Not long ago I tried making a natural lip gloss with beets. As anyone who’s diced up a salad with the root vegetable knows, it’s not a pretty sight. My hands, my towels and pretty much my entire kitchen were covered and stained with pink. Needless to say, it created quite the mess!
So when I saw that people were making homemade blush with freeze-dried raspberries, I thought, why not a DIY tinted lip gloss or, better yet, balm? Bonus: raspberries are way tastier than beets anyway!
Why we love raspberry
Raspberry also provides benefits for your skin (your lips count as part of that!). Raspberries are loaded with antioxidants, namely vitamin C, which helps protect your skin from damaging free radicals in the environment that lead to premature aging. These same antioxidants also help protect the skin from the sun—another known cause of premature aging, not to mention an increased risk of skin cancer.
Other antioxidants you can find in raspberries include vitamin E, selenium, lutein (which provides brain-boosting power as an added perk) and beta carotene. Raspberries also contain flavonoids, which are natural substances that act like antioxidants. You can also find them in certain roots, stems, flowers, tea and, last but certainly not least, wine!
As if that wasn’t enough incentive, to make this ingredient swap even more of a no brainer, it couldn’t be easier—the recipe is a total cinch! The hardest part is cleaning out the coffee grinder to remove all the pink specks, lest your coffee start to taste like raspberry.
And if you’re thinking, “Freeze-dried raspberries? Where the heck do I buy that?” Well, I’ll tell you: Trader Joe’s! Not only do they sell freeze-dried and fresh raspberries, but they are also super affordable (frozen fruits and veggies can get pricey!). And if you don’t have one nearby, you can order them online or try a local health-food store. I even saw some at Publix. Don’t have a Publix near you? Chances are, your local grocery store has them hiding somewhere.
DIY Tinted Lip Balm
The benefit of using freeze-dried raspberries is that they are frozen at the pique of freshness, so you know they contain the highest amount of nutrients (often even more than the ripe kind). Of course, if you are really having a tough time finding them you can also try freeze-dried cherries. The taste was good, but if I’m being honest, the color was less intense (which was a total bummer). But feel free to go crazy and combine the two!
Here’s how to pull this off:
First, melt your coconut oil and beeswax over low heat (a Pyrex dish in a saucepan is my go-to double boiler method). Next, finely ground the raspberries and stir them in the mix. If you are looking for a darker color, simply add a bit more raspberry powder. As the balm cools and solidifies, the grounds will start to settle at the bottom. That’s when you want to turn the container upside down (with the lid on) or on its side to help keep it evenly distributed.
That’s all you gotta do for soft, pink lips!
Homemade Raspberry Lip Balm
- Double boiler or microwave-safe bowl
- Grind raspberries in coffee grinder until you have a very fine powder.
- Melt the coconut oil and beeswax (if using) together in a double boiler (I just put the oils inside a glass Pyrex measuring cup, then place whole thing inside a small saucepan. Fill the saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a low boil.)
- Add raspberry powder and stir to combine.
- Transfer to container with lid and let sit to harden.
Photos by Lindsey Johnson375