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Lip balm can be fun and easy to make. The benefits of making your own lip balm is that you know exactly what goes into it. You can also choose your own flavors, and even come up with new ones you might not find in a store. There are many ways of making lip balm, but your choices become limited if you want to make something that is fruit-flavored.
Using Drink MixXResearch source
- 4 tablespoons (60 grams) coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) petroleum jelly or shea butter
- 1 tablespoon (15 grams) beeswax, flakes or pellets (optional)
- Powdered fruit drink mix (such as Kool-Aid or Crystal Light)
Using Freeze-dried FruitXResearch source
- 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 grams) coconut oil
- ½ tablespoon (7.5 grams) freeze dried fruit, finely ground
- ½ to 1 teaspoon (2.5 to 5 grams) beeswax flakes or pellets (optional)
Using Essential Oil or Flavor OilXResearch source
- 2 tablespoons (30 grams) beeswax flakes or pellets (optional)
- 4 tablespoons (60 grams) coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) Vitamin E oil
- ½ to 1 teaspoon (2.5 to 5 milliliters) flavor oil (optional)
- 5 to 10 drops essential oil (optional)
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Using Drink Mix Download Article
- 1Add the coconut oil and petroleum jelly into a microwave-safe bowl. If you don't like petroleum jelly, try shea butter instead.XResearch source Petroleum jelly is easier to come by, but shea butter will be a lot more nourishing for your lips.
- 2Add 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of beeswax if you want a firmer texture. Make sure that the beeswax is either in flake or pellet form; it will melt easier. If your beeswax came in a block, shave it using a cheese grater.Advertisement
- 3Put the bowl into the microwave and heat for 1 minute. This will melt the ingredients together and make it easier to stir in the drink mix.
- 4Take the bowl out, and stir ingredients with a spoon until everything is smooth. Make sure that there are no lumps or clumps. If you can't get the lumps or clumps out, your mixture may need more heating. Put it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir it again. Keep doing this until everything is smooth.
- Be careful when taking the bowl out of the microwave, however; it will be hot.
- 5Separate your melted mixture into smaller bowls if you want to have more than one color or flavor. For example, if you want to make strawberry and cherry flavored lip balm, separate your mixture into two smaller bowls. If you plan on making just one flavor, leave everything in one bowl.
- 6Stir in the powdered drink mix, and make sure that there are no lumps, clumps, or grains. How much you add in depends on how dark flavorful you want your lip balm to be. Start with a pinch of powder, stir, and add more until you get the color you want.
- 7Transfer the mixture into a clean, empty lip balm container using a spoon or mini spatula. Work as quickly as you can. The lip balm will start to set fast.
- 8Let the mixture cool a little, then put it into the fridge for 1 to 2 hours. It will finish setting there, and become hard like regular lip balm.
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Using Freeze-dried Fruit Download Article
- 2Assemble a double boiler. Fill a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 centimeters) of water, and place a heat-safe bowl on top. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the surface of the water. Try to use a glass bowl, as those heat more evenly than metal.
- 3Add the coconut oil and beeswax (if desired) into the bowl. The beeswax is not necessary, but it will help give your lip balm a firmer texture and make it less gooey. If you do decide to use beeswax, try to get it in flake or pellet form. It will melt quicker and easier. If you can't get beeswax in flake or pellet form, shave it using a cheese grater.
- 4Heat the coconut oil and beeswax over medium-high heat until they are melted. Stir them from time to time to ensure that they melt evenly. Both ingredients will turn somewhat clear when they melt.
- 5Take the bowl off the double boiler and set it down onto a stable surface. Use a pair of oven mitts to handle the bowl, as it will be very hot.
- 6Stir in the freeze dried fruit. Keep stirring until everything is evenly mixed together. There should be no streaks, lumps, or swirls. If you plan on using different types of fruit for different flavors, separate your melted mixture into smaller bowls first, then add the powdered fruit.
- 7Scoop the mixture into clean, empty lip balm containers using a spoon or mini spatula. Work quickly, as the lip balm will start to set fast.
- 8Let the mixture cool, then place it into the fridge for 1 to 2 hours. Once in the fridge, the lip balm will finish setting and harden.
Method 3Method 3 of 3:Using Essential Oil or Flavor Oil Download Article
- 1Put together a double boiler. Fill a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 centimeters) of water, then put a heat-safe bowl on top. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.
