The longer I worked with natural ingredients, the more adventurous I started to become. While I’m one that doesn’t wear a lot of makeup or even lipstick, I really wanted to figure out a way to make a tinted lip balm naturally. Nothing major, just something to add a slight pop of color. After many failed attempts at trying different processes, I finally found one that worked great for me. I will say that this process is my favorite, I had a few failed attempts at it until I figured out the exact way to do it.
Tinted Lip Balm
I get that there are tons of recipes that can be found and many different processes to go through in order to achieve a natural tint to lip balm. I have tried different powders and different processes. While I was able to get close, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted something simple and exact. That’s where alkanet root comes in for me.
Alkanet root has many beneficial properties and works amazingly well when it comes to added a slight tint to lip balms. For me personally, I find it a great way to get consistency in colors. You can achieve a very pale pink that basically doesn’t show on the lips, but it gives a fun look to the balm, all the way up to a more rich color that will show.
Infusing Alkanet Root into oil
Keep in mind that when using Alkanet root instead of a powder, it’s very important to infuse your oil first. For the infusion, place 1 Tablespoon of the alkanet root into 1/2 cup of oil of your choice. I usually like adding mine to an already herbal-infused sweet almond oil that I use in my moisturizing lip balm recipe.
Once you’ve added the alkanet root to the oil, shake daily until you’ve reached your desired color. Once you’ve reached your desired color, use a cheesecloth to strain the oil. This will prevent having any alkanet root in your oil.
Now that your oil has been infused with alkanet root, let the fun begin. Here is one of my favorite moisturizing tinted lip balm recipes for tins.
Naturally Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm
What You’ll Need
Alkanet root-infused sweet almond oil (43 grams)
Calendula-infused coconut oil (14 grams)
castor oil (14 grams)
beeswax (14 grams) (I use this)
shea butter (14 grams)
Your favorite essential oil. (12 drops) **I used Mandarin essential oil**
First, you’ll want to combine your beeswax, butters, and oils in a double-boiler (I use this one) or canning jar. If using a jar, place it down into a saucepan that has 1-2 inches of water in the bottom.
Next, place saucepan over a medium-low burner until the wax is melted, stirring occasionally.
Last, you’ll remove from heat and add essential oils, and pour into small tins. Allow the lip balm to cool for several hours or overnight before closing the container.
Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm
- 43 grams Alkanet root-infused sweet almond oil
- 14 grams Calendula-infused coconut oil
- 14 grams castor oil
- 14 grams beeswax
- 14 grams shea butter
- 12 drops of your favorite essential oil. **I used Mandarin essential oil**
Combine your beeswax, oils, and butters in a double-boiler (I use this one) or canning jar.
If using a jar, place it down into a saucepan that has 1-2 inches of water in the bottom. Place saucepan over a medium-low burner until the wax is melted. Stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and add essential oils, and pour into small tins. Allow the lip balm to cool for several hours or overnight before closing the container. Once cooled, cap and store out of direct heat and sunlight.