natural colors!

What can I use to produce light pinks (as an example)?  I am open to any coloring.  They need to be vegan?
Extracts? Stains?   


  • This Josie Maran body butter is pink, which I think is from alkanet root powder, although the product description makes it sound like it is from the pink algae extract (Dunaliella Salina Extract).
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist

    Check out the natural colorant plant extracts from Campo Research.  They are quite stable in formulas.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals & Clean Beauty arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program/Clean At Sephora/Credo Clean guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    See website for details
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    I will point out that in the US it is illegal to use extracts to color your products if they are not listed on the FDA approved cosmetic colorant list.
  • SincityfireSincityfire Member
    edited July 2021
    I'm not a professional but I've seen Natpure Xfine by Sensient used to colour cosmetics, in this video

    That being said, I have not used it because I can't find any repackers selling it
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @Sincityfire - some companies take advantage of a grey area in the regulations. The argument is that if an ingredient has benefits in addition to coloring the product, then using the ingredient is fine. After all, most oils are yellow and they are fine to use. 

    But the FDA regulations are clear that if your intention is to add an ingredient for coloring your product, it is a color additive. It cannot be used for that purpose unless it is on the approved list.
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