Editor's note: While it's easy to run to a beauty or drugstore to buy your favorite lipstick, why not take the DIY route and try your hand at making your own cosmetics? Not only will you be able to control the intensity of the pigment, you'll also be able to take credit for the color when people inevitably stop you on the street to ask where you got such an awesome shade!
Vitamin-rich beet both conditions and colors your lips.
- 4 teaspoons St. John's Wort Oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated beet
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 8 drops orange essential oil
- 8 drops lemon essential oil
- 5-6 lipstick molds
Makes & keeps: Makes 5-6 sticks, keeps 1 year
Pour the St. John's Wort Oil over the beet. Let sit in a covered jar for three days, then strain and squeeze out all the oil (wear gloves because the beet stains). Gently melt the beeswax into the beet oil. Remove from the heat, stir the essential oils in thoroughly, and pour into molds.
Recipe courtesy of Teri Evans. From The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health by Pip Waller, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2015 by Pip Waller. Reprinted by permission of publisher.
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