WHAT ARE SELECT SHADES?
Select Shades are a blending of FD&C and D&C Dyes.
They are highly concentrated liquid color additives which can be used in all Bath & Body and Soap products That ARE NOT waxed based.
These are water/oil soluble dyes.
Select Shades are based around only 8 Basic Colors. With these colors you can create over 800 beautiful perfect shades, color match different products by using the color chart, and not worry about a lot of extra liquid being added to your product.
HOW MUCH TO USE GUIDELINES
All colors are blended per Lb of Product. This INCULDES LIQUIDS for CP and HP soaps, Not JUST oils!
The general rule for CP and HP soaps is the Suggested Maximum usage rate of 1 Teaspoon per Lb of product.
We highly suggest not going over 1/2 tsp. per Lb of product for Bath and Body products such as Bath Gels, M&P, Lotions etc. as the colors may be too dark. However, it can be safely used up to the same Maximums per Lb as for CP and HP soaps.
NOTE: Going over 1 tsp per LB, may result in temporary staining of washcloths and may give colored lather in soaps. Use of over 1 tsp per LB of product is at your own risk.
All colors are broken down into 1 tsp. to 1/8 tsp. in the Online Color Chart. There usually should be no need to go higher than 1 tsp. per Lb for any product.
HOW TO BLEND COLORS
The main question we get asked is:
"I don't understand the PARTS when blending!"
The thing to remember is this is very SIMPLE!
A PART can be anything you want it to be. 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 TB - as long as the PARTS you use are the same you can use anything as a part.
Here is an example:
You want to make CP soap using Alpine Violet at 1/2 tsp. per Lb.
You have a 3 Lb batch.
You would need 1 1/2 tsp. for the entire batch of CP to get Alpine Violet.
3 LBS X 1/2 tsp = 1 1/2 tsp.
NOTE: You always want to BLEND the color in a separate container FIRST! Never put the parts into your product and then mix in! IT WON'T WORK CORRECTLY!
NOTE: You also always want to blend a little more color than you will need. It is always advisable to make more in case you want to tweak the color of your product.
The Color Chart calls for: 2 parts False Blue - 1 part Purple Velvet - 1 part Aquamarine
Lets Use 1/2 tsp. as our "Part"
- 1 tsp. False Blue (2 parts needed therefore 1/2 tsp. X 2 = 1 tsp.)
- 1/2 tsp. Purple Velvet (1 Part)
- 1/2 tsp. Aquamarine (1 Part)
This will give you 2 tsp. of Alpine Violet.
Sometimes the Blending Chart will ask for 1/2 Part. If we are using 1/2 tsp as our Part, what would 1/2 of that be?
RIGHT - 1/4 tsp.
SEE? IT IS VERY SIMPLE!
As you can see you can use ANYTHING as your PART! To make less use 1/4 or even 1/8 tsp. as your part.
The possibilities are endless.
The main things that affect how a color works are: