Synthetic Mica Powder
A welcome addition to soap making has been the development of Ultra Bright Synthetic mica powder. The main ingredient ingredient of synthetic mica, synthetic fluorphlogopite is produced under laboratory conditions and when coated with colourants and oxides produces mica powder pigment with a brighter lustre and extreme vivid colour.
Synthetic micas are excellent in nail polish. They help to create vivid pearl and metallic polishes with minimal streaking. They are also ideal for making out of this world holographic polishes due to their exceptional shine and sparkle.
Synthetic micas are eco-friendly because they mininise the production of microplastics which are byproducts of industrial processes which can have adverse effects on aquatic and marine ecosytems.
How much mica do I need?
Very little is need to make a vibrant deep colour in your soap batter. However nothing can take the place of experience and it is a good idea to experiment. Usually for a deep opaque colour you should add 0.5- 1 gram of mica powder to 100g of soap batter. This should create a strong and definite colour to your soap without creating coloured lather. If you want a more lighter pastel shade reduce the mica powder by about half 0.25 grams of mica to 100g of soap batter. When starting out remember to add your mica gradually until you achieve the desired shade.
There are many ways to add mica powder to soap. You can add it to a little water, oil or separate some soap from your main batter and mix the mica in first to make sure that it is thoroughly combined. Then add the small amount of coloured water, oil or soap to the main soap batch. You can hand mix this in or use a stick blender. Using the stick blender may speed up trace alot faster so be mindful of this.
When making your nail polish add 1-3 0.5ml scoops for a pearl polish. For holographic polishes 1-2 0.5ml scoops creates a great effect.