Chlorophyllin Copper Complex Water Soluble Powdered Extract is naturally derived from the aerial parts of green plants. It has a long history of use within the medical field as a substance with remarkable benefits to human health. In order to produce this complex, chlorophyll molecules are converted to a mixture of chlorophyllins by replacing the magnesium ions with copper ions and removing the phytol tails to make it water-soluble. Chlorophyllin Copper Complex Water Soluble Powdered Extract produces a range of beautiful green hues when incorporated into soaps.*
For Soapmaking Applications:
Several factors, including the base color of your recipe, will affect the final color achieved when using this extract.
The final result will also depend on which phase the extract is added to. Therefore, we recommend experimenting by creating different one-pound test batches so that you can compare the results achieved by adding the extract directly to the oil phase, steeping the extract in the lye solution and adding the extract to the combined phases at trace.
In our one-pound test batch, we found that adding 1 level tablespoon of dry extract directly to the water/lye phase yielded a dark forest green which remained a dark forest green hue after curing for four weeks. Our uncolored control batch was a light off-white shade after curing for four weeks.
During our experiments to test for color saturation, we found that we could achieve softer shades of green by first dispersing 1/2 teaspoon of extract into glycerin and then incorporating the mixture into the oil phase. The mixture beaded up slightly but did disperse.
*Important Usage Note: This extract can be used as a natural colorant in soaps. However, it is not permissible or safe for use in cosmetic formulations. A soap is defined by the FDA as a product intended for cleansing the skin. It must be made from a combination of alkali (lye) and fats/oils, and it cannot contain detergent agents.