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Natural Colourant Oil for Lip Balms and Glosses

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Alkanet root is a natural pink to red colourant that can be used as part or all of the oil component in lip balm/gloss recipes. It is well worthwhile to have a supply of this natural colourant to hand as the colour of the finished product can be varied by adding more or less of the coloured oil.



You will need:


5g chopped alkanet root

150g sweet almond oil





Place the oil and alkanet root in a heatproof glass or ceramic container, and place it in a double boiler or bain marie. Bring the water to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and bottle the coloured oil.


Other natural colourants that can be used in this way are:


Annatto seeds (deep yellow/orange)

Beetroot powder (deep red)






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