DIY Rose-Vanilla Lip Balm

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DIY Rose Vanilla Lip Balm |

This unique lip balm is very easy to make and turns a beautiful rose color with the addition of alkanet root powder.

Nourishing for the lips, this rose lip balm softens as well as adds shine. The addition of castor oil is responsible for it's smooth application and residual shine.

While this is very quick to create, you will need to think ahead to prepare the rose-infused oil. I already had some on hand, which made this project fast and easy (30 minutes of less).

First Step: Prepare Rose-Infused Oil:

Place a handful of dried rose petals in a jar and cover with oil (I used olive oil, but avocado, grapeseed, or sunflower oil would also work). Close with a lid and leave to infused for 3 weeks. After that time, strain out the rose petals and you have rose-infused oil!

If you need the oil quickly, place a handful of rose petals in a heat proof jar or glass loaf pan and cover with oil. Place in an oven that has been heated to 250 degrees F. Turn off the oven and leave for 3-5 hours (the longer the better). Remove from the oven carefully and strain out the herbs.

rose vanilla lip balm ingredinets

Second Step: Make Lip Balm

Ingredients for Rose-Vanilla Lip Balm:

(Ingredients linked to Mountain Rose Herbs, where I buy most of my supplies. Links are affiliate links.)

How to Make Rose-Vanilla Lip Balm:

In a canning jar or heavy glass measuring cup, place the cocoa butter, beeswax, castor oil, and 3 tablespoons of rose infused oil. Place jar into a small saucepan and fill the pan with water so it comes part way up the side (about 2 inches).

melting wax and butter for lip balm

Heat over low heat until the cocoa butter and beeswax have melted. water should be warm/hot, but boiling.

While the wax and butter are melting, mix the 1/4 teaspoon of oil and alkanet root powder in a small bowl until well blended.

alkanet and oil to color lip balm

You could add more alkanet root if you want to make the lip balm darker. The amount in this recipe adds a pretty color to the balm, but not much to the lips.

Once cocoa butter and beeswax have melted, remove jar from the pot and set on a sturdy surface. Add the alkanet root/oil mixture and stir to combine.

rose vanilla lip balm melted

Add the vanilla and stir well to distribute throughout. Add essential oils, if using.

Pour lip balm into tins and leave lids off while it cools.

lip balm cooling

Once cool, add lids and a label.

rose-infused lip balm

So pretty!

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  1. Hello,

    I gave this a try and I ended up with a few pots of lip balm, but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to be.
    Do you think I could reheat this in a double boiler, add new ingredients in it and then let it cool down again?


    1. Hi Vera,

      I’m sorry I’m just now getting to your comment! I usually do remelt and add ingredients in this situation (usually more beeswax, if I want it to be firmer, or more oil, if I want it to be softer).

  2. I looked up the alkanet root. It seems odd that it says it’s common for coloring lip balm, but shouldn’t be taken internally, nor used on abraded skin. Also, if this is rose vanilla lip balm, where does the vanilla come in? Your suggested oils are peppermint and orange.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I can see why using alkanet root might be concerning and I realize I should address that in the post more clearly.

      It is my understanding that the small amount of alkanet root in this recipe is not an issue. If you google “alkanet root lip balm recipe” you’ll find it in many recipes (not that that is proof of it being ok, but just to see that it is used by many people).

      If it is a concern for you, you could use another colorant, such as a mica or another herb, like hibiscus (although it will provide a slightly different shade). This Mica Safety chart shows which micas are safe for use on the lips.

      The vanilla is listed in the ingredients just under alkanet root and above peppermint and sweet orange. I do need to change “vanilla essential oil” to “vanilla oleoresin” so I’m glad you asked about that.

      I hope that helps.

      Thanks again,