Beet Magic Lip Balm

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I am getting ready to teach another Kitchen Cosmetics workshop on April 12 and have been experimenting with making tinted creams, trying to perfect the perfect tinted lip balm.  This recipe was a mix match of trial and error that ended with a pretty cool result, although, a little lighter than I had in mind….but it works!  Try it out and let me know if it worked for you too.

You will need:

About a cup of whole cloves

2 medium-sized beets

1 cup olive oil

1/4 pound of cocoa butter

About 2/3 cup shea butter

A few drops of essential oils: I used clove and peppermint

To make:

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1.  Grind up cloves with a mortar and pestle and place in a lidded jar with olive oil.  Let sit for one week.

2.  Blend cut up beet and clove and olive oil mixture in a blender.  You will end up with a very goopy and dark mixture(See photos above.)  Place in lidded jar and keep in refrigerator for one week.

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3.  Make a double boiler as shown above, or use one and add the goopy beet, clove and oil mixture.  Heat for up to one hour.

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4.  Strain out the oil thoroughly.  Melt the cocoa butter into the mixture.  Take out and cool for one half hour.

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5.  In a blender, pulverize the other beet.  Use a cheese cloth to squeeze all of the beet juice out.

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6.  Add the beet juice to the cocoa butter, oil, beet and clove mixture.  Blend in shea butter and essential oils.

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7.  Scoop into any containers you feel like using for this.  Apply liberally to your lips or into your skin for a little extra glow.

Interested in learning about more of this stuff?  Sign up for my Kitchen Cosmetics workshop on April 12 at Medico Consulting in East Liberty.  We will make a facial steam, an exfoliant, a facial massage oil, a body scrub and more!  Everyone who signs up will get to take home samples of each thing we make and will get a special gift massage for attending.  These workshops are so much fun!  I hope to see you there.  Space is limited, so sign up today.  More information on my website.

Anyone have any other tinted cream recipes?  I would love to know about them.

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