This weekend I created a mango butter based lip balm following the Mandarin Nutmeg Lip Balm recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs. Lip balms are probably one of the easiest natural cosmetics to make. I find that they can sometimes double as hand salves or even super emollient butters for dry irritated skin by using soothing essential oils.
This weekend I used this lip balm recipe to create a clear and natural pigmented lip balm using annatto root powder which gives a rich tangerine tone which I love. To make the tinted lip balm I added 1/2 teaspoon of annatto root powder to the recipe after pouring two smaller sized clear balms into their own containers. I plan to create more naturally pigmented lip balms using cacao, hibiscus, and beet root powders.
Mandarin Nutmeg Lip Balm
This sweet, citrusy, and warming lip balm has just a hint of spice.Â Made with Mandarin and Nutmeg essential oils, Mango Butter, Sunflower oil, and other botanical ingredients.
1 Tablespoon Mango Butter
2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
15 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
5 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)
Lip balm preparation: Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stove top and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! You can now add labels, ribbons, twine, or any other decorative elements. Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of our 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.
In the very first photo is one of the clear lip balms that I made. Here is how the annatto root pigmented lip balm turned out. I reused clean containers that I already had for all of these lip balms. If I were to give them as gifts I think these tins would be most ideal. Here is how the naturally pigmented lip balm looked using annatto root powder.
You can find all of the ingredients needed from Mountain Rose Herbs.
What’s your favorite DIY Cosmetic?
(Images by Dawn Michelle & Mountain Rose Herbs)