I used the amount recommended with my 2 lb mold and at first I didn't think it would be enough (I looked grayish) and even after I cut it, it seem lighter then what I hoped for. Now a week afterward it actually looks black again. I made a black and white (licorice scented) soap so I'm sure happy it looks black again. I did use my sample bar and washed my hands with it. Noticed the bubbles were a little grey but it did not stain my cloth at all. Would buy again!