Natural Colorants – Red, Orange and Pink Many soapers and crafters got into their craft because they wanted to make and use the most natural products possible, and to be able to control what ingredients are in the products they use. One way to do that is to use herbs and other natural colorants in products. They can be a bit unpredictable, but are also fun to use and can yield some very beautiful results.
Here are some natural colorants to use that will yield red, orange and pink tones to your product:
Alkanet root (dried, infused in oil) – maroon to indigo. Begins mauve/lavender, turns pinkish. Very pH sensitive.
Beet root (dried) – soft pink to red to purple, depending on amount used
Cabbage, red – pretty rose color, but can stink in finished product
Citrus essential oils – light to deep orange
Cochineal powder – deep red
Dahlia (dried) – intense yellow to orange
French pink clay – bright, rosy pink
Lady’s bedstraw (root, dried) – coral pink
Madder root (dried, infused in oil) – pink to rosy red to purple to rich tomato red, depending on amount used and pH of product.
Moroccan Red Clay – Brick red
Mulberries, black (pureed or dried) – red violet to dark bluish purple
Myrtle berries (pureed or dried) – maroon to purple
Paprika – pale pink to light peach to orange/salmon, depending on amount used and pH of product.
Pumpkin (dried or pureed) – medium brown to orange
Rosehips (boiled, mashed and strained) – added to rebatch, will yield red. (Brown if used in CP).
Safflower petals (dried) – yellow to deep orange. Petals retain color.
Sorrel (root, dried) – soft pink
Sweet potato (dried, ground) – pale to dark orange