We have been chatting via Twitter using the hashtag #HandmadeChat and we have learned so much! Tonight was my night to share with the participants How to Use Herbs & Natural Colorants in Handmade Soap. It is great sharing with others things what I do to keep my soaps as natural as possible & utilizing what I have available to create beautiful soaps.
Here are some of the Q & A that took place that night:
Q1: What can I use to color my soaps naturally?
A1a: First place is to look in your kitchen; powdered herbs, spices, coffee etc.
A1b: Soap can be naturally colored with Clays (Moroccan Red Clay, Kaolin Clay) etc.
A1c: Soap can be colored with vegetable juice, like carrots and beets
Q4: Using natural colors, how to maintain a consistent color in each handmade batch of soap?
A4a: Handcrafted soap can vary from batch to batch, not much but it can.
A4b: Taking diligent notes does help in creating a consistent batch.
A4c: Every time you make a batch of soap, take notes and add it to your list of notes.
A4d: Purchasing ingredients from the same vendor is also helpful.
There were many questions in regards to the FDA regulations and how is natural defined. For more information about using color additives in your cosmetics please click here.
For a complete transcript of tonight’s #HandmadeChat click here.
To learn about how to participate in upcoming #HandmadeChat click here.