Spices, flowers, roots and pollen
I wish I would have taken more and more chemistry! New soap makers will try any spice, resin or color mica hoping to achieve a certain shade of red or purple or blue, instead they normally get brown or grey. Indigo powder works to make blue it has been used for centuries. So in a search for the perfect red I am moving on to mica's and pigments that hold constant in a high ph environment.
Today I am testing a red mica that I found and was assured it would maintain the red in soap. My first question was "does that red color have lead"? Avon, Clinique and many cosmetic manufacturers have recently had to pull their products such as lipstick due to the red that was used to color them containing very high levels of lead. I did indeed become concerned after seeing and reading about this problem. Luckily the colored mica and pigments that I have are in line with the FDA make-up, skin and body safe limits.
So today I am trying red and purple mica and then when it is done I will post the results.