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The Complete Guide to Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap (Colorant Guide)

Cosmetic micas can be used to create beautifully vivid and bold cold process soaps. I’m always asked how I get my colors so bright, and one part of that is using cosmetic micas in cold process soap (and the other part is applying color theory to create beautiful color schemes that contrast and pop!)

While mica itself is a natural product, cosmetic micas are coated with other colorants such as pigments and FD&C colorants. Check the INCI of your micas, and you’ll know what’s in there! The dual sided colorant particles are what create the shimmer and sheen of cosmetic micas. They are most commonly found in various cosmetics, such as lipstick, eye shadow, and blush.

Cosmetic micas are absolutely stunning in clear products, like melt and pour soap, because the light can refract off the mica particles. Unfortunately, micas lose most of their shimmer in cold process soap because soap is opaque in nature. (There is still a slight sheen to cold process soap colored with mica.) However, the range of colors achievable and the ease make using cosmetic micas to color cold process soap entirely worthwhile.

A full rainbow of micas ready to be put in soap!
A full rainbow of micas ready to be put in soap!

The best part about using cosmetic micas in cold process soap is that they are so easy to incorporate without clumps, especially when using a frother and dispersing them in oil, water, or glycerin. The colors are smooth and vibrant!

TIP:¬†You can premix your colorants in liquid. To premix cosmetic micas, use a rate of roughly 1 teaspoon per tablespoon of liquid. I prefer¬†8 ounce squeezable LDPE bullet bottles with yorker twist open or disc top caps. Add¬†approximately 10 teaspoons of color¬†in the bottle through a funnel, add stainless steel mixing balls (1/8″ or 1/4″ like those used in nail polish bottles), and then fill the bottle with the liquid you are¬†using. Twist on the cap, and shake like a mad woman. Each time you use the colorant, it needs to be shaken before being used.¬†

Micas do have their downfall in cold process soap making. Various colorants that are used to coat cosmetic micas are not stable at a high pH. Watch out for micas containing FD&C dyes, carmine, and ferric ferro-cyanide; many of them will not be stable in cold process soap. Micas also have a slightly higher usage rate than pigments or FD&C colorants which can mean higher production costs.

Testing cosmetic micas in cold process soap!
Testing cosmetic micas in cold process soap!

Before you use cosmetic micas in cold process soap, you should test them for stability. Testing micas in your specific formula will help you understand what your end color results will be. Some formulas can be off white, or have a slight yellow or green hue, depending on the oils used or other additives (such as milks.) This can affect the end color of any colorant used, micas are no exception!

TIP: If you typically don’t gel your soap, don’t gel your samples and be aware that most colors will not be as vibrant in non-gelled soap as gelled soap.

Most micas can be used at a ratio of 1 teaspoon per pound of oils; however, some micas will remain vibrant and saturated at lower ratios, while others may require a higher ratio. Micas really make your options almost limitless!

Blending Cosmetic Micas to Create New Colors

Since cosmetic micas are easy to mix and incorporate, they are extremely easy to blend as well. I tend to only keep basic mica colors on hand (Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple), and custom blend each color to achieve my desired result.

Basic color combinations like combining red and orange for an orange red or combining red and purple for a red purple work perfectly. Add white mica or titanium dioxide to lighten a custom blended color, or add black mica or activated charcoal to darken a mica blend.

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Most soap stable micas are true to color, meaning you can usually combine dry micas to find the color you want, and then use the cosmetic mica blend to color soap. You may find when the mica blend is added to the soap you want to alter it. Easy ‚Äď just add more mica of the proper hue. (Remember how easy mica is to incorporate into soap!?)

When you are color blending, measure and take notes!!! The last thing you want to do is find the perfect shade of Tiffany Blue or Chartreuse and never be able to recreate it.

Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap Design Techniques

You can achieve a variety of designs and effects using colors in cold process soap. Here’s a little overview of the most common effects used.

Mad Oils cosmetic micas come in jars - love!
Mad Oils cosmetic micas come in jars – love!

TIP: I store my micas in jars, so I can easily change the way I use them.

