Food coloring as soap dye?? All Soapers - help needed!!
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while it would be "safe" to use food colourings in soap in that they wont harm the skin, i think they are more likely to stain the skin rather than clean it
As a baker, i get food colouring on my hands frequently and it can be difficult to remove
but this is from a bker's point of view, not a soap-maker's. Maybe someone with experience of soap has some tips
Posted at 4:48 am Jan 9, 2010 EST
You've got to remember that a lot of the colourings and fragrances that are used in soapmaking are affected by the lye in the soap as well.
So you definately would want to try a small batch to see what happens. I do know that teas and coffees will work very well as soap colourants and they have a wonderful fragrance as well.
Posted at 5:16 am Jan 9, 2010 EST
I agree with others that food colouring is not likely to "harm" you as such - but it would be the staining that would worry me. How would you respond to a customer whose towels, face cloths or, even worse, brand new shiny white bath had suddenly gone pink!
Posted at 7:55 am Jan 9, 2010 EST
This topic was recently brought up in another forum, and I think the consensus was the food coloring was safe to use, didn't stain when used in small quantities, but some of the colors do morph in CP soap. Red stayed true, as did yellow, but blue turned purple. Not sure about green. I don't know about M&P soap - I don't remember it mentioned.
Posted at 8:39 am Jan 9, 2010 EST
I actually tested this theory on my offspring tester who could care less if she turned purple --actually she thought that'd be very cool haha-- Im kidding. I tested it on myself in a small batch of bath bombs. Used in small quantities, the food coloring stained nothing. However, in selling to the general public I'd rather be safe than sorry and use skin safe colorant.
Posted at 9:19 am Jan 9, 2010 EST