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Earth & Mineral Pigments - Zero Waste Option - 1 lb.

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Color – Brilliant Yellow

2 Limited Run Pigments - Order while supplies last! - Sunflower Yellow and Charcoal Black (see descriptions below)

Inspired by customer requests for 100% plastic-free and label-free packaging, we now offer our Earth & Mineral Pigments - Zero Waste Option! Packaged in a double layer of recycled paper and secured with hemp twine, each package contains 1 lb. of our best-selling Earth & Mineral Pigments in fully recyclable and compostable packaging. 

Natural Earth & Mineral Pigments are beautifully archival, light-fast, eco-friendly, and sustainably-harvested from around the world. They contain no added fillers, additives, preservatives, stabilizers, or petrochemicals. 

Each natural pigment has a different set of characteristics, such as liquid absorption, volume, tinting strength, and granulation. Because of these characteristics, they each require a different volume of binder to create the desired paint consistency.

Shipping Disclaimer: Plastic packaging eliminates powder leakage in transit. Because this option is plastic-free, there may be powder leakage due to rough handling during transit. We cannot guarantee against powder leakage for this option, and we cannot offer refunds or exchanges as a result of powder leakage. If you prefer packaging that is guaranteed not to leak, please purchase our original Earth & Mineral Pigments instead.  


Sunflower Yellow (Color Index #: PY83) - Limited Run While Supplies Last This is a unique pigment, made in France, that is a very bright, warm yellow - a perfect, non-toxic replacement for Cadmium Yellow. It is made with an azo organic mineral affixed to a natural mineral base. It is considered a primary pigment because it cannot be produced by mixing two pigments together.

Charcoal Black - Color Index # PBk7 - Limited Run While Supplies Last This pigment is commonly used to make paint as well as a charcoal drawing medium for toning paper. It is very stable and unaffected by light (Excellent Lightfastness), acids and alkalis. It absorbs ultraviolet radiation and has very good hiding properties. It is very opaque and has a high tinting strength thanks to the small, dense pigment particles. 

For info and safety data sheets of every pigment, click HERE

Technical Data

Use care when handling any dry pigment; it’s not healthy to breathe any type of dust into your lungs, even if it is non-toxic and natural (like our pigments). Avoid inhaling pigment dust and use a mask when mixing if needed.

Since computer monitors, tablets and smartphones may differ in how they display colors, the actual pigment powders we sell may differ slightly from their product image as displayed on your device. We do not guarantee colors based on these images.

Shipping & returns

Return Policies

We offer full refunds on any defective or damaged products. We also offer full refunds (less shipping costs) on elective returns if the product is in re-sellable condition and the return has been made within 3 months of the purchase.

Shipping Policies

Free Standard Shipping on orders above $100 for U.S. customers.

Orders containing in-stock items are typically processed within 2 business days from when we receive the order during operating hours. If a purchase contains out-of-stock or pre-order items, we will ship the order once ALL items are available and it can be fulfilled completely. Once an order is shipped, you will receive a confirmation email with tracking information; please save this email in case of any issues with your order.

After a package leaves our facility, it becomes the responsibility of the contracted carrier to get it to you. Any issues or problems that arise must be resolved with them directly. For USPS orders in particular, we've be instructed that it is best for the recipient to first speak with their local post office regarding any concerns.

Additionally, you can monitor your shipment or file a claim for lost mail with each of the carriers we use: U.S. Postal ServiceUPS, or FedEx.

We work hard to ensure orders are processed and received as quickly as possible, but unfortunately, we're unable to locate lost or delayed packages. We recognize errors happen and ask for your patience in those circumstances, but we will not ship replacement items or issue refunds until a formal determination is made by the carrier. Please use the resources outlined above to seek resolution if needed.


International Shipping

If you’re ordering from EuropeCanadaAustralia or New Zealand, please click the appropriate link to visit the distributor for your region. We normally ship USPS International for international orders, and the order typically takes 2-3 weeks for delivery. Due to global constraints, shipping times may vary, and additional delays can occur due to customs inspections. Since we never know if a package will be held at customs, any import fees or taxes applied to the delivery must be paid by the recipient.


Are your pigments cosmetic grade?
Our pigments are not certified cosmetic grade. Our pigment providers have said that they are safe for cosmetics, but they are not technically certified cosmetic-grade. We use certified cosmetic grade pigments for our natural face paint but we don't sell those pigments. 

What do I mix with your pigments to make paint? Water, binders, etc.
It depends on what type of paint you are trying to make. Our “Resources” section is full of useful information and recipes for making a wide variety of paints. Water alone does not work - it will appear to make a creamy paint but when it dries it will dust off the surface. You need to add a natural binder to make it adhere to a surface. 

