Here’s yet another project I’m really excited to share with you—it’s a multipurpose tinted lip balm/blush stick. I’m calling it a strawberry shimmer stick for the colour, and I am just in love with how easy it is to throw this little stick in my travel bag when I’m heading out on vacation. It’s a great colour for lips, and is lightly pigmented enough that you can easily build up to exactly the right amount of pink for your cheeks.

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The base of this stick is a great blend of moisturizing oils that absorb quickly. You’ll have a bit of a healthy sheen on your skin, but it won’t be sticky for long. The colour comes form red iron ozide and blue ultramarine (just a hint of blue to cool the colour off and drift it towards purplish instead of orangeish), with a bit of flash copper mica for a hint of glimmer.

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I’ve formulated the consistency of this stick for summer weather (well, Canadian summers…), meaning it has a higher melting point than my lip balms and lip sticks. This is so it doesn’t turn to goo and smear all over your face in uncontrollable pinkness whenever the temperature goes over 25°C. If you live somewhere colder (or it is currently winter in Canada), you will want to drop the amount of wax by 1 or 2 grams so you don’t end up with a pink rock. I’m definitely going to have to make another, softer version in the winter.

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The magnesium stearate in this recipe is for improved slip (how the stick feels going on) and adhesion (how long it stays on). You can leave it out if you want, but I don’t recommend it.

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Strawberry Shimmer Stick

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
7g | 0.25oz capuacu butter or shea butter
5g | 0.17oz cocoa butter
8g | 0.28oz grapeseed oil
1g | 0.03oz magnesium stearate

1/8 tsp red iron oxide (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
Speck blue ultramarine
1/8 tsp flash copper mica
½ tsp sericite mica

4 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

Melt the beeswax, cupuacu butter, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, and magnesium stearate together in a small saucepan over low heat. We’re not using a water bath here because the melting point of magnesium stearate is high enough that melting it in a water bath is quite difficult.

Use a flexible silicone spatula to blend in the oxides and micas, and stir until the mixture is viscous, like runny honey, so you can pour it (if you pour it too soon the oxides and mica will settle down to the bottom of the tube).

Stir in the essential oil (you can use whatever you like, just not citrus or you might get a sunburn), and decant into lip balm tubes. This recipe will fill 4 tubes.

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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