Tinted Lip Balm with Calendula

  
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.

  

Ingredients 

  • 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. 

 

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    Calendula Oil

      

    Marigolds bring much colour to the garden, mine have only just stopped flowering even now as the year ends and a new one begins.  They are faithful friends who are not gone for long, returning year on year.  Bringing cheer to the garden they provide protection to other plants and feed the bees.  They don’t limit their kindness to the garden, harness their goodness and our skin benefits too.

    Calendula officianalis which is Marigolds other name, is great for soothing broken, irritated and chapped skin, nappy rash, eczema, sunburn and the list goes on. It is high in flavonoids which work as antioxidants protecting the body from cell damage.  It promotes wound healing, reduces inflammation through its flavonoids whilst promoting an antiseptic & antimicrobial effect (MercolaHerbwisdom).

    So why am I telling you this? Well, I wanted to make some cosmetics, maybe some lip balms and calendula oil with all the goodness it offers for chapped winter lips, it makes the perfect ingredient.  

    So plant some calendula officianalis in your garden this coming year, they are hardy plants, growing them is easy, as are their rewards.   Once it’s blooming, you can make this special oil too.  

      

    Ingredients 

    • 30g calendula flower heads
    • 250mls almond oil
    • 1 sterile jar

    Take the flower heads and plucky the petals off, place into the jar. Cover with the almond oil.  Keep the jar on a sunny windowsill for 1 week, giving it a shake daily.

     
    After 1 week, strain through a sieve lined with a muslin cloth, squeezing the cloth to get out all the goodness. Bottle and use at you please.