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Natural Ways to Add Tint to Your Lip Balm

You may believe that DIY lip balm is, by nature, clear when applied. While this is true for a wide range of homemade lip balm products, it doesn’t have to be the case. Luckily, there are ways to get the perfect tint without resorting to synthetic dyes and pigments. Here are a few of our favorite natural tint ingredients.

Alkanet Root Powder

Alkanet powder comes from the ground up roots of the alkanet plant. While this product has been used in the commercial dyeing and colorant industry, it is still an all-natural source of color that’s free of added chemicals or synthetic pigments. The hue ranges from pink to deep purple, depending on the concentration you use in your lip balm. Because of its rich color, alkanet was once used as a wood stain.

Beet Root Powder

Beet root powder is made from dried beets. When added to lip balm, the powder imparts a pink to deep ruby tint to the balm, making it one of the more versatile natural pigments available. Further, any leftover powder can be used in culinary applications, provided you purchase food-grade powder. Beet root powder can be added to smoothies and juices for flavor, or used as a dye in icings and cakes.


If you’re looking to add shimmer to your lip balm, ground mica powder will do the trick. This is a commonly used ingredient in commercially available lip balms that is available in smaller quantities for the casual DIY cosmetic creator. Mica powder can be mixed with beet root powder or alkanet root powder to give your lip balm a natural, mineral-based shine.

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