This pretty ruby lip tint gets its ruby colour pop from an infusion of alkanet root—Batschia canescens. Native to the Mediterranean, it produces bright blue flowers and dark red roots that have been used as a dye for hundreds of years.

How to Make Ruby Lip Tint

How to Make Ruby Lip Tint

Alkanet powder itself is pretty unassuming. It smells slightly herbaceous and is dark and a bit reddish. Once it starts to mingle with oil, though, its lovely red hue becomes readily apparent. I steeped mine like a cup of tea—though for several hours longer than tea should be steeped.

How to Make Ruby Lip Tint
How to Make Ruby Lip Tint

The rest of the lip tint is a simple lip balm base, with smooth coconut oil, fragrant cocoa butter, and moisturizing sweet almond oil. I did the infusion before adding the beeswax as it’s easier to infuse something that will readily stay liquid—something that won’t happen once beeswax joins the party.

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In the end, this is a really lovely lip tint—definitely not a stain or a lipstick. It adds a subtle hint of extra pink and a touch of shimmer and gloss. Give it a try, I think you’ll love it 🙂

How to Make Ruby Lip Tint
How to Make Ruby Lip Tint

Ruby Lip Tint

1 tsp powdered alkanet root

10g | 0.35oz virgin coconut oil
6g | 0.21oz cocoa butter
16g | 0.56oz sweet almond oil

8g | 0.28oz beeswax

1 pinch | 1/32 tsp silver mica (I use these cute measuring spoons to measure tiny amounts like this)

20 drops peppermint essential oil

Measure the alkanet root out into an empty disposable paper tea bag or disposable infusion bag. Tie it off and set it aside.

Weigh the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil out into a glass measuring cup. Place the measuring up in a pot of barely simmering water to melt the oils.

Place the bag of alkanet root in the measuring cup with the oils, ensuring the part with the alkanet root is in the oils. Let it infuse for a few hours—I went grocery shopping. If you leave the house please turn off your stove and let the oils infuse at room temperature. I popped mine back on the heat when I got home for another 20 minutes or so.

Once you have a nice, deep colour, remove the bag of alkanet root, pressing it firmly with a spoon or spatula to remove as much oil as possible. Discard the alkanet baggie (makes great compost!).

Remove the oil mixture from the heat and add the beeswax. Melt everything together.

Once the wax has melted into the oils, remove from the heat and stir in the silver mica and essential oil. Decant into lip balm tubes—this recipe should fill about 9.

Let set up before labelling (I use these cute labels!) and capping. Enjoy!

Don’t have some of the oils or butters called for in this recipe? Read this for information on how to make good substitutions.

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For reference—the lip tint on my pasty arm :)

For reference—the lip tint on my pasty arm 🙂

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