Today, we’re going to turn roses into lip balm!
o make this, first, we’re going to need some rose petals. You can either go outside and gather these off of the roses growing around your home, or you can order dried, organic petals online from a place such as Mountain Rose Herbs.
The organic part is important. Roses from the florist or grocery store have usually been treated with strong pesticides that aren’t safe to put on your lips, so don’t use those for this project.
If using fresh roses, spread them out in a single layer on a paper towel or brown paper bag and let them air dry for a few days. We’re doing this to reduce any potential water content that could make our oil spoil faster.
Once they’re dried, we’re going to make a rose infused oil from them exactly like the one we made for Rose Petal Salve a few weeks ago.
For the fast way, set the jar gently into a pan with a few inches of warm water and heat slowly over medium lowish heat. Keep the burner on and let the oil stay in the heated water for one to two hours then remove.
Once you’ve completed one of those methods, you can go ahead and strain your oil to use in your lip balm or you can let it infuse several days longer in a dark cabinet.
Another option is to strain and then repeat the infusion steps with a new batch of rose petals but the same oil you just finished infusing. This is called a double infusion.
The shelf life of your strained oil is about a year. Store in a cool, dark place for best results.
Okay, now that we have the oil all done, we can make that lip balm!
(*See the notes below for directions on how to make this lip balm vegan.)
Peppermint Rose Lip Balm
- 1 tablespoon shea butter (.5 oz by weight)
- 2.5 tablespoons (1 oz by weight) rose infused oil (for tubes, use about 1 tablespoon more for tins)
- 1/2 tablespoon castor oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax (.4 oz by weight)
- powdered alkanet root (for natural color)
- 15 or so drops of peppermint essential oil
Pour a tiny amount of the required rose infused oil into a small bowl or cup and mix a bit of alkanet powder at a time into it, to form a thick, dark red paste and set aside. This will be used for adding natural color to our lip balm.
Place the remaining oils, wax and butter in a heat proof jar or measuring cup. Set this down into a pan filled with a few inches of water and bring the water to just under a simmer. Heat until the wax and shea butter is melted.
Remove from heat and stir in the alkanet paste a teeny dab at a time, until the desired color is reached. (Use less for pink, more for red.)
Add peppermint essential oil then pour into tubes, tins or lip balm sliders.
- This ratio of oils and beeswax makes a good consistency for lip balm tubes. If using tins, try adding up to another tablespoon of oil to make it easier to use.
- For a vegan version of lip balm, use about half as much candelilla wax as the amount of beeswax called for. So, in this recipe, you’d use about 1/2 tablespoon candelilla wax instead of 1 tablespoon beeswax.
- Castor oil is an important ingredient that gives your lip balm a nice gloss and smooth finish. Try to keep this in your recipe, if possible.
- You can substitute another butter, such as mango or cocoa, instead of the shea butter.
- If you don’t have or want to use peppermint essential oil, you can omit or use other flavors such as spearmint or (sweet) orange.
- If you don’t want to use roses, you can substitute another edible flower or herb instead such as: violet leaves, lemon balm, mint leaves and so forth.