DIY Beet Lip & Cheek StainNov 14 2013 · 6 comments · All blog posts, Beauty
Who needs L’oreal when you have mother nature?
The large cosmetic houses gain inspiration from nature, from the colours of the autumn leaves, to the ocean, flowers, precious gems, even the shade specifics of our very own blood has been researched and replicated in a lab to be used in conventional cosmetics. However from the initial concept to the end product, something tends to go horribly wrong. when you scratch beneath the surface you find a very ugly side to the beauty industry that that most people have no idea even exists. From the hormone disrupting preservatives and cancer causing chemicals to the torturous testing on animals, the very items that we are swiping on to our faces to feel beautiful carry a not so beautiful energy.
Plant based beauty is where it’s at!
I’m always so excited to share my natural beauty finds, be it eco conscious cosmetic brands that are creating products that are not just good for you, but are also mindful of the planet and the animals, but I also quite literally lay in bed at night dreaming about DIY natural beauty products that I can create in my very own kitchen and share with you! Once you open your eyes to the amazing cosmetics you can make from plants, walking through a organic market begins to feel like walking through natures Sephora!
Amazing color and quality
This DIY beet lip and cheek stain is absolutely adorable. The color is stunning and compliments all skin tones beautifully. Once applied it seems to take on a life of it’s own, as it can magically morph into a berry pink shade on some, and a deep seductive red on others, and for me? It leaves a rose bud hue that I love.
So what is it made from?
The recipe is ridiculously simple, requiring just two 100% natural ingredients. As I mention in the video below please please please be sure to use VEGETABLE glycerin. There is a HUGE difference between the two. Regular non vegetable based glycerin is made from either animal fats such as lard (aka the fat from a pigs belly) or petroleum, neither are all that inviting to put on our lips thank you very much! Vegetable glycerin however, as the name suggests, is made from plants and has a lovely naturally sweet flavour. Vegetable glycerin is food grade so there is no need to worry if you’re a lip licker, and really who can blame you for licking your lips when it tastes sugary sweet like beets!
Vegetable glycerin is popular in most skin and hair care items as it is a humectant, so it attracts moisture to the skin, making it a perfect if you have dry lips.
I can find the beets, but where can I buy the Glycerin?
I purchase my gmo free glycerin online, simply do a google search for the words: GMO free vegetable glycerin and there should be a number of online stores that will ship to your area. Alternatively some of the larger organic grocery stores should have it in stock.
Can I use coconut or olive oil instead of Glycerin?
Absolutely, however I have tried all of them and found that the glycerin gives a longer lasting effect as the oil tends to disappear after 10 minutes or so.
I also found that the glycerin version gave a far nicer look and feel on the cheeks than the oils. The glycerin delivers a flawless application while the coconut or olive oil stains can slip around and become greasy and patchy as the day goes on.
Can I carry it around in my purse?
Sure, you will want to be super careful though as beets stain like crazy, if theres one makeup item you don’t want emptied out all over your purse it’s this beet stain! The best way to help ensure that it doesn’t get messy is to use a roller ball lip gloss container. You can either recycle one you already have or alternatively you can buy them new on ebay. Another great pot to use is a recycled Benefit Benetint bottle (or something similar) as it has the handy little brush built inside and has been designed not to leak, oh and personally I think this beet tint wins over Benetint anyday
How should I store it and how long will it last?
I recommend storing your beet stain in the fridge when it’s not in use. I generally forget to put mine in the fridge and it happily sits with my other beauty items in the bathroom until I use it up (normally takes me around 3 weeks to complete one small pot) Even though the glycerin acts as a natural preservative, I still recommend that it is kept in the fridge. As always use your common sense, if its looking a bit dodgy, it probably is so throw it out and make a new batch. It should last you approximately 4 weeks.
I recommend you watch the video below for a step by step visual guide, however here is a simple rundown.
To make 2 lip gloss sized pots:
Half a medium sized beet chopped
3 tablespoons of glycerin
Heat using a double boiler or you can use a pyrex dish inside of a pot filled a quarter of the way up with water. Boil the water and then turn the heat to the point where the water will be creating gentle bubbles under the pyrex dish.
Place the glycerin and the chopped beets into the pyrex dish and heat on the stove for 20 – 30 minutes. By then the beets should have softened a little and the glycerin should be a beautiful vibrant red shade.
Place the liquid and the beets through a sieve and pour the liquid into your chosen recycled pots.
I hope you give this recipe a try, it’s so easy and is fantastically cheap compared to its more expensive chemical based counterparts (think Benefits Benetint which retails around $30!)
If you have any friends or family that you think would enjoy making this recipe, please share this page with them (or send them on the youtube video)
Beet stain kisses,