This natural lip balm is infused with the rich softening properties of cacao butter, the intoxicating aroma of coconut, & with the bright beautiful pigment of pomegranate seeds. Making it a truly nourishing balm for your lips as well as an additive-free naturally pigmented lip tint!
There is nothing quite as satisficing as creating your own beauty care products, lip balms & tints being some of the simplest forms to begin with. With so many possibilities the combinations of oils, butters, extracts, & essential oils are endless. The recipe I am sharing with you today was formulated to both nourish & soften your lips with a naturally tinted blend of oils, butters, & fruits reminiscent of bright summer blooms.
Your lips unlike the rest of your body do not contain sebaceous glands or oil glands to keep them moisturized throughout the day, which is why it is so important to care for your lips daily by staying hydrated and using natural products that nourish, moisturize, and protect them. Sadly, many lip balms on the market today contain additives that are actually drying to your lips and can cause them to crack and peel. Additives such as mineral oils, artificial colors, & fragrances that inevitably become ingested over time as you lick your lips throughout the day. Which is one of the many reasons why I recommend that you create your own lip balm, so that it may be formulated with special thought & consideration for your unique lips.
I chose to formulate my lip balm with cacao butter, coconut oil, and pomegranate seeds, each for their own unique healing properties. Cacao butter for its skin softening properties, coconut oil for its skin nourishing properties, and pomegranate seeds for their natural pigmentation & high level of antioxidants. I personally like to use Organic Traditions line of organic superfoods for their commitment to high quality ingredients, fair-trade partnerships, sustainable agriculture initiatives, and on-going support of traditional medicine practices.
Pomegranate | Punica granatum | An ancient fruit infused with tradition. Pomegranates are native to the middle east and have been apart of this cultural landscape for centuries. Pomegranate seeds, which are considered to be the meat of the fruit, are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and vital nutrients such as fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. With an affinity for the heart & vascular system due to its high level of active polyphenols.
Cacao Butter | Theobroma cacao | A highly regarded butter derived from the cacao bean, long revered by the ancient Mayans & Aztecs. Cacao butter is a sweet emollient with an intoxicating aroma reminiscent of chocolate. It is also a highly nutritious edible oil containing essential fats & antioxidants.
Coconut Oil | Cocos nucifera | A treasured oil derived from the meat of the coconut fruit. Coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid and is rich in essential fats & antioxidants, especially medium chain fatty acids. Coconut oil is soothing to the skin & hair with a bold aroma reminiscent of the tropics.
Castor Oil | Ricinus communis | A traditional healing oil derived from the castor bean. Castor oil has been apart of European & western folk medicine for centuries. Its thick texture creates a protective layer over the skin, which makes it particularly good at softening rough dry patches of skin.
Beeswax | A revered wax created by the nimble honey bee. Beeswax is a yellow colored wax with a sweet honey-like aroma.
Vitamin E Oil | A rich oil derived from soybeans. Vitamin E oil is high in antioxidents & tocopherols that are healing to the skin. It is also 100% dispersible in other fats + oils and acts as a natural preservative. Making it an excellent emollient & shelf-stabilizer.
Coconut Pomegranate Tinted Lip Balm
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Cacao Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Castor Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Beeswax Vegan Alternative *Carnuaba Wax
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons Dried Pomegranate Seeds *Dehydrated & *Powdered
- 1 Teaspoon Coconut Extract
- A Few Drops Vitamin E Oil
To create, begin by chopping the beeswax. If using pre-grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles set aside.
Next, combine the beeswax, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup. Then place the glass measuring cup atop a double-bolier and set on the stove. Heat on low until melted.
Once melted, remain on low heat and add the castor oil. Then remove the glass measuring cup from the stovetop and add the dried/powdered pomegranate seeds, coconut extract, and vitamin E oil to the cup. Stir until combined.
Then quickly pour the mixture into your lip balm tubes or tins.
*The key is to pour the mixture before it sets and becomes solid. If this happens, simply reheat the mixture atop your double bolier until it transforms into a liquid again.
To complete, wait until your lip balm mixture has set and then cap + label!
*Carnuaba Wax - A vegan alternative to beeswax derived from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree often referred to as "The Tree of Life". However, keep in mind that carnuaba wax is harder then beeswax, which must be taken into consideration when using it as an alternative in recipes.
*Dehydrated Pomegranate Seeds - I like to dehydrate my dried pomegranate seeds to remove the excess moisture before powdering them. To do so, I dehydrate them on low (135F or 57C) until completely dry to the touch. You can also purchase pre-dried + powdered pomegranate seeds from your local health food store.
*Powered Pomegranate Seeds - Dried pomegranate seeds may be ground into a fine powder using an electric coffee grinder or specific mortar & pestle. In this instance, I preferred to use an electric coffee grinder, as I found it to be more effective at producing a fine powder.
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