If you are tired of the chemicals and unwanted add-ins to commercial lip balms that claim to be natural, here’s a DIY Lip Balm recipe you will love.
Who doesn’t love tinted lip balm? This one gives you a mild pink hue and sheen when applied.
Beeswax – 1 Tbsp.
Shea Butter – ½ Tbsp.
Cocoa Butter – 1 Tbsp.
Kukui Nut Oil – ½ Tbsp. (Optional)
Vitamin E Oil – a few drops
Vanilla Essential Oil – a few drops (Optional)
Alkanet Root Powder/ Beet Powder – as required
Mica – a pinch
In a double boiler, heat the butters and wax till they melt. If you use coconut oil, you can add it during this time.
If you don’t have a double boiler, no worries, try this instead! Fill about an inch of water and place a sturdy glass vessel, when the water begins to boil. Add the butters and wax to melt them.
Now, you can take it off heat and add Kukui Nut Oil and Vitamin E Oil and mix using a spatula.
Add the alkanet root powder or beet powder or extract according to your color requirements.
Add the Mica and mix all the ingredients to combine.
After a few minutes, before it begins to set, add in the essential oil.
Now, transfer it to lip balm tubes, or tubs as per your preference and let it set for a few hours.
You can refrigerate it for quicker setting.
Voila, your tinted, homemade Lip Balm is ready!
Important Pointers to Consider
If you are using essential oils, remember to choose edible (meant for internal consumption after diluting) versions from reputed brands.
Mica is added for shimmer and sheen, so a pinch or two for added shine should do. But make sure you choose lip safe version of mica diamond dust.
Preferably, don’t use food grade colors for lip balm. If you really need any other shade besides pink – red, which beet powder or alkanet powder should give, go with natural lip sticks of your favorite color.
You can skip the Kukui Nut Oil altogether, or substitute with excellent carrier oils like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or any other carrier oil of your choice.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
Many don’t prefer beeswax, for various reasons, including being vegan. You can go with Soy Wax, Carnauba Wax or Candelilla Wax instead.
If you want any hue or shimmer from the lip balm, and just use it for moisturizing your lips, you can skip the alkanet root powder or beet powder and Mica altogether.
While Cocoa Butter does a good job at keeping the lip balm intact and prevents it from running watery, it does tend to melt in tropical climates. That’s one reason why we use beeswax to counter it and also, to get a luscious lip balm.
If you don’t want to use essential oil for added fragrance or flavor, you can use mango butter for mango flavor, or honey for honey goodness, rose petals for a great looking lip balm with a hint of rose, etc. You can experiment away and come up with interesting combinations and substitutions!
Lips tend to dry out, form cracks or peel off due to change in weather, dehydration, illness, etc. Irrespective of the reason, a moisturizing and nourishing lip balm helps calm down your lips and make them moist and good all over again. After all, that’s what we use a lip balm for. Isn’t it?
If it can add sheen and gloss, with added tint, what’s not to like about it? That’s exactly what this lip balm does and it is easy to prepare and great to use. You know what goes in and there are no harmful chemicals!
Vitamin E Oil is good for your skin and is a preseverative that can expand the shelf life of the balm. So this balm should be good for a whole year, though you make every few months in small quantities if you prefer that way. That’s also the best way!
You can also use fractionated coconut oil in this recipe.
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