Pantone Colour of the Year

Posted 21st July 2021

Pantone colour chart showing a variety of colours

Each year we look forward to Pantone announcing their ‘Colour of the Year’ and this year did not disappoint. For 2021 there was not one but two colours revealed as this year’s shades – ‘Ultimate Grey’ and ‘Illuminating Yellow.’

The colours were chosen to represent a union of togetherness, strength, happiness, and hope as people look towards a year of more clarity after the uncertainty of 2020.

The importance of colour in formulation

Colour is an important factor when formulating a soap bar. Along with fragrance, it is one of the key purchasing qualifiers for many consumers. According to research, the human eye can detect 1,000 different shades of light. Within this, we can detect 100 levels of red-green shades and 100 levels of yellow-blue shades. This works out to about 10 million colours in the world that the human eye can see. Thankfully, we have not been asked to match them all! But we are often asked by our customers to match specific Pantone colour references or develop a complementary colour from a product within their range.

There are so many factors to consider when colour matching a soap. The type of base used, fragrance and active ingredients can all affect the final visual appearance of the product. Colours can be formulated into our soap and shampoo bars with the use of cosmetic safe dyes and pigments. For a more natural look, clays and pigments can be incorporated to bring more earthy and muted tones. The use of pearlescent pigments and biodegradable glitters can also add colour, lustre, shine and eye-catching properties to the bars.

Give us a tint… we’ll do the rest

It takes immense skill and experience to achieve the perfect colour match and our skilled NPD team always aim to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. If you have a bar soap project you would like to discuss, click the link below to get in touch and see how we can help paint the perfect picture for your brand.

The expertise to match a specific colour reference for your next product launch.