More and more brands - be it food producers, cosmetic formulators or textiles manufacturers - are searching sustainable alternative for conventional, synthetic colorants. Color is an important factor in many products as it ultimately creates the necessary aesthetics for a demanding consumer market. "We eat with our eyes" is not just a saying but the actual truth when we make our food choices.
The trend towards natural ingredients has led to a more critical view on the composition of dyes and colorants.
Natural dyes from plants have been well-known for centuries, however, industrial food production has mostly replaced them with synthetic variants. Artificial food dyes are mostly petroleum-derived and, in spite of stringent health and safety standards, continue to be used on a large scale. Indigotine, erythrosine, tartrazine - just to name a few - are doubtlessly creating attractive blue, red or yellow hues. They originate from plant based dyes or natural dye extracts but are synthesized to varying extents. Natural colourants, on the other hand, are unmodified herbal powders or liquids that can even add nutrients and other health benefits besides the mere aesthetics. The range of natural dye supplies from BioPowder includes fine powders with off-white, beige, brown, red, orange and green tones. They can be used as standalone colorants or as a substrate for artificial food dyes to achieve more pronounced effects.
Just as food items, personal care products are most popular with an attractive, colorful appearance. Therefore, even the most natural cosmetic lines require certain additives to brighten, color or opacify the underlying formulation. Organic pigments for cosmetics can be derived from avocado stones, argan shells, olive leaves and many others. In soapmaking, natural soap colorants distinguish a merely functional soap from real artworks in all shapes and colors. BioPowder fruit stone powders come in diverse grain sizes and compositions and - besides acting as organic soap colorants - can be powerful binders, fillers and carriers for synthetic pigments. To name another example: natural dyes for bath bombs have become increasingly popular due to fast-paced innovation in the field.
Very recently, the use of olive stone, apricot stone and argan shell powders has been tested in natural hair colors. Mostly henna-based formulations were enriched with micronized powders to enhance the color stability and to add dispersability and soothing properties. The same applies for natural skin dyes and whitening powders.
Besides the all natural food dye mentioned above, the textiles industry has discovered natural dyes for cotton, natural dyes for linen, cellulose, hemp and other plant-derived fibers. The reactivity of the natural textile fabric with the molecules of the BioPowder colorants creates lasting results and often also antioxidant effects, i.e. a better color resistance even when exposed to sunlight or moisture.
Organic dyes for clothes are not harmful, i.e. do not develop toxic fumes in textile factories, and consequently contribute to enhanced human and environmental sustainability. Just as all natural food dye, natural fabric dye can be achieved in a wide range of shades: from light beige and orange up to a strong rust red, brown and green. No matter the nature of your project, the BioPowder team can guide you through the benefits of fruit stone powders as best natural food coloring, natural clothing dye and non toxic fabric dye.
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