Tinted Lip Balm

Lipstick is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not for every occasion either. Tinted lip balm, on the other hand, is perfect when you want a toned down natural look, and it’s great to use everyday. It makes a great gift too! You can make this berry beautiful lip balm for under R10, and it’ll be ready in just 10 minutes.

Tinted Lip Balm

10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Natural Skincare

A tinted lip balm recipe for a natural look.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Makes 15ml (about three standard lip balm roll-up tubes).
  2. In a double boiler, melt the bees wax and shea butter first. If you have solid bees wax chunks (instead of pellets), grate the bees wax so that it melts quicker.
  3. Add the sweet almond oil.
  4. Add the pinch of red iron oxide and mix thoroughly until the colour is evenly distributed.
  5. If you want to flavour your lip balm, add 2 drops of an essential oil that you think would taste nice. I personally recommend peppermint or vanilla. This step is optional.
  6. Transfer the warm mixture into your container/s immediately.
  7. The mixture will harden as it cools. If the mixture starts to harden before you get the chance to bottle, reheat the mixture until it melts again. Be careful not to overheat the ingredients, in order to preserve the beneficial nutrients. You just want the ingredients to melt, not boil.
  8. Allow to cool completely before using (+/- 15 minutes).

Notes

1.) How to make your own double boiler: You need a pot and a heat proof bowl, or two pots. Fill a pot about half way with water. Once the water has come to a boil, place your heat-proof bowl on top of the pot of water. Leave the stove on a low heat. Place your ingredients in the suspended bowl, and wait for the ingredients to melt. It's that simple. It's the same concept as melting chocolate.

2.) If you are making this lip balm just for your personal use, why not reuse one of your old lip balm containers, rather than buying new ones? It's cheaper, and better for the environment.

3.) I prefer a fragrance free lip balm, but you could add scent by adding 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oils. I would suggest peppermint, vanilla, grapefruit or orange essential oils, as they smell and taste fantastic (not that you will be eating your lip balm, but you never know who might surprise you with a kiss!)

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Recipe variations & substitutes

Oils & Waxes:

You can simply substitute the shea butter or sweet almond oil for any nourishing oil (eg. olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil etc.). However, you need wax to harden the oil into a ‘balmy’ texture. If you are vegan, you may substitute the bees wax for soy wax or carnauba wax.

My general rule of thumb for any lip balm recipe is to use equal parts of a butter, wax and oil. So you can simply combine one part of any butter (eg. shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter etc.), with one part of any wax (eg. bees wax, carnauba wax, soy wax etc.) and one part of any liquid carrier oil (eg. olive, sunflower, grapeseed, sweet almond etc.). Therefore, the recipe is 1 part butter: 1 part wax: 1 part oil. That should simplify things for you in terms of what you can substitute. So the recipe I’ve shared above is just my personal favourite combination of butters, waxes and oils.

Iron oxide:

Iron oxide and mica powder really is the best way to colour a product. However, I have not been able to find mica in South Africa – whereas iron oxide is readily available. You will have to buy mica powder internationally from a website like Amazon. The second best option is to buy a natural eye shadow or natural blush in a shade that you like and use a pinch of that powder instead (it contains mica and iron oxide). You could also use Acai berry powder, Hibiscus powder, beetroot powder, blackcurrant powder or cocoa powder as substitutes for the iron oxide, however they don’t dissolve completely in this lip balm so you will be left with a bit of a grainy lip balm. To help prevent a grainy texture, I recommend first dissolving these plant-based powders in a drop or two of warm water before adding it in the recipe. No more than a drop or two, otherwise the water will separate from the oil.

COST & SHELF LIFE

Cost Price: R8.69 per 15ml (3 standard lip balm tubes)
Lasted me about:
 6 months (using every morning)
Estimated shelf life: 1 year (but if you’ve substituted a plant-based powder dissolved in water, then the shelf life will only be about 3-6 months because of the added water).

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available retail prices I’ve personally found.

CHALLENGE

Shea butter and iron oxide is relatively expensive, but it’s so worth it. There’s so much you can make with it other than lip balm.

CHERRY ON TOP

The cost price of this lip balm works out to be a tenth of the average price of tinted lip balm in stores (Eg. Labello goes for about R28 for 5ml, whereas this recipe costs about R3 for 5ml). Not to mention that this recipe is about thirty times cheaper than the average price of natural tinted lip balms (Badger’s tinted lip balm retails for R92, which I think is just crazy!).

INGREDIENT BENEFITSblog lipbalm3

  • Unrefined organic shea butter:  UV protection (SPF 5), provides essential fatty acids and nutrients required for collagen production. Softens skin and reduces wrinkles (buy here).
  • Bees wax: UV protection, moisturises and retains moisture in skin for longer by forming a protective barrier on the skin. (buy here).
  • Sweet almond oil: Moisturises and nourishes cracked lips, and vitamin E content is anti-ageing and treats sun damage (buy here).
  • Iron oxide: is a natural pigment used to colour skin care products. Rust is iron oxide – so basically, iron oxides are different colours of rust ground up as a powder. (buy here)

Not sure where to find these ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.

How do you tint your natural lip balm? Let me know in the comments below.

Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.

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