If you haven’t tried my lip balm recipe, you are seriously missing out. I recently gave a tube to a friend, and as soon as she tried it she sent me an e-mail gushing about it; its perfect texture, its slight sheen on application, and its A+ melting point. The only thing left on her lip balm wish list was a bit of a tint. Just a wee bit of colour; nothing near lipstick territory. So I set off to create the ultimate tinted lip balm.

This lip balm is essentially the same as the original recipe. The only change is the colour. I added some oil-soluble titanium dioxide for opacity, and then a mixture of red, yellow, and brown iron oxides for the colour. I decided to skip micas because I didn’t want something shimmery, but you could always add them if you want shimmer.

Tinted Lip Balm

5g beeswax (USA / Canada)
6g mango butter (USA / Canada) or coconut oil
3g cocoa butter (USA / Canada)
3g kukuinut oil
7g sweet almond oil (USA / Canada)
Vitamin E oil

1/32 tsp oil soluble titanium dioxide
1/64 tsp red iron oxide
Teensy pinch yellow iron oxide
Teensy pinch brown iron oxide

Essential oil of choice

Melt the wax, butters, and oils together in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from the heat and place on a heat pad to insulate the pan.

Use a rubber spatula to stir in the titanium dioxide. It will take a while to dissolve, so take the time to stir it around and mash the oxide into the sides of the saucepan. Place the saucepan back over low heat as needed.

Once the titanium dioxide is dissolved and the liquid balm is all milky looking, start stirring in the oxides, re-heating as necessary. You’ll want to work slowly, adding very, very small amounts of oxide at a time, stirring and thoroughly blending until you get the colour you want.

Pour the lip balm into empty tubes (you’ll need about four for what this recipe yields).