Several months ago I ordered some rose wax from Saffire Blue, and apart from enthusiastically sniffing the wee baggie it came in, I haven’t done anything with it until now. This lovely rose and spearmint lip balm was well worth the wait, though.
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Rose wax is a byproduct of the process of producing rose absolute. An absolute is made when the plant is too delicate for the steam distillation process, which is why we primarily have absolutes from delicate flowers like the rose. Rose wax is relatively pricey, but cheaper than most things that are derived from the rose, and a little goes quite a long way. It’s also a wonderful antioxidant and emollient, and is wonderful for dry, irritated skin.
A hit of bright spearmint and some mellow, vanilla-like benzoin round out the scent blend, softening the floral notes of the rose. I’ve also added a touch of red from some liquid carmine dye, but you can use some red iron oxides instead, or leave out the colour entirely if you like.
The rest of the lip balm is smooth and moisturizing, just as I like my lip balms. I enjoy the slight cocoa-y note from the raw cocoa butter, but if you aren’t a fan of the rose/cocoa combination, you might want to consider using deodorized cocoa butter instead.
The final lip balm is faintly pink, lightly glossy, and lightly floral. I’m loving it as an homage to a favourite flower, and as a softer alternative to punchy peppermint lip balm.
Rose Spearmint Lip Balm
20 drops spearmint essential oil
2 blobs benzoin essential oil
4–6 drops liquid carmine dye or 1/32 tsp red iron oxide or 1/32 tsp carmine (optional) (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
Once everything has melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and stir in the essential oils and carmine (if using) with a flexible silicone spatula.
Fills eight 4.5g (0.16oz) lip balm tubes.
Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.