DIY Shea Butter Lip & Cheek Tint

DIY Shea Butter Lip & Cheek Tint

Aside from the love I have for cobalt blue eye-liner, I’ve never really been much into make up. I prefer a more natural look (and product) on my lips and face, making this lip & cheek tint a pretty nice fit!  It adds just the right amount of rosy pink enhancement – all while nourishing, hydrating, and protecting those precious lips from chapping.   It’s entirely all natural, simple, and practical – so skip the products filled with synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances and make this pure, earthy and deeply nourishing lip and cheek tint yourself!

The main ingredients used in this recipe; shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax are familiar, versatile, and most importantly REAL. They offer many benefits and make for lovely companions to keep on hand for so many different DIY body care essentials. They all have a fairly long shelf life so don’t be afraid to stock up!

 Shea Butter – Deeply hydrating and nourishing with its high Vitamin A & E content, as well as fatty acids, unrefined shea butter works wonders on dry, chapped, and damaged skin. It’s also great for aging skin as it has the ability to rejuvenate collagen, keeping your skin strong yet soft and supple.

Coconut Oil – Famous for doing just about everything, coconut oil is high in healing antioxidants like Vitamin E. It absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin. It helps eliminate dead dry skin cells while being soothing and nourishing.

Beeswax – Used in many beauty products to add body, beeswax also adds a protective barrier helping to prevent chapping and irritation. It is both softening and hydrating by drawing in and sealing moisture to your lips and skin.

Alkanet – The dark red root of this little blue flower has forever been used as a natural colorant, imparting a beautiful red hue into its product. It also adds a protective, emollient quality.


  • 2 tbsp Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
    • 1 tbsp for a softer spreadable consistency – great for tins
    • 2 tbsp for a firm consistency – great for tubes
  • 1 tbsp Alkanet Root Powder
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil – I like peppermint! (optional)
  • 4-6 half ounce tins (the amount of oil lost in filtering will vary)


  1. Place the shea butter, coconut oil, and alkanet root into a heatproof measuring cup or jar and place into a shallow pot of water. This will act as a makeshift double boiler. Heat and stir the oils until melted.
  2. Strain the melted oils into another heatproof jar through layers of cheesecloth to filter out the excess alkanet root.
  3. Add the beeswax and re-heat until melted. Test the consistency by placing a spoonful into the freezer for a few minutes. Add a little more wax or more oil to suit your preference.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in your essential oil, pour into your containers, and let cool until firm. You can pop them into the fridge if you’re in a hurry to use it!

DIY Shea Butter Lip & Cheek Tint
Free from synthetics and chemicals, this super simple DIY lip tint has coconut oil and shea butter as its main ingredients. It’s nourishing, protective, and adds the sweetest little rosy glow!
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10 thoughts on “DIY Shea Butter Lip & Cheek Tint

  1. Will this be comedogenic? I am one of those unlucky, but ever-growing members of the over-40 group that still gets breakouts and my cheeks are very susceptible (seems to be the cheeks and jawline which I have read is hormonal…..surprise, surprise!! Blah). I’d live to make something natural and versatile like this but worried I’ll wake up with a thousand whiteheads. Has anyone experienced a break out from this blend of oils/butters?

    1. Shea butter is non-comedogenic, however coconut oil rates fairly high at a 4. Some swear by it specifically FOR acne, but the oil cleansing method made me break out so I tend to stay away from straight up coconut oil as a daily moisturizer on my face. However, I love using it in lip balms or body lotions. I am also acne prone, at 34, and use shea butter with jojoba and rose hip oil as a daily moisturizer with good results – although I think diet is key! I’d love to hear what others have to say!

      1. You are so right about diet!! I gave up all milk products about a year ago and now use coconut milk, with almond and soy milk in occassion (and when I say occassion, it’s because my favourite coconut milk is unavailable and I need some sort of milk alternative) and my acne is down at least 80%. I have also given up all gluten as well but milk seems to have been the big cause. Because I have digestion problems (gastroparesis), I see a dietician and she gave me some samples of ready-to-drink supplements that are sort of like a healthy Boost. Even though it was highly broken down proteins, it still contained broken down milk proteins, casein and whey. OMG, I drank them for about a week and the acne that resulted a couple days after my first nutritional drink was insane!! There were custs everywhere and hundreds of whiteheads and blackheads. It took a while to clear up after I swore off all milk again, broken down proteins or not. It took me weeks of careful extraction to finally get the bumps under control and slowly the cysts healed. So yeah, you are right on. Now if I could just find out what is the remaining 20% cause, I would be one happy 41 year old. It’s been 30 years now with acne. I’m happy that most is under control now but I have to be so careful about anything I put on my skin because that could be a big part of the remaining acne.

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