Merlot (Crimson) Sparkle Mica: Just right for mixing with Berry Wine, AppleJack Peel, or any time you need an incredible rich red. To create a good color in cold process soap, we used ¾ teaspoon of colorant (about 0.15 oz before dispersing) in 1 pound of soap.Safe for use in lip balms and eye shadows
To use this mica in Melt and Pour Soap: Wet the mica with rubbing alcohol until a liquid slurry is made. This usually is about a 1:1 mix of mica and rubbing alcohol. Add the desired amount of the slurry to the melted soap and stir to combine.
To use this mica in Cold Process Soap: Combine the mica with a light, liquid oil such as sweet almond or sunflower oil. Mix the mica at a rate of 1 Tbsp of oil to 1 tsp of mica. Increase the amounts as needed. Add this color mixture at trace.
Ingredients: Botanical Name: Mica, Iron Oxide (CI 77491)Common Name: Mica, Iron Oxide
This color does beautifully in MP soap, but when I used it in castile CP soap, it morphed to a burnt orange. I used no fragrance in the CP soap, so I know that didn't cause a problem. I soaped at room temperature. No idea why this color turned burnt orange. So sad!
*Edit: Okay, so after the soap sat a day or two, I noticed that it morphed back to a red color. I changed my rating from 3 stars to 4. I guess it frightened me that it turned orange. I was worried that it would stay that way.
I love this mica. I just wish you would sell it in sizes between 1 and 16 ounces (maybe in a 4-6 ounce size). Actually, I'd like to see all your micas offered in a size somewhere between 1 and 16 ounces. Thanks!
I have a question - the pic above showing the result in cold process is a very light pink - is this mica supposed to be pink or red?
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Heather! Our Merlot Sparkle Mica can make the lighter color in the sample of cold process soap shown above or it can make an incredible rich red depending on how much you use! We used 3/4 tsp colorant to achieve the lighter results, you can add more to get a darker color. For more on this mica and other tones we've created using it check out our Sunday Night Spotlight: Merlot Sparkle Mica blog post. I will email you personally to discuss this further.
This mica produced a gorgeous effect with my clear melt and pour, just stunning. My husband really loved this. I was, however, disappointed with the color in my shea butter. It produced a pale dusty rose, almost flesh tone, this was not what i was looking for. I used 1/2 teaspoon since I only was using 1/2 pound of soap. I was hesitant to use more because I was afraid it would be over saturated and the color would come off on washcloths or in the lather. Should I have done something different?
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Cindy! I'm so glad you love our Merlot Sparkle Mica! The reason it turned that color in your Shea Melt and Pour Base is because it is a white base. When you mix a color into an opaque base, like the shea, it will lighten the color. Just like mixing white paint with red, you would get pink. I will email you personally to discuss this further.
I love this color by itself for lovely pinks and deep reds. But I also blend it with Brick Red Oxide for a little truer red, and my FAVORITE Apricot Blush Mica (PLEASE BRING THIS BACK!!!) for gorgeous shades of orange.
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