DIY (Tinted) Lip Balm

February 05, 2014

I've tried many different lip balms, I've even tried a few different natural options but nothing works as well for me personally as my very own DIY recipe.

You may find it useful to watch my video to see me actually making the balm: *click here*

Links to all ingredients will be listed at the end of this post.

For the lip balm:
  • 2 Tbsp Wax (I used pellets of cosmetic grade beeswax)
  • 2 Tbsp Shea Butter (or any other natural butter)
  • 2 Tbsp Cacao butter (or any other natural butter)
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil 
  • 1 Tbsp Almond oil (or any other 'liquid' natural oil)
  •  Few drops of vitamin E Oil (optional)
Optional Extras:
  • Cosmetic grade mica mineral pigments (as pure and as natural as you can find)
  • Zinc Oxide for SPF
  • Essential Oils for flavour/scent 
Colours I Used: Rosebud, Winter Rose and Deep Plum.


With all the ingredients please try to find the most natural, unrefined and organic that you can. We also need to try and keep the amount of heat we expose the ingredients to at a minimum where possible. We need to melt and mix them thoroughly to get a lovely satin, silky smooth texture to the balm but we do not want to overheat the ingredients and lose the goodness they contain!

If you live in a very cold climate you may wish to reduce the amount of beeswax and increase the amount of liquid oil, this will give you a lip balm with a much softer texture. I didn't want to do this as I find the heat from my lips enough to melt the balm when I use it. If you are in a cold climate (or house!) you may struggle to get the balm out of the tins.


Heat a saucepan of water until bubbling and boiling. Put a pyrex/glass measuring jug into the pan to make yourself a ban marie. This will help protect both the ingredients we are melting and the container you melt them in!

Add the beeswax (pellets or grated) first as these take the longest to melt.

When they are about halfway melted add in the shea butter. 

Next, add grated cacoa butter and coconut oil.

When all ingredients are melted add a tablespoon of a liquid oil. I used almond oil but olive oil, grapeseed oil, or similar will do. I also added a few drops of vitamin E oil to act as a natural preservative however, I have made this a number of times before without vitamin E and haven't had a batch go 'off' yet.

I poured the lip balm mixture into some containers (links below) and left it to cool.

I then moved onto my tinted balms...

I put a 1/4 tbsp of natural mica mineral pigment into the container then poured in the mixture. I stirred these gently and thoroughly then left them to cool.

Now to try them out... they're great! The tinted balms are just ever so slightly tinted so if you want a heavier tint add more - up to 50% of the mixture can be pigment but I am not sure what the texture or consistency would be with more powder in it.

Personally I was happy with the amount of tint, I wanted it to be subtle on the lips but they do look stunning in their tins!

The plain lip balms are amazing! So silky and buttery - they keep my lips hydrated throughout the day. I use them twice a day after brushing my teeth and that is all I seem to need! This is amazing considering I used to always have a lip balm in my pocket/bag so that I could re-apply many, many times a day.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and I'd love to see if you try this DIY out! Maybe tweet me @rachmarshall if you like!

Do you make your own lip balms? Do you have any tips to share in the comments below?

Thanks so much for reading!
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  1. Fab tutorial thank you :-) I plan to make my own tinted balms once I've used up all the balms I own xx

    1. Aw thanks! great, let me know when you do :-) you will totally be converted! I've not bought lip balm for over a year now, even when I tried the essential care one (give away win) it was good but not AS good :-) even if I do say so myself ;-) xx

  2. Brilliant tutorial and I love the presentation in those cute heart tins. Another wonderful DIY x

    1. Thanks so much! that is really lovely to hear :-) I did fall a bit in love with the tins ;-) xx

  3. Lovely post! Just looking at the pictures makes me happy : it looks like so much fun. I'll keep your post in mind, once I run out of lipbalms. I need to try this :) xx

    1. Thank you! haha! glad it made you happy :-) defo give them a go and let me know (oooh, that rhymes lol) xx

  4. Ohhhh lovely! I have just ordered most of those ingredients to make body butter so might as well give the lip balm a try too. Love the look of the pink heart shaped one. x

    1. Thank you! yep, that's the great thing about DIY, a lot of the ingredients are the same. you can make moisturising 'melts' as well with similar bits and bobs... plus loads of other stuff! Thanks for reading, I've just spotted your blog and followed on bloglovin to keep up with you :-) xx

  5. Great DIY tutorial! These tiny heart tins look cute :)

  6. Fantastic recipe! I love how the colors came out and that you used the most adorable tins. Thanks for sharing, Rachel. I'm looking for more fun posts by you!! xo

    1. Thank you very much! you are always so kind and supportive, I look forward to writing more posts :-) xx

  7. I love DIY beauty and love making lip balms. The tinted ones look great x

    1. thank you! they are fun to make and use :-) thanks for reading xx

  8. This is an awesome step-by-step guide! I'm a sucker for lip balm, so thank you for posting a tutorial that used quality ingredients instead of just having Vaseline as the main ingredient. I also love the heart tin containers! Perfect for Valentines Day!


    1. oh yes! Heart shapes and Valentines... I completely did that on purpose ;-) lol. Thanks for your lovely comment, Rach xx


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