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Annatto Seed Powder

$6.04 NZD
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ANNATTO SEED is a soapmaking herb you definitely want to have on hand.  Use it to give your soaps a warm colour range.  This one herb can yield everything from butter yellow to pumpkin orange and all shades inbetween - it just depends on how much you use.

Here are a few different ways to infuse the annatto seed powder -

Hot Infusion - place the powder in your chosen oil and heat gently on a low heat for approximately 2 hours. Strain the powder (but not absolutely necessary, *if left in the oil you will get a speckled effect in the final soap) before using the oil in your soap.

Cold Infusion - place the powder in your chosen oil and leave on a warm windowsill  for a week or so.  Strain before using the oil in your soap. (See * above).

I always have a windowsill infusion on the go.  As soon as I use one lot I add more powder and fill up the jar with olive oil and start again.

As a guide - Infuse 1 to 2 tablespoons of powder in 100ml of vegetable oil to produce a natural orange colourant that works well in cold process soap.  Paler shades down to a light yellow can be achieved by using less powder or more oil.
Annato Seed Whole Size

Total price: $6.04 NZD
Annatto Seed Powder

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