Coloring in melt and pour soap making is a simple process of adding colorants to the melted soap base before pouring it into molds. Melt and pour soap bases are premade and come in various types such as clear, white, shea butter, goat milk, and more. These bases can be melted in a microwave, double boiler or a melting pot, and once melted, the colorant is added to the base, stirred well, and then poured into molds.
There are different types of colorants that can be used for coloring melt and pour soap. The most common types include:
- Liquid colorants – these are highly concentrated liquid dyes that can be added directly to the melted soap base. They are available in a wide range of colors and are easy to mix into the soap base.
- Powder colorants – these are dry, highly concentrated pigments that can be added to the melted soap base. They are available in a wide range of colors and can be mixed with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to form a paste before adding to the soap base.
- Mica powders – these are natural mineral pigments that can be added to the melted soap base to give a pearlescent or metallic effect. They come in a wide range of colors and are often used for creating designs or swirls in soap.
When adding colorants to the soap base, it’s important to add a small amount at a time and stir well to ensure even distribution. It’s also important to keep in mind that some colorants may cause the soap to discolor over time, so it’s best to use a colorant that is specifically designed for use in soap making.
In addition to colorants, other additives such as fragrance oils, exfoliants, and dried botanicals can be added to melt and pour soap to create a unique and customized soap bar.