raspberry from our garden

recently i attempted to make tinted lip balm with blueberry powder. almost every summer we forage wild blueberries and it is the brightest natural colorant! i’ve been trying inconclusively to infuse the carrier oil with blueberry hue (in the double boiler with constant stirring, waiting, dyeing for a week in jojoba, sweet almond and jojoba oils). i know that powder is not oil soluble, but since i saw many people on the internet do this trick with beetroot powder… oh. it did not work. vegetable glycerin could help, but i wanted to keep the recipe very simple.

all of a sudden my first make up set popped up! i remember it so vividly! sweet kit by PUPA. glossy palettes of candies with specific unforgettable aroma, so similar to the watercolors i had in my backpack. i remember the feel of every shape and structure! i used to mix the glittery tints on my hand. and sometimes on my cheeks. back then i did not have that urge to beautify myself, just as now, but i’m always looking for an opportunity to apply some plants on me… (:

so i went to the kitchen and took some raspberries from the freezer! picked by my mama in our small garden at the lake house. mashed and strained. i use small circles of unbleached cotton for this purpose.

i was not sure about the result and forgot to make more photos and write down the quantities…

raspberry juice (from seven regular size berries) was added to ~1 tsp of coconut oil (unrefined cold pressed virgin, la tourangelle) and ~1 tsp of soybean wax (in the double boiler). when everything was melted and blended i put the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes. the consistency was uneven, with some bubbles of raspberry puree… it cooled down and got thicker and i started to mix it gently. and, in the matter of seconds, it became one whole!

*for the future experiments and natural tinted lip balms i saved this and that (:

so pleased with the colour and appearance. it is silky and creamy, tastes sour and smells mildly. shelf life won’t be long, not worrying about it, considering the size of my ‘batch’.

few words about the box! surprisingly, this is a former balm case. i got it from my dad, he had stored tiny pieces for fishing lures in there. the lid says ‘junior lip cream’ and, as it happens with all pure and good things, by accident, things fell together. seven raspberries have filled the box perfectly. and i’m back to 1960’s and berry happy!!!

неожиданно вчера утром случился шаг в прошлое. крем для губ ‘малина из нашего сада’. из нашего сада! малину собирала мама и коробочку с замороженными ягодами мы привезли в город и, как часто бывает, она осталась в морозилке почти до лета. потому что каждый раз хочется сохранить подольше. коробочку от юношеского крема для губ отдал папа.

на сок (даже пюре, процеженное) из семи замороженных ягод взяла одну чайную ложку кокосового масла (нерафинированное холодного отжима) и одну чайную ложку соевого воска. на водяной бане все перемешала, потом охладила. смесь получилась неравномерной, с малиновыми вкраплениями, но когда всё чуть застыло, перемешала ещё раз и образовался идеальный крем. и по цвету, и по консистенции он выглядит примерно так же, как юношеский крем из далёкого прошлого. кроме того, он съедобен, конечно, кисленький такой. а на губах выглядит как блеск из моего школьного косметического набора фирмы PUPA!

*видела, что блеск для губ делают очень просто, смешав сок из нескольких свежих ягод с оливковым маслом! очень вкусно и красиво.

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