Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus Costa)


Active dye components; carmine.

Read more about anthraquinnes here;

Part used: whole bug

Colour range: purple, pink, reds  (Ph sensitive)

Mordant: none for wool, alum recommended for everything else.

Light fastness: very good

WOF: 10-20%

Cold dyeing: not so much

Hot dyeing: yes

Low Impact Method: yes


These dried cochineal insects come from a small sustainable farm in Peru where it is grown on nopals. High quality cochineal with a high content of carminic acid. Organic & fair trade directly from the farm!


Textiles can be mordanted previously for better results and deeper colour. Alum and tannin will each give slightly different shades. Cochineal loves acidity, cream of tartar will push the dye bath to more reds.

Finely ground for immediate use.


-Securely packed in a re-sealable zip bag for easy use and storage


Cochineal Dried Bugs Powder (Dactylopius coccus) organic

100 Grams
  • Storage

    Keep in a tightly closed container, stored in a cool, dry, ventilated area. Protect against physical damage. Maintain a constant temperature not to exceed 24° C. (75° F.).  Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues (dust, solids); observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product.


    Heath and Safety

    Do not ingest. Do not breathe dust. Wear protective gloves, safety goggles and a dust mask when handling fine dye powders and mordants.

    Possibly harmful when swallowed or inhaled


    Environmental Hazards

    Natural dye powders are no known environmental concern. Mordants and mordanted dye baths should be disposed in a sensible way according to your local waste disposal laws.

  • Packaging

    Natural dyes and mordants are shipped in a special packaging made from recypcled materials with a re-usable zipper. 

    Your pouches are shipped in either a flat padded envelope or a cardboard box depending on quantity and size.

    We try to use reduce packaging and use recycled materials where possible.


    Shipping Times

    Most packages are sent the same day or next day of order. 

    Shipping times depend per country and are out of my hands once I send the parcel. Averages to the United States have been 6-14 business days.


    Shipping rates.

    Shipping is according to the total weight of your parcel including packaging materials.

    ALL packages are shipped with a tracking number. The tarcking number will be updated by mail once available.

    Please note that most tracking is only available from the moment the parcel physically leaves the country. This may take a few days.


    You will see your total shipping rate in your order.

    At this moment it is not possible to ship your dye materials by EMS.