Summer time usually calls for low maintenance beauty. I honestly prefer low maintenance year round or at least simple, convenient, and eco-friendly. Recently I formulated an easy-to-make moisturizing lip balm recipe that includes a beautiful tint if you choose to add mineral pigment or other natural coloring.
What you will need:
Mineral Pigment/Natural Coloring
Essential Oils (Optional)
Begin by melting one tablespoon of shea butter and one tablespoon of beeswax on low in a small pot on the stove until it is liquified. Turn off the stove. Next add one tablespoon of coconut oil. Stir the contents until it is all melted together. Finally add one tablespoon of mineral pigment that you’d love to wear as a lip color. If you’d like to have more color than a tint, add one or two more teaspoons of pigment.
Be creative with coloring your lip balm with other natural ingredients. You can make a chocolate lip balm by adding roasted cacao or cocoa. Use can also use hibiscus petal, beet root, alkanet root, and annatto seed to create your own delicious color. You may also add a few drops of essential oil. I love using lavender, lemongrass, geranium, and sweet orange essential oils. Six drops of essential oil will do the trick. Essential oils extend the life of DIY products and also add natural fragrance.
(In the photo above alkanet root was used as the natural pigment)
This recipe will make about four to five ounces of lip balm. Once your mixture is complete, pour the liquid in tin containers leaving space near the top and store in the refrigerator. It will be complete and ready for use once it is completely cooled and solidifies.
(Image by Mountain Rose Herbs)