Annatto powder is a natural coloring agent made from the seeds of the plant Bixa Orellana, which is also called the lipstick tree.
Traditionally, annatto powder was used for body painting, as sunscreen, and as an insect repellant.
Moreover, throughout history, annatto powder has been primarily utilized as a coloring agent for makeup, textiles or to color food, but also to treat various health disorders.
Therefore, internally, annatto powder has been used for conditions such as heartburn, diabetes, fever, diarrhea, malaria, fluid retention, hepatitis, as well as for its bowel cleansing properties.
The main use of annatto powder today is for coloring properties and for flavor. Included in the formulation of skin and hair care products, its tones vary from light yellow to orange and red.
We’re using it to color one of our soaps, Arrival of Spring. Because we love the rich, natural yellow, almost orange tone it gives and we love its stability in soap.
Arrial of Spring is a three-color soap: yellow (annatto), grayish green (green clay), and brown (cocoa). Scented with litsea cubeba and bergamot essential oils, it is a smooth bar, with a rich and luxurious lather – a beautiful ritual of renewal.
PS No, that’s not a shake or a smoothie. It’s S O A P, of course ;). But it does make me so curious to try it in food. So I think I’ll give it a try to check out its flavor. How about you? Have you ever used it for any of its amazing properties?