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Not purple

I have found alkanet to turn black in my CP soap. Hoping for a mauve in my lavender, but sadly, I have black soap.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
The Alkanet Root Powder definitely turns a murky purple color in cold process soap, similar to black. You can see an example of the color in CP in the above sample picture. If you're looking for more of a true purple color you may prefer Ultramarine Violet Oxide Pigment.

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Grey, like my feelings.

After researching on how to get a natural rustic purple in my lavender soap, I was excited to give Alkanet a try. I used the correct powder to oil ratios for the infusion, let it set in the sun for several days and filtered out everything. I had a LOVELY deep purple infusion. I added 2 tbsp of the infusion into the oil phase. When I poured the lye water in and started to blend, it turned, concrete grey. The batch also riced and started to get thick very quickly. I tried pouring and spooning what I could into the 12 cavity silicone molds before it got TOO thick. The next day I ended up with grey, clumpy soap squares :o(

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Virginia! I'm sorry you were disappointed in your results with this color. We love the Alkanet Root Powder for a natural purple color and I think you will be surprised in your final results! While the Alkanet does go a bit gray at first it will turn into a murky purple color in your CP soap as it cures a bit. See an example of this in our Natural Colorant Testing & Inspiration blog post. Customer service has contacted you directly to help troubleshoot :-)

Adding to my collection

I received this as a sample in one of my orders. I used 2.5 tsp for about 110 ounces of soap. At first it turned gray but then morphed into this gorgeous purple, best described as eggplant. I'm actually happier with the color than what is shown in the image. If you are getting a green, it's possible you are using more yellow oils. Regular olive oil for instance is a lot less yellow than extra virgin olive oil. Love and will be buying the 16 oz.

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Changed scent of my batch of soap

I added a tablespoon of this to a 2-lb. batch of cold process soap and while I was still mixing the batch with a stick blender, I noticed the scent of my soap had suddenly changed (and not for the better). I had combined a lovely mix of lavender, grapefruit and peru balsam essential oils with a hint of nutmeg. Now the batch just smells dirty, for lack of a better term. Very disappointed because I am going to throw the entire batch away - a total waste of ingredients and my essential oils. And the alkanet root powder will be thrown away right along with the soap!

Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Amy! I'm sorry you were disappointed in your results with this color. We love the Alkanet Root Powder and the deep, natural purple it creates. Though, being a natural colorant, it does have an earthy smell similar to top soil. Combined with the deep incense musk smell of the Balsam Peru Essential Oil, I can definitely see where the combination may have smelled even more earthy in the end. If you're looking for a different purple colorant with a more subtle smell, you may like the Ultramarine Violet Oxide Pigment. You can even try darkening it with a touch of Activated Charcoal.

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Purple - Grape

I love the color that I got in my Hot Process soap.