A quick scroll through Pinterest or flip through a fashion magazine will tell you that sheers, bright colors, and those skirts with the front half missing (also called hi-lo skirts) are all very “in” this summer. This lovely lip balm is both sheer and bright, and feels just like summer to me.
It’s got a great glide and shine thanks to the coconut and kuikuinut oils. The coconut melts straight away, letting the balm slide right onto your lips, and the kuikuinut adds great gloss thanks to its thicker consistency.
There’s also great moisturizing benefits from all the oils, and even a hint of SPF from the jojoba and coconut (though don’t get cocky with it—wear a hat!).
The shimmer comes from micas, and the colour from an all-natural dye derived from paprika. It’s oil soluble, so it blends right in without any trouble.
Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm
¼ tsp natural red oil-soluble liquid dye or a wee sprinkle of red iron oxide or a wee bit of carmine (liquid or powdered)
½ tsp flash copper mica
10 drops peppermint essential oil (or more or less, to taste)
Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, kukuinut oil, and vitamin E oil out into a heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a pot of barely simmering water to melt the oils.
Stir in the colourant/dye, mica, and peppermint essential oil using a flexible silicone spatula. Pour the melted lip balm into four lip balm tubes and let cool. I like to use these labels to label my projects. Enjoy!
Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.