Frequently Asked Questions

Our colour powders are guaranteed NOT to stain. The powders clean off all surfaces easily. The first rain will clean off the grass and hard surfaces that powders fell on, or a quick hose or sweep will do the job.

We guarantee that our powders won't stain clothes, skin or hair. With the first wash clothes and will clean up. Shower, soap and shampoo will clean skin and hair.

Although we ensure our colours wash out very easy, we advise you not to wear your best clothes or most expensive shoes.

Our powders are non-toxic to humans, animals or the environment.

Inhaling the powder is no worse than inhaling dust and thus not dangerous. We encourage people with respiratory issues to use caution, given that it would not be ideal for them to be present in any area of floating dust. Some of our school and community customers have overcome this concern by supplying people with a cheap dust mask, which can be purchased from a hardware store.

If you get powder in your eyes this might lead to eye irritations. For eye protection, we recommend that people wear goggles or sunglasses.

The inclusion of anyone with food colouring allergies needs to be carefully considered.

Cornflour (~98%), with small amounts of Saleratus, Sodium Chloride, Tri Calcium phosphate and food grade dyes (1%).

The dyes are:

  • Red:  C.I.  16255 / E 124
  • Green: C.I. 19140 / C.I. 42090 / E 102 /  E 133
  • Pink: C.I. 14720 / E 122
  • Yellow: C.I. 19140  / E 102
  • Orange: C.I. 19140  / E 102
  • Blue: C.I. 42090 / E 133
  • Purple: C.I. 42090 / E 133 E 124 / C.I.  16255

As teachers and parents ourselves, we wouldn’t want our kids or students being exposed to anything that could potentially harm them or the environment

****Be careful of cheap imitations*****

Cheap colour powder can contain talc, paint, rice, chalk, unknown fragrances and heavy metals. Often these powders come from China where it is unknown what conditions it was produced in.

 

We recommend avoiding these cheaper powders as they can cause nasty skin irritations and potentially harm the environment when released into soil and water.

 

You will know a cheap colour powder from the feel and colour. On your skin the powder will feel clumpy, sticky and/or chalky. The colours will appear unnaturally bright and are likely to stain hair, skin and clothes.

It depends on how extravagant you would like your event to be. Our suggestions are:

 

Primary school events: 200g per participant

High school events: 200g-250g participant

Universities and Colleges: 250g-300g per participant

Children’s birthday parties: 300g per participant (smaller children will need less powder)

Community events: 200g-300g per participant

 

If this is your first colour powder event, we'd love you to Contact Us for guidance. Also feel free to use our Request for Quote form.

No. Our powders are not designed to be used as paint, they don't mix with water.

We have not tried this ourselves. To the best of our knowledge, no.

Yes, many people have used our colour powder for a "colour burst" from an exhaust or tailpipe with great results.

 

As this is not the intended use of the coloured powder and we do not guarantee that it will work. Any use of our powders in this manner is at your own risk.

No water is not necessary. However, spraying participants with water before colour stations does help the powder stick better to clothes and skin. This could include running through sprinklers, having event volunteers armed with water pistols or garden hoses and/or recruiting the assistance of your local community fire brigade.

We encourage sustainable events. One of the ways this can be achieved is by reducing plastic waste, we find plastic squeeze bottles are fiddly to fill, result in a lot of powder being wasted and not necessary.

 

Most of our customers simply tip the colour powder into buckets and tell their "throwers" to scoop out one large handful per participant as they run past. This ensures that you have enough powder for everyone.

 

Check out our Ideas Blog to learn more.

Yes, our powders are certified as non-flammable. We highly recommend you only use non-flammable powders for your event.

Yes. As there is no gluten protein in the starchy (carbohydrate) portion of a corn grain. The facility that the colour powder is manufactured in only produces colour powder so there is no concern with cross contamination.

No. Our colour powders are unscented.

We have the powder made to our exacting standards by Kingdom of Colors, a small company in India that operates to the highest ethical standards. We have partnered with Kingdom of Colors for over 3years and recently visited the factory and seen the conditions, which are much better than many others in India. We are very proud to be associated with them.

Online orders completed before 10:30am (Auckland time) on any business day will be dispatched from the Auckland warehouse that same day. Any orders received after this time will be dispatched the following business day.

