Fabulous Non-Bleed Colour System for Melt and Pour Soaps. Maintains Complete Transparency, easy and clean to use.
Water-soluble dyes in dilute liquid form. Simple to use in melt & pour soap. Maintain clarity. Can be mixed to achieve a wide selection of colours and shades. Dyes can bleed into adjacent layers.
Dyes (as opposed to pigments) have small particle size and lend their colour to products by solubising. The benefits of dyes is that they maintain complete transparency which is ideal in clear liquid bases or in melt and pour soaps. Some dyes are less tollerent of extreme pH environments than others which means not all are suitable for use in alkali products such as CP soaps or in acid environments such as in bath bombs where citric acid is used.
When further dilute in water, dyes often appear a different colour from that of their concentrated liquid or powdered forms. Dyes should always be used sparingly and never added to any dry toiletries in their powdered form.
Dyes will 'bleed' in melt and pour soaps.
Many of our powdered dyes are now being manufactured in fine granular form which helps reduce airborn dust when handling.
Almost without exception, Mineral and Organic pigments have high tolerance to alkali or acid conditions (see individual descriptions for exceptions) and the colour they appear to be in powder form is the same colour they lend to the products they are added to.
Mineral pigments, especially have large particle size and add colour by dispersing rather than solubising. Generally speaking Mineral pigments are ideal for colouring CP soap, dry toiletries such as bath bombs and many forms of make-up. They are less suitable in liquid products as their large particle size means they sink-out of suspension and they also detract from clarity.
Organic pigments in their powdered form are insoluble in water, so are more limited in their use. They disperse in oils or some forms of solvents and add colour by 'coating' the molecules of the products they are added to, so they should NOT be used in dry toiletries such as bath bombs, nor should they be used in products applied directly to the skin unless used very sparingly, as they can cause staining. Organic pigments are very alkali tolerant and can be used successfully in CP soaps. We also have liquid dispersions of these organic pigments shown in a separate section of our catalog.
Important: The term Organic in this context is only to distinguish from Mineral. It does NOT refer to pigments being certified organic by any organisation such as COSMOS.
Pigments will not 'bleed' in melt and pour soaps.
Non-bleed pigments suitable for many cosmetic and toiletry applications. They are versions of those usually only soluble in either oils or alcohol (solvent) but combined with a surfactant to render them dispersible in water, making them suitable for colouring aqueous products and in moderate quantity will maintain transparency in clear bases. Suitable for CP soaps.
Natural Dyes are similar to synthetic dyes in that they have small particle size and lend their colour to products by solubising, but they are derived from natural sources as is evident from many of their descriptions. The benefits of dyes as opposed to pigments is that they maintain transparency which is ideal in clear liquid bases or in melt and pour soaps. Some dyes are less tollerent of extreme pH environments than others which means not all are suitable for use in alkali products such as CP soaps or in acid environments such as in bath bombs where citric acid is used.
Natural Dyes can come in either powdered, granullar or liquid form. When dilute or further diluted in water, dyes often appear a different colour from that of their concentrated liquid or powdered/granular form. Dyes should always be used sparingly and never added to any dry toiletries in their powdered/granular form.
Dyes will 'bleed' in melt and pour soaps.
Coloured Micas are fine pigment-coated mica powders which are widely used in many cosmetic applications. They are almost all very alkali tolerant making them ideal for use in CP soaps as well as their main use which is in mineral make up. They add bright colour and irridescence to many cosmetic products, although their large particle size means they are not always suitable in certain liquid bases or melt and pour soaps as can they sink-out of suspension.
Cosmetic grade glitters are pigment or dye coated plastic flakes. Because some of their colour coatings are not always tolerant of extreme pH conditons nor of certain solvents. Microfine Glitters (150 microns or .006 Hex and under) are approved for use in eye make-up.
Glitters may either want to float or sink out of suspension in certain products so a 'suspension' base may be required for certain types of products when adding glitters. PLEASE NOTE: Our Cosmetic Glitters and Crystalina are now unable to be used in Rinse off products such as Bath Bombs, Soaps, Body Butters etc. due to the Microbead Ban from January 2018. They are fine to use to use in Leave On products, but the ban has come into force for rinse off products.
Eco-friendly glitter-like mica pigments perfect for adding shimmers and subtle colours in your products. Derived from natural mica, these colours are 100% plastic free and meet the requirements of the UK legislation for inclusion in rinse off product.
Bio-glitter® is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic-based glitter. Developed to help tackle the part glitter plays in microplastic pollution, Bio-glitter® uses plant material as its basis rather than polyester and will naturally degrade into harmless substances in the environment. Currently this cellulose base cannot tolerate solvent environments so they are not suitable for nail polishes, but they are perfectly fine for most other cosmetic applications as well as wider glitter applications. Microfine Glitters (150 microns or 006 Hex and under) are approved for use in eye make-up. Also approved for many lip products in the EU, although advise testing to ensure suitability.
Glitters may either want to float or sink out of suspension in certain products so a 'suspension' base may be required for certain types of products when adding glitters.
We now have two products in available from the Bio-glitter® range; the first product, Cosmetic Bio-glitter® Sparkle is >90% plastic free and the new Cosmetic Bio-glitter® Pure, is 100% plastic free. Both ranges are naturally biodegradable and offer their own special effect appearance and specific properties.
Coloured Coated Micas are fine pigment-coated mica powders which are further coated to enable them to disperse in water rather than float on the surface which makes them particularly useful in bath bombs or where a mica might otherwise be introduced to bath water as it avoids much of the problem of the mica being attracted to the bath surface which can cause unpleasant discolouration.
Like conventional mica they can also be widely used in many cosmetic applications. They are almost all very alkali tolerant making them ideal for use in CP soaps as well as in mineral make up. They add bright colour and irridescence to many cosmetic products, although their large particle size means they are not always suitable in many liquid bases or melt and pour soaps as they sink-out of suspension.
Solvent Dyes basically do exactly what is suggested, as they are dyes (small particle size, maintaining transparency) which are soluble in solvents rather than in water. This makes them ideal for adding colour directly to any solvent-based products or any product dilute in a solvent. They are particularly useful in colouring fragrances or dilute fragrances or essential oils such as in reed diffusers. Suitable for colouring solvents and volatile oils including fragrance oils, essential oils and their diluents, which might include Denatured Ethanol (alcohol), Dowanol, IPM or DPG etc.. Ideal for use in Room Fragrance products such as reed diffusers.