Here’s the results of some more testing that I’ve been doing of natural colorants in cold process soap.
This week it was paprika, orange peel powder and rose clay: three very different kinds of colorants.
Right after pouring, this is what each test looked like. This batch went into a warm oven to ensure that it would go through a gel phase. Another identical batch went into my refrigerator to ensure that it would not go through a gel phase.
And here is how they turned out. The soaps on the left gelled, while the ones on the right didn’t. You can see the the gelled soaps have a darker, deeper color. The non-gelled soaps stay pastel and creamy-looking.
Some people prefer one look over the other. I just like that I can use one colorant and have two slightly different results: Bonus!
UPDATE: All of this testing was bound to lead somewhere! Click here to read more about the “Coloring Soap Naturally” eBook that is available now, all about natural coloring in cold process soap. I tested 34 different ingredients and in all kinds of ways. Then I took photos of it all and organized it so you don’t have to do all the testing yourself!