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LEMON is our name for FD&C Yellow 5 Lake. It is a 42% high dye load lake used in bath bombs or other cosmetics. This color is a bright, almost neon lemon yellow. As with any colorant, lighter shades are achieved using less and darker shades achieved using more. You can achieve anywhere from a pale yellow to a bright lemon peel.
Our lakes are batch certified so they are legal for use in appropriate for sale cosmetic products in the USA. They come with all applicable paperwork. Lake dye will not be the same color in the bag as it is once it's dissolved.
Lakes are oil & water dispersible. This means you can use them dry in an oil containing product like a bath bomb without pre dissolving them. They color water beautifully. It will come in a u/v blocking bag inside a stand up pouch to protect it from u/v damage.
This listing is for 4oz FD&C Yellow 5 Lake (42%).
*Other products in pictures are examples only and do not come with this listing.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING DYE:
Dyes dissolve in water or glycerin and must be pre-dissolved before use in bath bombs. Add a very small amount of water to a condiment cup. Use a tiny spoon (like a 0.15cc mica spoon) to transfer dye to the condiment cup. Use the minimum amount needed to dissolve the dye. You cannot add dye dry to bath bomb mix or it will result in spotty weak color in the product. Run sample tests & keep notes to see how much to use for your recipe or product to get the shade you want. More will give a richer color, less will give a pastel color.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING LAKES:
Dyes are oil and water dispersible meaning you can add them directly to bath bomb mix without pre-dissolving. No need to "bloom" baking soda either. Just add, mix and go! They are the easiest to use bath bomb colorant and have about 1/2 the strength of dye, but are still very vibrant color.
Both dyes and lakes are u/v sensitive and can morph and/or fade in light or various pH. Some colors are more sensitive than others. Mica can be used in addition to anchor or alter visible color of products. Once dyes or lake colored products hit water, the colors will show true even if they have u/v faded or morphed. Dyes are more finicky than lakes. I personally prefer dyes for embeds and lakes for exterior product color. Dyes are finicky, but nothing is more vibrant in an embed as dye. Lakes are easy to use and easy to tweak color with and a bit more stable. Both are necessary in bath bomb making.
BOTTLES TO STORE DISSOLVED DYE:
MICA SPOONS FOR PORTIONING:
Please research the legality of the use of this color in your product and for where you live. Follow the usage rates and guidelines for each individual color. FD&C dyes have an important learning curve to properly use including pre dissolving, pH morphing, U/V fade and differing usage rates. Please do your research. We can't recommend any particular use or advice because it is different in all countries. No legality for a particular product or place is implied by the sale of these colorants.
WHAT IS BATCH CERTIFICATION & WHY IS IT SO COSTLY?
Batch certification is what is required to be able to legally sell cosmetics in the USA using FD&C and D&C colorants. If you are selling cosmetics using colorants without batch certification, you are out of compliance with FDA law.
IS TWO WILD HARES CERTIFIED TO SPLIT DYES?
No. Our dyes are split professionally by the manufacturer in approved clean rooms, not in our place of business. Paying for the professional splitting of these dyes into small lots is very costly, but but we feel it is the best way to ensure that no cross contamination between colors has occurred. The specialized rooms these dyes are split in are designed & ventilated for this purpose. It takes several hours to clean a room between colors because the colorant powders are extremely airborne.
PURE DYES vs LAKE DYES:
We carry pure dyes and only high dye load lakes in our shop, so a little goes a long way. Be sure to compare apples to apples when shopping for colorants. High dye load lakes are much more concentrated and that accounts for price difference seller to seller. So compare apples to apples. Our high dye lakes are 34-50% dye content and our water soluble dyes are 80-95% pure dye.
~Please note all sales are final on colorants. We cannot accept returns on them.
Favorite our shop to see all our lakes and dyes and new colors as they arrive. We have a lot of color sets at a discount price as well.