How To Make Lip Balm

by Suzanne on February 21, 2011

Winter weather can be very beautiful with fresh white snow, but it wreaks havoc on our skin.  Being indoors and the dry heat from our homes causes many peoples skin to become unbearably dry.  I ran across how to make your own lip balm to moisturize your lips last year that doesn’t require any melting just mixing together.  I wish I could remember the site I saw it on so I could give them credit but I can’t.  It was so simple I thought “oh yeah, I can do that.”  The trick for me was finding a container to put it in.  One day while shopping the clearance isle at Walmart I saw these cute little tins that are supposed to be used for wedding favors and I thought they would be perfect for my lip-balm project.  Athough you don’t have to have a cute little tin to make this project, a tiny little plastic container of any sort will do.   I already had the other ingredients for the balm so let’s get started.

Supplies needed:

  • Pure aloe gel
  • Petroleum jelly
  • craft stick for mixing
  • essential oil for fragrance (optional)
  • tin or something to put it in

Directions:

  • mix equal parts aloe gel and petroleum jelly in tin.  If using essential oil make sure you choose one that will not be harmful to your skin.  You may use a fragrance that is used to make soap if you like.  Add as many drops of fragrance as necessary (about 4-5).
  • stir the mixture with a craft stick until combined well.
  • For a monogram look I used some left over rub on transfer stickers from another project

That is it, your done!  You can also use this balm for rough heels and elbows.

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Bonnie February 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

Seriously, its that easy? Now I have absolutely no excuse NOT to make my own lip balm!

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Cheilsea February 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

Love it! Where did you get the little containers for the lip balm?

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Suzanne February 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I found them at Walmart, they were in the wedding section on clearance. They are really for wedding favors.

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Cheilsea February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Oh great, thank you! :)

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Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids February 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

I SOOO needed this! I’m on vacation in Montana and my lips are beyond chapped. Making some of this will be a fun project for the kids to watch – thanks!

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Suzanne February 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

your welcome, hope it helps.

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Jessica at Me Sew Crazy February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

that is AWESOME! Would have never thought to do that! I wonder what would happen if you mixed a little red food dye in them…hmmm – bad for you a little? Or bad for you a lot like permanent stained lips bad. I can deal with bad for you a little! I am very intrigued!

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Suzanne February 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

it will probably be okay, tell me how it turns out if you try it.

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Sharon Cooper February 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

These would make such great gifts! With a hectic schedule and limited budget, I love quick and easy (and inexpensive) gift ideas that would actually be used and liked by the recipient. I can’t wait to get started!

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Tina February 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Love that! Who would have thought it to be so easy?
Best,
Tina

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Suzanne February 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

I know who’d a thought

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Lyddy February 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I would not recommend using fragrance used for soapmaking for these lip balms. There are food-safe flavored oil that would be best to flavor.
Google lip balm flavor oils..

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Suzanne February 22, 2011 at 6:34 am

good to know thanks, the oil I used was actually for making soap which I assumed is safe for the lips since we put soap on the body.

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Maria February 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

That’s Awesome Suzanne! My lips are cronically chapped pretty much year round and I have tried about every kind of lip balm and lip treatment out there. I am going to give this a try. Sometimes it is the simplest things that really work.
Thanks.

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Suzanne February 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

hope this helps your lips Maria, do you drink a lot of water that is supposed to help too.

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Adrienne February 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Can’t wait to try this. I plan on making one with peppermint/vanilla and grapefruit/peppermint. So fun!!

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Suzanne February 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

hope yours turns out great!

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Pilgrimama February 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I would love to try this-I hope I have a great tin “find” like you did!

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Suzanne February 22, 2011 at 6:37 am

good luck, I live in a small town so I was pretty fortunate to find anything at all.

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Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen February 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Wow I didn’t realize it was that easy! Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to start making my own :)

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Bonnie February 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Just a side note, you coud always hit up your local pharmacy for a few 15 or 30oz ointment pots. They will usually give you a handfull for free, or at most charge you a dollar or two.

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Suzanne February 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

oohh great tip I shall have to do that, thanks!

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Donna May 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Love this idea…. my only question is:
Will the consistency be close to petroleum jelly when finished or “looser”?
I would really like it to be a “harder” consistency, any suggestions? Thanks so much :-)

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Laura November 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

If you want flavor with a bit of color try kool-aid. I got that tip from another recipe!!

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casey carte October 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Any more ideas on how to tint? Actually, using strawberry or cherry koolaid is a great thought.

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admin December 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I think the cool aid is a great idea!

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Colbie December 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

This looks awesome, but isn’t petroleum jelly bad for you? What would be a good substitute if you didn’t want to put that on your body?

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