I’m not a lipstick-wearing type of lady. I think it tastes weird and I’m really hesitant about putting something with a giant list of unpronounceable chemicals directly on my lips.
I do however, absolutely love this lightly tinted peppermint elderberry lip balm I make using all natural and organic ingredients.
The rosy color is provided by a combination of dried elderberries and alkanet root powder, infused in olive or sweet almond oil. I keep a jar of this on hand at all times.
Simply throw a spoonful or two of each herb into a small jar then cover with several inches of oil, cap and store in a cool, dark place. Allow this to infuse for a week or two, then strain the herbs out. It will keep around a year if stored properly.
Other colors I like to use in lip balms are annatto seed powder (for peachy/orangey coloring) and chlorella powder (for a pale green tint that won’t stain your lips – great for lime flavored lip balm!)
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with a health care professional before using products containing alkanet root.
Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1/2 tablespoon castor oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil infused with alkanet and elderberries
- 1 teaspoon pomegranate seed oil
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
- 12 drops peppermint essential oil
You can buy all of the ingredients you need for this project from my trusted affiliate, Mountain Rose Herbs.
Combine all of these ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Set the cup down into a pan containing a few inches of water. Gently heat the water until the shea butter and beeswax pastilles have melted.
Remove from heat and add 12 drops of peppermint essential oil. Pour into lip balm tubes or slider tins or small 1/2 ounce tins.
This post has been added to my DIY Body Care recipes page for easy reference!
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