All-Natural Peppermint Kissed Lip Tint

Ever heard of Alkanet Root? No? Well, buckle up, because you're about to be educated! This isn't just any root, folks. This is the Beyoncé of roots, the star of the herb world, the secret ingredient in the recipe for fabulousness. My local herbalist (she's like the Sherlock Holmes of herbs) introduced me to this bad boy, and let me tell you, it's a game-changer.

This root doesn't just sit around doing root-y things. Oh no, it's out there making a vibrant, all-natural ruby-red infused oil that you can use to craft a lip tint that will have your lips looking like a million bucks.

Primarily, Alkanet Root is used as a coloring agent. It's like the Picasso of the natural world, coloring everything from fabrics to soaps, and even lip balms. You want it? You got it! Just head over to Mountain Rose Herbs (my herbalist's secret source) and get yourself some.

This recipe, my friends, makes 28 grams. That's enough to fill 5 lip balm tubes. So go forth, unleash your inner beauty guru, and let your lips shine with the power of Alkanet Root!

 This is what Alkanet Root looks like.  It is also known as Batschia canescens, Hoary puccoon, Lithospermum canescens, and Dyer's bugloss....I think Alkanet is easier to pronounce!! I don't think my friends would be willing to try my "Hoary Puccoon Lip Balm". 

 Measure out your favorite food grade carrier oil into a small glass container.  I like to infuse a bit more than what I use in a single recipe so I have more on hand for future uses.  I did a ratio of 1/4 cup sweet almond oil to 1 tablespoon of Alkanet Root.  

Alkanet Root and Sweet Almond Oil

I did not want to wait several days for the ruby-red magic to happen, so I gently heated my oil on a mug warmer for about 1 hour.  

See how pretty the oil is now!! You need to strain the oil into another clean glass container.  

Pretty amazing transformation!!!!! We are now ready to craft our lip tint.

For this recipe, I used the following ingredients.........

14 grams Alkanet Infused Sweet Almond Oil
7 grams Kokum Butter
5 grams Beeswax

You simply melt the sweet almond oil, kokum butter and beeswax in a glass measuring cup until melted, add in your vitamin E and peppermint essential oil and then fill your lip balm tubes to the very very top and allow to cool before capping. (**See my previous post for more detailed instructions on making lip balm HERE).  

Here they are in their full ruby-red glory.  I chose a simple label made with clear sticker paper that I ran through my ink-jet printer. 

You can easily adjust the amount of tint by adding a smaller amount of infused oil to regular oil until the desired amount of tint is obtained.  As always, you can play around with the essential oils. I think it would be delightful to use rose essential oil.  I hope you will craft this beauty recipe and tell me how much you enjoy it.  Cheers!