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You know I love to make my own lip balms. I’ve been making flavored balms for a while, but purchasing pre-made tubes of tinted balm.
When we visited Cades Cove, somewhere along the way that day, I lost my very last tube of tinted lip balm, and since it was my only source of lip color, losing it was the perfect motivation to get busy experimenting with making my own.
Making tinted lip balms was just as easy as making flavored lip balms. I followed the basic recipe, but adjusted the amount of almond oil to make it a little bit firmer, and omitted the flavoring oil.
I also decided to halve the recipe to make only four tubes since I wasn’t sure exactly how intense the color would be, and didn’t want to end up with so many tubes that I might not even use. For this recipe, I used 3 teaspoons of almond oil, 1 teaspoon of beeswax beads, and 1/8 teaspoon of iron oxide powder.
- Start by measuring the oil and wax into the saucepan.
- Heat over low heat and stir until the wax melts (this is why I prefer the beads – they’re much easier to measure than bulk wax and melt quickly and evenly).
- Remove from the heat and stir to blend well.
- Pour in the iron oxide and blend again until the color is incorporated.
- Using the pipette, transfer the mixture into the tubes and allow to cool.
- If the mixture begins to harden before you finish filling the tubes, return briefly to gentle heat, stirring constantly, until it’s just melted again.
- Fill tubes completely to the top. Once they cool some (about a minute or two), the middle will sink. Add a few more drops to create a rounded top. You many need to repeat this process again.
- Allow the tubes to cool completely (about 30 minutes) before capping.
These tinted balms are wonderful, and I’ll likely never bother with buying the pre-made version again. The long-lasting color is rich and true, and the balm doesn’t tug or pull, which is really nice.
Iron oxide is a safe alternative to many of the ingredients found in commercial lipsticks. If you want to create your own unique shade, you can even blend the iron oxide with zinc oxide or mica powder before adding to the melted wax and oil.
Whether you choose to make a basic, flavored, or tinted lip balm, you’re sure to love the smooth, nourishing balms you can create yourself. And, you’ll probably have plenty to share with a friend too!
This post was originally published on July 31, 2014, and has been edited and updated for DIY for the Body: 5 Easy Recipes You Can Make Yourself.
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