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 dyed cotton sheets for a queen sized bed. The set includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and 2 pillow cases, all 100% cotton. The flat sheet features a beautiful lace insert to keep your dreams and nest extra magical. Wash cold, with dark or like colours. These have been through several processes however I like to air on the side of caution with newly dyed items. If this item is sold out, please contact as we can always create custom orders with this as an inspiration. Stay Pure. Stay Wild.