Indigo Blue Pure Natural Dye and Cosmetic Ingredient – Chemical free

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Indigofera Tinctoria – Our 100% natural premium quality blue ‘True Indigo’ is a sublime blue dye with many creative uses. This indigo is fully natural, 100% pure and it is made using traditional artisanal production without chemicals: Indigo is used to colour soap, to make home-made make up, cosmetics, sunscreen, skin lighteners, bespoke hair dye, hair growth treatments, hair bluing, body art and temporary tattoos. In crafts, indigo is used as a pigment for printing, as an ingredient for making paints or to make natural ink.. Get creative with Indigo.

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Indigofera Tinctoria – Our 100% natural premium quality blue Indigo is in either powder or block form is a sublime blue dye with many creative uses. This True Indigo, otherwise know as the King of Blue or Blue Gold, is fully natural and 100% pure and it is made using traditional artisanal production totally without chemicals: Use our ‘Cosmetic Indigo’ it to make home-made make up, cosmetics, sunscreen, skin lighteners, bespoke hair dye, hair growth treatments, blue rinse for hair, body arttemporary tattoos and as the original laundry blue. Use our stronger ‘Dyers Indigo’ for use in soap making and for dyeing textiles. Produced without chemicals, this indigo is ideal for use in cosmetics and can safely used on clothes. Our natural indigo is ideal for museums, conservators and reenactors who are looking for authentic indigo made in the traditional way.

True Indigo Blocks

True Indigo Blocks

What is Natural Blue Indigo?

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves and stems of the Indigo tinctorial plant and its global use can be traced back for 1000s of years. Blue is one of nature’s rarest and prized colours. We supply cosmetic quality indigo in block or powdered form.

Uses of Indigo in Natural Cosmetics

For any cosmetic ‘leave-on’ applications, do a skin patch test first and use the milder ‘cosmetic indigo’

Make Up

Use indigo block or powder in recipes for  homemade eye shadow, eye liner, mascara etc.

Sunscreen

Use indigo powder as an ingredient in natural sunscreens.

Skin Whitening / Lightening

Use powder in recipes to combat melasma, hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

Hair Dye

Use indigo powder for recipes for dyeing blonde or white hair blue or for dyeing brown hair dark brown or black – Please note we sell less valuable ‘green’ Indian Indigo for use as hair dye too which works out much more economical for hair dyeing. Our Indian indigo is the dried leaf and unlike out blue indigo power, it has not been cured and  fermented.

Hair Treatment

Use indigo powder to promotes hair growth and strength, helps to reduce hair loss and greying.

Blue Rinse for Hair

Use indigo powder to improve the appearance of grey hair  –  a blue rinse counters the yellow tones and makes the hair look blue-grey.

Body Art

Use indigo cosmetic powder to create temporary tattoos and body art with blue indigo (we have pure henna too)

Laundry Bluing

Indigo in water in a jar for laundry bluing

A tiny amount of indigo with water gives enough laundry bluing for several washes. So what you see is the laundry blue concentrate which will do several washes.

Whiten your whites with cosmetic indigo. Indigo is the original laundry bluing. Over time bleached white textile take on a yellow tinge, especially when washed with hard water. Use indigo as a natural optical enhancer to whiten whites. Bluing can be achieved with either cosmetic indigo powder or cosmetic indigo blocks.

For whitening in the washing machine

With powder – place 1/4 teaspoon of powder in a jar or water and shake or stir to mix. Add 1/5 to 1/4 of the blue mixture into the fabric conditioner compartment of your washing machine.

Next time you use the laundry blue you have made in a jar, shake it or stir it to disperse the indigo again in the bluing concentrate.

For whitening hand washed items

Or if washing by hand, add less of the blue mixture into the final rinse water (because the load size is smaller). Agitate the clothing well or soak for a few minutes.

You can also use an indigo block when hand washing – place the block in a cotton bag or old sock and dip in and out of the warm rinse water until the desired shade is reached. Then add the clothing to the rinse water as before. Keep agitating the clothes and draw them in and out of the blue rinse water until the optimal white hue is achieved. Wring the clothes out and dry them. Allow the indigo laundry blue block to dry and store carefully.

