Soap colourants can come in many different varieties. The most common handmade soap colourant is mica, a type of sand that is used in cosmetics. Mica is a naturally occuring mineral (Phyllosillicate) and is usually imported from India for the european market .
Here we can see a variety of colours in our workshop ready for mixing into new handmade soap. Micas are an inexpensive and non-toxic colourant that is not derived artificially. It comes in a range of vibrant colours and can be used to make swirls and patterns of all kinds.
Soap bars can be very beautiful when coloured with natural powders and dyes. Of course you can also use botanical ingredients to colour soap for example, spirulina, flowers and herbs. Organic ingredients however do not preserve well in cold process soaps and this is where the micas excel!