Aromatherapy lip balms and lip glosses, istockphoto, used with permission
Aromatherapy lip balms and lip glosses, istockphoto, used with permission

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the difference between aromatherapy lotion, butters and creams; this week I am going to discuss the difference between aromatherapy lip balm and aromatherapy lip gloss – plus some of the natural ingredients that you can use to color your lip balm or lip gloss.

Ingredients for Aromatherapy Lip Balms and Lip Gloss

The simple difference between aromatherapy lip balms and aromatherapy lip gloss is the ratio of your beeswax to your other butters and oils in the recipe.  Basically, lip balms are harder in consistency and lip gloss is softer in consistency.  Therefore, your lip balm recipe should contain a greater quantity of beeswax than your lip gloss recipe.  Beeswax is “hard” whereas oils and butters are softer.  You might want to put more oils than butters into a recipe for lip gloss to get a softer consistency.  You will need to study a more indepth aromatherapy course or book on the subject to learn how to make lip balm and lip gloss recipes.

You can put aromatherapy lip balms into a tube, container or tin, depending on your preference; you can’t really put aromatherapy lip gloss into a tube because it will be too soft.

Natural Colors for Aromatherapy Lip Balms and Lip Gloss

I started looking into natural colors for aromatherapy lip balms and lip gloss, after a client asked me about it! There are several ingredients that you can use to naturally color your lip balm or lip gloss, but you are restricted by nature’s natural palette! In addition, I have not experimented with all of the following natural colorings. Here are a few suggestions to add a bit of color to your lip balm/gloss:

  •  alkanet root – red/purple tint (there are two products described as alkanet, so check the Latin name for the original alkanet)
  • beet root – purple tint
  • carrot root – orange tint.

These ingredients are herbs and are usually available as a powder from reputable cosmetic suppliers for body making products.  It is important that you learn as much as you can about each ingredient before experimenting!  However, I hope that this post has given you a few ideas for your next aromatherapy lip balm or gloss creation!

You might also be interested in the Sedona Aromatherapie Aromatherapy Lip Balm Making Kit available in the webstore at $24.95 (plus shipping).

Or watch out for the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy in late Spring 2012 which will give you the basic knowledge for getting started with your own aromatherapy business!

Happy blending!



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