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100 Year Old Soap Dyes: Pros & Cons

This past week, I came across vintage soap dyes from 1915. The brand was SUNSET SOAP DYES, and they truly were like no other contemporary fabric dyes I have used.

Rainy and slushy afternoons have few adventures that can be had. One of my favorites is a trip to a local antique or thrift shop. There is something about the smell of 100 year old wood and leather to warm your soul on a chilly day.


Searching every section with your eyes as you pass every aisle, until their she is, the display that peaks your interest. Often it's something like vintage sewing notions or vanity sets, yet much like my mood, it changes everyday.


This past week, I came across vintage soap dyes from 1915. The brand was SUNSET SOAP DYES, and they truly were like no other contemporary fabric dyes I have used.


Pros:

1. Cost 1/2 the price of contemporary dyes

2. Supporting local antique shop

3. The pigment was vibrant

4. The smell was delicate and almost nonexistent

5. Linens were soft after drying

6. Linens did not transfer color to other fabrics after dry

7. Happy with my results


Cons:

1. Claims non staining - this is a fib - although it didn’t permanently stain my sink or pans - it ruined my wooden spoon and lanolin floor. Also my hands were dyed for about 5 days. Which to me is not big deal. To others, wear gloves for sure.

2. Instructions were tricky to read

3. The box fell apart while opening (to be expected from a box that is over 100 years old)

4. One day I wont be able to find more


All in all, I very much enjoyed my first soap dying experience and cannot wait to use the other colors I bought.


-Shaynelle Francis

Owner/Designer

www.thriftedboutique.com



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