Colorants in Soapmaking
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Colorants in Soapmaking

Everything a soapmaker needs to know about color and more
4.9 (11 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
70 students enrolled
Created by Erica D Pence
Last updated 11/2015
English [Auto]
Price: $89.99
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • 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

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.

Who this course is for:
  • Soapmakers
Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 02:00:30
+ Introduction
3 lectures 07:18

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!

Preview 02:15
Colorants in Soapmaking Manual
+ Colorants Overview
2 lectures 14:24

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

Colorants Overview

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.

Preview 08:42
+ Color and Color Theory
1 lecture 12:20

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

Color and Color Theory
Color and Color Theory Quiz
10 questions
+ FD&C and D&C Dyes
3 lectures 17:13

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.

Diluting LabColors and Other Concentrated Dyes

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

Using Dyes
Dye Quiz
5 questions
+ Pigments
2 lectures 10:13

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

Pigments: 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.

Using Pigments
Pigments Quiz
5 questions
+ Micas
2 lectures 12:42

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


The lesson covers using micas in CP and MP soap.

Using Micas
Micas Quiz
5 questions
+ Herbs, Botanicals and Clays
3 lectures 14:57

This lesson goes over plants and clays in soapmaking.

Herbs, Botanicals and Clays

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.

Making Infusions

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

Using Herbs, Botanicals and Clays
Herbs, Botanicals and Clays Quiz
5 questions
+ Having Fun with Colorants
4 lectures 24:54

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.

Blending and Testing 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.

Veining, Coating and Dusting

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

Mica Painting

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

Mica Shimmers in CP Swirling
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 06:28

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.