I first fell in love with the colour coral when I fell in love with the dinner dress from Titanic. The beautiful silk/taffeta under dress is a fantastic coral colour, and from there on out… love. It’s a fantastically flattering colour clothing and cosmetics. I love it in blushes and lip colour, and it’s great in eyeshadow if you have pinkish undertones (I don’t, so I end up looking like I have an eye infection if I put anything red near my eyes). Anyhow, this beautiful coral lipstick is fantastic. Great coverage, wonderfully smooth, and with a great pop of peppermint for freshness.

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The colour comes form a blend of iron oxides—mostly red, with just a hint of yellow to get coral without going full orange (which is far less flattering, to be sure). It packs a serious moisture punch with unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) and avocado oil, and the peppermint is very refreshing. A hint of titanium dioxide provides some brightening opacity.

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Coral Lipstick

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
7g | 0.25oz refined shea butter
4g | 0.14oz cocoa butter
9g | 0.3oz avocado oil
1g | 0.03oz magnesium stearate

2 tsp red iron oxide
¼ tsp yellow iron oxide
1/8 tsp oil-soluble titanium dioxide (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)

6–8 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt the beeswax, unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), cocoa butter, avocado oil, and magnesium stearate together in a small saucepan over very low heat, whisking to get the magnesium stearate to melt (it will be the last thing to melt). This will take 15–20 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to ensure that the magnesium stearate melts, but don’t scorch the rest of the oils.

Mix the oxides and titanium dioxide together in a small dish and pour in the melted oils. Stir and mash with a flexible silicone spatula to combine. Quickly stir in the peppermint essential oil and decant into four 4.5g lip balm tubes.

Let cool and enjoy! I find this lipstick is best applied with a small lip brush.

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