Natural Indigo Powder: This stunning blue powder is a natural colorant that's extracted from the leaves and stems of the indigo containing plants. Traditionally used in China as a medical remedy more common applications make use of it as a natural dye. Add this colorant to any of your favorite soap projects for a blue just like that of blue jeans. We recommend a usage rate of 1/2 teaspoon indigo per pound of soap. For a darker blue we suggest reconstituting the indigo powder in your lye solution.
Note: Using a palm free cold process recipe will help to achieve a more consistent coloring of the soap.
Ingredients:Botanical Name: Baphicacanthus Cusia (Nees) Bremek PowderCommon Name: Natural Indigo
First time I used it, I loved working with this Indigo powder as a natural colorant. I mixed it with my lye water as instructed on the container. I used a palm free recipe and everything soaped perfectly. No color changes, no fading, everything stayed true. Would definitely buy again.
Initially when I used the indigo, I got a beautiful greenish teal color which I loved. It wasn't until I used it again and added to my hot processed soap AFTER the gel phase, that it turned more of a blue jean. Now that I know to add it after gel phase AND let it sit for a couple of weeks, I will definitely try it again. I mixed the indigo with my SF after the cook. If you want more of the greenish/teal color, add it before the cook. It helps to do a test batch.
I've tried both ways, adding this powder to my lye solution and adding at trace for cold process soap. All that has resulted is grey soap. Highly disappointed.
I received my Indigo powder today and was so excited to try it out on a column pour, used rose clay, T.D. and activated charcoal for colorants, it all went well until noticed my pretty blue had turned a moss type of green, It does not look bad just not what I wanted! Sigh! Back to the drawing board! Otherwise love all the B.B. products I have purchased thus far.
I used 2 tsp in a 5 lb batch of CP. I used a palm free recipe. The color is awful! It was a horrible gray on top, and after cutting the inside color is a ugly dark gray/green. The longer it cures, the darker green it becomes. I may experiment a little more to see if I can improve the color, but my first impression is not good.
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