Tuesday, March 13, 2012

tinted lip balm.

A few weeks ago, I found a recipe to make your own tinted lip balm. I added it to my recipe on making your own solid perfume. Both of which required beeswax.

I finally got around to ordering some beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs, and some alkanet, the natural dye for the lip balm, and today, I made some tinted lip balm.

The recipe is really simple:
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
1 Tablespoon of sweet almond oil
1 Tablespoon of beeswax
1 Tablespoon of vitamin e oil
.5 teaspoon of essential oil (I used sweet orange)
1-2 teaspoon of alkanet root powder.

The alkanet came to me in a root form, even though I ordered the powder. (Booo!) I did try to make the powder in my blender, but had a lot of solids left, which was fine. I don't mind having some solid bits in my lip balm.

You create a kind of double boiler effect by getting a jar for melting. Use glass, obviously. Then put it in a small saucepan over a low heat. Gently melt the coconut oil, the almond oil and the beeswax. Stir well with straw or wooden stick. Remove from heat when ALL the solids are liquids.

You then add the alkanet, vitamin e oil and essential oil to the melted mixture. Stir. Then pour into the containers. You can use old altoids tins. I bought some little lip balm tins. They were seventy cents a piece.

The back one is a solid perfume. Essentially, the same process except it is just beeswax and sweet almond oil melted. (Use 1 TB each), and about 20 drops of essential oils, in whatever combination you would like. This one is sweet orange and basil. Melt the solids, and add the oil. Pour and let set. About a half an hour, and you have a solid perfume. You can also spray about twenty pumps of your favorite perfume into the beeswax and almond oil mixture.


HereWeGoAJen said...

I have been thinking about trying this for a while. How do you like how they came out?

Lady MacBeff said...

That looks awesome! I'm a lip gloss addict, and my daughter is a craft addict. Do let us know how they were to use. x

still life angie said...

I do like it. One recipe called for adding cocoa butter. Next batch I am adding peppermint. I think the solid perfume needs twice as much stinking in it.

Hope's Mama said...

So cool, Angie. I'm trying to use much more friendly type products like this. This would tick all the boxes!

Curls O Fred said...

I'm reading your posts backwards, so here is the herb place :) Very cool, and much better than the recipe that I tried. Blegh. If you sold on etsy, I'd snatch some up in a heartbeat!