Colours, Pigments, Glitters and Micas
This page was last updated on March 12, 2012 - content last updated December 2, 2010. (previous update was 2003)
FD&C Liquid Colours
- Melt and pour soap results on left
- Cold process soap results on right
- Sun-exposed cp bar on far right
(bars were left in full sun for 2 months to test light fastness)
- Click on photo to see full size picture
- Note that some photos were altered to try to get them
as close to how they look in reality as possible, but they are not quite as bright as in person.
At the amount of colour we used for testing, the m&p bar is actually a very dark green (looks black but gives green lather). The cp bars are actually a very dark red.
Dark Blue Colour:
Sky Blue Colour:
Pink Colour (cold process soap only):
Teal Green Colour (cold process soap only, teal on left, teal and yellow on
Some primary colour blends:
Blue and Red Colours mixed together:
M&P bar is actually a very dark emerald green colour.
Blue and Yellow Colours mixed together:
In general with the limited testing we've done on these colours, it is hard to get a purple in m&p. The red will be progressively orange in soap until enough is added to get red. It seems to be hard to get a true red in m&p just using the red, perhaps with some blending it may be possible.
Pigment Results in CP Soap
Chromium Hydroxide Green:
Chromium Oxide Green:
Bar on right incorporated some titanium dioxide.
Iron Oxide Red:
Bar on left incorporated a small amount of black oxide, bar on right some titanium dioxide.
This testing was done in our soap formula which is quite white. The colour of the soap base can affect the end result,
especially if it's really yellow. These photos are just to give you a general idea, many more variations in shade and colour
are obtainable by using varying amounts of pigment or by blending with black oxide or titanium dioxide. Please note all the
above testing in soap and photos are from prior to 2003.
Photos of Glitters
Photos of Micas