Here are a few of the most popular recipes: Oil Paint, Watercolor Paint, Gouache Paint, Egg Tempera Paint, Drawing Ink

Are the pigments and paints archival and lightfast?
Yes, all our Earth and Mineral Pigments and paints are extremely archival and have excellent/ permanent lightfastness. Natural earth pigments are the most permanent and archival of any pigment and don’t contain fillers, stabilizers, solvents or preservatives.

The earth pigments will last thousands of years in a glass jar and never fade or degrade. Without the fillers and additives, nothing gets in the way of the purity and longevity of these paints.

Note: see each pigment description on the pigment product page.

Do I need to wear a mask when mixing powders?
Our pigments are completely non-toxic but no matter what kind-of dust you're using, you don't want to inhale large amounts of any kind. Most artists who mix our pigments don't wear any mask protection because they scoop small amounts and mix carefully so as to not create any airborne dust. But definitely use a mask if you have lung sensitivity or health problems or are concerned in any way. 

How much pigment do I need to add? What is the ratio of pigment to oil when mixing oil paint?
Every color has a completely different oil: pigment ratio because each color absorbs moisture differently and each pigment has a different molecular structure, size, density, drying time, etc. You simply pour the pigment onto the palette and add small amounts of oil at a time and mix until it makes a smooth, thick paste. You can use a glass dropper to add drops at a time. 

Titanium White - does it contain titanium dioxide? Our Titanium Dioxide (Ti02) is from a common mineral found in nature called Rutile. It is found in metamorphic and igneous rocks, and is the second most abundant mineral sand. Our product is not to be confused with Titanium metal (Ti) which is a silver metal that can also be derived from the same deposits but is a different, separate component. Titanium metal is not a part of our Titanium White pigment.  Titanium Dioxide White is a byproduct of oxidizing the rutile mineral and does not contain any metal. The only other natural white would be chalk whiting; however, this does not have the opacity or refractive index of Titanium White so it is not really a substitute. Please note, Titanium dioxide is toxic to breathe in large amounts because it contains silica (ground quartz) which is abrasive to the lungs. We have warnings on our product boxes but please be careful to mix with care so as not to inhale the dust. Once the pigment is in liquid form it is completely harmless and is commonly in natural sunscreens, food and vegan milks. 

Why should I mix my own paint when I can buy paint pre-made?
We believe that the extra step of mixing your own paint is well worth the peace of mind of knowing you are using the safest and most sustainable paint on the market. Our Natural Earth Paint for children contains only three natural ingredients, and the Earth & Mineral Pigments contain only one ingredient. Most pre-made paints on the market contain a variety of toxic chemical stabilizers, petrochemicals, fillers, and preservatives. Natural pigments provide an unsurpassed luminosity, depth of color, UV resistance, humidity resistance, and archival qualities. As soon as you have a liquid paint you need a preservative to keep it from going bad on the shelf - by mixing your own, there's no need for preservatives. Conventional paints are the "fast food" approach that the mainstream paint industry thinks consumers demand, but we believe our customers deserve better.

Where do your pigments come from?
We get our pigments from small quarries in countries across the world, including the USA, France, and Italy, depending on where that color pigment is prevalent in the ground. We manufacture our paints in Ashland, Oregon.

Where do you find the Ultramarine Blue and Ultramarine Purple pigments?
The blue and purple pigments are our only pigments that have been fired and manipulated to get their vibrant color. Each is composed of 90% natural earthen clay and 10% man-made minerals (which are heated in an oven to a high temperature to create their vibrant color.) Throughout history, blues in nature were very rare and usually made with precious stones like Lapis Lazuli. These stones are now unsustainably harvested in Afghanistan, so we have found a beautiful and eco-friendly alternative.

Can I use your pigments to color wax or encaustics?
People commonly use our pigments with wax and encaustics. Anything that you would use regular pigments with you can use our natural pigments as well. They are color stable to heats from 330 degrees to 1100 degrees depending on the color.

 Can I use your pigments for modeling clay?
Yes, our natural pigments are safe to use in modeling clay. Be sure to not use the Natural Earth Paint, only pure pigments. We also have a recipe for making natural modeling clay. 

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Why Natural Earth Paint

  • SAFE

    Free of heavy metals, solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, additives, petroleum-based dyes and nano-particles.


    100% solar powered facility, 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging, and zero-waste shipping option available.


    Proud to be the most innovative eco-business in art supplies. We have a whole line of products that you can’t find anywhere else.


    The highest quality pigments, organic ingredients, and hand-crafted in small batches. Pure earth pigments make the most luminous paint available anywhere.