Alkanet Root, Powder - Use this in your soap to create a purple color. It does turn a bit gray at first but will turn into a murky purple color in CP soap. You can infuse this color (and then strain it out) or just put the powder straight into the soap and stick blend it into your soap. Usage Rate: 1 Tbsp per 4 oz. of oil to infuse. 2 Tbsp. (filtered) infusion provides a nice purple to approximately 3 pounds of soap.
Ingredients:Botanical Name: Alkanna Tinctoria RootCommon Name: Alkanet Root
The color is closer to a brownish gray than murky purple, but it works well for a muted lavender color. My only complaint is that it bleeds an icky brown color into the non-colored parts of the soap. I do like that it's a natural ingredient that offers an OK alternative to purple.
I recently bought this root powder to attempt a lavender soap, of course to get a purple color. The root was infused in oil for over a month now and when I used it, the soap turned green immediately, and stayed green after it traced. The only compensation is that it's a nice shade of green, but I'm still heartbroken by it.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Kinda! I'm sorry you were disappointed with the results of this powder in your soap. Alkanet Root Powder, being a natural product, can do some strange things. You've only mentioned the soap at trace being green, I'm wondering if your finished soap was green as well. This colorant does change color from the infusion, to when it's first added to your soap, then to its final color in the soap. Gel phase is Alkanet Root Powder's friend! Find out more about gel phase in our Jazzed About Gel Phase blog post. If your final soap is that green color you may not have used enough of the powder. I would recommend using more as well as doing a hot infusion versus a cold infusion. Find out more about how to do a hot infusion in our How to Infuse Oils with a Crock-Pot blog post.
Used it with Lavender 40/42 essential oil. It gives a purple accent color and when used lightly it doesn't overpower the Lavender fragrance. A little of this goes a VERY long way!!!!!
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