay (pink and moroccan) It is better to pre-rub with water for uniform input. Slight scrubbing effect.
Orange Turmeric Pre-dissolved in water. May irritate the skin.
Sea buckthorn oil Enter as base oil to 1/3 tsp per 100 grams of base. Soap may wash less, but get an antibacterial effect.
Rosehip oil To enter as base oil to ½ tsp per 100 grams of base. Soap may wash less, but get a nourishing effect.
Annatto Seeds To carry out the same procedure as with alkanna root, insist on oil. Enter as base oil. Good to use in soap from scratch.
Orange peel Chop the dried orange zest and add to the soap. The color will not turn out bright, but you can use as inclusions. Soap is stored no more than 3 weeks.
Yellow Curry, saffron Pre-rub with water or oil. May cause burning and allergic reactions.
Rosehip oil Enter as base oil to 1/3 tsp per 100 grams of base. Soap may wash less, but get a nourishing effect. It turns a light yellow shade.
Calendula flowers, chamomile Dried flowers chop. You can insist on warmed base oil, decoction or enter in a dry form. In the first and second case, get a more uniform color. Can give bright blotches. Broths of herbs significantly reduce the shelf life of the soap.
Green Chlorophyllipt Gives a beautiful green color, add depending on how much saturated color you want to get. Within a month, the soap will get a gray tint, and then completely gray. Antibacterial effect.
Brilliant green solution – “Zelenka” Add up to 5 drops per 100 grams of base. With excessive dosing can color the skin. With time brightens.
Sage, alfalfa, spirulina (you can buy pills at the pharmacy), parsley algae, dill, spinach. You can enter in the form of a decoction or dry powder. Some herbs may turn gray or give a brownish color over time. Soap with decoction of herbs deteriorates faster.
Henna powder Dilute in water. Enter in the amount of 7 ml per 1 kg of finished soap. You can get from olive to dark green-gray sometimes brown.
Blue blue Chamomile essential oil Put in the soap 5-7 drops per 100 grams. the basics. Depending on the concentration of essential oil depends on color saturation.
Indigo root Use dried root powder, injected ground with water or oil. May stain skin.
Blue clay Enter as an additive in soap. It is better to pre-rub with water for uniform input. May give a gray-blue color.
Violet Alkana dyeing Spread with oil before entering.
Brown Cinnamon Not more than a teaspoon per 100 grams. May cause skin irritation.
Chocolate, cocoa, coffee grounds Create a rich brown color, sometimes to dark brown. Enter no more than 15% by weight of soap. Reduce the foaminess. Allergic reactions are possible. Have a scrubbing effect. Gives a light scent, but quickly disappears. It is better to add perfumes.
Shredded cloves To enter in the form of powder in the base. May cause skin irritation.
Karkade (hibiscus flowers), tea brewing Enter as a decoction in the soap. Not more than 5%. Reduces the foaminess and shelf life. Sometimes it can take a gray-brown or brown-brown tint.
Lactic Milk You can add only in dry form (powder). Small shelf life, when entering liquid milk, a high probability that it will be covered with mold.
White Titanium dioxide Grind in glycerin or oil before entering to distribute evenly over the base. Enter 0.5-1% of the total mass. Gives a bright white matte color. Safe for health.
Black gray Activated carbon Add in the form of powder pounded with water, 1-1.5 tsp. It has a scrubbing effect, black foam, black dots remain in the soap. May take a gray-lilac shade, if the base is chosen white.
Magnetite (powder) You should add some water to evenly add to the base. Scrubbing effect.
DO NOT RECOMMEND TO USE! Beet juice, nettle decoction, They have an unpleasant smell, which does not drown out the perfumes and gives not a beautiful brown-brown color.

We made this sign on the basis of experience and information gathering from the Internet. If you have additional information about these or other natural dyes or want to challenge the above information, write below in the comments. We are grateful.

Useful knowledge of the beginning soapmaker:

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Dyes in soap making

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