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Brick Red: This reminds me of a fire house, with all the beautiful bricks setting off the power inside -- it's that great color of deep red with a tinge of orange which makes it a great year round color. Approved for use in cosmetics, including lip products. While this is a non-bleeding colorant, if you add too much to your soap it can migrate into other colors in the soap design or stain washcloths. We recommend starting out at 1/16th to 1/8th teaspoon per pound for melt & pour soaps. For cold process, add 1 teaspoon of oxide to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil like Sweet Almond or Olive Oil and mix well using a mini mixer. To create the color in the sample of cold process soap above, we used 1.5 teaspoons of colorant (about 0.15 oz before dispersing) in 1 pound of soap.

For more information on oxides in soap, check out this blog post.

Safe for use in lip balms

Botanical Name: Iron Oxide (CI 77491)
Common Name:  Iron Oxide 


Average Rating:
(based on 7 reviews)

Showing 1 - 5 of 7 Reviews:

by Margaret
on 4/5/2015
Definitely did not come out the way I have hoped.
The color is truly beautiful and the only reason I rated this a 3...I'd imagine that this would produce a beautiful shade in lip balms. However I tried it in bath bombs and it was THE worst idea. The way it stained my hands alone.. Id be seriously worried about grout and staining tubs. :/ Id possibly use this for CP but pretty nervous about it. Bummer.

Terah from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Margaret! I'm so glad you think our Brick Red (oxide) Pigment is truly beautiful. We do not recommend using oxide pigments, like this one, in bath bombs. They are a bit too strong. For bath bomb dyes you may want to check out our La Bomb Colorants. They are dyes specifically formulated for bath bombs. If used within the correct usage amounts in cold process soap the Brick Red will not stain your tub. I will email you personally to discuss this further.

by Ceara
on 3/14/2015
lovely earthy red
I really love this red color. It's really earthy and rich and looks great with a nice dark green. As other reviewers have stated a little goes a LONG way. I would definitely cut your typical colorant amount to around half when using this. I usually use around 2 grams of other pigments per 2lbs of clear m&p and with this I can use around 1 gram or even slightly less in 2lbs and it is super vibrant at that ratio.
by Karen
on 12/11/2014
Beautiful shade in lipstick.
Easy to use mixed well in carrier oil and blended beautifully with soy wax & coral copper mica for lips. Just the right shade of true red with a slight sheen of coral.
by Stephanie M
on 1/15/2014
I like the color but...
I used this in a batch of CP soap. The color came out great and I was really pleased with it. No morphing or fading and it was easy to work with. But then once the soap cured I used some and the color started bleeding in my hands. Not enough to stain a washcloth but enough to notice that the bubbles were red. I guess you have to be careful about not adding too much. Next time ill take that into consideration.
by Lyn
on 10/5/2013
Stains wash cloth :(
I used the red colorant (2 tsp per 4 lb. loaf) and the soap looked beautiful. When I finished curing and tried it, my white wash cloth was I can't sell this whole loaf! Beware! even a small amount of this color can cause bad results. :(

Reply from Bramble Berry
If you are finding this colorant to color your suds and washcloth, we suggest using less than the recommended rate. We've used it in our Fall Sweater Stripes Cold Process Soap Tutorial and didn't have any problems with it over-coloring our batch. In fact, in our 4 lb batch, we only used 1 teaspoon of colorant. Typically we do 2 teaspoon in 1 tablespoon of oil and then add that mixture to your batch until you get the color you like. If you are searching for a perfect red that doesn't color your lather, we would suggest checking out the perfect red in this CPOP Swirls blog post.

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