Who’s lips escape the chill of winter? Not mine. One northerly wind out on my rounds and they’re all chapped. However, I don’t always want shop bought cosmetics with unknown ingredients to remedy the problem. With skin like mine which is fussy to the enth degree, I need to know what I’m using and it needs to be natural.
I’m by no means an expert at making cosmetics but willing to give it a try with the ingredients I’ve foraged or bought. So this little lip balm is tinted for something a bit different, with natural ingredients. Beetroot and hibiscus flowers are natures own tints and although may appear vibrant when used in other ways they do just give a little tint to the lip balms.
I have made my own Calendula oil for my lip balms, which is so easy to make and you can access the recipe here, as it’s perfect for chapped and broken skin. Its easily bought online here, if you don’t make your own. I’ve also incorporated my own beeswax, but this and other ingredients are easily sourced elsewhere.
- 3 tablespoons calendula oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil or shea butter
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons beetroot/hibiscus powder or mixture
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
In a double boiler pour the calendula oil, in it add the coconut oil and beeswax, stir over a low to medium heat til all have melted. (I used a metal jug in a small pan as my double boiler, this is useful later when pouring). Usually makes 12 lip balms.
Next add the essential oils and tinted powder, stir again til incorporated. Prepare each tube, lids off, lined up, as you have to work fast once your ready to pour.
Carefully but quickly (!) pour the mixture into each tube, not all the way to the top. Put your mixture back onto the double boiler and re-melt if needed. After a few minutes you will see that the lip balm mix in the tubes has sunk a little. Now is the time to go back and fill them up to the top. Filling a vintage locket makes a great gift and a cute alternative to a traditional tube. Leave to set before popping the lids on. Now pucker up and apply.