Espresso Mica is a gorgeous rich, dark brown mica. As with all colours, keep in mind that this will turn more pastel when added to white products such as white melt and pour soap. This mica does not do well in Cold Process Soap - it is more of a grey colour. We recommend selecting a different colourant for Cold Process Soap. Try a Brown Oxide together with a white mica.
Suggested Usage: Start with about ¼ teaspoon per 500g of scrub, bath bombs, etc. For Melt and Pour Soap, mix 1 teaspoon pigment with 1 tablespoon of 99 percent isopropyl alcohol. Add ½ tsp. of dispersed mica at a time to the melted soap. For Cold Process Soap, mix 1 teaspoon with 1 tablespoon of lightweight oil. Add 1 tsp. of dispersed mica at a time to the soap. We recommend adding Polysorbate 80 when using in Bath Bombs.
Melt & Pour Soap: Yes
Cold Processed Soap: Yes, but not recommended as it morphs
Bath Bombs: Yes. We recommend the inclusion of Polysorbate 80 with Micas in Bath Bombs.
Cosmetics including Eye area: Yes
Lip Products: Not certified
Oil Based Sugar Scrub: Yes
This Colour is a: non bleeding colour
Particle size: 10 – 60 μm
Our Test Results:
Produces a rich, deep shade in clear MP Soap Base and a pastel shade with no shimmer in white Melt & Pour Soap Base. The easiest way to incorporate this mica in MP Soap is to moisten it with some Isopropyl Alcohol, glycerine or water making a slurry, then mix in. A ratio of 1:3 works well. Hydrating with oil is recommended for CP soap if using within the soap, as a guide use a ratio of 1:4 mica to oil works well for us with most micas. We always recommend small batch testing before embarking on a larger project.
pH sensitivity: Unstable in high pH products such as CP Soap.
Colour Fading: Stable
Colour Bleeding (Migration): Non bleeding, suitable for embedding,layering and swirling.
Note: Our Micas are packed in resealable vials, tubs or jars unless purchasing 500g and above or surplus stock.