Pencil Lines

For pencil lines, I use a square of muslin fabric and a rubber band to secure it to the top of the jar. If you store your micas in bags, you can dispense a teaspoon or so of mica into a small container and do the same. You can also use a tea ball, or any other gadget that features a fine mesh screen.

Cranberry Pomegranate Soap Gold Mica Pencil Line
The Cranberry Pomegranate Soap Tutorial features a beautiful gold mica pencil line, check it out here >>

After pouring the initial layer(s), I dust the top of the soap with a thin layer of mica. You want to be careful not to overdo it. You should still be able to see the layer of soap underneath the dusting of mica. If you dust too much on the soap layer, the soap will separate at the pencil line.

Mica Veins & Oil Swirls

You can create veins of mica throughout a soap by mixing mica and oil (1:2 ratio ‚Äď for example, ¬ľ teaspoon mica to ¬Ĺ teaspoon oil), and then using it to swirl. Take care in not over mixing the mica/oil mixture into the soap. As saponification completes, the soap will suck in the oil, leaving a vein of mica. This is a very effective look for soap rocks!

Alternatively, you can use an oil and mica mixture to swirl on the top of textured soap for the same effect. The soap will soak up the oil, and leave behind the shimmery mica swirling.

Check out this tutorial to see oil mica swirls in action >>

Mica Dusting

Like pencil lines, you can also dust the top of your finished soap batch with mica. After texturing the top of your soap, while the soap is still raw, dust the top of the batch with mica. As the soap sets up, the mica will adhere to the top of the bars, creating a shimmery textured top. If this method is too messy for you, try mica painting!

Cosmetic micas dusted and sprinkled on top of a batch of cold process soap
Cosmetic micas dusted and sprinkled on top of a batch of cold process soap

You can also sprinkle mica on the top of the soap to create a smattering of mica shimmer. Think: powdered sugar on waffles! This is one of my favorite ways to use mica, check out how I incorporate it into designs with the Spring Fling Soap Tutorial >>

Mica Painting

Instead of dusting the top of the soap with mica while it’s fresh, wait until you unmold the soap to top it all off! Using a clean paint brush (I prefer synthetic nylon bristles), dip the brush in your mica and paint along the top of the soap.

An old favorite: Aphrodite was one of my best selling soaps of my soap company, and featured a gradient sparkly top created by painting mica with a nylon paint brush.
An old favorite: Aphrodite was one of my best selling soaps of my first soap company, and featured a gradient sparkly top created by painting mica with a nylon paint brush.

The soap will still be soft enough that the mica will adhere to the top, but you must be careful to use a light hand or you will end up with brush marks and a gunky paint brush. The cool thing about this technique is the ability to blend the mica colors to create gradient and fade effects.

Mica on Soap Stamps

Add a unique touch to your soap stamps by adding mica to the mix! Before stamping your soap, dip your stamp into your mica. Stamp like normal! The mica will transfer for the stamped embed in the soap, and create a shimmery effect.

Check out this tutorial for tips and tricks on using mica with your soap stamps >>
Check out this tutorial for tips and tricks on using mica with your soap stamps >>

Examples of Using Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Below you will find over 110 examples of cosmetic micas tested in cold process soap. All soaps were fully gelled, and were made from the control formula of 50% olive oil, 25% coconut oil, 25% palm oil, with a 40% lye solution.

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These examples of cosmetic micas used in cold process soap are from Swatch Mania (published in 2013) and More Swatch Mania (published in 2014). Some of these micas may have been discontinued or reformulated since their original swatch date. It should go without saying, but I cannot guarantee every computer monitor or device screen will accurately depict the actual color of the soaps. The original photos were optimized for color-matched professional printing.

Red & Pink Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Bordeaux Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Bordeaux Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Bordeaux
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Ruby Red Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Ruby Red Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Ruby Red
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Red Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Red Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vibrance Red
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Starlight Ruby Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Starlight Ruby Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Starlight Ruby
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Shimmering Merlot Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Shimmering Merlot Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Shimmering Merlot
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Spicy Tomato Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Spicy Tomato Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Spicy Tomato
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Satin Penny Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Satin Penny Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Satin Penny
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Redrum Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Redrum Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Redrum
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, has more of a brick red undertone in soap than the mica appears.

