What is the difference between dyes and lakes?
Lakes are a weaker form of dye and are only available in a restricted number of colours.
A water soluble dye is a chemical that exhibits colour when it is dissolved in water. Water soluble dyes will not mix with oils. Dyes can be bought in a granular or powder form.
Aluminum lakes are not soluble in water but will disperse when mixed with water. Lakes are oil miscible but not soluble. Lakes can therefore be mixed with oils, fats, and sugars. They can also be dispersed in other carriers such as propylene glycol, glycerin and sucrose (water and sugar).
Lakes are available in low and high dye load, generally 15-17% pure dye and 36-42% pure dye respectively. All Auroradyz lakes are high dye load.