Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm Recipe

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm

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.


a row of infused oils


Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm


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.

As mentioned in greater detail in my post: Coconut Mango Butter Lip Balm, the best price I’ve found on lip balm tubes, shrink bands and waterproof labels is at Rustic Escentuals.

This post has been added to my DIY Body Care recipes page for easy reference!

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Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • Amanda @Natural Living Mamma says:

    Great recipe! I can’t wait to try it :) Does it have much of a tint when it is on your lips?

    • Jan says:

      Thanks! It’s a very light tint – similar to what my favorite Burt’s Bees tinted lip gloss used to leave on my lips. You can adjust the amount of colored oil in ratio to the other oils to get lighter/darker. I hope you enjoy it! :)

  • Farmer Doug says:

    Hi Jan. Another winner! I’ll be sure to pass this information on to my wife Carolyn (“The Other Farmer” @ Ladybug’s Mew in Yellow Point). Thanks again for your timely recipes and for your classy presentation of them.

  • Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods says:

    This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing! Your labels are really cute by the way :)

    • Jan says:

      Thank you Tammy! I used a digital scrapbooking program (Creative Memories) to make them. I spend way more time designing the labels than making the actual product lol! :)

  • The Renegade Seamstress says:

    Oh this looks like so much fun! I’d love to make these for the parent helpers in my classroom as thank you gifts! Thanks for the idea. I pinned this for later. I found you through Handy Andy’s link party.
    Have a great weekend!

  • Crystelle says:

    This sounds fabulous….
    Lip-smacking good!
    But also like a lot of work…..

    hugs ~ Crystelle

    • Jan says:

      Hi Crystelle! I like to double or triple a batch and make a bunch up at a time. It still takes me longer to create the labels than make the actual lip balm! (But, that’s probably because I get sidetracked looking at all of my pretty digital stickers.) :)

  • JD says:

    I just want to buy some…how?

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  • Erin says:

    Really cool recipe! Thanks for sharing. I’d never considered making my own lip balm, but will now.

  • Carolyn says:

    This looks like a great recipe! I was thinking about making a alkanet root-infused oil lip balm. I was just wondering, what color does the elderberry tint the oil? I’m thinking like a reddish/maroon, but I’m not sure. Also, do you know of any other ways to naturally tint lip balm to red/pink shades? I’m not really interested in green or orange. Thanks for your time and effort!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Carolyn! I’m not sure how much the elderberry colors the oil since I always mix it with alkanet – I will have to try it alone and see! :) Alkanet can tint anywhere from light pink to deep red, depending on how much you add. Beet root powder gives a nice pink to reddish as well, but has a cooler more mauve tone than alkanet. Just yesterday I was experimenting with dried hibiscus flowers and put some in oil to infuse. It makes such a stunning color in tea, I want to see how it does in oil. It’s too soon to tell the final color yet though!

      • Carolyn says:

        Thanks for the info! Get back to me when you use the hibiscus infused-oil, I’m excited to see how it will turn out! I’m also eager to try out the other color variations you mentioned. Thanks!

        • Jan says:

          Will do! :)

          • Lois says:

            I have tried to infuse oil with dried hibiscus and got absolutely nowhere. It didn’t color the oil at all and I did gently heat it in a water bath. I hope that you have better success. If you do let me know what the trick to it is. ;)

            • Jan says:

              I just went and peeked at mine to check. It hasn’t changed the oil color one bit either! Such a shame because it’s SO gorgeous in water. Thanks for the feedback Lois, I think I’ll go ahead & strain mine so I can use the oil for another infusion. :)

              • Lois says:

                I did the exact same thing. ;) I actually left mine in the oil for a week. In the end I only had little bits that had broken off in the oil.

                I’m glad to have saved you some time in anticipation. I know I kept hoping that the oil would change color.


  • Jennifer says:

    How many tubes does this recipe make?

  • Jayne says:

    Hi! I love your blog and your recipes!! I can’t wait to try this one but I was wondering how strict is the recipe on the type of oil(s) used?
    Thank you!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Did you use alkanet power or simply dried alkanet? For the elderberries, did you use the powdered or whole dried version? Does this add color to the lips or is it just tint the balm?

    • Jan says:

      Hi! I use alkanet powder and whole elderberries. (However, the elderberries are more for label appeal – they don’t really contribute to color.) You can use more alkanet for a deeper red or less for a pale pink, but it barely tints the lips, more like a sheer lip gloss type color.

  • Debbie says:

    Do you sell this product? Thanks :)

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