Beet-Tinted Lip Gloss

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What’s the formula for the freshest lip gloss? Natural ingredients (think coconut oil and beeswax), plus a surprising, farm-fresh colorant: beet powder. Add just a pinch for a whisper-soft pink, or stir in a tad more to build a deep berry shade. This three-ingredient recipe can be whipped up in five minutes, and thanks to the coconut oil, this lip gloss smells as good as it looks.

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Materials: 

.5 oz (about 1 tbsp.) coconut oil (we used these individual packets from Whole Foods)

.1 oz beeswax

small amount of beet powder (found here, or at health food stores)

tiny lipgloss container (hint: some Whole Foods stores stock the type we used behind the counter—just ask!)

Note: To weigh the coconut oil and beeswax, we used a small digital kitchen scale (it’s just $12), which is a worthwhile investment if you plan to make several homemade beauty products (or are an avid baker). Otherwise, start with about 1 tablespoon coconut oil and ½ teaspoon melted beeswax.

 

Add the coconut oil and beeswax in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave for about 1 minute, stopping occasionally to stir the mixture.

When completed melted, sprinkle in just a small dash of beet powder. Take your time completely stirring in the colorant until fully incorporated. Just a bit of beet powder will create a soft pink, or slowly add more to get a richer berry hue. Careful, don’t add too much beet powder or it won’t fully blend into the lip gloss.

Pour the mixture into the container, then let sit until solid. Store at room temperature and out of the sun (which can cause the coconut oil to re-melt).

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Marla Christiansen