Beet Root Lip and Cheek Stain

One of the biggest challenges going natural is finding clean, plant-based and ethical beauty care products that work! Your lips and skin might be feeling dry and chapped this season, but there are some DIY options that can give you back your glow. This beet root lip and cheek stain recipe can be created right on your stove top, similar to an herbal salve. The only difference is that we’ve added in a bit of color.

In this recipe, we use alkanet root and beet root powder to give the stain that sheer ruby red hue. The almond oil and cocoa butter in the stain give your cheeks and lips a dewy look, while deeply nourishing your dry skin. With a touch of peppermint essential oil, this stain tastes and smells delicious! It would be great as a stocking stuffer or in your purse year-round.

Beet Root Lip and Cheek Stain

This beet root lip and cheek stain recipe can be created right on your stove top.

Servings: About 15 (.5oz tins)

Time: 45 minutes


Double boiler
Wooden spoon
Fifteen ½ ounce tins
Liquid measuring cup
Box grater
Measuring spoons
Small mesh strainer


¼ ounce of cocoa butter (about 3 wafers)
½ ounce of beeswax (1/2 of a stick)
3 tablespoons of alkanet root
2 teaspoons of beet root powder
1 cup of sweet almond oil
10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil


1. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water, to the line mark. Add 3 tablespoons of alkanet root in 1 cup of sweet almond oil in the top section, apart from the section with water. Bring the double boiler to a low simmer, stir the mixture and keep on low for 15 minutes. The oil will soon turn a deep red.

2. Strain out the alkanet root, using your mesh strainer and liquid measuring cup, and then add the deep red oil back to the top pot.

3. Shave the beeswax, and then add it in with the cocoa butter and beet root powder.

4. Once melted and mixed in, turn off the heat and add your peppermint essential oil.

5. Pour into your lip balm containers.

6. Allow the stain to dry and enjoy!

Be sure to add labels to your stain so your friends and family know what ingredients were used. If you’d like the color to be darker, you can try infusing more alkanet root or adding in more beet root powder. The stain can become somewhat darker when multiple layers are applied.

Now that you’ve got this stain recipe down you can try infusing other essential oils into the mix, to create your own custom scent profile.

We hope this recipe encourages you to try more natural beauty care products, steeped in the power of plants.

For more fun plant-based projects, check out our At Home section of the Plant Power Journal.

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