A few notes before we get started

Most commercially available, as well as many handmade soaps are colored with lab-made oxides, micas, and other synthetic colorants. At the beginning of my soapmaking journey, I chose to color soaps with nature. As an artist and painter, I always wanted to explore making my own paints, and as a homeschool mother had explored natural dyes and inks for science lessons. Most importantly, I wanted to keep this cherished process of making soap as natural as possible. The rainbow hippie in me wouldn’t have it any other way.

In order to color soap with botanicals there are a few key points you need to be aware of, and some things that you need to realize you will (mostly) never obtain:

  • Nothing is instant.
  • There’s no glitter in nature, and natural soap will not achieve “neon” colors.
  • Colors will change and morph.
  • There can be more than one “right way”.
  • Breath and enjoy what you made.
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