Cochineal Extract is made from a scale insect (Dactylopus coccus) that feeds on the nopal cactus in arid areas of Mexico, Peru, Chile, and the Canary Islands. It is the only natural red colorant approved by the United States FDA for use in food and cosmetics.
The Earthues Cochineal extract is a potent colorant and one of our most concentrated dyes; only a very small percentage is required to dye deep shades of fuchsia to raspberry. Cochineal is pH sensitive and it is possible to shift its color to scarlet with the addition of acid, e.g. cream of tartar. Deep colors are not achievable with hard water; soft water or distilled water is a must.
Color - Fuchsia to Raspberry