19 May 2015

Plastic-Free and Zero Waste Hibiscus Lip Cream

A soft pink hibiscus lip cream with no plastic and is zero waste. This is my go to recipe.

No Plastic and Zero Waste Hibiscus Lip Cream

Over the past two years of being plastic free and making my own makeup, I have tried many different ways to create a lip cream using natural products that I can buy in in my own containers. It has been interesting with some wins and a couple loses.

I love hibiscus tea. It is a sweet tea with a deep red colour. Over a cup of said tea I wondered if it might be my answer to making a lip balm that gave my lips a colour that was natural and eco friendly. I experimented first with grinding the leaves to a powder but that made such a mess in my kitchen and the result was a grainy lip balm. Then I decided to try a much more simple method that I have now used successfully over the past year. So I thought i'd share it with you.

Plastic Free and Zero Waste Hibiscus Lip Tint

2 tablespoons cocoa butter
1 tablespoon beeswax grated
1.5 tablespoons almond oil
1 teaspoon hibiscus tea

How to put it together
Steep the hibiscus tea in hot water to draw out the colour. I usually leave it to steep for an hour. Remove the leaves and measure out 1 teaspoon of the tea water and set aside. Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax together. I use a double boiler (example below). Add the oil and mix together. Pour the 1 teaspoon of hibiscus tea in and with a fork start whisking everything together. You will need to move quickly and stir for at least five minutes. Once it looks like the colour is dispersed evenly through the mixture and not sitting in little red beads, pour into a container and pop into the fridge for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes has passed pull the container out of the fridge and with a chopstick (or something similar) stir vigorously to create a whipped consistency. Put it back into the fridge for another 10 minutes and repeat the same process. Once you are happy with how it looks, let it set. You don't need to put it back into the fridge to set.

I call it lip cream because it feels like lip stick...I just could not get it into stick form because I don't have a lipstick container. So lip cream it is!

















No Plastic and Zero Waste Hibiscus Lip Cream

Because I am going into winter I have not added as much beeswax. You can adjust the measurements of the cocoa butter, beeswax and oil to suit your climate. If you have made a batch, let it set and found it too hard or too soft the next day you can put it all back onto the double boiler or pan and add either more beeswax or more oil to make either harder or softer.

No Plastic and Zero Waste Hibiscus Lip Cream

The lip cream is super nourishing and adds enough colour without being overwhelming. The ingredients last for up to a year, but if you are anything like me it will disappear fast.

Has anyone tried to make their own homemade lip balm/cream/gloss/lipstick? Did you add colour? If so, what colour and where did you get it from?


UPDATE: I have found a plastic free blush/lip colour by UrbApothecary for those that do not want to make their own. I have not tried it but thought I would share this as an option. 
  1. So incredible idea! I have allergies to most of the ingredients of the common lipsticks and I cant's put almost anything on my lips. Thank you so much for sharing this lip balm recipe! I will definitely try it. I was wondering whether I can put some vanilla in it, just for nice smell?

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    1. Yes you can add vanilla to give it a sweet smell. I'd love to know how it goes. I might add a touch of rose on the next batch I make too too.

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  2. Erin, I really admire your creativity! Thank you for sharing this recipe. The lip cream looks really good. Great alternative for people who want to have a "clean" lip cream, without all kinds of unnecessary, potentially unhealthy ingredients.

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    1. Thanks your comment. I am surprised more people don't make their own lip balm. It's safe, nourishing and soooo much cheaper than store bought brands.

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  3. This is so amazing! I must try it soon and i'll tell you the results, but before I need to look your other posts and ideas :)

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    1. I hope you like the results and I wold love to know what you think.

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  4. For the first time I never seen this homemade lip cream. After reading this post I feel that it is very easiest one.

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  5. Anonymous12/01/2015

    it also works with beetroot ;)

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    1. I tried that, but it separated and then went a funny colour. Any tips, if i try it again?

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