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I remember obsessively using and collecting lip gloss as a mature middle school student. My friends and I would swap colors, constantly pick out new selections, and we wouldn’t be caught without at least one lip gloss on our persons. Time hasn’t changed me too much. I still love carrying one of those little tubes around. What has changed though is what’s inside! I’ve replaced the shimmering, mocha and hot chocolate flavored tub (my 7th grade favorite), with herbal infused, naturally tinted lip balm.
I think it can go without saying that typical lipsticks and lip balms are full of toxins. Even many “natural” lip balms resort to not so natural ingredients, like this “natural” one containing wholesome ingredients like geraniol, citral, and limonene…while racking up a wholesome 6 on the EWG toxic scale. Mmmm, not so much.
Healthy lip balms can be found, but it’s cheaper and more fun to make your own natural tinted lip balm! There are oodles of great recipes out there, but what I like about this one is the smell. I’m all for gourmet lip balms, but you don’t have to resort to unnatural flavorings to get a great one!
Cocoa butter gives this a whiff of chocolate, while essential oils add a heavenly scent. And of course there’s plenty of nourishing oils and healing calendula flower for super soft lips! Learn more about the amazing powers of calendula here.
And did I mention it’s tinted?
This lip balm is the full package.
Step One: Infuse Carrier Oil
Fill a dry, clean mason jar half full of dried Calendula or full of fresh. It’s very important that there’s no moisture in the jar or this could mold! I like using half pint jars for lip balm since it yields so much! Pour carrier oil over the herbs, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
Put a lid on the jar and place in a slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with enough water to cover the herbs, right below the lip of the lid. If you don’t like running a slow cooker just for one jar, you can infuse oil for some salves, too. Here’s a simple lavender balm that a great all purpose salve.
Set the slow cooker to warm and leave let it infuse for three days, refilling with water as needed. Strain out the herbs with a clean cheesecloth, old (but clean!) tshirt, or coffee filter. Be sure to really squeeze all the herbal goodness out! Unless you want a gazillion lip balms, you can use the extra infused calendula oil to make a salve for eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
Step Two: Make DIY Naturally Tinted Lip Balm
- 1/3 C Infused Carrier Oil (you could use organic, unrefined coconut oil, almond oil, apricot oil, jojoba oil, etc; learn more about carrier oils here and buy dried calendula here)
- 2 T Organic, Unrefined Cocoa Butter
- 2 T Unrefined Beeswax
- 1 tsp Alkanet Root Powder
- About 8 drops Orange Essential Oil, about 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, or a few drops of your favorite and most trusted oil (organic or wildcrafted and ethically sourced)
- It’s best to do this in a double-boiler. I just make one with a small pot filled with shallow, simmering water and a glass bowl on top. Trust me…this makes for much easier cleanup and you don’t run the risk of burning your new creation from heat being too high.
- Gently heat infused oil until very warm, but don’t let it simmer.
- Stir in the alkanet, turn off the heat and let this infuse for 5 minutes.
- Strain out the alkanet. Wipe out the double boiler to remove any alkanet powder before pouring the oil back in.
- Turn the heat back on. Add the beeswax and cocoa butter, stirring gently just until melted.
- Turn off the heat and add the essential oils.
- Immediately pour into desired containers. These look like nice lip balm tubes or you can use cute tins like these. MRH also carries both lip balm tubes and metal tins at very reasonable prices and I can vouch for the quality.