Homemade Lip Balm – with color

Homemade Lip Balm - Tinted :: Five Little Homesteaders

We are a big fan of lip balm around here.

I use it.  My husband uses it (though, as you will see, this recipe is not for my husband) and the girls love to put it on, too.

However, with all the unknown ingredients flying around out there and the cost of EVERYTHING steadily rising, I decided to take a stab at making it myself.  It was fun, easy and incredibly customizable.  I’m sold.  Check out my recipe below.

Homemade Lip Balm – with Tint

2 tbsp beeswax (I used this - http://amzn.to/13ucXoJ .)
2 tbsp coconut oil  - http://amzn.to/11ahf4g
1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla extract - http://amzn.to/12NncWR
beet root powder - http://amzn.to/1aLmHxn or a chunk of your own favorite lip color
small containers (I used these - http://amzn.to/12nYgxV .)


1.  Put beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler - http://amzn.to/18eByAZ (or if you are lame like me and don’t have a double boiler, a glass measuring cup over water in a pan works just fine, too).  Let it melt as the water boils.  Stir frequently.

2.  Once the beeswax is melted, add the vanilla extract and lip color/beet root powder.  Stir.  If using lipstick, wait for it to melt completely.

3.  Pour into containers and allow to cool completely.

Couple of things I learned:

– Use more lip color than you think will be necessary.  I’ve heard great things about using beet root powder and definitely want to try it next time.

– The color of the beeswax will affect the resulting color of your lip color – keep that in mind.

– If you want to have a softer balm, use less beeswax.  I live in Arizona… it is hot.  I don’t mind if it starts out a little firmer, but you might want it to be softer – again, so customizable!

If you try it, let me know what you think.

Homemade DIY Tinted Lip Balm :: Five Little Homesteaders


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  1. Elaine Rushlow says:

    I tried making this and I see you used pellets of some sort. I used beeswax right out a tub. It was not as solid as yours wondering if that is the difference. I also used regular coconut oil the first time and it seemed to work better than the organic…which do you prefer? I used essential oils orange and peppermint its wonderful!

    • Hmmm… well, let’s see. I always use organic coconut oil. So, not sure how that would affect it.

      Did you use a bar of beeswax and grate it? I’m not familiar with a beeswax that is sold in a tub….. is it completely solid at room temperature?

  2. Have you tried the beet root powder yet? I’m just looking for advice – I tried it once and it wouldn’t blend with the beeswax. Came out looking like little dots of red in the lip balm instead of like tinted lip balm. I was wondering if adding water to it first would help anything? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hmm… I haven’t tried it but now I want to! I’ve done some searching on the internet and it seems that lots of people have trouble with the beet root powder. Here are a couple of links to other recipes:
      http://wellnessmama.com/5837/natural-tinted-lip-balm-recipe/ - http://wellnessmama.com/5837/natural-tinted-lip-balm-recipe/

      http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/02/how-to-make-naturally-tinted-lip-balm/ - http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/02/how-to-make-naturally-tinted-lip-balm/

      Hope that helps (at least a little)!

    • Dorothy says:

      I found a way to make the beet root powder work! I was having the same problem where it was not mixing, just floating, so I tried putting it all in the blender once melted and just blended for a few seconds and that was all it took for the beet powder to make it pink. But because it spins so fast, it cooled it and hardened it in the blender, so I then had to put the whole blender in a big pot of water and remelt it so I could pour it out, but it worked!

  3. This would be a great gift idea for my granddaughters! Especially the littlest one…she loves to put lip balm on as she gets dry lips like her grandma. Looking forward to doing this!

  4. How do I make the pretty pink color instead of the nasty red one?


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