This is day ten of my 30 day blogging challenge. My goal this month is to post one recipe every day. These recipes feature natural colorants and additives and are scented using natural essential oil blends. I’m changing it up a bit and posting a lip gloss recipe instead of soap recipe! This lip gloss in naturally tinted using alkanet! I’m not much of a lipstick girl, so this is perfect for a natural looking tint.
The secret to getting a super dark stain from the alkanet is to tint the whole recipe batch and not just the liquid oils. No straining is involved using this process. YAY! Let’s get to it!
Alkanet Root Tinted Lip Gloss
Beeswax – 15 grams
Shea butter – 20 grams
Apricot kernel oil – 40 grams
Lanolin – 5 grams
Coconut oil 76º Melt – 40 grams
Castor oil – 20 grams
Alkanet Root Powder – 1 teaspoon
This recipe is a bit on the soft side so goes really well into containers. It is not something that you would put in tubes. To use tubes, up the beeswax amount to make it stiffer.
Herb Tinted Lip Gloss Process
Step 1 – Put all of the ingredients into a mason jar or a pyrex container. Everything…even the alkanet! I like to use pyrex containers with handles as you can easily hang them on the side of a pot to create a double boiler situation.
Step 2 – Put into a pot of boiling water to melt.
Step 3 – Once melted, turn off the burner and allow it to harden in the pot. (Don’t change the setup). The water will stay warm for a bit allowing the lip gloss to infuse.
Step 4 – Once hardened, repeat. Turn the heat on and melt once more.
Step 5 – Turn the heat off and allow the gloss to infuse while the water keeps it liquid for a long time.
Step 6 – Once it is solid, test it using a clean popsickle stick or something similar. If you are good with the color it is time to move on to the next step. If you want more color, infuse some more.
Step 7 – Check out the picture below. By allowing it to harden in the warm water, all of the alkanet falls to the bottom before it hardens. No melting and no straining!
Simply scoop off the tinted lip gloss, leaving behind the bottom part which is mostly alkanet root powder. I guess alkanet is pretty heavy…it all falls to the bottom. No floaters at all!
Step 8 – Melt the lip gloss gently, add any heat sensitive ingredients such as vitamin e and essential oils. Pour into pots or tins!
I LOVE making tinted lip gloss (or balm) this way and makes it even more simple when doing big production batches! No straining. (Which usually doesn’t get all of the particles anyway!)
(Before and after! I love the light tint!)
Happy Lip Gloss Making!
You have no idea how helpful this has been to me. I have been experimenting with natural dyes in gloss and made about 50 versions (seriously) now and couldnt get the colour to stick. You have saved the day and my disillusioned behind. Thank you!!!!!!
I am allergic to lanolin, what else can I use?
Hi! Would you add a preservative in this recipe or is it not necessary? How long can you keep and use it for? Thank you 🙂
Love love love all your posts! Thanks Amanda
I made my holiday lip balms yesterday and used the alkanet for the cherry mint – it’s so beautiful! My 2nd batch was cacao butter with cacao powder – that was a success too! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
Since you are only using oils, can you use the left over alchanet root in a batch of soap
What would be a good substitute for the lanolin?
that was an amazing tip.. about the alkanet root settling at the bottom and no straining needed
Absolutely love your posts! Keep them coming!!