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A super-moisturising organic red or pink tinted balm with a naturally derived pinky red tint for lips and cheeks.


  • Made with wild alkanet root (plus a touch of wild indigo root in the darker balm and a touch of madder root in the lighter balm) and organic cold pressed olive oil. Thickened with naturally fragrant beeswax and scented with sweet orange and frankincense essential oils. 


  • Available in two subtle, soft, sheer shades, soft pink and rich red. The balms are far darker in the tins than they will appear on the lips/skin. I have a few balms without essential oils added on request, please let me know if you would prefer an essential oil free balm. 


**please note that the tint in these balms is very sheer and subtle, the red balm is darker, cooler, and more obvious but they are both gentle and illuminating, accentuating the natural colour of the lips rather than giving a vivid or dense colour. They are enhancers of natural beauty rather than layers of fake colour, but that is what natural makeup should be, a nod from nature to the natural. 


These balms are packaged in dinky 10ml slider tins which fit easily into a pocket. They contain quite a lot of product and should last a few months, even with daily use. 


  • The tinted balms look different on different lip and skin tones so the result will depend on each individual.


  • Wonderful if you want a natural, dewey look, but will not have the pigmentation or staying power of a lipstick or powder blush. 


Here are some links to the rich red balm being used by the lovely Andrea on TikTok


Reviews of this item can be found here, in my Etsy shop, FolkApothecary. 



Organic cold-pressed olive oil, handmade extracts of wild alkanet root, madder root, and wild indigo root, beeswax, vitamin E oil, essential oils of sweet orange and frankinsence.


The root of dyers alkanet, Alkanna tinctora, produces a beautiful deep red dye which has historically been used to dye clothing, and was used for gentle tinted makeup in Victorian times, and probably before. 


Some say that burning alkanet root incense can bring protection against those who wish you harm, particularly in matters of money, and to invite luck in business. 


It is also wonderful for healing and cooling the skin, so useful for burns and scars from burning. This balm should not be restricted to use as a cosmetic product, it can be used as a skin healer and as a means to connect with the indomitable watery spirit of alkanet. 


An oil infused with alkanet root can prevent hair loss, promote hair growth, and help maintain the natural colour and vibrancy of the hair. 


Alkanet produces beautiful soft lavender and purple colours when used to dye yarns and fabrics, and taken internally has been said to relieve headaches and regulate blood pressure.


I love working with Alkanet, sometimes her watery power rushes right through me and washes away obstructions, sometimes I sit with her in the garden and I stare at her beautiful bright blue flowers and feel the water gently lapping at my edges, softening. 


I love the idea that what looks like makeup on the surface is hiding the plant medicine of this incredible being. 


If your garden, like mine, is filled with alkanet with her red roots snd flowers so blue you could disappear into their blueness, maybe take a minute to sit and hear what she has to say, what she might show you, and how you might offer something to her spirit to be washed away into the watery depths.


The colour of each batch varies slightly due to the natural colouring of the roots used. 


The balms can also be used on eyelids and as a dewey highlighter for cheeks. 

***All of my creations are made within sacred space in deep reverence and connection. I give thanks to the herbs and communicate with them about what I am making and my intentions. I have built up a strong reciprocal relationship with my local flora over the years and find them supportive of my endeavours to share the mystery and magic of plant medicine with other seekers on the path.***

Organic Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm with Naturally Derived Colour

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