Paprika Powder in Cold Process Soap 11

This Paprika Powder is great, the color is absolutely amazing. So, I am continuing on with my different powders to add to soap and now I have the paprika powder, thinking potato salad….. no I’m thinking what a beautiful color this would make in my soap. Today I will show you how to include this into your cold process soap and leave the potato salad for another venue like cooking class.Here we go using the Paprika Powder, this is a mild and sweet variety of Capsicum annum. The color is oil soluble and makes a wonderful soap. If you plan to make swirl bars with paprika, then plan on each swirl bleeding the color into the uncolored parts. The oil soluble nature of this natural plant leads to the color being mobile in soap.You can infuse this plant powder into any oil and extract the oil soluble color compounds. Then use the infusion as a natural color. Soaps can be from light, peach color to intensely orange. The odor is mild and very earthy but not smokey. I have gathered some supplies and I’m ready show you how easy adding botanical can be.Supplies Needed:

Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Soaping Goggles
Soap mold of choice


Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
62.37 grams Lye
177 mL Water
1 tsp Powder
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
2.20 oz Lye
6 fl oz Water
5 grams Powder
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Powder

I’m going to use the same soap recipe again, as I did when making the soap with infusions. This will give you some ideas and suggestions when you try the infusions or powders in your soap batches.

Begin by weighing all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool separately until they reach a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. When cooled, mix the oils and lye solution together and blend with immersion blender until trace is achieved. Once your mixture has made it to trace add in your powder approximately 1 teaspoon, mix thoroughly then pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar.

I have noticed that when adding the powder that I am getting a bright orange color to the soap. I only used 1 tsp and got this fabulous color.

I have added a few photos to show you the process, I hope you are making some great soaps with me and enjoying the fun. Check out the photos that has all the soaps lined up, Paprika Powder is the fourth batch from the left, beautiful orange color. I’m very happy with this color, I like it. I will keep watching and see if the color changes while it cures.


First Batch with no Powders or Infusions added

First Batch with no Powders or Infusions added

Mixing Lye

Mixing Lye

Mixing Lye and Oils.

Mixing Lye and Oils.

These are the botanicals labeled for your convenience.

These are the botanicals labeled for your convenience.

Infusions, Tinctures, and Powders in Soap

Infusions, Tinctures, and Powders in Soap

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11 thoughts on “Paprika Powder in Cold Process Soap

  • Janet Schreiner

    I have soaped with Paprika and I am a huge fan of the color. Thanks for another great recipe.
    Janet Schreiner

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  • caren

    I recieved the Paprika Powder in my Freebie Friday box, I will patiently wait to see if the color changes. I would love to add a bright orange soap to my lineup as I live near Knoxville (UT Vols), bright orange and white school colors, they would sell like hotcakes!!!

    Do you know if they do stay orange, if I use them as embeds, would the colors still bleed?

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  • Leilani

    I have also used paprika, it is a lovely orangy color. Nice if you like making a soap with natural coloring. Does it have any skin properties?

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    • Tina

      I am not sure what properties it would bring to the skin. I do know it is not hot, stinging or irritating. Paprika is very mild in soap.

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  • Kam

    I am truly enjoying watching your results with the different powders. The paprika makes a beautiful color.

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  • Phyllis

    I am wondering about staining with these additives. Do any of these stain the sink, skin or wash clothes at the recommended amount?

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  • Xenia

    I love paprika in soap! It works great in hot process soap, too, with lovely orangish speckles. Turmeric is wonderful as well and gives a pretty lemon yellow color. Yay for soap making!!

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