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Simple Secrets: Blending Custom Colors

The Goal
While soap and cosmetic suppliers carry a plethora of different colors, sometimes the exact hue you are looking for isn't an option. This is when you create your own custom colors by blending different powders together to create the perfect shade to complement your soap and fragrance. We blended neon powders to create the pictured orange and green colors for our Muddled Melon scented melt and pour soap.

Cantaloupe Orange: 3 micro scoops Neon Yellow Hello Powder + 1 micro scoop Neon Orange You Glad Powder

Cantaloupe Green: 2 micro scoops of Neon Yellow Hello Powder + 1 micro scoop of Blue Bye Your Powder 

The Color Wheel 
Understanding the basics of the color wheel will help immensely in creating your own custom blends. Red, yellow and blue are primary colors and with these three colors any hue is achievable. Let's take a look at yellow and blue. The colors in between yellow and blue on the color wheel are the hues you can make with these two colors. Mixing equal portions of yellow and blue will yield a true green. Mixing two parts blue to one part yellow creates blue-green while mixing two parts yellow to one part blue makes green-yellow. The same theory works with mixing blue and red as well as with yellow and red to create more beautiful colors.

Blending Colors
Blending colors in a small amount of liquid helps to see the shade before making an entire batch of soap with it. The type of liquid you use depends on the powders chosen and the soap method. For example, if you are making melt and pour soap and using powders that disperse best in water then you would use glycerin, dipropylene glycol or a small amount of melted mp soap to mix your colors. If making cold process soap, mix oil-soluable powders with some of your base oils or mix water-soluble powders with water.  

Other Contributing Factors 
The perfect shade was achieved, but there are still other factors that can botch your color design. For melt and pour soap, the color of your base and the fragrance used are both contributing factors to the finished bar's color. Use a clear soap base and a clear and vanilla-free fragrance to best capture the color you blended. For cold process soap, be aware of the base oils chosen and the fragrance. Base oils with a yellow or green color will alter the color of your finished soap as will fragrances with color or vanilla. As you become more advanced in color theory, you can use the color of oils and fragrance to contribute to your color design. We used a slurry of blended colors for our acorn squash soap that is scented with Squash-It Fragrance Oil.

Squash Orange: 3 micro scoops Matte Yellow Powder + 1 micro scoop Neon Yellow Hello Powder + a pinch of Matte Red Americana Powder

Squash Green: 3 micro scoops Matte Woodland Green Powder + 2 micro scoops Matte Black Oxide Pigment Powder + Matte Brown Oxide Pigment Powder

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