COLORANTS IN ALL NATURAL SOAP – GOOD OR BAD?
Natural Mica Dyed Mica Powder
When I say I make all natural soaps that is what I mean.
I have stayed away from using micas and pigments in my soaps. Many people and websites say they are safe, and they may be, but they are NOT completely natural.
Mica powders are dangerous to breathe in, but that would not be much of a concern for a user of colored soap. These do start out as a natural product but since they need to be colorful, that is added and the colors are not natural. Unfortunately, this disqualifies micas as an all natural product for me so I will not use them.
Pigments could originate naturally (such as Iron oxide) but they can have other items attached to them which are not safe. Because of this, they are made synthetically. These are said to be safe, but not natural. Again, off my list of items to use in my soaps.
There are many FD & C colorants that are deemed to be safe. They are in most all processed foods and many makeups. Since there is not a clear definition as to what makes a product “natural” and since a lot of colorants were once safe and now are not, I have decided to stick with a plant, clay or nothing. Therefore, my soaps have a very natural look. This may be more “boring” for those who want a pretty artisan soap, but, once again, mine are natural!
A couple of them have Alkanet Root and Madder root and the Clove has ground cloves. Oh, the Charcoal has activated charcoal. That is it!