In today's blog I want to show you how to make an all natural solid lip balm. I have played around with different natural colours, so let me show you the results of my experiment.
The great thing about lip balms is that you can actually make them in a solid form, without a tin to obtain a truly zero waste cosmetic. If you want, you can also use a tin. In my first experiments I tried to incorporate dried beetroot and raspberry powder. Although these colours give a beautiful pink shade to your lip balm, they don't really stain much at all.
DIY Tinted Lip Balm Recipe using Beetroot
To make this DIY tinted lip balm using beetroot, you will need just four ingredients:
- 10g soy wax
- 6gcocoa butter
- 6g sweet almond oil
- 4g beetroot powder
How to make beetroot DIY tinted lip balm
- Melt 10 grams of soy wax with 6 grams of cocoa butter
- Add 6 grams of sweet almond oil to the mixture, followed by 1 teaspoon of beetroot
- Pour everything into a small cube size mould
- Let cool down in the freazer for about 20 minutes. Don't leave soy wax in the freezer for too long or the cold will crack it.
An incredibly cute solid lip balm which can be used to moisturise your lips. Even though it doesn't leave much stain behind it's super cute and also it makes a great gift idea.
DIY lip gloss recipe using Raspberry
My second experiment involved used raspberry powder. However, since this powder is much heavier than beetroot powder, I was not able to obtain a uniform bar using the same measurements. Instead the powder fell towards the bottom creating a scrub effect.
To obtain a smoother product, I have revised the recipe and used shea butter but followed the same process. This is much softer than cocoa butter so creates more of a liquid tinted balm.
Raspberry DIY Lip Gloss Ingredients
- 3g soy wax
- 1.8g shea butter
- 1.5g coconut oil
- 0.5g raspberry powder
Alkanet Root DIY Lip Balm Recipe
This was the lip balm I like the most. Here I also used 10 grams of soy wax and 6 grams of cocoa butter, but to obtain this lovely pink colour I used 6 grams of alkanet root infused olive oil.
How to make an Alkanet Oil Infusion
To prepare the infusion:
- Add 2g of alkanet root to 100g of olive oil
- Let the olive oil soak in the alkanet root colour for at least one month, or boil an heat safe jar at bain-marie for 30-40 minutes at very low heat
For the lip balm, melt your waxes and butter as normal and add the infused olive oil to it. You could also this infusion to create a light purple soap!
How to make DIY Mineral Lip Balm
My last test involved using mineral pigments: red iron oxide and pink mica. Red iron oxide will give a wonderful deep red pigment to your lip balm while the pink mica will add some shimmer to it.
You can just use the amount of red iron oxide if you want to change the colour. Also if you would like a mat finish you don't have to add the pink mica.
If you are using a mica make sure to use a reliable supplier, and if possible, use a lab make micas, as natural micas often come from a non-sustainable supply chain.
DIY Mineral Lip Balm Recipe
To make this lip balm follow the process above, using the following quantities:
- 10g soy wax
- 6g cocoa butter
- 6g sweet almond oil
- 0.15g red iron oxide
- 0.05g pink mica
I really hope you enjoyed the recipes, let me know which one will you try! If you'd like to learn how to make more natural beauty recipes, like lipstick, make sure to check out the Bottega Zero Waste online course: Zero Waste Make Up!