Mad Oils Metallica Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Metallica Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Metallica
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Magic Beans Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Magic Beans Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Magic Beans
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses green shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Mauve Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Mauve Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Mauve
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Chrome Copper Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Chrome Copper Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Chrome Copper
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Bubble Gum Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Bubble Gum Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Bubblegum Pink
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap is slightly warmer¬†in tone¬†compared to color of mica.

Mad Oils Guava Lava Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Guava Lava Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Guava Lava
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses golden shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Bazooka Joe Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Bazooka Joe Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Bazooka Joe
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Fantasia Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Fantasia Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Fantasia Pink
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, however, color is more warm toned in soap than the mica appears.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Fiery Fusion Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Fiery Fusion Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Fiery Fusion
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: Instantly morphs to an orange red color, and does not change back after saponification is complete.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Vibrance Pink
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Pink Lemonade Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Pink Lemonade Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Pink Lemonade
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: Morphs to a grey purple magenta color during¬†initial saponification, returns to bright pink. Final soap is¬†true to color of mica.

Mad Oils Voodoo Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Voodoo Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Voodoo Pink
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Flirt Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Flirt Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Flirt
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Hot Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Hot Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Hot Pink
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Fandago Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Fandago Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Fandago Pink
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Oh La La! Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Oh La La! Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Oh La La!
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, however, color is slightly¬†lighter¬†in soap than the¬†mica appears.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Frosty Rose Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Frosty Rose Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Frosty Rose
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Cool Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Cool Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Cool Pink
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date: Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Blushed Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Blushed Pink Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name: Blushed Pink
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, however, color is more of a light salmon (orange undertones) in cold process soap than the mica appears.

Orange Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Mad Oils Summer Bronze Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Summer Bronze Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Summer Bronze
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Indian Summer Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Indian Summer Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Indian Summer
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Orange Sorbet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Orange Sorbet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Orange Sorbet
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early¬†2013
  • Notes: Can morph during gel but does change back, no¬†noted¬†fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color (and slightly duller in tone.) Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

Mad Oils Tangerine Dream Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Tangerine Dream Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Tangerine Dream
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

The Conservatorie Tangerine Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Tangerine Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Tangerine
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: Can morph during gel but does change back, no¬†noted¬†fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

Mad Oils Crush Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Crush Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Crush
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Orange Burst Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Orange Burst Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Orange Burst
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, but color strength is slightly lighter in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 1.5 tsp ppo.

The Conservatorie Peach Sunset Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Peach Sunset Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Peach Sunset
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early¬†2013
  • Notes:¬†Can morph during gel but does change back, no¬†noted¬†fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

The Conservatorie Orange Heaven Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Orange Heaven Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Orange Heaven
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: Can morph during gel but does change back, no¬†noted¬†fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Clementine Pop Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Clementine Pop Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Clementine Pop
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Orange Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Orange Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vibrance Orange
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early¬†2013
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, but color strength is weak in comparison to mica color. Recommended higher usage rate up to 2 tsp ppo.

Yellow & Gold Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Mad Oils Goldfinger Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Goldfinger Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Goldfinger
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses golden shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Matte Gold Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Matte Gold Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Matte Gold
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Sparkling Gold Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Sparkling Gold Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Sparkling Gold
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Sister Golden Hair Surprise Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Sister Golden Hair Surprise Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Sister Golden Hair Surprise
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses golden shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Lemon Cupcake Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Lemon Cupcake Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Lemon Cupcake
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: Initially morphs to yellow orange in cold process soap, but changes back after saponification. Soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Pot o Gold Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Pot o Gold Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Pot o’ Gold
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Lemon Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Lemon Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Lemon
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Bright Yellow Raincoat Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Bright Yellow Raincoat Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Bright Yellow Raincoat
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Sunburst Sparkle Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Sunburst Sparkle Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Sunburst Sparkle
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, soap is slightly lighter in color than the mica. Recommended usage rate 1.5 tsp ppo.

