Using Natural Tinting Herbs to Color Lip Balms

With the recent addition of Beet Root Powder to our line of Herbs, we received a great question from one of our readers.  She wanted to know how Beet Root Powder would compare to Alkanet Root Powder when infused in Lip Balm.  Inspired by her question, I experimented with our Lip Balm Base Kit and an assortment of Tinting Herbs.


For my experiment, I combined 1/2 ounce of Lip Balm Base with 1/8 teaspoon of each Powdered Herb, and heated the mixture in a double boiler for about 5 minutes each.  Warming the Base for longer could result in a more intense color for some of these Herbs.  As you can see, the Alkanet Root Powder yielded a deep red, while the Beet Root Powder yielded a softer purple.  Cranberry Fruit Fiber was the least effective, only achieving a slightly orange pink.  Paprika Powder, Turmeric Powder, and Oat Straw Powder created very intense colors.  While these balms hold a bright color in their containers, they are likely to fade overtime, and will not add much color to the lips.  However, their bold colors do make a great impression! For my experiment, I simply added the Herbs to the Base.  Since the Herbs don’t dissolve in oil, they collected on the bottom of each container. A better way to do this, would be to infuse the liquid portion of Oil in your Lip Balm recipe with your chosen Herb prior to adding it to the Lip Balm mixture.  You can strain the Herb Powder from the warmed Oil using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.

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