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Zinc oxide is a very fine white powder that is non-nano and used for whitening, adhesion and UV protection. It is a perfect addition to mineral makeup, particularly in a foundation. 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 1.25 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.

Botanical Name:  Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)
Comon Name:  Zinc Oxide 


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by Chantelle
on 7/6/2015
Colouring Zinc Oxide?
Hi, What would you suggest for colouring the Zinc Oxide? Cosmetic Mica? I want to make coloured zinc oxide nose sticks for kids (remember the ones we used to get back in the 80's?) I want it to colour the zinc stick, leave a face paint like colour on the face but I need to be able to wash it off, too! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)

Terah from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Chantelle! What a great idea! I would recommend using our Pigments or Micas to help color your nose sticks. Though, keep in mind that Zinc Oxide acts as a white colorant so any color you use is going to be lightened by the white Zinc.

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by Rebecca
on 6/13/2015
Just bought
Is this lip safe and skin safe, in lotion specifically? And at what percent?

Terah from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Rebecca! Our Zinc Oxide is non-nano and both skin and lip safe! There is no recommended usage rate though I would probably start small with about 1/16-1/8 tsp per pound of lotion.

by Belle
on 10/6/2014
Can I use it for sunscreen?
Can I use this zinc oxide for sunscreen???

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Belle! While this may offer some UV protection, it does not create sunscreen. Sunscreen is regulated by the FDA. This means if you claim your lotion is a sunscreen, it will need to be tested to prove that it's effective. That can be a long and expensive process, so you'll want to consider that beforehand. This Etsy Updates Policies on Cosmetics Making Claims blog post has some great information on labeling that may help!

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by Melody
on 6/27/2014
Use for sunscreen?
I am using Zinc oxide to make sunscreen, but I have been warned against using nano-sized & micronized zinc oxide. What is the particle size of your Zinc Oxide?

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