Category Archives: Oil Infusion

Alkanet Root, Beet Root Powder Lip Balm Colorant

Beet root powder is water soluble not oil soluble. Having said this I hope it will help someone not make the simple mistake I did of adding it to a water free lip balm.. it clumped and sank to the bottom even though some of it mixed in… then I reheated and mixed more… same result, thrice for the sake of science!… same result, it wasn’t blending evenly and would sink as the balm was cooling… Here is the result of that.. top and bottom.

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So to properly get a good mixture I would have to use a bit of water (or vegetable glycerin?) and emulsify it. which isn’t on my agenda until after I experiment with the Alkanet root. I need to read about this a little bit more and come up with a recipe before I try this one again because I think I like this color the best, in the mean time…

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Alkanet Root on the other hand is oil soluble. What I bought was not a powder so I put it in the blender for a few minutes until it was finer particulate and then poured roughtly 1 1/2 tablespoons in  roughly 1/2 cup of sunflower oil.

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It turned red immediately but I let it sit for a few days, shaking it up occasionally and then strain it.

After two days I mixed some into one of my already made balms and got this. It’s a beautiful rosie pink that was even and did not sink or clump.

 

 

 

Coffee Lotion Recipe

I’ve had my coffee butter infusing for some time now and it smells delicious. I’ll have to start a new infusion soon but this one got a full 6 months of cold infusion with Starbucks Pike Place Espresso. The infused coffee really brings out a strong coffee scent while the Cocoa butter I used is unrefined and brings a chocolate scent to the coffee, the vanilla is very mild and sort of sweetens the coffee/chocolate.

The Recipe I used was..

1/8 cup Coconut Oil infused with fresh espresso grounds

1/8 cup Sunflower Oil infused with Vanilla Beans

1/8 cup  Cocoa Butter

1/8 cup Mango Butter

1/4 cup Emulsifying Wax

2/3 – 1 1/2 cups Strong Coffee (depending on how thick or thin you want the lotion to be)

1 tbs jojoba oil

10 drops Vitamin E

1% Optiphen

In a double boiler melt Coconut Oil, Sunflower oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Emulsifying Wax until solids are dissolved.

Meanwhile, make 1 cup of strong coffee.

Remove oils from double boiler and pour into bowl. Measure 1/2 cup coffee and add to oils while stirring.

(Enjoy the rest of the coffee you brewed while completing the final steps)

Mix well until liquid is smooth, place bowl in Fridge for a few moments until a thicker skin forms on top and around the sides of the bowl.

Remove from fridge and mix well, repeat process until lotion has thickened and cooled. Just as it cools and starts to become a solid add Jojoba, Vitamin E and Preservative. Mix well and then for several minutes more for good measure.