Wednesday, May 7, 2008

More Lipstick Springtime Recipes

From deep in the trenches, Johanna at Bramble Berry has revised and perfected a lipstick recipe to compliment our new Apricot Blush Mica. It's such a nice, springtime color.

Sheer Lipstick (revised and perfected)

.5 oz White Beeswax
1.75 oz. Castor Oil
.06 oz. Shea Butter
.06 oz. Hemp Oil
.06 Liquid Glycerin
3-4 Drops Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol)
1 Full Tsp Lip Safe Mica or Pigment (or combination of both, add more for a deeper color, Micas are more sheer and Piments are more opaque)
Flavor and Stevia to taste if desired

This makes about 8 of the slider lip tins or 10 of the chap stick tubes.

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler until fully liquefied. Add Shea Butter to melted point, then add oils and glycerin. Mix well with a small whisk and add colors and flavor if desired. Pour into Pots and Tubes. Keep mixture stirred constantly for color and ingredient consistency.

The key to this recipe is the Castor oil to wax ratio (about 3.5 to 1). The final product is shiny but still firm enough to be solid but soft enough to glide onto the lips without difficult in a tin, pot or tube. You could likely replace the hemp oil, Shea butter with other oils or butters.

If you are using little lip balms and pots, make sure to keep a lip brush handy for the application to the lips to keep those fingers clean.

Be sure to leave a few butter knives in the freezer to dip into ready-to-pour concoctions and use tip with balm to apply to lips for a quick test. This is easier and quicker than having tor pour, wait and waste!