The Conservatorie Magic Yellow Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Magic Yellow Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Magic Yellow
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Mango Margarita Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Mango Margarita Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Mango Margarita
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Lemon Sherbet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Lemon Sherbet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Lemon Sherbet
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: Initially morphs to yellow orange in cold process soap, but changes back after saponification. Soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Lemondrop Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Lemondrop Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process SoapThe Conservatorie Lemondrop Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Lemondrop
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Yellow Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Yellow Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vibrance Yellow
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Buttercup Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Buttercup Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Buttercup
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No initial morphing or fading, soap is slightly lighter in color than the mica. Recommended usage rate 1.5 tsp ppo.

Nurture Soap Supplies Sunshine Yellow Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Sunshine Yellow Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Sunshine Yellow
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Green Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Mad Oils Three Olive Martini Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Three Olive Martini Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Three Olive Martini
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Golden Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Golden Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Golden Green
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Golden Luster Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Golden Luster Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Golden Luster Green
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Apple Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Apple Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Apple Green
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Apple Martini Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Apple Martini Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Apple Martini
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Apple Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Apple Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Apple Green
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vibrance Green
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils The Maniacal Pea Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils The Maniacal Pea Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†The Maniacal Pea
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, slightly cooler tone in soap than the mica appears.

Mad Oils Lorne Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Lorne Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Lorne Green
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Pistachio Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Pistachio Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Pistachio
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Bejeweled Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Bejeweled Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Bejeweled
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color is slightly lighter than the mica color.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Caribbean Kiss Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Caribbean Kiss Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Caribbean Kiss
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color is slightly lighter than the mica color.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Harlequin Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Harlequin Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Harlequin
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Shamrock Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Shamrock Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Shamrock Green
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Lounge Lizard Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Lounge Lizard Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Lounge Lizard
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses golden shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Enchanted Forest Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Enchanted Forest Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Enchanted Forest
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, is slightly lighter in soap than the mica appears. Recommended usage rate up to 1.5 tsp ppo.

Mad Oils Galactic Moss Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Galactic Moss Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Galactic Moss
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Enchanted Forest Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Enchanted Forest Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Enchanted Forest
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Mermaid Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Mermaid Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Mermaid
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, slightly more green (loses cornflower blue tones) in soap than the mica appears.

Mad Oils Celery Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Celery Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Celery
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Peak Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Peak Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Peak Green
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Shimmer Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Shimmer Green Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Shimmer¬†Green
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Blue Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Aquamarine Dream Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Aquamarine Dream Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Aquamarine Dream
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Peacock Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Peacock Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Peacock
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Turquoise Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Turquoise Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Turquoise Blue
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Peacock Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Peacock Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Peacock Blue
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vibrance¬†Blue
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Brilliant Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Brilliant Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Brilliant Blue
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Blue Kamikaze Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Blue Kamikaze Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Blue Kamikaze
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Blue Sparks Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Blue Sparks Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Blue Sparks
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, loses green shimmer, otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Almost Ice Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Almost Ice Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Almost Ice
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Silverfin Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Silverfin Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Silverfin Blue
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Deep Ocean Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Deep Ocean Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Deep Ocean Blue
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color is very slightly lighter than mica color.

Mad Oils Key West Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Key West Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Key West Blue
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Electric Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Electric Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Electric Blue
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Twilight Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Twilight Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Twilight
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Indigo Girls Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Indigo Girls Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Indigo Girls
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Slightly lighter in soap than the mica appears. Do not recommend a higher usage rate due to colorant bleed.

The Conservatorie Electric Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Electric Blue Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Electric Blue
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Denim Strut Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Denim Strut Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Denim Strut
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color is significantly lighter than the mica color. Recommended usage rate max of 1.5 tsp ppo, due to possible colorant bleed.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Cornflower Celebration Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Cornflower Celebration Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Cornflower Celebration
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

Purple Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Nurture Soap Supplies Wisteria Purple Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Wisteria Purple Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Wisteria Purple
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Purple Haze Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Purple Haze Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Purple Haze
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Sparkling Deep Violet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Sparkling Deep Violet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Sparkling Deep Violet
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Indigo Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Indigo Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Indigo
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils You're Turning Violet, Violet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils You’re Turning Violet, Violet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†You’re Turning Violet, Violet
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Purple Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Purple Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vibrance¬†Purple
  • Purchased from: Nurture Soap Supplies
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Nurture Soap Supplies Vibrance Purple Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Grape Nehi Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Grape Nehi
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Cosmo Martini Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Cosmo Martini Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Cosmo Martini
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Purple Passion Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Purple Passion Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Purple Passion
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

The Conservatorie Magic Violet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
The Conservatorie Magic Violet Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Magic Violet
  • Purchased from: The Conservatorie
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Early 2013
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Soft Amethyst Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals Soft Amethyst Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Soft Amethyst
  • Purchased from: Aroma Haven/Rustic Escentuals
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches the mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Tempest Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Tempest Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Tempest
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing, slight fading over time to more greyish purple than dark amethyst. Some report complete fading to grey, I have not experienced this in testing.

