I have finally found this natural colorant which I have been looking for so long!

Orcanette I have read that in soap, alkanet root will yield shades of pink, blue, and purple, depending upon the amount used, types of oil used, and the alkalinity of the soap.  Really impressed  about the fact that the type of oil would influence the colour, I started experimenting. This soap contains: coconut oil, palm oil, cacao butter, olive oil, sunflower oil and of course alkanet roots infused in olive oil which I added at trace.

The most suitable essential oil to this purple was of course the lavender one.

I am curious to see how long this lovely colour will last.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Sonya says:

    I have been using alkanet for years and find that the colour holds indefinitely. It is one of my favourite natural colourants. Your soap is lovely! 🙂

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Sonya. I am really content to try out alkanet too!

  2. Jenny says:

    Lovely purple, Natalia! I like your soap stamp, too. How interesting that alkanet root can end up being so many different shades of color!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Yes, Jenny, I find it amazing too to get different shades of colours :).

  3. Nitya says:

    That is a gorgeous purple!! Mine is more of a greyish-purple. Definitely not as lovely as what you got. Did you use the roots direct, or was it a powdered form?

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Nitya! I used the roots infused in olive oil!

  4. Claudia says:

    Yabadabadooo… succeeded a nice purple!
    I love this soap!
    Me, I could not find Alkanet here and I searching for a long time…
    I want to attempt a purple experience next week ,see what comes out.
    And finally we do a competition:you,me and Nitya(the list is open for everybody)… we call it´´Purple fans´´,he,he,he.(now I laugh and write).
    I am joking or not…
    Much Love,

  5. Geta says:

    Ce culoare frumoasa ti-a iesit si, daca i-ai pus ulei esential de levantica ai conturat sapunul perfect. Am auzit si eu de pudra alkanet dar pe la noi nu am gasit.
    Si floricelele imprimate pe sapun ii dau o nota foarte vesela. Pupici !

  6. Your soaps turned out amazing! I super love using Alkanet Root because it gives such a natural and earthy look.

  7. Irène says:

    Congratulations for the fine color. With alkanet I had a lot of grey hues but never a si beautiful purple ! You can see I am french with à very bad english !

  8. vert citron says:

    un joli violet tendre tout doux! j’aime!!

  9. mlk says:

    Very nice purple and, i will come back, to see the evolution
    That will be au true revolution for me, and my test with alkanet
    happy, to have to “reteste” alkanet, your soap is open door to experimentations
    Sorry for my english
    merveilleuse couleur et tout le bonheur qu’elle donne à celui qui la trouve

  10. You manage to get a perfect shade of purple. Like Lavender from Provence. Stunning! Great job!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Hvala Ksenija for your visit!

  11. Chika says:

    Alkanet can be in the oil, and, please warm it at 142 degrees Celsius for two minutes. You can keep some colors and can extract the nourishment, too

  12. Laura says:

    What an adorable stamp!

  13. Juan Luis says:

    Hi Natalia. This is Juan Luis. I would like to know a little more about natural colors. After I saw this post, I have been reading but there’s no much information or I didn’t look in the right places. If you don’t mind I would like to know more about natural colours and how to use them. Would you mind to teach me a little bit? Thank you very much, JL.

  14. Hi!! i loooove this colour, this one is my favorite! i´d like to buy alkanet but i don´t know where, could you tell me when did you buy it? in internet? can you email me?? thank you so much. kisses.

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