India Tree® All-Natural, Homemade Bathtub Paints!

What drew me in to the India Tree® brand, was their beautiful, all natural food coloring.

"INDIA TREE Decorating Colors are made from concentrated vegetable colorants. They contain no corn syrup or synthetic dyes. Use them to color icing in rich jewel tones or soft pastels. With three colors -- red, yellow and blue--you can create a full spectrum." You can view complete product information here.

I had gone around to different grocery stores looking for tub paints for my daughter. When I found them, I was horrified by the ingredient list.

As a child, I was prone to constant bladder infections. I don't think my mother realized at the time how horrible things, like a certain Mr. Bubble, were for my fragile system. I didn't want my daughter to have the same, painful fate. I cringe when I see Skarlette sitting in soaps. (We keep these to natural, limited ingredients as well.)

I was determined to make my own tub paints, but was still worried about the artificial colors found in the grocery store. I knew she would be putting these things in her mouth... no matter how hard I tried to stop her.  (See photo! Tehe)


At a glance...

India Tree­® ingredients:
Blue: deionized water, glycerin, vegetable juice for color.
Red: citric acid, beet juice for color.
Yellow: deionized water, glycerin, turmeric for color. 
Soap we use:
Water, saponified coconut-hemp-olive oils (with retained glycerin), olive fatty acids, peppermint oil, rosemary extracts, peppermint, lavender, almond, eucalyptus, tea tree, aloe vera baby-mild.


Well know store brand finger paints:
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidorpopyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl Glucoside, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate-80, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. May Contain: D&C Red 33, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5, Ext. D&C Violet 2, FD&C Blue 1.

My wonderful friend, Araya, came up with the most beautiful assortment of colors with India Tree® that made all of us smile! Thank you Araya!

Make your own! 

  • India Tree® Nature's Colors Decorating Set
  • A Natural, clear bath soap (Such as Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile)
  • Cornstarch
Easy directions: 
  1. Add amount of soap equivalent to amount of paint you would like (A little goes a long way!)
  2. Add food coloring to desired color
  3. Add corn starch a little at a time until you get desired consistency! (We liked ours a little thinner than the consistency of regular finger paints.)

Side note: Colors were a different texture than artificial food coloring you buy at most grocery stores. It may take a bit to get used to. Araya recommends "shaking them before every use, however, the texture didn't effect the beautiful, natural looking colors."

Araya also adds, "You can have piece of mind that they are natural and not made in a lab. I for one, love that! I would most definitely use them over the unnatural dyes. In cakes, cookies, coloring eggs, water color paintings with my kids!" 


Connect with India Tree®!

Order India Tree online:

Or look for it locally with India Tree's STORE LOCATOR


Special thanks go to Araya for helping me get these colors spot on! She did a beautiful job and my daughter loves them!

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