Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tutorial Time: Let's Make Lip Balm!!

Today I thought I'd share a super easy & very rewarding how-to: Making Your Own Lip Balm.  With all the chilly air right now it's incredibly practical and so simple you can even make it with the kids.

I'm going to do the quickie method here.  I know there are more complicated ways to blend various ingredients, colors, etc., but for basic lip balm this is the way to go.  So let's do this!!

You'll Need:
- 2 oz. Lip balm base
- 1/4 tsp flavor oil
- Pyrex measuring cup
- Knife
- Stickers/Labels
- 10 Lip balm tubes & caps
- Optional: sweetener oil*

You can find the base, flavor oil & tubes at a lot of online shops.  Brambleberry is a good quality source with reasonable prices.  *Sweetener oil is available, but not necessary.  I don't want to give my 3yr old any ideas about eating lip balm, so I leave that out.

Start by scooping the base into the Pyrex cup.  It could be soft like this or more solid depending on the base - either way is ok since it'll get liquified when hot:

Microwaving for 30 seconds at a time on low/defrost setting (3-4) until melted.  In my microwave that was about 45 seconds total.  You don't want it to be boiling.

Stir until smooth, then pour in flavor oil and mix until blended.

Working quickly, pour the liquid balm into the tubes.  It helps to have them all lined up before you start so you can zip from one to another on down the line.  If it starts to firm up while pouring, just warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave.  Wipe away any drips and let cool.  Once hardened, if seem uneven at the top, just turn up slightly and then use a knife to smooth them over & add cap.

To make things look really nice, add some pretty labels.  My newest sponsor, Wholeport, carries these cool masking tape sticker sets that are ideal for this.  And FYI- they're also a totally fabulous source for other crafty goodies - including lip balm tubes.

I just stick a circle on the cap tops and write out the flavor on the strips for a nice custom look.

I think it makes them so much cuter -

Wasn't that easy?  It literally takes minutes and is way better than just buying the boring store varieties.  Even though I just made some, I totally feel like making more, which is always the sign of a good project to me;)

I'm also sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES.
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  1. this is awesome! My daughter loves lip balm and this way I can make one customizable for her.

  2. These would make great party favors. I never even thought about making my own lip balm before.

    1. For sure! Added bonus is they're both personal AND economical:)

  3. Have never tried to make them from the scratch, wonderful tutorial, now I have the guts for it :-) thank you for sharing

    1. I tried it for the first time just weeks ago and can't believe I waited so long - have fun!!

  4. This is great! I'm going to try it!
    I found you through the blog hop, and I'm your newest follower!
    TaLou @ http://www.talesofacanadiancoffeeholic.ca/

  5. HOW CUTE! I can see sleep overs and birthday parties with girls carrying away some of these for favors!! I love this idea, and your tutorial sounds easy enough for me!!
    Thanks so much for joining my party and sharing this!

  6. Simply lovely!


  7. Hi, Cheryl, This is amazing. Beautifully done. I'd love to have you link this to my linky party. I also pinned this. Take care, Linda


  8. Love this so much! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  9. Such a fun idea to do with my Activity Day girls from church - they'll love it.
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week - would love to have you stop by and share! http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party/

    1. Thanks so much for linking up to Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you will join in again tomorrow.

  10. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. Your post has been featured so head over and grab a brag button!

  11. Great great great idea. thank you for sharing these in the linky party. sure look forward to tomorrow (wednesday) to see what you'll bring us then! ~ Rose

  12. Hi, Cheryl, I featured your lip balm. Love it. Take care, Linda

  13. I've always wanted to make lip balm, on my crafty to do list, thank you for the tutorial and for the really pretty way to package them up! I love those washi sheets, going to go check out your sponsor :)

    1. It's so fast - you'll be able to check it off the list in no time. And those sheets are a lot of fun and you get TONS in a set. Got to grab some time to do more with them!

  14. I am obsessed with lip balms and have never thought to make my own! Wow! Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I'll be coming back.

    1. I'm so glad to hear that! I'll have some more fun tutorials like this coming up soon:)

  15. Wow, I have never tried to make my own, but now I want, too! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent. I love it!! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  16. These are great!! thanks for linking up on Serenity Saturday link party. You have been featured!!

    Natasha @ www.serenityyou.com

  17. WOOT!!!!! Congrats in being in our Feature Friday Post! We loved it and these would be great for a Valentine's Day project! xoxo Susie @Bowdabra


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