I have a suspicion that these are the same. It not only looks the same, but it feels and smells the same... It even reacts the same in oils (turns the oils a beautiful red) and as I am just beginning to experiment, I believe it reacts similarly in soaps as well! Could anyone tell me if I am right?
I post two pictures:
Ratanjot experiment 1 – the liquid is half goat milk, half water. As with all my goat milk alkanet experiments, I couldn’t get either blue or purple, just grey. At least this grey is a nice grey.
Ratanjot experiment 2 – the liquid is all water and the recipe is loaded with Shea Butter. Strangely, even without goat milk, I got another bluey grey! And this grey is even uglier without the goat milk!
Had a very important thought as I was unveiling Ratanjot experiment 2. What if all these soupy gray colours I have been getting with both Alkanet and Ratanjot are directly related to the type and quantity of OLIVE OIL I am using? My extra virgin local olive oil is very dark, and greeny... What if I just SKIP the olive oil all together and substitute entirely with a totally clear oil?? Or what if I were to add a little titanium dioxide in? Wow!!! Two new experiments to try with my AlkRaj!!! I have never tried titanium dioxide yet, I know I know... it is natural but I imagine the name sounds scary on a label for people who do not know what it is.
By the way, the reason I am experimenting with Ratanjot is because I am still looking for that perfect purple. I did get pretty close with Alkanet, but still want to experiment for even better purples.
I would be interested if anyone can contribute any information about Ratanjot.
Happy soaping everyone!