I am beginning to sympathize with the people who name things like paint and lipstick for a living. There are infinitely more colours than I can adequately and creatively name without straying into bizarre nail polish brand territory (you will know I’m there when I publish a lipstick recipe named after a car part and a cut of meat). Anyhow, I settled on Fall Leaves as a name for this one as it reminds me of the beautiful reds I’m seeing as the leaves change this autumn.

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The colour comes from a combination of white kaolin clay and deep, deep red Australian red reef clay. The kaolin does a fantastic job of softening and brightening the deep red of the Australian clay, making the shade easier to wear than my Red Rose lipstick.

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As with all my lipsticks, it comes together quickly and easily. Once the lipstick has set in the tube, I find it best to apply it with a lip brush as that gives you the most control over not only where the colour goes, but how strong it is.

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Fall Leaves Lipstick

4g beeswax
7g shea butter
4g cocoa butter
9g camellia seed oil
1g magnesium stearate

1.5 tsp Austalian red reef clay
1 tsp white kaolin clay

5 drops peppermint essential oil (or another you like)

Melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, camellia seed oil, and magnesium stearate together. Stir the clays together in a small cup, and pour in the melted oils. Stir to combine, adding the essential oils.

Once the mixture has cooled enough to be thick enough to support the clays (but not so thick that you can’t pour the mixture), decant it into 4 standard size lip balm tubes. Enjoy!

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