Other Cosmetic Micas in Cold Process Soap

Colorant Swatch Usage Information

Mad Oils Sexy Stranger on a Train Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Sexy Stranger on a Train Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Sexy Stranger on a Train
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Hot Man on a Tin Roof Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Hot Man on a Tin Roof Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Hot Man on a Tin Roof
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses golden shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Black Oyster Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Black Oyster Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Black Oyster
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.¬†Do not overdo the usage rate to avoid colorant bleed.

Mad Oils Macy Gray Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Macy Gray Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Macy Gray
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.¬†Do not overdo the usage rate to avoid colorant bleed.

Mad Oils Steel Works Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Steel Works Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Steel Works
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Satin Grey Pillowcase Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Satin Grey Pillowcase Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Satin Grey Pillowcase
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading, soap color matches mica color very closely.

Mad Oils Phyllis Diller Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Phyllis Diller Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Phyllis Diller
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely. Not as effective at whitening as Titanium Dioxide.

Mad Oils Vanna White Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
Mad Oils Vanna White Cosmetic Mica in Cold Process Soap
  • Color Name:¬†Vanna White
  • Purchased from: Mad Oils
  • Rate used: 1 teaspoon per pound of oils
  • Swatch Date:¬†Late 2014
  • Notes: No morphing or fading. Loses shimmer in cold process soap, but otherwise, soap color matches mica color very closely. Not as effective at whitening as Titanium Dioxide.

The swatches above are from Swatch Mania (2013) and More Swatch Mania (2014). They are just a small taste of the cosmetic grade micas available through suppliers today! I don’t have any plans to update my swatches or create new ones, as the availability of cosmetic micas for soapmaking changes so often nowadays.

Recommended Suppliers for Cosmetic Micas

There are a ton of suppliers that carry cosmetic grade micas nowadays, here are some of the ones I use most frequently:

There are plenty other suppliers, I just have come to rely on my favorites! But I do want to throw out one word of caution: make sure you know and trust your source. If your supplier lists a pigment as soap safe or soap stable, ensure that it is tested for the type of soap you are making, whether that is melt and pour, cold process, hot process, or liquid soap.

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  1. Do I have to take this out of my main oils? Can you explain this a little bit more in depth? I get completely bogged down in the measuring part! I love your videos but I am always worrying about whether I have measured correctly!!

    TIP: You can premix your colorants in liquid. To premix cosmetic micas, use a rate of roughly 1 teaspoon per tablespoon of liquid. I prefer 8 ounce squeezable LDPE bullet bottles with yorker twist open or disc top caps. Add approximately 10 teaspoons of color in the bottle through a funnel, add stainless steel mixing balls (1/8″ or 1/4″ like those used in nail polish bottles), and then fill the bottle with the liquid you are using. Twist on the cap, and shake like a mad woman. Each time you use the colorant, it needs to be shaken before being used.

  2. I just made a batch of CP soap using the Mad Oils Enchanted Forest Green mica. However, it did morph – the resulting green isn’t unattractive, but it’s much closer to an olive green now. My oils were 100% OO, the liquid was 1/2 water, 1/2 aloe juice, and the fragrance oil was WSP’s Wasabi (which isn’t supposed to misbehave at all in CP). So I’m thinking the color morphing culprit might be the aloe, but was wondering if you had any thoughts?

  3. I now own a ton of pretty micas from multiple companies. Please forgive me if this is a stupid question; but I’m a newbie soaper. What are the Pros & Cons of dispersing mica in glycerin vs. oil vs. water. I cannot figure out which one to do and what the effect on my soap will be.

    1. True micas at our recommended usage rate shouldn’t color lather, but it is best to check with the supplier to be sure of what is actually in your colorant and what usage rate they suggest, June.

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