How to Color Soap at Home

Making soap is a creative and artistic process with a practical use. Learn how to color, pour and cut soap at home to achieve your desired results.

| June 2016

  • Choosing the right combination of soap colorants will take your soap to the next level!
    Photo by Fotolia/Deyan Georgiev
  • “Soap Crafting” by Anne-Marie Faiola makes cold-process soapmaking accessible and fun with complete descriptions of the entire process, from selecting your oils and soap colorants to staying safe when working with lye.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Handcrafting soap is creative, hands-on, and fun! Especially when you can use color in such a way that making soap reflects your own personal style. In Soap Crafting (Storey Publishing, 2013), author Anne-Marie Faiola, the Soap Queen, teaches you how to color soap using LabColors and how to craft designs in your soap using specific methods such as the funnel pour technique. From how to prepare colorants and which mold to use, to step-by-step directions on how to prepare the soap mixture, Faiola provides the know-how for anyone to successfully make colorful soap in their own home!

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Soap Crafting.

Let’s have some fun with color! Whether you’re into bright, bold, high-contrast colors or calm, soothing neutrals, using the color wheel can really enhance your homemade soaps. Using just two colors in a big batch adds an extra-special touch to your hard-earned bars. For high-impact, high-contrast soaps, choose soap colorants on opposite sides of the color wheel.

If you’re selling the soaps, color is generally what will draw in the customers, especially at online retail outlets. Don’t be afraid to go big and bold, but remember that sometimes the best color combinations are the classics.



Think about your favorite combinations outside of soap making and incorporate them into your design. Or what colors have you always loved but been too afraid to add to your wardrobe? Try them in a bar of colorful soap!

Working with LabColors

Wondering how to color your homemade soaps? LabColors are highly concentrated, water-based FD&C and D&C soap colorants. They are a quick and reliable coloring system for cold-process soap, and come in a range of colors that can be blended to create numerous other colors. Because LabColors are dye-based, however, they will bleed when used in soap.






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