December 14, 2012

Happy DIY Friday everyone! I’m so happy to finally be sharing today’s DIY lip balm wedding favors with you! I’ve been experimenting with waxes, butters and bases for about two months now and I’ve finally found some amazing products that you will love. Not only are these lip balms amazing for your lips and of course darling – but they are super cheap to make! These will be fantastic as wedding or bridal shower favors but they will also make wonderful homemade gifts anytime of the year…

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In this tutorial I will be showing you the super easy (…like so easy it’s ridiculous) way to make your own lip balms and an advanced way of making them from scratch – with a special recipe I created just for you!

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SUPPLIES:

  • empty lip balm tubes (these come in many shapes and sizes, available all over the internet!)
  • Brambleberry Lip Balm Base
  • your choice of flavor oil
  • pouring pot
  • plastic chopstick
  • pipette
  • labels to fit your lip balm containers – either from Paper Source or Martha Stewart Home Office
  • Mica to color your lip balm (optional)

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Bramble Berry makes an amazing melt and pour lip balm base – believe me I’ve tried quite a few and this one is superior! All the best ingredients are already measured and melted down for you so that all you need to do is re-melt this special concoction and add your choice of flavor oil!

On the lowest heat possible, slowly melt the lip balm base. Stirring your base with a chopstick works wonderful – but don’t use a wooden one – little splinters will break off in your base – I know, I did it. You will easily be able to make 20 lip balm tubes from one container of 4 oz lip balm base – but you will only be able to get 8 of the screw top tin containers.

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Once your base is completely liquid remove from the heat and add your flavor oil – I chose Vanilla. Technically, the normal ratio for adding flavor oil is 1% – 3% by weight meaning if you’re making 10 oz of lip balm you would add 0.25 oz of flavoring oil. So if you are only making this 4 oz batch you would use about 0.10 of an ounce – meaning a little tiny bit. The flavor of your balm is completely up to you, I started by adding just a little bit of oil and then smelled my mixture – if I couldn’t smell the scent enough I added a few more drops. Simple. Also, women might enjoy a heavier scented balm – while men might prefer a lighter scent. Ps: the only reason there is turquoise Washi tape on the handle of my pouring pot is so that I know of all my pots – this one is for lip balm :)

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If you want to color your lip balm – that step is in the advanced part of this tutorial. Now fill your empty lip balm containers with your melted base! For the tin containers, fill to the height that you are happy. For the tubes, if you are ocd like me and don’t want a hole in the top of your lip balm – only fill them right past the little twist pin inside the tube and let them cool. Then re-melt your base and re-pour.

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After your first pour has cooled you will need to re-melt the rest of your base that has hardened in the pouring pot. Now go back and top off all your tubes. This step is optional – however this makes the tops of your tubes perfect looking. If you over-pour don’t worry – just wipe the excess base off the sides of your tube, no one will know.

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So fun, so easy and so cute! I’m now completely obsessed with making these!

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Now for the label. Clean the outside of your tube/container with rubbing alcohol – if there is any ‘oily’ residue on the outside from the pouring of your base or working with the waxes, the label won’t stick.

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For the labels, if you are using the Martha Stewarts Home Office labels which I recommend, Avery (the company who makes the labels) has an amazing design center that allows you to easily create your own labels for free – try it {here}. Or like always you can download my designs below for free.

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MSHO Kraft Paper Labels – Bramble Berry Base   ///   MSHO Kraft Paper Labels – ST Recipe

Download and print your labels. They are available above with the ingredients for the Bramble Berry Base and the ST Recipe below. Carefully place the label on each tube…

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They read: ‘Our Love is the Balm! Handmade Lip Balm’. Aren’t they darling!

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PS Round Labels in Black   ///   PS Round Labels in Gray

For the 1/2 ounce tin containers Paper Source’s round 1.25″ labels fit perfectly!

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And now for the advanced version…

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SUPPLIES:

  • empty lip balm tubes
  • Coconut Oil
  • Mango Butter
  • Shea Butter
  • Beeswax beads
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • digital scale
  • your choice of flavor oil
  • melting pot
  • plastic chopstick
  • pipette
  • labels to fit your lip balm containers like the Martha Stewart Home Office labels
  • Mica to color your lip balm (optional)

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A typical lip balm recipe would be:

  • 1 part wax
  • 2 parts vegetable butter
  • 1 part liquid oil

To make it simple I split the vegetable butter between two types so that all the ingredients are of equal parts – making it easy to make a small amount or a big batch. You can mix and match any wax, butter and oil that you desire!!!

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Using your digital scale, measure out each ingredient. I chose to make 2 ounces of balm so each part was measured in 0.5 ounces, starting with the Mango butter.

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Next up, the Shea butter…

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Then the coconut oil and the beeswax…

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Then add a quick dash of olive oil to the mix – I found this helps keep the base from drying out.