Once your order has been dispatched from the Auckland warehouse the target delivery times are:

North Island - 1 to 3 business days

South Island - 3 to 5 business days

Please note that the above targets are not guaranteed and delays do occur from time to time.

We use Courier Post or NZPost, as we find them to be reliable and efficient.

Our orders ship from a warehouse in Auckland. For small orders, delivery charges apply and are determined by the shipping address.

As you order more coloured powder delivery will be FREE.

Please refer to our Online Ordering and Prices for full details

Yes. We will send you the tracking details for your order via email. From either the Courier Post or the NZPost website you can opt for 'Parcel Leave', 'Parcel Collect'or 'Parcel Redirect' should you need this service.

Bulk discounts apply to online orders as shown on our Online Ordering and Prices page . The more you buy, the cheaper it is!

If you are planning a HUGE event, please Request a Quote or Contact us for our best prices.

Yes we happily accept returns of unused colour powder so long as the bags are unopened/undamaged (ie in a condition we can resell) for a refund.

Returns must be received within 40 days of the original purchase.

Please note that there is a $20 restocking fee deducted from your refund.

Bulk discounts may be recalculated and reduced for large partial returns.

Refunds do not include the original postage cost and the purchaser bears the cost to deliver the unused powder to the warehouse in East Tamaki Auckland.

To proceed with a refund please refer to this form with all the relevant instructions.

As an Australian based company, we pay customs GST to the NZ government for our goods when they are imported into New Zealand. We therefore do not have to be registered to collect GST from our New Zealand customers.

No we don't currently offer urgent delivery.

Yes you can pick up an online order from our fulfillment warehouse in East Tamaki.

 

A pick up order must be placed online, the warehouse are not a shop, they do not handle money or provide customer service.

 

You can select "Pick up" as an option as you proceed through the checkout. The pick up fee is $7.50.

 

Please note that the warehouse is open for order pickups between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

 

An order placed online before 10am on any business day can be picked up after 2pm that day.

 

An order placed online after 10am on any business day or a weekend can be picked up after 12pm on the following business day.

 

Once your pick up order is ready we will send you an email with the pick up instructions. Pick ups must be made promptly.

Yes, if your school or organisation does not want to purchase powder online, we are happy to provide you with an invoice. If you have further questions about the terms and conditions of payment by invoice, please contact us by phone or email.

Yes we will ship coloured powder to islands in the Pacific eg Cook Islands. We would have to provide you with a quote, please contact us for assistance.

Congratulations! School and community colour runs are growing in popularity! We offer a free do-it-yourself event planning guide to help you with everything you need to know. As well, you are welcome to call or email us with any questions you may have.

We often receive requests for colour powder donations from charities, schools, community groups all across Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately we can’t afford to be give product to everyone that asks. We are happy to give away lots of free advice, tips and ideas to make your fundraiser a huge success - just ask us!

Our regular colour powder is made of cornflour and food grade dyes. It easily cleans up off participants and the surrounding environment. We encourage bucket throwing of powder at colour stations, to reduce plastic bottle waste. As well, our colour powder comes in 1kg and 5kg bags.

With a DIY colour run event, you can also CHOOSE NOT TO incentivise participants with plastic toys. Many of our customers encourage people to bring their own sunglasses or goggles. As well there other other gifts or prizes, such as gift certificates from sponsors or local businesses that you could use.

No. We are focused on providing high quality, safe products that are ethically produced to our customers. We offer transparent pricing and bulk discounts. The more powder you buy, the more you will save.

Orders placed before 11.30am (Auckland time) on any business day will be dispatched from our Auckland warehouse that day. Any orders received after this time will be dispatched the following business day.

Please allow for the following delivery times to ensure your colour powder arrives in time for your event:

North Island - 1-2  business days
South Island - 3-4  business days

Customers in or near Auckland have the option of pick-up their order at our warehouse for a nominal fee.

We recommend that our customers approve quotes or submit their online orders 2 weeks in advance of event date, to accommodate unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control (i.e. weather, freight carrier delays, public holidays).

The colours look best on either white or black.

