The Mad Micas True Red Set includes Spicy Tomato Mica, Voodoo Mica, and Brazen Hussy Neon Pigment. When blended as described below, they produce a rich, beautiful red in both MP and CP soaps.
This process is not difficult, and if you follow the directions, it will work out beautifully!
- Will not bleed/migrate into other colors.
- Fragrance oils that are not clear can alter the final color.
- As the True Red Set contains a pigment that is not FDA-approved for cosmetic use, it is suitable for soap use only.
- Cold process soap: Use 2½–3 teaspoons per pound of oil.
- Melt and pour soap: Use ¾-1 teaspoons per pound of soap base.
Mixing The Reds
Before beginning you must mix the reds. Take a mini whisk/spoon/craft stick and mix equal amounts of each of the three reds in your set together. While you stir, also grind the colors against the bottom and sides of your cup. Imagine a slightly gentler version of using a mortar and pestle.
Continue mixing until the colors are combined and look like a deep brick red color with hints of Brazen Hussy speckled in. Then add the liquid of your choice (details below).
Using in Melt & Pour Soap
When using in MP soap, you may choose one of the following techniques (remember the usage rates (above) are important, and higher than you might expect.):
Technique One: Blend with liquid glycerin. For each pound of soap, combine 1 tablespoon of glycerin with the mixed reds using a spoon or baby whisk. Fold it over and around, making sure you blend in the powder from the sides and bottom of the cup.
Technique Two: Blend with rubbing alcohol: For each pound of soap, combine 2 tablespoons of alcohol with the mixed reds. Blend as above.
Using in Cold Process Soap
Before preparing your lye mixture or oil blends, combine some of one of the oils from your recipe with the mixed reds. Double check the usage rates, above (they're important, and they're probably higher than you think) Use just enough to make the mixture fluid, but not overly diluted. Stir them together. Doing so before preparing your lye allows the oils a chance to really soak in and dissolve so the colors will blend together seamlessly.
Before adding the color/oil blend mixture to your batter, give it a final stir.