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Melt all your ingredients on the lowest heat possible.

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Next add your flavoring oil… I chose Cucumber Melon. There are so many flavors available online – get creative and mix a couple together! For specific amounts of flavor oil read the ‘easy’ version above.

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Now for the coloring. Lip balm colorant is called Mica. When purchasing mica make sure that it is lip safe – some are for soaps, lotions or perfumes and shouldn’t be used on the lips. This color is Coral. Color is like scent – completely up to you. I added about an 1/8 of a teaspoon for 2 ounces of base to make a pale coral pink color. Make sure to mix throughly!

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Then pour into your empty tubes!

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To get a perfect lip balm top with no hole in the middle, pour your base just past the the little twist pin inside the tube and then let the tubes cool. Then re-melt your base, and top off each tube that has already cooled.

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Make sure to clean the outside of your tube/container with rubbing alcohol – if there is any ‘oily’ residue on the outside from the pouring of your base the label won’t stick.

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MSHO Green/Blue Labels – Bramble Berry Base // MSHO Green/Blue Labels - ST Recipe

Download and print our free templates above for the Martha Stewart Home Office labels or use Avery’s Design center to create your very own! They are available here with the ingredients for the Bramble Berry Melt and Pour Base and the ST Recipe. Carefully place the label on each tube…

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MSHO Red/Gray Labels – Bramble Berry Base // MSHO Red/Gray Labels - ST Recipe

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“Our Love is The Balm!”

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial + downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // white lip balm tubes and 1/2 ounce screw-top tin containers: Specialty Bottle // melt and pour base, mango butter, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, flavor oil in Vanilla and Cucumber Melon, Coral Mica, clear lip balm tubes, and pipettes: Bramble Berry // digital scale and pouring pot: Amazon // 1.25″ labels in Pool and Paper Bag: Paper-Source // Martha Stewart Home Office Printable Labels in Kraft, Gray, and Blue: Staples // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos and OPI – Fly

31 Responses to “DIY | lip balm wedding favors”

  1. Ali Rivera says:

    which recipe do you prefer? the basic or advanced?

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      Hi Ali! I prefer the advanced because I created the recipe myself, but the basic formula is fantastic. If you are making a small batch, I do recommend using the basic because it is easier and much more cost effective :)

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  4. nina says:

    How much olive oil when you say a dash, would it be a teaspoon or less //than a teaspoon? Also have you come across any natural organic colours and flavourings?

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      I would say like a teaspoon… but it doesn’t have to be measured, a little more or a little less it’s all good! I haven’t spent any time researching organic colors or flavorings… sorry!

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  6. Ali Rivera says:

    which recipe do you prefer? the basic or advanced?

  7. Bianca Brown says:

    Hi,

    First off, I love your tutorial, very well written. I have not tried any of the recipes but I do have a question. Do you experience any problems with the lip balm melting or do you tend to have the same results you get with any commercially purchased lip balm? Thanks!

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      Hi Bianca! I’m not sure that I understand your question… do I have problems with the lipbalms melting? Like in my pocket or in the washing machine? Wish I could help!

  8. Bianca Brown says:

    Not with washing, just normal usage.

  9. Carolynn Willis says:

    Where do you get your supplies for making the lip balm? What is the best place to get the Mica that is safe for lip balm? I would really appreciate knowing where you got each of your items because I need to order them online and ship to South Africa. Thanks for your help.
    Carolynn

  10. Vicki Ayres says:

    Can I just ask what the font it is for ‘Our love is the balm?’ I really want to do this but I want my wedding stationary to match and I need to order it asap. Thank you, Vicki

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  14. Perseus Shaw says:

    Great info
    Can we substitute almond oil in place of the olive oil?
    Also, do you have any recommendations on a substitute for the mango butter if we want to avoid a fruity taste? I was planning on adding menthol or peppermint oil to give it a fresh minty vibe.

  15. Priya says:

    A lovely post and fabulous labels. Can you please tell me which font and size you have used for the words in the label. Thanks !

  16. Nicole says:

    Hi!
    Thank you SO much for this awesome and creative tutorial! Could you please share the font name for the labels? Thank you!!!!!!!

  17. shelby says:

    What are the dimensions of the tube chapstick labels?

  18. Zahrah says:

    Hi! Loved your recipe!
    Just wanted to ask: Do you need to use Mica or can you use some lipstick, eye shadow, blush etc. to color it.
    Hope u can answer my question!
    Zahrah, XOX

  19. Lucy says:

    This looks like a great recipe and I’d love to try it, but I’m allergic to mango. Can you recommend a substitute? Thanks!

  20. Joana says:

    Hi!
    Can you tell me how long it lasts, i mean expiration wise?
    Tks!!
    Loved it!

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      I’m technically not sure of the expiration date. But, I made mine last May – still using them and they are wonderful!

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