To preserve the colour on clothes the best way is to:

  • Promptly change out of your coloured gear and do not shake off any excess colour powder.
  • Lay the clothes flat and spray generously (ie soak it) with white vinegar
  • Allow to dry lying flat then iron with high heat to set the colour (use a rag between clothes and iron)
  • Turn inside out and put in tumble dryer for 10min on high heat
  • Wash and wear proudly – colour will eventually fade

The powder can be swept off hard surfaces or washed away with bucket of water or hose. It is biodegradable and will not damage grass or harm waterways.

It's been our experience that many Inflatable Hire companies are concerned about having colour powder on their equipment, they worry about the staining and the clean up, ie getting the powder out of all the crevice’s etc with the possibility that if there is damage the organiser is liable for the replacement cost.  An easy way to get around this is to position the inflatable at the beginning of the course, have one that people go through ie a maze, giant slide or tunnel rather than just stop at. Position the first colour station AFTER the inflatable.  It’s a great way to create excitement at the beginning of the course.

 

Alternatively ask us to send some sample colour powder bags to the Inflatable company for them to test on their equipment, our powder is guaranteed not to stain hair and skin, but we are not 100% sure about the material used in Inflatables.

"The COLOR RUN" is a registered trademark in New Zealand. Look it up here.

We are not lawyers in any way and are not 100% sure of how trademarks are enforced, but we are aware of a charity in Hawke's Bay that organised/advertised a Colour Run and promptly received a letter from THE COLOR RUN representatives advising that they couldn't use that name. They changed it to "Colour Chaos", easily solved. Some other catchy names are "Colour Blast", "Colour Bonanza", "Colour Dash".

As far as we are aware The Color Run organisers don’t have the trademark over people running around and throwing coloured powder, that’s not their original/exclusive idea, people hold these types of events all over the world.

 

Our Powders

Our colour powders are guaranteed NOT to stain. The powders clean off all surfaces easily. The first rain will clean off the grass and hard surfaces that powders fell on, or a quick hose or sweep will do the job.

We guarantee that our powders won't stain clothes, skin or hair. With the first wash clothes and will clean up. Shower, soap and shampoo will clean skin and hair.

Although we ensure our colours wash out very easy, we advise you not to wear your best clothes or most expensive shoes.

Our powders are non-toxic to humans, animals or the environment.

Inhaling the powder is no worse than inhaling dust and thus not dangerous. We encourage people with respiratory issues to use caution, given that it would not be ideal for them to be present in any area of floating dust. Some of our school and community customers have overcome this concern by supplying people with a cheap dust mask, which can be purchased from a hardware store.

If you get powder in your eyes this might lead to eye irritations. For eye protection, we recommend that people wear goggles or sunglasses.

The inclusion of anyone with food colouring allergies needs to be carefully considered.

Cornflour (~98%), with small amounts of Saleratus, Sodium Chloride, Tri Calcium phosphate and food grade dyes (1%).

The dyes are:

  • Red:  C.I.  16255 / E 124
  • Green: C.I. 19140 / C.I. 42090 / E 102 /  E 133
  • Pink: C.I. 14720 / E 122
  • Yellow: C.I. 19140  / E 102
  • Orange: C.I. 19140  / E 102
  • Blue: C.I. 42090 / E 133
  • Purple: C.I. 42090 / E 133 E 124 / C.I.  16255

As teachers and parents ourselves, we wouldn’t want our kids or students being exposed to anything that could potentially harm them or the environment

****Be careful of cheap imitations*****

Cheap colour powder can contain talc, paint, rice, chalk, unknown fragrances and heavy metals. Often these powders come from China where it is unknown what conditions it was produced in.

 

We recommend avoiding these cheaper powders as they can cause nasty skin irritations and potentially harm the environment when released into soil and water.

 

You will know a cheap colour powder from the feel and colour. On your skin the powder will feel clumpy, sticky and/or chalky. The colours will appear unnaturally bright and are likely to stain hair, skin and clothes.

It depends on how extravagant you would like your event to be. Our suggestions are:

 

Primary school events: 200g per participant

High school events: 200g-250g participant

Universities and Colleges: 250g-300g per participant

Children’s birthday parties: 300g per participant (smaller children will need less powder)

Community events: 200g-300g per participant

 

If this is your first colour powder event, we'd love you to Contact Us for guidance. Also feel free to use our Request for Quote form.