- 2Add the coconut oil and beeswax (if desired) into the bowl. The beeswax will help give the lip balm a firmer texture and make it less gooey. If you end up using the beeswax, try to get it in flake or pellet form. This will help it melt quicker and easier. If you can't get beeswax in either form, shave it using a cheese grater.
- 3Heat the coconut oil and beeswax over medium-high heat until they melt. Stir them from time to time. This will ensure that they melt evenly. Both ingredients will turn clear once they melt.
- 4Remove the bowl from the saucepan, and stir in the vitamin E oil. The vitamin E oil will help make your lips nice and soft.
- 5Stir in your flavor oil until the texture is smooth and the color is even. How much you use is up to you, but keep in mind that the flavor will become stronger once the lip balm hardens.XResearch source You can use a special oil made for flavoring lip balm, or you can use a candy-making flavor oil. Whatever you use must be oil-based. Do not use anything that is water or alcohol-based, or it will not mix in evenly.
- You can find lip balm flavoring oil in online shops that sell cosmetic-making supplies. You can find candy-making flavor oil in arts and crafts shops, and in baking shops.
- You can also use 5 to 10 drops of essential oil instead.XResearch source
- If you want to make more than one flavor, pour the melted mixture into separate bowls first.XResearch source
- 6Transfer the mixture into clean, empty lip balm containers. Use a spoon or mini spatula to scoop the mixture into the containers. Work quickly, as the melted lip balm will start to set fast.
- 7Let the mixture cool down, then put it into the fridge for 1 to 2 hours. The lip balm will finish setting there, and become hard like regular lip balm.
- QuestionCan I use frozen fruit instead?Community AnswerNo, it won't make a powder, it will just melt as you try to use it and turn into a mashed fruit mess.
- QuestionWhat ingredients are good for lips?Community AnswerShea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, vitamin E, honey, and aloe, among others.
- QuestionCan I use fruit juice instead of freeze-dried fruit powder?Community AnswerYou could try, but it will likely become sticky and attract flies. I would recommend the method listed in the article.
- QuestionCan you add sugar to the lip balm?Community AnswerI wouldn't. Lip balm isn't for eating and sugar will make it grainy and will ruin the texture of your balm.
- QuestionHow can I make it sweeter?Community AnswerAdd a small touch of sugar or honey to the oil during the heating process.
- QuestionCan I use Vaseline instead of coconut oil?Community AnswerYes. Just make sure if you're doing a powder, add water so it's not sugary, and mix well.
- Clean, empty contact lens cases make great lip balm containers.
- Decorate your lip balm containers with washi tape, patterned tape, or stickers. Write the lip balm flavor on a blank label, and stick it onto the lid.
- Try using 2 to 3 different flavors to get a fruit punch or fruit salad flavor.
- Make sure that whatever you are putting your lip balm in is clean and sterile. Wash it using very hot water, and dry it off using a tissue.
- Be careful when using essential oils. Lemon and grapefruit essential oils are photo toxic, and will make your lips more sensitive to the sun. Orange and lime essential oils are not phototoxic, and won't make your lips sensitive to the sun.XResearch source
Things You'll Need
Using Drink Mix
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Small whisk or fork
- Smaller bowls (if using more than one color/flavor)
- A Small container
Using Freeze-dried Fruit
- Double-boiler (saucepan and bowl)
- Spoon, fork, or small whisk
- A Small container
About This Article
You can easily make your own fruity lip balm using powdered drink mix. To get started, put 4 tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Then, mix in 3 tablespoons of petroleum jelly or shea butter. If you want your lip balm to have a firmer texture, add a tablespoon of beeswax flakes or pellets as well. Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute, then stir the melted ingredients together. If you’d like to create multiple flavors of lip balm, pour the melted mixture into several separate containers. Otherwise, you can leave it all in the original bowl. Next, stir in a small amount of powdered drink mix. The amount you use will depend on how strong you want the flavor and color to be. Keep stirring until your mixture is smooth and free of clumps or streaks. Spoon your balm into a clean, empty lip balm container and let it cool for a few minutes, then put it in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours to help it set. Store your homemade lip balm in a cool, dry place. Scroll on for more tips, like how to make lip balm with freeze-dried fruit!