I stopped wearing lipstick a few years ago when I learned most lipstick has lead in it. That's right lead! And no I'm not joking. Ever since then I've been obsessed with wearing products that are like a cross between lip gloss and lip balm, moisturizing with a tint of color. This is my version. It's seriously easy, uses easy to find products at store nearby you, and makes a great gift!
I developed this recipe from my tea tree honey lip balm recipe. I wanted to try and see if I could color it so I decided to try mixing Kool-aid because it's easy to find and although I'm not a fan of food coloring I'd rather use food grade dyes than cosmetic dyes. Guess what? It worked! In order to make my moisturizing berry tinted lip gloss first follow my lip balm recipe below then follow the dye instructions below.
Lemon Honey Tea Tree Lip Balm
(makes 1 oz)
- 1/2 oz shredded beeswax or beeswax beads (can be found at most co-ops and health food stores in the bulk aisle)
- 1/2 oz olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 capsules of vitamin E (found in stores supplement aisles this helps preserve and add moisturizing effects)
- 1/8 tsp honey (make sure it's real honey! this helps draw moisture to your lips)
- 4 drops of tree tea EO (essential oil, this acts as your natural preservative and can be found in co-ops and health food stores in their beauty aisle or you can buy at Amazon here)
- 2-3 drops of lemon EO (optional: this can be found in co-ops and health food stores in their beauty aisles)
Melt all of the ingredients, except for Essential oils (EO), slowly by using a double boiler or use soften mode for short periods like 30 secs in the microwave, then add your EOils. Poor quickly into your lip balm containers (they can often be found at health food stores with beauty products, purchased online, sometimes in stores with travel containers, or you can keep containers from your old lip products), be careful to not have it overflow.
How to Use Beets to Dye Your Lip Balm
If your not fond of using Kool-aid you can try to use beets instead. Or you can try to find food dye made of beets at your local health food store like One Good Thing by Jillee did. I haven't tried this myself yet, but she said beet food dye also works just as good as Benetint (a cheek/lip stain). I'm also addicted to cheep/lip stains so guess what I'll be trying soon. I made mine instead with a beet from our garden. Below is how I made mine.
- Chop a few beets into tiny pieces (and use the rest for cooking), and place it into your prepared lip balm and place it into the microwave on a very low power just enough to melt (I use my warm setting first and if that doesn't work my melt setting) for 1 min.
- Then stir with a sterilized clean fork. Once the color is evenly distributed remove the beets with your fork and discard.
- Place in the fridge (and set your fork aside to stir latter) to set up for about 15-30 min. The color will most likely separate as pictured below, don't panic! Just stir and put into your clean sterilized containers. If it seems to stiff once it's set into it's container, don't worry just keep stirring it until it has a whipped consistency.
How to Use Kool-Aid to Dye Your Balm
So what kind of Kool-aid do you use and how much? Well that's up to you. That's where the fun comes in. You could make a coral by using equal orange to strawberry ratio (that's what I used just with the pictured recipe just with a lot of strawberry and a little orange instead). You could even make funky colors like blue or green if you wish! Here's a cool dye chart for dying yarn with Kool-aid to get you thinking about possibilities. One cool thing about using Kool-aid is it taste great!
Basically in a nut shell all I did was mix in the Kool-aid to my lip balm recipe. You will stir it after adding the Kool-aid, while it's setting (or cooling), and after it's set. I have a warning though it will look really wrong at first, so I've taken pictures (shown below) of the whole process to help assure you it's okay it will turn out just keep stirring!
|Step 2: stir some more! This is what it should look like after stirring, notice it's still darker on the bottom because it's not all dissolved equally in the mixture yet.|
|Step 3: Stir some more! Here's what it looks like from top. Notice it's not yet as dark as the finished product, because it's still not equally incorporated in the lip balm. Now place in your fridge until set (15-30 min).|
|After your lip gloss is set it will most likely separate into a darker dye on the bottom and lighter on top as pictured above. How do we fix this? You guessed it stir some more!|
|This is what it looks like after stirring|
Keep stirring until all color is evenly distributed. Notice how the top and bottom are finally the same shade! Your now ready to pour into your containers! If you have extra you can store in a small covered air tight container (I stored mine in the same measuring glass I used with plastic wrap over it sealed by a rubber band) for up to 6 months (I've stored mine for at least 6 months before I would imagine it would be fine for even longer). Since there is no water and it has natural preservatives in it it's pretty safe to keep for a long time. If your lip balm sets in it's container in a solid like state making it hard to apply just stir it up until it's a whipped like consistency.
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