No. Our powders are not designed to be used as paint, they don't mix with water.

We have not tried this ourselves. To the best of our knowledge, no.

Yes, many people have used our colour powder for a "colour burst" from an exhaust or tailpipe with great results.

 

As this is not the intended use of the coloured powder and we do not guarantee that it will work. Any use of our powders in this manner is at your own risk.

No water is not necessary. However, spraying participants with water before colour stations does help the powder stick better to clothes and skin. This could include running through sprinklers, having event volunteers armed with water pistols or garden hoses and/or recruiting the assistance of your local community fire brigade.

We encourage sustainable events. One of the ways this can be achieved is by reducing plastic waste, we find plastic squeeze bottles are fiddly to fill, result in a lot of powder being wasted and not necessary.

 

Most of our customers simply tip the colour powder into buckets and tell their "throwers" to scoop out one large handful per participant as they run past. This ensures that you have enough powder for everyone.

 

Check out our Ideas Blog to learn more.

Yes, our powders are certified as non-flammable. We highly recommend you only use non-flammable powders for your event.

Yes. As there is no gluten protein in the starchy (carbohydrate) portion of a corn grain. The facility that the colour powder is manufactured in only produces colour powder so there is no concern with cross contamination.

No. Our colour powders are unscented.

We have the powder made to our exacting standards by Kingdom of Colors, a small company in India that operates to the highest ethical standards. We have partnered with Kingdom of Colors for over 3years and recently visited the factory and seen the conditions, which are much better than many others in India. We are very proud to be associated with them.

Delivery, Terms and Conditions

Online orders completed before 10:30am (Auckland time) on any business day will be dispatched from the Auckland warehouse that same day. Any orders received after this time will be dispatched the following business day.

Once your order has been dispatched from the Auckland warehouse the target delivery times are:

North Island - 1 to 3 business days

South Island - 3 to 5 business days

Please note that the above targets are not guaranteed and delays do occur from time to time.

We use Courier Post or NZPost, as we find them to be reliable and efficient.

Our orders ship from a warehouse in Auckland. For small orders, delivery charges apply and are determined by the shipping address.

As you order more coloured powder delivery will be FREE.

Please refer to our Online Ordering and Prices for full details

Yes. We will send you the tracking details for your order via email. From either the Courier Post or the NZPost website you can opt for 'Parcel Leave', 'Parcel Collect'or 'Parcel Redirect' should you need this service.

Bulk discounts apply to online orders as shown on our Online Ordering and Prices page . The more you buy, the cheaper it is!

If you are planning a HUGE event, please Request a Quote or Contact us for our best prices.

Yes we happily accept returns of unused colour powder so long as the bags are unopened/undamaged (ie in a condition we can resell) for a refund.

Returns must be received within 40 days of the original purchase.

Please note that there is a $20 restocking fee deducted from your refund.

Bulk discounts may be recalculated and reduced for large partial returns.

Refunds do not include the original postage cost and the purchaser bears the cost to deliver the unused powder to the warehouse in East Tamaki Auckland.

To proceed with a refund please refer to this form with all the relevant instructions.

As an Australian based company, we pay customs GST to the NZ government for our goods when they are imported into New Zealand. We therefore do not have to be registered to collect GST from our New Zealand customers.

No we don't currently offer urgent delivery.

Yes you can pick up an online order from our fulfillment warehouse in East Tamaki.

 

A pick up order must be placed online, the warehouse are not a shop, they do not handle money or provide customer service.

 

You can select "Pick up" as an option as you proceed through the checkout. The pick up fee is $7.50.

 

Please note that the warehouse is open for order pickups between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

 

An order placed online before 10am on any business day can be picked up after 2pm that day.

 

An order placed online after 10am on any business day or a weekend can be picked up after 12pm on the following business day.

 

Once your pick up order is ready we will send you an email with the pick up instructions. Pick ups must be made promptly.

Yes, if your school or organisation does not want to purchase powder online, we are happy to provide you with an invoice. If you have further questions about the terms and conditions of payment by invoice, please contact us by phone or email.

