Colorants in Soapmaking

Everything a soapmaker needs to know about color and more
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2013 English

Course Description

Confused about which colorant to use? How about choosing colors for your project? This class walks you through all things color, including making infusions and creating better color.

This is a comprehensive course consisting of slideshow presentations, videos, downloadable PDFs, and quizzes to highlight important information in a professional format. You'll be able to learn everything you would in a traditional classroom and ask any questions along the way all from the comfort of your home.

Topics include:

  • Pigments, Oxides and Ultramarines
  • Micas
  • Dyes
  • Natural colorants - herbs, clays, etc.
  • Color Infusions
  • Choosing color combinations
  • Choosing the best colorant for your soap projects
  • Tips and tricks to better coloring
  • And more
  • Mica painting, dusting, veining, and more

Includes: Colorants Manual PDF

Our classes are unique in the industry. Each course is designed in logical sequence in a well thought out curriculum. Classes are very comprehensive and cover small details that are often overlooked in other courses and books, but make life easier for soapmakers (things we wished we had learned as a new soapmaker). The class is built on a professional platform, where you can learn at your own pace on your own time, anywhere in the world. You just need internet access and a desire to learn.

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in using colorants in CP and MP soapmaking
  • Desire to learn
  • Willingness to practice new techniques
  • No prerequisites, but beginner soapmaking knowledge is a plus

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to use dyes
  • Learn to use pigments
  • Learn to use micas
  • Learn to use plants and clays
  • Learn to make infusions
  • Learn to use techniques to accent your soaps with color

Who is the target audience?

  • Soapmakers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to the Class! This slide show gives a brief overview of what we will cover in the class. Feel free to post questions along the way. We are here to help!

Colorants in Soapmaking Manual
Section 2: Colorants Overview

This lecture gives a broad overview of the different colorants used in soapmaking.


There is controversy over the term 'natural' in the soap industry. This lesson explains the differences between natural, synthetic, and nature identical. It also explains the controversy so you understand what you may stumble upon throughout the Internet and make informed decisions.

Section 3: Color and Color Theory

Color theory is important to creating harmonious groups of color. It is also important to understand basic color terminology.

Color and Color Theory Quiz
10 questions
Section 4: FD&C and D&C Dyes

This lectures covers FD&C and D&C dyes, which are called different names by different suppliers.


Many dyes come already diluted, while others are concentrated. This explains how to dilute LabColors, but the information can be used for diluting other dyes.


This lecture explains how to use dyes in CP and MP soaps.

Dye Quiz
5 questions
Section 5: Pigments

This lecture teaches about pigments, also known as oxides and ultramarines.


It is important to know how to best use pigments in your soapmaking. This lecture explains how to use pigments in CP and MP soaps.

Pigments Quiz
5 questions
Section 6: Micas

Micas are another colorant used in soapmaking and taught about in this lecture.


The lesson covers using micas in CP and MP soap.

Micas Quiz
5 questions
Section 7: Herbs, Botanicals and Clays

This lesson goes over plants and clays in soapmaking.


In order to obtain colorants from some plants, you will need to make an oil infusion. This lecture teaches you how to make infusions using different methods.


This lecture explains how to use natural colorants in CP and MP soaps.

Herbs, Botanicals and Clays Quiz
5 questions
Section 8: Having Fun with Colorants

This lesson gives a basic overview of how to blend colorants. The example in this lecture uses pigments. It also explains how to test colorants.


There are a few ways in which color is used beyond merely coloring soap base. This video tutorial demonstrates creating veins between soap layers, dusting the tops of soap with mica, and coating shapes to embed in soap with mica.


This video demonstrates how easy it is to paint your soaps with mica.


This is an exciting way to create shimmering mica swirls in CP soap. This lecture explains how.

Section 9: Conclusion

A quick review of key information is included. However, you can come back to this course as often as you need. You can also download the manual to easy reference.

Thank you for joining us.

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Instructor Biography

Erica D Pence, Certified Advanced Soapmaking Teacher

Erica Pence is a soapmaker, teacher, author, and blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab providing soap, bath & body, and candle making classes, and Herban Apothecary (formerly The Bonnie Bath Co.), her own line of bath and body products. She is author of the blog, Soap-Blog, where she provides information for those in the bath and body industry. Erica is a long-time columnist for The Saponifier magazine and a speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild 2014 Conference. She holds a BA in Education, and combines her love for teaching and researching with her passion for soapmaking. Erica is a native Floridian, who now resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and an old cat.

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