People nowadays are more into using natural or organic products. As the popularity and demand for natural products increases, it is obvious that there are more and more people being aware of the harmful chemicals or synthetic products present in most goods. Or maybe people just want a healthier and better kind of living. Organic soap making is one of the alternatives made by soap makers to be able to meet the client’s need. But how about the colorants, are they natural? Sometimes, there are people who are allergic to the dye being used in making soap but you do not have to worry again because organic soaps nowadays are using natural soap dyes. In short, these soaps are 100% natural and harmless to your skin.
What kind of natural soap dyes are they using? These coloring ingredients are derived usually from fruits, vegetables and other plants that posses strong enough colors to blend with the soap mixture. Some of the most common natural soap dyes that are widely available are: carrots, preferrably shredded (produces a yellow orange color), cucumber (produces a green color), beet root, preferrably crushed (produces a pinkish red color, depending on usage) and cinnamon (produces a brown or tan color).
But before you grab anything in your kitchen and use as a natural soap dye, better go through a couple of ingredient tests with oil and lye, and another one using an actual batch. For the lye test, you would need to dissolve around a tablespoon of lye in a half-cup of water, let it completely dissolve and cool down before you add a ¼ teaspoon of your chosen natural coloring ingredient.
Remember to crush the chosen plant and mince up the leaves. If nothing happens and the water is slowly becoming colored, that’s a good sign, but better to wait a full day before making a final assessment. Next is the oil test where you have to heat up a few ounces of coconut oil, ¼ tsp of natural colorant and check if the oil takes on the color. The final step is a test run. Add your colorant to the soap mixture the stir and check if the colorant gave you problems you don’t usually encounter. You’ll know if it’s successful if you have the end product. If everything ‘s fine, try it with your hands, and if it doesn’t itch after few hours, then it’s safe for use.