Bulgarian Rose Lip Treat
submitted to MakeYourCosmetics.com by Donna Maria
I like this recipe because it smells so divine. The rose is of course brilliant, while the other ingredients combine with it to make a product that is at once soothhing and pretty to look at … a deepish pink color borrowed from the rose concrete, sea buckthorn and alkanet root.
You can cut the recipe in half or quarter it to make less lip balm. I like to make quite a bit at a time because they make such great hostess gifts and pick-me-up treats for friends.
Yield: Approx. 45 1/4-ounce tubes
1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce jasmine wax
2 ounces jojoba oil
2 ounces camelia oil
2 ounces rose hips seed oil
1 tablespoon alkanet root
10 drops rose essential oil
1/2 teaspoon rose concrete
20 drops sea buckthorn berry CO2
Place the jojoba oil, camelia oil and rose hips seed oil in a heat proof (I like to use Pyrex) measuring cup with a pour spout. Place the cup in a hot water bath so the oils heat up. After about 15 minutes, remove from heat.
Place the alkanet root into the melted oils and steep for about 1/2 hour to leach the deep purple/pink color from the root into the oils. Strain the root from the oils using a cheese cloth or muslin cloth. Discard the spent root. Save the cheese cloth for Step 6.
Place the oils (still in the cup) back in the hot water bath. Measure the beeswax and jasmine wax and add them both to the oils. when the waxes have completely melted into the oils, remove from heat.
You will now have a beautifully colored mixture. Cool the mixture for about 5 minutes, then add the rose essential oil, rose concrete and sea buckthorn berry CO2. Stir the mixture with a pop sickle stick to ensure complete incorporation.
Carefully fill your lip balm tubes, pots, jars or whatever container you are using with the still warm mixture. If the waxes start to harden, place the mixture back in the hot water bath until they melt. Continue pouring until all of the mixture has been poured into the containers. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before capping.
To clean the containers that the waxes and oils were melted in, pour boiling hot water into them. You will see the waxes separate from the water. Strain out the wax using the cheese cloth and discard the cheese cloth. Clean the container with hot, soapy water.