Colors to DYE for: Natural ways to tint your DIY concoctions

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If you’re looking to naturally tint your DIY lotions, creams and soaps, try the following natural products which will add anything from a hint of color to a full out color change.

For orange tint:

Rooibos  – Making its way into skin care products after its awesome internal health benefits were discovered.  Its been used to help improve all kinds of skin conditions.  Rooibos throws a orangy/peach tint to my DIY concoctions.  For example, African Red Imports has an entire line using Rooibos tea.  (I’ve been using similar ingredients to make my own DIY lotion)    I purchased my Rooibos tea from Camdengrey.com

Orange powder – Orange peel powder is high in Vitamin C and is said to increase collagen production. People use orange peel powder on their skin to help clear up skin problems and to get off dead layers of skin

Paprika – Used to increase blood circulation

 

 

For blue tint:
Blueberry powder – Blueberry is known as a superfood but it’s also is said to help rejuvenate the skin. In addition, it is said to give a natural blue hue to melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, lotions and creams.

 

For a greenish tint:
Nettle powder (or tea as a base) – Nettle is thought to be anti-inflammatory; It has been used to treat things like eczema.  In hair care, nettle is thought to stimulate hair growth and help retain natural hair color

Spirulina powder – Spirulina is a green algae rich in protein and minerals. It has Vitamin A , B12, and Chlorophyll.  It is thought to contribute to healthy, shiny hair.

Parsley powder – Parsley is thought to stop and decrease hair shedding.  It is said to make the hair stronger and shiny.  Some people also claim it helps to restore hair color

Rosemary powder  – Rosemary is legend in the hair community. It is thought to stimulate hair follicles to increase growth and make hair stronger.  Some people also claim it can help slow down the rate of hair loss.

 

For yellow tint:
Turmeric powder – Turmeric is a spice used to stimulate scalp to cause hair growth.  Some women have used turmeric to dye their hair (hair rinse)

Red Palm oil – Even thought its called red palm oil, it actually throws a yellow color when you use it in lotions.  Be careful how much you use! It can stain fabric at a higher concentration.  Start out with a very little amount and rub the emulsion or whipped butter between your hands. If you can see the color vividly, you have used too much.

For red/pink tint:
HibiscusHibiscus throws a very deep red color. Its said to be excellent for dark/black hair.  Some people say its even good to darken the hair and make it shiny.  Hibiscus is also used to keep the hair clean and to reduce shedding by making it stronger.  Its also a great pH indicator.  Hibiscus tea in high pH formulas will actually turn purple/violet.  

Annatto seed – It is said to improve the suppleness of skin and to make hair shine.  Annatto is high in Vitamin E and has also been used to dye hair.

So unless you’re looking for some ungodly color (hahaha), there are some options available to you if you’re just tired of that same ole beige color you get when making your DIY lotions, creams, soaps, shampoos and conditioners.

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