Food Coloring in Soap

by Anonymous

Can you use food coloring in soap?


Some of the powdered dyes I have bought were food safe colours and they did work in cold process soap making. Just remember that dyes will bleed so if you try to marble a soap there won't be a defined line between the two colours.

I'm not sure how well the food colouring that we can buy in the grocery store will work. It may not be strong enough and some of the colours (like blue) might not be able to survive the saponification process.

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Wilton Cake Sparkles
by: Anonymous

I just used Wilton Cake Sparkles (purple) in some CPOP soap yesterday. I took it out this morning, and the soap has lovely pink dots scattered throughout. I have no idea whether they will stay or not. This was an experiment to see what would happen. So far, so good.

I used approximately 1/3 of the vial of cake sparkles, added at trace and hand mixed them gently into the soap before pouring into the mold.

I may just have to try some other colors.

Food colors
by: Anonymous

Food colors tend to bleed as the soap cures. Also many fragrance oils discolor soap colored with food colors, hence you may end up with an entirely different color at the end.

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