What is alkanet root used for?
Alkanet is a herbaceous plant and is part of the borage family. The root is a deep purple, ruby colour with a strong musky aroma. The roots are dried and made into small wood pieces.
Alkanet root is most commonly used as a natural dye in soap making, lip balms, lip sticks, lotions and blushes. Its natural colour creates varying shades of purple.
How to use alkanet root in cold process soap?
Alkanet root needs to be infused in a carrier oil so it can dye the soap mixture. The dried root can be infused in carrier oils such as almond oil, olive oil or jojoba oil.
The longer the dried roots are left to infuse in the oil, the darker the shade of purple will be.
Once the desired colour has been reached, strain the root from the oil and add this to the soap mixture when needed.
Where does alkanet root originate from?
Our alkanet root originates from Albania.