"I love having coloured lips. It really does make a massive difference to your look and your mood," Rebecca says. "However, I find it really hard to get my lipstick to stay on and always have really dry lips if I wear it all day.


"This gloss means I can wear a shade of colour and apply as often as I want without drying out my lips. You can make this in whatever colour you like and they make a lovely little gift. Change the rose to a different smell by just switching the essential oil."

Natural rose lip balm recipe by Rebecca Sullivan

How to make rose lip balm at home

Ingredients (makes 125ml)

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon rose powder or coloured mica powder
  • 3-4 drops of rose essential oil
  • Small tin or airtight container with a lid


  1. Put the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler and heat over a low heat, stirring until fully melted. If you don't have a double boiler, then use a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water instead (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water underneath).
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the rose powder or coloured mica powder. Now stir in the rose essential oil.
  3. Transfer the mix to a small tin or airtight container, then smooth the top and leave to cool.
  4. Once cool, cover and store in a cool, dark place for up to a year. To use, rub a little of the lip balm over your lips as required.

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Listen to our interview with Rebecca Sullivan ('Find your inner granny') on Apple, Spotify and Stitcher.Taken from The Art of Natural Beauty by Rebecca Sullivan. Published by Kyle Books. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.