Saturday, January 15, 2011
How do you colour a lotion?
I guess my bigger question is why do you want to colour a lotion? I understand wanting to put a little sparkle in there or turning it into a bronzer, but why make a lotion a colour other than its natural white or creamy colour? I think it's kind of neat to see the colour of the lotion change based on the oils we use.
carotene levels in your oils, the yellower it will be!)
And you can use extracts to change the colour - grapeseed extract offers a bit of purple to the mix, chamomile some yellow, rosemary some brown, and so on.
And sometimes our fragrance oils can discolour our products. Take a look at the fragrance oil before you add it. If it has a yellow or orange hue, it could leave that shade in your product. And vanilla can discolour a lotion into a slightly browny colour. (You can use a vanilla stabilizer if you don't like this!)
Finally, if you see pink or green flecks in your lotion that should be white, it's very very bad - contamination - and you need to throw that out!