When it comes to adding color to soap, I only use natural clays, powders, herbs and extracts. It adds variety and expands creativity in the final product. Some powders and herbs are readily available in your home. Though they may be not as vibrant as synthetics, but with natural colorants you get soft deep muted tones that nature intended. They also have their own unique properties and benefits to the skin.
Here are just a few of the natural colorants I use:
Activated Charcoal – adds black to grey or bluish color, depending on concentration. Some coarse brands add an element of exfoliation as well. Great for acne.
Cinnamon – adds a nice light brown color. Some people are sensitive to it though.
Beet Root Powder – grey to brown color. It does not keep it’s beautiful pink color.
Cocoa powder – light to dark brown, depending on concentration
Spirulina – This is a blue-green algae used as a supplement by many people. It makes a pretty green color. Will fade over time in soap when in direct sunlight.
Alkanet Powder – alkanet powder can do wonders for acne and other skin issues. So it’s definitely a good option. It will make everything from a deep purple to a bluish purple. It needs to be steeped in oil before adding at trace. If added at trace it will be a dark brown color as you an see with our Shave Bar Cleanse.
Black Walnut Hull – This is good to mix with the entire batch, giving it dark purple specs that are good at exfoliating as well.
Sandalwood Powder – creates a purple red color, depending on the ph level of the soap.
Hibiscus Powder- if added at trace, ends up being a darker tan/brownish color as soap cures. It also turns blended oils and lye green while getting to trace. I use for the skin benefits, exfoliates and hydrates the skin
Calendula Powder – calendula has a lot of great medicinal purposes, makes a pretty yellow, and can also be added as a flower instead of powder. The flower will give your soap yellow spots and streaks.
Indigo Powder – creates a deep blue.
Madder Root – add at trace, can be vibrant red or more muted pink depending on how much you add.
Tumeric - Go easy on the amount added. Color ranges from pale pink to deep burnt orange.
Kaolin Clay - adds silkiness and creaminess to soap bars, and creates a whiter bar.
Australian Pink/Red Clay: ranges from soft pink to deep red/maroon color. Balances out the complexion and adds radiant glow to dull skin.
"Are there benefits to Goats Milk? Does it change the outcome of the bar? Do you milk your own Goats?"
Absolutely! Definitely! and Of Course :)
There are many reasons why I use Goats Milk. First off, I raise my own goats who are grass fed. Yes, they are mischievous and break out of every fenced in area that we put them in, but i love their individual personalities and their playfulness.
The skin benefits are outstanding. Goats milk is packed full of vitamins and minerals that your skin will love. Alpha Hydroxy Acid removes dead skin and promotes new cell growth which creates healthier, smoother, and younger skin. It actually breaks down the bonds that hold dead skin together and sheds away gently, while not stripping your skins natural lipids or healthy bacteria. A natural skin exfoliant!
It contains vitamins C, B1, B6, B12 and E. All food for healthy glowing skin. Goats milk ability for increased absorption allows for intense hydration of the skin and delivery of all the skin nourishing benefits goats milk provides.
Its soothing for those with eczema and psoriasis. Being that its pH is closest to our human skin, it allows better delivery of moisture and nutrients and prevents dryness, which helps to soothe and repair broken and irritated skin. Which also makes it safe for all skin types, especially gentle for babies sensitive skin.
I could go on and on, but these are just some of the most important benefits to our skin that Goats Milk provides.
And, Goats are just awesome!
Starting a Blog has always intimidated me, but here I am giving it a go. Newbie at their best!
I started making soap back in 2016 just for my family. Again, i was a little intimidated at first dealing with lye, since i heard so many horror stories as to what could happen when using. "Do I add water to lye, or Lye to water??" constant question I'd ask myself first few batches.
At first I was using water as the liquid, but then realized, I have Goats! There's so much more vitamins and skin benefits to Goats Milk that I immediately switched. Best decision. (There will be a future post about Goats Milk and its many benefits for our skin)
So here I am 3.5 years later and making a business out of it. Who knew? I've expanded my knowledge and motivation for creating all natural soap and other natural products for all you who want only the best for your skincare!