Organic dyes are chemical substances that come from naturally occurring sources and used for coloring on various surfaces. The dye is usually applied in an aqueous solution before use, and then a mordant is added to enable the dye to fasten to surfaces more firmly. Although there are many synthetic dyes readily available today, and even though they can generally last longer, natural dyes are more environment-friendly and are more likely to be biodegradable than inorganic dyes.  

 Types of organic dyes

 There are several types of organic dyes.  Depending on what you want to dye, or what colors you prefer, you might want to choose a dye that suits your preferences.

 One organic dye is a dye made out of logwood. It is also known as Natural Black #1. Its color is variable, depending on additives used to enhance the color and adhesiveness to surfaces. When a tin mordant is added to logwood dye, it gives a hue that is reddish violet, as well as subsequent hues that darken until well into the purple range. When mixed with an alum mordant, on the other hand, the color is purple to purple-blue. If chrome is added, the organic dye gives off a blue-toned charcoal color. With iron, logwood had a grey to black hue with a bluish tint. Logwood dye is compatible with cotton, silk and wool.

 Another example among organic dyes is hematine, which is extracted from logwood. For this reason, hematine is also known as Natural Black #1. Hematine exists in several grades, however it is best used on natural fibers, particularly silk used in making medical sutures.

 Made out of peat, walnut crystals are naturally brown. Walnut crystals dye is known as Natural Brown # 12, and is used on different natural fibers and paper. It is most specifically used for its “aged look” on paper.

 Fustic dye is also known as Natural Yellow #11. Its specific use is for leather, as it is one of the organic dyes that adheres best to leather. Other than leather, it can also be applied to natural fibers.

 Brazilwood is a dye that produces a brown, reddish hue that can be used to dye leather and other natural fibers. It is also known as Natural Red # 24. Like all natural dyes, brazilwood dye needs a mordant to help it fasten itself to surfaces. When combined with alum, brazilwood will give red colors, whereas when combined with tin mordant, the result is a pink shade.

 Uses for organic dyes

 Organic dyes can be applied to various surfaces such as wool and cotton. It can also be utilized to make leather dye and organic textile dye.

 The use of organic dyes is not limited to colouring fabrics or solid surfaces. They can also be used in lieu of beauty products, like shampoo or conditioner. They can even be used in lightning or darkening your hair color, and if you want to save on an expensive trip to the salon, organic dyes can be used as alternatives.

 One way to lighten your hair is to concoct a mixture consisting of 1 cup lemon juice and 3 cups of chamomile tea. This works best if you allow yourself a little sun exposure after, and it’s recommended that you do so if you have especially dark hair. Organic dyes can also be made out of other house ingredients such as rhubarb and pineapple juice, and even honey and plain yogurt.

 If you wish to make your hair attain a reddish tint, beet juice and carrot juice can work to achieve a natural effect. Even the essence of marigold can do the trick, if mixed in the right amounts. Organic dyes that will darken your hair include sage, walnut shells, black tea, and even coffee. Most of these need to be diluted in an aqueous solution before application. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy bought from a store, water will do. Remember that organic dyes come from natural sources, so check for mild allergic reactions before application.

 Price of organic dyes

 The price of organic dye depends on the type of dye you’re looking for. Organic dyes are available in local stores. Nevertheless, you can find great variety online, too. is a family-operated online business that sells organic dyes, and you can browse their catalogues by category. Usually suppliers provide dyeing kits that can cost $45 to $180, while individual dyes can cost just around $8. In any case, organic dyes can be a fun, and environment-friendly way to add color to your things, as long as you remember which dye is ideal for which surface.