I made Victorian lip balm which is tinted with alkanet root. This natural lip balm requires just three ingredients, and is fast and easy to make. The lip balm can also be used as cream blush.
- 30g beeswax
- 60g almond oil
- 1,5g alkanet root
Melt alkanet, oil and beeswax together. The alkanet root colors the oil red immediately.
Some seconds later, the alkanet oil is very red.
The Victorian recipe says to let the mixture stand for some hours, but after a minute or so the wax hardens. So infuse the lip balm over low heat (water bath).
Then strain the lip balm through a sieve.
The lip balm looks red in the jar; but on the skin it’s a very becoming warm pink tone.
The color of the lip balm is very similar to my natural lip color, so it doesn’t give much color to the lips. But the lip balm is perfect as cream blush: it gives a lovely flush to the cheeks. If you prefer the matte look of powdered blush, use homemade natural rose petal powder blush as setting powder over the cream blush.
Update: I made alkanet lip balm again, but this time I replaced almond oil and alkanet root with DIY alkanet oil: it’s oil which is infused for some days or weeks with alkanet root. To make the lip balm, I just melted alkanet oil together with beeswax. On the pic above you can see the difference: the new lip balm is much redder. The top one is the old lip balm with alkanet root and almond oil, the bottom one is the new lip balm with alkanet root oil.