Indigo as a Dye and Stain for Arts and Crafts

Blue indigo in mortar

Blue indigo in mortar

For the following applications use the stronger ‘dyer’s indigo.

Staining Leather and Suede
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Use the dyers’s indigo

Staining Wood
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Use the dyer’s indigo

Colouring Horn, Bone and Shell

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Use the dyers indigo.

Colour Paints

Add dyer’s indigo as a pigment to lime paints for decorating walls and ceilings.
Make authentic, tempera or water colour paints with dyers indigo or use the cosmetic indigo blocks as crayons.

Indigo Ink

Make Chinese Ink and India ink from dyer’s indigo.

Paper

‘Blu’ paper in the traditional way with dyers indigo

 

Please be prepared to find and test your own recipes!

How Natural Spa Supplies Blue Indigo is Made

Indigo harvesting takes place through the summer from June until September as individual ripened leaves are collected. After harvesting, the plant is washed to remove soil, at this stage already, the purity of the indigo is notably increased. The leaves are crushed into a pulp with a stone mill, and the paste is then gradually dried in a barn until it is judged ready to roll by hand into fist sized balls, known as ‘cocagnes’. The cocagnes are placed on racks in the curing barn to cure again and to continue drying for between one and two months. At the end of this curing process, the cocagnes are known as ‘pastel de Cocagne’

Finally, to prepare the dye, the balls are crushed into a powder which is mixed with water and goat and camel urine for the main fermentation in which the purity of the dye will be enhanced further! The mixture is agitated to control the temperature and to bring about a permanent change. The pigmented sediment is allowed to form a sediment and dry again before being broken into blocks or cubes. By using these ‘slow’ and traditional methods, it means that no caustic chemicals are used in the production of our indigo and that it is safe for use on the skin and hair.

Indigo Chemistry

In many of the cosmetic applications, the indigo is used in its insoluble form such as when it is used as eye shadow, the pigment stays on the skin surface, in laundry bluing, particles of indigo are trapped in the fibres, likewise with a blue hair rinse. However when using indigo for dyeing textiles, as the indigotin is insolubale in water, an alkaline agent and a reducing agent is added to the dye vat containing the blue indigo powder to reduce the indigotin (removing one oxygen molecule). The fibres can absorb the indigo while it is in the reduced state and when the dyed fibre is exposed to the air, the indigo white oxidizes and turns blue and insoluble again.

Blocks or Powder?

We supply the ‘Cosmetic Indigo’ in either block or powder form. If you choose blocks we will need to send you several blocks to make up the correct weight.

The ‘Dyer’s Indigo’ is supplied only in the powdered form.

Shelf Life of Natural Blue Indigo Powder

If stored under optimal conditions, the shelf life is 10 years.

Packaging

Depending on the quantity ordered, we supply the indigo in cellophane, paper or glass jars.

Ethics

Our indigo is made for Natural Spa Supplies in Morocco using time honoured methods. This is the genuine Indigo – which has been fermented in goat and camel urine! We have carried on this method not just to preserve human heritage but because in this way, we can obtain the purest indigo powder without the use of industrial chemicals.

While the production level is too small to gain organic status and the indigo plant does not need fertilizers or chemical treatments, in fact indigo plants are leguminous and use soil bacteria to fix nitrogen from the air. In that way indigo planting leaves the soil enriched with nutrients to help other crops to grow well. Indigo plants are used in interplanting and intercropping schemes as well as a cover crop to enrich the soil.

 

Additional information

Types, Form & Weight

Cosmetic Block 5g, Cosmetic Block 10g, Cosmetic Block 25g, Cosmetic Block 50g, Cosmetic Block 100g, Cosmetic Block 250g, Cosmetic Block 500g, Cosmetic Block 1kg, Cosmetic Powder 5g, Cosmetic Powder 10g, Cosmetic Powder 25g, Cosmetic Powder 50g, Cosmetic Powder 100g, Cosmetic Powder 250g, Cosmetic Powder 500g, Cosmetic Powder 1kg, Dyers Powder 5g, Dyers Powder 10g, Dyers Powder 25g, Dyers Powder 50g, Dyers Powder 100g, Dyers Powder 250g, Dyers Powder 500g, Dyers Powder 1kg

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