Liquid products like shower gels, lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, and more.
Use 7-20 drops per gallon depending the intensity (richness) of the color desired. For only a hint of color, we recommend 2 drops per gallon.
How soft or vibrant a color turns out usually depends on the amount of liquid colorant used. Please remember that it is easier to add more colorant than it is to remove it once added. Our colorants are very concentrated and a little goes a long way. Add just a few drops at a time and work your way up until the desired color has been achieved.
Things to Remember
If a clear product has bubbles that are colored then too much colorant was used.
When scenting lotions or products that will be applied to the skin, using too much colorant may color the skin.
When mixing salts over-coloring is less of an issue because the salts will be used in a large body of water. Although, do be careful not to over-color because you don't want to stain someone's bathtub!
Here are examples of colored shower gels and lotions. Exact color may vary with percentages and base used.
Essentials By Catalina is not responsible for product compatibility. We encourage everyone to sample prior to committing to larger quantities giving you a chance to test the product for product performance, compatibility and safety. Keep all product out of reach of children
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Pink = FD&C Red No. 33
Yellow = FD&C Yellow No. 5
Green = FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Blue No. 1
Blue - FD&C Blue No 1
Violet = FD&C Red No. 33, FD&C Blue No.1
Cherry = FD&C Red No. 40
Orange = FD&C Red No. 33, FD&C Yellow No. 5
Tangerine = D&C Orange No.4
Neon Yellow = D&C Yellow No.10
Slate Blue = D&C Green No.5
Caramel = FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Red No.40, FD&C Blue No. 1
Scarlet = FD&C Red No.4
Neon Pink = D&C Red No.19
In addition the ingredients above we add Deionized Water as a carrier and the following preservatives to the colorants. This allows you to add the colorants to your creations without the need to further preserve your product.
Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Notice: Although some of these colorants are approved for food use, we are not a food ingredients vendor. We do not recommend using any of our colorants for any product that is consumed.
What does FD&C and D&C Mean?
In the United States, with the exception of one class of hair dyes, all color additives for cosmetics must be specifically pre-approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. A law that governs cosmetics, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, requires that FDA issue a specific regulation for each color additive which prescribes its conditions of use and the specifications for its safe use.
The official names for color additives in the U.S. are designated by FDA. Colors subject to batch certification are designated as FD&C (food, drug, and cosmetics), D&C (drug and cosmetics), or Ext. D&C (external drugs and cosmetics). This is followed by a color designation, such as blue or red, and by No. (for number), and by a numeral. An example of such a name is FD&C Red No. 40. Colors made by combining these "straight" colors with "substrates" (sodium, potassium, aluminum, barium, calcium strontium, or zirconium) are known as "lakes" and are named using the same convention, but with the addition of the word lake and the substrate, for example: FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake.
Further information is available HERE on the FDA site.
- Are your Liquid Colorants safe for bath bombs when using polysorbate 80? Will they stain skin or leave a ring?