This pretty coral lip balm brings a pretty pop of colour and a hint of shimmer to an already awesome tube of lip balm. It’s fun to make and easily tweaked to your preferred shade of coral and level of colour and shimmer—I like it a lot.
The colour comes from a blend of two different oil-soluble dyes. The orange is from some buriti oil, but you can use seabuckthorn instead as buriti is rather hard to find. The red dye is Saffire Blue’s carmine dye (not the carmine powder, which is not oil soluble). Both are quite potent and give a great colour punch without adding very much.
A hint of mica adds shimmer. I used a blend of gold and copper for a coral shimmer, but silver or bronze (or just one of either gold or copper) mica would also look fantastic.
I tried a new peppermint essential oil for this lip balm. I usually stick to New Directions’ Peppermint Supreme, but this time I gave their organic peppermint essential oil a try. I find it’s a bit more herbal than the supreme, but still nice. Spearmint would also be a great choice, or you can leave out essential oils all together and appreciate the scent of the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.
Coral Lip Balm
4g | 0.14oz beeswax
6g | 0.21oz virgin coconut oil
5g | 0.17oz cocoa butter
10g | 0.35oz sweet almond oil
4 drops buriti oil or sea buckthorn seed oil
5 drops oil-dispersed carmine dye
5 drops peppermint essential oil
1 nip (1/64 tsp) gold mica (I use these measuring spoons for such tiny amounts)
1 nip (1/64 tsp) copper mica
Combine the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil in a small heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup in a small saucepan with about 3cm/1″ of barely simmering water in it, and melt in that double boiler (this will take about five to ten minutes).
Once everything has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the dyes, micas, and essential oil with a flexible silicone spatula.
Don’t have some of the oils called for in this recipe? Read this for information on making substitutions!