Alkanet root
Alkanet root
Alkanet root
Alkanet root
$12.00

Alkanet root

Alkanet root is the secret of our pink and purple face balms.

The alkanet root has a dark red-violet color due to the content of alanine. When the root is extracted into a clear oil, you can make a red oil extract that you can use to color facebalms and other oils formulations such as lip balms.

How to make alkanet extract for use in face balms:
- Start by extracting 1 tbsp. of alkanet in approx. 20 ml squalane oil in a heat proof glass beaker.
- Leave it in bain marie or chocolate melter at lowest heat for approx. one hour.
- Separate the alkanet root from the oil by sifting it through a tea filter so you have a completely clean, red oil remaining.
- Add 2 drops of Rosmarin CO2 extract or 0.5g of vitamin E if you do not use all the extract at once.
- By adding vitamin E or rosemary CO2 extract you increase the shelf life to approx. 6 months.

Tip: you can also extract the alkanet root in shea butter. It works best if you have a chocolate melter, so you can keep the temperature constant at about 60 degrees for one hour.

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