Nourish your lips and give them some shine with this DIY tinted lip balm recipe. Made with natural ingredients like coconut oil and mica powder, this lip balm is an easy DIY. Nourish, moisturize and have a bit of fun, this recipe is perfect for stocking stuffers, advent calendars, or part of a bridal shower gift bag!
I am not a makeup person. It simply doesn’t fit my lifestyle. I work out and sweat too much and cannot stand taking it off at the end of the day.
However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t nice to feel a little dressed up or put on something more than normal sometimes. And this shimmery, DIY tinted lip balm does just that.
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Why You Should Use Homemade Lip Balm
- Fragrance-free (which is huge to me because fragrance has connections to unpleasant side effects)
The reason I like making homemade balm is simply that I know what’s in it. Even some of the colors added to chapstick can have harmful side effects. To me, this is 100% avoidable.
The ingredients in this tinted lip balm recipe are natural, nourishing, and health-promoting. You can check out where I buy my ingredients and my favorite brands here.
Tinting With Mica Powder
For this naturally tinted balm, I used a combination of beet powder and mica powder. Both are all-natural, food-grade options (learn more about the best ingredients for DIY products)
Mica powder is a natural stone mineral with shiny flakes, different from a pigment powder but works wonderfully (learn more about mica powder). Mica powder works well in:
- Lip chap recipes
- Soap making
- Bath bombs
- DIY makeup of sorts
However, for me, it is a bit too shiny. Being in my thirties, I don’t need all-out sparkle, which is why I cut it down with beet powder (beet crystals would work too and be slightly brighter). A subtle tint and a bit of shimmer.
You can grab beet powder (along with the other ingredients in this easy DIY recipe) from Pronounce Skincare. Not only will you be getting quality ingredients but you’re supporting another local mama too.
Other Natural Tint Options
Though mica powder is the most common way to tint, it's not the only way. Below are a few other options you can experiment with.
- cacao powder
- beet powder
- beet crystals
- butterfly tea
- other roots ground up and boiled in
Homemade lip balm is beyond simple to make but feeling confident isn’t its only perk! This DIY tinted lip balm recipe also:
- Helps moisturize the lips naturally thanks to the oil and butters (learn more about choosing butters for DIY products)
- Helps protect the skin from the elements thanks to the beeswax
- It is free from essential oils (though they can be added!)
- A good start to reducing chemicals in your skincare routine (along with these four tips for silky skin)
Storing the Lip Balm
When it comes to homemade lip balm, you can either make it and pour it into chapstick tubes or use tin and put it onto your lips with your finger.
Personally, I always use tubes as getting oil on my fingers drives me nuts.
So long as you don’t get water into the mixture (either from it boiling and splashing in when melting or in the tubes themselves), the homemade lip chaps will last a couple of months. I’ve actually had lip chaps for over a year.
It’s water that causes mold which obviously causes them to go bad so that’s what you need to be cautious of.
DIY Not Your Thing?
I totally understand that not everyone is into the DIY thing. It may seem super complicated or you’re just busy AF (hello… mom life!).
If that’s the case, grab the creamsicle lip balm from Primally Pure. It smells SO GOOD and Primally Pure uses only natural, chemical-free ingredients that I can legit pronounce.
And fun fact: use code mamabear10 to save 10% on your ENTIRE order. Savings for the win!
- shea butter
- jojoba oil
- coconut oil
- beet powder
- red mica powder
Note: here's where you can check out my favorite brands for DIY ingredients!
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Common Questions About Tinted Lip Balm
Yes! mica powder is a natural, mineral powder that is safe to use in cosmetics. It's an easy way to add both color as well as shimmer to a lip balm recipe.
You want to add the powder after the oils and butters have melted and before your pour the mixture into containers. Remove the mixture from heat and add in the mica powder. Make sure to whisk it well so that it fully blends and no clumps remain.
Tinted lip balm is made by melting a combination of butters (shea butter, cacao butter etc), oils like coconut and almond oil, and beeswax. Once melted, you whisk in the coloring agent (usually mica powder) and pour into containers to set.
The most common way to make tinted recipes is to use mica powder. Mica is an mineral-based shimmery powder that is safe in cosmetics. However, there are other coloring options like beet powder, cacao powder, and ground herbs.
Other DIY Recipes You'll Love
- cinnamon lip chap
- Chocolate mint lip balm
- Plumping lip scrub
- Citrus lip chap
- DIY self-care gifts
- Homemade Christmas gifts
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Easy Homemade Tinted Chapstick
- Double Boiler
- Mini Whisk
- Mini Funnel
- Lip Chap Tubes
- Melt all ingredients except the powders in a jar immersed in a pot at a rolling boil. Whisk to mix.
- While lip chaps are melting, set up the tubes. You need a small funnel also.
- Remove from the water and whisk in the beet powder and mica until no clumps remain.
- Pour into the tubes quickly as it hardens fast.
- Cap the lip chaps and let sit for twenty-four hours to firm up.
Making your own lip chap is simple, rewarding, and a great way to reduce chemicals in your skincare routine while still feeling pretty. Plus, they make great gifts for neighbors, friends, and teachers. Whip up a batch to keep on hand and never be without soft lips!