How Lip Balm is Colored - Naturally

How Lip Balm is Colored - Naturally

There are almost as many ways to color lip balm as there are colors it comes in. We at Sargent Bubbles tend to lean toward natural ingredients to color our lip balm - fewer people react to natural colorants. In fact, we almost exclusively use mica powders to color our lip balms. The color lasts longer than some other natural colorants, and although we've tried to use a couple on this list, our results were less than spectacular. Sticking with mica powders produces consistent results, and the color doesn't change over time.

Various ingredients can be used to color lip balm naturally. Here are some common natural ingredients used for coloring lip balm.

  1. Beetroot Powder: Beetroot powder is a popular natural ingredient that provides a subtle pink or red tint to lip balms. It can be used alone or combined with other ingredients to achieve different shades.

  2. Cocoa Powder: Cocoa powder can add a light brown tint to lip balms, giving them a natural and earthy color.

  3. Alkanet Root Powder: Alkanet root powder is derived from the alkanet plant and can create shades of purple or mauve when used in lip balms. It is often infused in oil before being added to the formulation.

  4. Mica Powders: Mica powders are mineral-based pigments that come in various colors, including shimmery and metallic shades. They can be used to add sparkle and shimmer to lip balms.

  5. Spirulina Powder: Spirulina powder is a natural blue-green algae powder that can provide a vibrant green tint to lip balms. It is rich in antioxidants and can add a touch of natural color.

  6. Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder can add a warm yellow tint to lip balms. However, care should be exercised with the amount used, as it can stain the lips if too concentrated.

  7. Annatto Powder: Annatto powder is derived from the seeds of the achiote tree and can provide a light orange or yellow color to lip balms. It is often used in combination with other coloring ingredients.

It's important to note that natural colorants may vary in intensity, and the other ingredients may influence the final color of your lip balm in the formulation. Additionally, remember that natural pigments may fade over time, so storing lip balms away from direct sunlight can help preserve their color.

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