Yes we will ship coloured powder to islands in the Pacific eg Cook Islands. We would have to provide you with a quote, please contact us for assistance.

Tips for creating a Colour Event

Congratulations! School and community colour runs are growing in popularity! We offer a free do-it-yourself event planning guide to help you with everything you need to know. As well, you are welcome to call or email us with any questions you may have.

We often receive requests for colour powder donations from charities, schools, community groups all across Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately we can’t afford to be give product to everyone that asks. We are happy to give away lots of free advice, tips and ideas to make your fundraiser a huge success - just ask us!

Our regular colour powder is made of cornflour and food grade dyes. It easily cleans up off participants and the surrounding environment. We encourage bucket throwing of powder at colour stations, to reduce plastic bottle waste. As well, our colour powder comes in 1kg and 5kg bags.

With a DIY colour run event, you can also CHOOSE NOT TO incentivise participants with plastic toys. Many of our customers encourage people to bring their own sunglasses or goggles. As well there other other gifts or prizes, such as gift certificates from sponsors or local businesses that you could use.

No. We are focused on providing high quality, safe products that are ethically produced to our customers. We offer transparent pricing and bulk discounts. The more powder you buy, the more you will save.

Orders placed before 11.30am (Auckland time) on any business day will be dispatched from our Auckland warehouse that day. Any orders received after this time will be dispatched the following business day.

Please allow for the following delivery times to ensure your colour powder arrives in time for your event:

North Island - 1-2  business days
South Island - 3-4  business days

Customers in or near Auckland have the option of pick-up their order at our warehouse for a nominal fee.

We recommend that our customers approve quotes or submit their online orders 2 weeks in advance of event date, to accommodate unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control (i.e. weather, freight carrier delays, public holidays).

The colours look best on either white or black.

To preserve the colour on clothes the best way is to:

  • Promptly change out of your coloured gear and do not shake off any excess colour powder.
  • Lay the clothes flat and spray generously (ie soak it) with white vinegar
  • Allow to dry lying flat then iron with high heat to set the colour (use a rag between clothes and iron)
  • Turn inside out and put in tumble dryer for 10min on high heat
  • Wash and wear proudly – colour will eventually fade

The powder can be swept off hard surfaces or washed away with bucket of water or hose. It is biodegradable and will not damage grass or harm waterways.

It's been our experience that many Inflatable Hire companies are concerned about having colour powder on their equipment, they worry about the staining and the clean up, ie getting the powder out of all the crevice’s etc with the possibility that if there is damage the organiser is liable for the replacement cost.  An easy way to get around this is to position the inflatable at the beginning of the course, have one that people go through ie a maze, giant slide or tunnel rather than just stop at. Position the first colour station AFTER the inflatable.  It’s a great way to create excitement at the beginning of the course.

 

Alternatively ask us to send some sample colour powder bags to the Inflatable company for them to test on their equipment, our powder is guaranteed not to stain hair and skin, but we are not 100% sure about the material used in Inflatables.

"The COLOR RUN" is a registered trademark in New Zealand. Look it up here.

We are not lawyers in any way and are not 100% sure of how trademarks are enforced, but we are aware of a charity in Hawke's Bay that organised/advertised a Colour Run and promptly received a letter from THE COLOR RUN representatives advising that they couldn't use that name. They changed it to "Colour Chaos", easily solved. Some other catchy names are "Colour Blast", "Colour Bonanza", "Colour Dash".

As far as we are aware The Color Run organisers don’t have the trademark over people running around and throwing coloured powder, that’s not their original/exclusive idea, people hold these types of events all over the world.

 

DIY Colour Run

Thinking about hosting a school colour powder event, but don’t know where to start? We’d love to give you our FREE school colour run DIY guide, which outlines EVERYTHING you need for planning and executing a successful school colour run.

How much powder do I need?

Not sure how much powder you need to order? Use our estimator, OR we can work this out for you! Feel free to contact us by phone, email or by using our Request a Quote form!

Denise explains why their school community chose a DIY colour run to raise funds for their project in term 2, 2018. At their inaugural event, they raised $21,000, netting over $18,000 after expenses, while having heaps of fun! Great job everyone!

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