Cochineal, red dyestuff consisting of the dried, pulverized bodies of certain female scale insects, Dactylopius coccus, of the Coccidae family, cactus-eating insects native to tropical and subtropical America. Cochineal is used to produce scarlet, crimson, orange, and other tints and to prepare pigments such as lake and carmine. The dye was introduced into Europe from Mexico, where it had been used long before the coming of the Spaniards.
Cochineal has been replaced almost entirely by synthetic dyes, but it continues to be used principally as a colouring agent in cosmetics and beverages. Its dyeing power is attributed to cochinealin, or carminic acid, obtained by boiling cochineal in water. Cochineal also contains glyceryl myristate (a fat) and coccerin (cochineal wax). Our cochineal dyes are 100% natural.We are offering up Pure Cochineal Magic Eye Dinner Napkins to accompany all of your magical meals. These are offered in packs of 2 and these are the only set. These are dyed on stunning vintage cotton napkins with a cotton lace trim and hand embroidered flower details in the corner. Each napkin is hand tied and dyed. Wash with dark colours. Enjoy with pure love.