Product Review: Colour Mill Oil Based Colours

Colour Mill colours provided by Colour Mill for review

My picks for MUST HAVE colours!

My picks for MUST HAVE colours!

If you’ve ever (tried) to colour Swiss Meringue, or chocolate, you’ll know its a frustrating process with gel colours. That’s where oil based colours come in!

Instead of being water based (like gel colours), oil based colours blend more easily with oily foods like Buttercream, meringue, Royal Icing, and chocolate. This means less colour used, for colour gained.

The folks at Colour Mill gave me their new range of Oil based colours to try, so yay first off, but also I was super stoked to try an AUSTRALIAN made colour, and and oil based one at that!

They come from a Land Down Under

You guys know I LOVE to support local products, especially food based products. We have such high standards here in OZ, and I like to know (and trust!) whats going into my food. Colour Mill is a new Australian owned and made brand, and better yet, they actively keep as little ‘stuff’ from going into your colour as possible.

Each of the colours contains pigment, carrier oil, and in the case of pastels, some Titanium Dioxide. That’s it. No gums or thickeners, just colour. Love it.

Though they be little they be fierce

One of the most striking things about Colour Mill (apart from the absolutely beautiful packaging just quietly), is how little you need to use. Gel colour users will be familiar with the milking a cow squeeze for vibrant colours, but with oil based, you need only a small amount, so while the bottles may look standard gel size, they go a LONG way.

Another thing that I found really rad, is the colour guide on the bottle, is pretty much spot on. I tested the colours with Basic Buttercream (1 Tablespoon of Buttercream to 1, 2, or 3 drops of colour).

But how did they go



Yep. Straight mixed Basic Buttercream, and 1 or 2 drops of colour, and I got pastels, WITHOUT pre lightening the Buttercream. Game Changer.

L to R: Baby Pink (2 Drops), Baby Blue (2 Drops), Lemon (1 Drop), Mint (1 Drop), and Purple (1 Drop)

L to R: Baby Pink (2 Drops), Baby Blue (2 Drops), Lemon (1 Drop), Mint (1 Drop), and Purple (1 Drop)

This for me is the stand out of these colours, is the ability to get clean, sweet pastels, and without mucking around lightening the buttercream first. For that alone they get my tick of approval.


Those little teardrops on the side aren’t just good branding, they are at least in Basic Buttercream, an accurate guide for what you get vs how many drops. Here’s ‘Eucalyptus’ with 1, 2, and 3 drops.

Accurate AF

Accurate AF

Do I recommend them

Heck yes. Australian Made. Vegan. Kosher. Halal. Allergen Free. Colours Meringue Buttercreams, chocolate, cake, fondant, everything.

They are available at Cakers Warehouse (they ship Internationally), with international stockists to.

For more info, check out Colour Mill’s webpage.

Viva La Buttercream x