Searching for a Red Color

In my quest to find a red color for Melt & Pour and cold process soap, I thought I would test the Lip Balm Colors, Oil Soluble to see if the Ruby Lip Balm Color would work. Imagine my surprise when both types of soap turned a vibrant orange color.

Melt & Pour Soap Notes:
I melted some Transparent Melt & Pour soap in a large glass beaker and then added some of the Ruby Lip Balm Color to the melted soap. When I first started stirring, the soap had a beautiful ruby color and I was so excited. Then I realized there were still particles of colorant floating around in the soap. I couldn’t get the particles to mix in by hand, so I grabbed the test kitchen immersion blender to see if I could blend in the color particles. Once I started blending, the soap turned orange! I was so shocked, I almost knocked the beaker off the counter!

Melt & Pour Soap on the left and Cold Process Soap on the right.
Melt & Pour Soap on the left and Cold Process Soap on the right.

Cold Process Soap Notes:
I added the Ruby Lip Balm Color to the oils once they were melted and used an immersion blender to make sure there were no particles of color floating in the oils. At this point, the oils were a rich ruby color, and then I added the lye mixture and used the immersion blender to mix. Wow! It turned a bright orange color so quickly, I couldn’t even say “lip balm.” Once the raw soap had hit trace, I poured it into the mold and then allowed the soap to rest for 24 hours. When I cut the soap, it was still a vibrant orange.

8 ounces weight Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 ounces weight Coconut Oil
4 ounces weight Olive Oil

2.2 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
6 fluid ounces cool water

Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 5 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 2 minutes
Adding color to melted oils: 1 minute
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 5 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 90 seconds
Pour into mold: 10 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours


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3 thoughts on “Searching for a Red Color”

  1. I’ve only worked with CP soap. Have you tried the Red Lake Dyes dispersed in glycerin? That does pretty well. Or I got a very pretty dark red with a mixture of around 4 parts brick red oxide and 1 part powdered red 40 dissolved in a bit of water.

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  2. Unless I totally missed it, only the article on using yellow lip balm color in soap actually tells you how much to use. All the others say “some”. How much is “some”?

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    1. Margaret,
      Unfortunately, I didn’t note that discrepancy at the time. All of the colors had just 8 drops from the professional sizes.

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