Super Pearly White Mica: Sparkly and pearly all in one! This white mica is dazzling in clear melt and pour soap and we really love the way it looks when combined with our lab color dyes. This mica is approved for use in lip balms and eye shadows. 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, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)Common Name: Mica, Titanium Dioxide
This is the all-around winner for white mica. I've used it alone in clear soaps or to sparkle up tie-dye soap, dusted the tops of my HP loaves, painted on bath bombs, and made shimmer mists and lotions. Love it!
Can I use this in a body butter?
I find this mica to be the most versatile. You can use it alone or mix it with other micas or pigments to lighten them up. I haven't replaced TD yet but I do add some with my TD and it gives it a little more "pearlescent" color rather than flat white. It is also nice for dusting on the top of CP soaps.
I like to use this mica in tiny amounts to add sparkle to clear soaps. It doesn't leave any shimmer on the skin.
I was excited to read the reviews by other soapers using this in place of Ti dioxide for whitening. However, my experience was very different. I used this super pearly white as a replacement for Ti Dioxide in a tried and true recipe and experienced results that were completely different. First of all, it did not whiten my pale yellow batter at all. In fact, this mica refused to even blend with my batter but instead just created unattractive, gray-toned swirls that were unacceptable to me. I've also saved off a little batter in a couple other standard batches and got the same result. My conclusion is that this mica would probably be good in MP soap and possibly for top decoration in CP but certainly not as a white colorant in CP. I won't be purchasing this one again.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Carrie! I'm sorry you were disappointed with this colorant in your cold process soap. We found it can be a nice additive in CP soap as seen in the Christmas Tree Swirl Cold Process tutorial. Though, it is not a great substitute for Titanium Dioxide to whiten CP soap batter. I will email you personally to discuss this further.
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