Make lip balm! (All natural, of course.)

Make lip balm! (All natural, of course.)

Ready to make lip balm? This all natural, tinted lip balm is so lovely. I’m wondering why I wasted years using anything else. When I finally took the leap and ditched most of my makeup (something I never thought I would do with my acne-prone skin), the only two things I didn’t want to give up were my tinted Burt Bee’s lip balm and my organic mascara. I like the extra moisture on my lips, and some days your eyes just need a little “punch” to make you look… awake. Right?

But in all honestly, I was a little annoyed that I still was buying these two things when I knew I could make them myself. And even though they both claim to be “all natural,” the ingredient lists are not quite as “pure” as I’d like them to be.

Besides, you can make lip balm (and mascara… but that’s for next week) so easily! And it is so empowering. I love learning how to work with different ingredients and herbs to make my own beauty products. It’s just fun.

So let’s make lip balm, shall we?

I’ve seen a lot of great recipes around the internet for homemade lip balm, but I knew I wanted one with a little bit of color. (I’m really pale, so a little hint of color helps me look less ghostly.) The problem: Most tinted lip balm recipes that I could find used lip stick as the coloring agent.

Um? I thought the whole point was to get away from toxic cosmetics? Right?

Then I came across this awesome recipe from (the very awesome) Frugally Sustainable. It uses Alkanet Root to give the lip balm color. Perfect! I’ve also wanted to see what would happen if I used a little Hibiscus powder (both Alkanet Root and Hibiscus are herbs). It’s such a beautiful color so I thought I’d try it out. So with just a few minor tweaks to the Frugally Sustainable recipe, I have perfected my own version of tinted lip balm!

To make lip balm, all you need are some basic ingredients, some clean containers, and lots of love.

The love is important.

On to the recipe. Let’s make lip balm, y’all:


I love both the colors. The Hibiscus is definitely more subtle… my kind of thing. Now that we know how to make lip balm, get ready for next week’s diy tutorial: Homemade mascara! Get excited.




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  1. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    Wow! Homemade mascara! I can’t wait to see the post.

    I love the 2 colors of the tinted lip balm. Is there a way to make it reddish? I’m not familiar with herbs.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

    1. Post author

      Good question. I’ve heard some people use berries, but I haven’t tried it myself. Could be a fun experiment. :)

  2. Monica

    Love it! I have a question, how do you decide which coconut oil brand to buy. They all claim to be the best! Many I know use tropical traditions, your resources page says wilderness family naturals, and the one in your picture is nature’s way. I get so overwhelmed with the brands and prices.

    1. Post author

      That’s a great question, Monica. I look for organic, cold pressed coconut oil… and I think there are several good brands. I even have some expellar pressed (more refined, but still organic) coconut oil that we use when we want to cook with high heat and avoid a coconut taste. I wouldn’t worry too much about brands. The three you mention are all great. I usually buy the one that is one sale that particular week. :)

      1. Monica

        Thank you so much! It’s good to hear. I got the TT gold label and expeller-pressed to sample. Their gold label isn’t pressed at all, they let it separate overnight. I didn’t know if this had any real benefit over cold-pressed. I actually hate the taste f coconut in any form, so expeller-pressed is good to have for cooking. :)

  3. Dawn

    Where do you find your containers at? I have looked at a few stores and can not seem to find what I want as I do not want plastic.
    Thank you for your great post 😉

    1. Danielle

      Robin- I decided I wanted to switch to homemade cosmetics. I’m making your mascara, eye shadow, blush, lip balm, and foundation. I
      don’t like to buy things online but I’ve been having a hard time finding all the ingredients. Would the store “Good Earth” have most of the ingredients for a reasonable price?

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  6. rita

    Hi, how about cocoa for a more brown tincture..and do you think shea butter would do instead of cocoa butter?

    1. Post author

      I think both the cocoa and the shea butter would work really well. I’d start with a small amount of cocoa and gradually add it in until you the color you want. Great idea.

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  8. Amy Elizabeth

    Hi there! I’ve experimented with making my own and haven’t made a color work successfully… Lots of attempts with beet coloring that didn’t work out. I’ve heard about Alkanet root, but when I did some research on it I wasn’t entirely convinced it was safe… On the mountain rose herbs site it says not to apply Alkanet root to “broken or abraded skin.” My lips get chapped and crack, so I didn’t think it was a good choice. But I would really like to find some strong color to tint my lip balm! What made you decide it was a good & safe choice?

    1. Post author

      That’s a great question, Amy. I know that Alkanet root has been used in lots of different applications as a dying agent. I haven’t had major issues with cracked lips, so I felt okay using it… and haven’t had any problems. And the amount used is quite minimal. However, if your lips are really cracked I would maybe look for something else to color. The Hibiscus is definitely more subtle in color, but I’ve liked it.

      I wish I had a better answer. If I think of another option I will definitely let you know! Good luck!

      1. Amy Elizabeth

        Thanks so much for the response Robin! I just discovered your blog today from Meghan at Whole Natural Life linking to your mascara recipe. I’ve been on GAPS for 3 years and in that time have learned a ton about food, natural products and healing, but your blog is a new wealth of incredible information. I want to say a big THANK YOU for these recipes (mascara, lip balm, bleach!) that are just what I needed to round out my natural, chemical-free lifestyle!

        One more question: when I tried making a tinted lip balm (with essentially the same fats, beeswax & essential oils you use in this one) the beet powder settled to the bottom and was grainy on application. Have you had this problem with the Alkanet or the Hibiscus?

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  11. candice

    Hi! I had two questions! Does the lip balm come out grainy from the powders added to make the tint of the balm and does the coloring from the powder stain your lips after taking off the balm or after the balm wears off?!


    1. Post author

      I noticed that the hibiscus one has a slightly grainy film on top, although it didn’t stain my lips or anything else. The other has no grainy effect. :)

  12. Gail

    I tried making a lip balm once with beetroot powder and it was quite grainy and didn’t leave any color on my lips. I’m definitely going to experiment with the hibiscus and maybe some other ingredients like berry juice. I was thinking maybe powdered dried strawberries might make a nice color. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Kelly

    Hi! I absolutely love you for posting this! Thank you so much! I have a question though, could you try different colors by using fruit powders? Like if I wanted a purpley color, I could use blueberry powder? Or if I wanted other fruity colors, I could use fruit powder? Or is fruit powder not meant to be used in makeup? Is it meant to be consumed? Would it sting your eyes?

    Sorry, I’m new to this.


    1. Post author

      I bet you could try it! I haven’t myself, but sounds like a fun experiment. The only thing to consider is how it may affect the shelf life. Make sure the powder is dehydrated.

      1. Kelly

        Thanks for the reply! :)

        Yeah, I was thinking that fruit powder might be fun because theres so many colors. On your mascara post, I was thinking of switching activated charcoal with blueberry powder…

        But like you said about the shelf life, I’m not sure how long it will last. . .do you have any estimates?

        1. Post author

          No clue. You can always put it in the fridge to extend the shelf life. Or add some vitamin E as a preservative. Assuming the powder was dehydrated really well so all moisture is gone, it should last for a while.

  14. Jelena

    This is an excellent recipe. I just bought all the ingredients today to try to make it. However, I couldn’t find vitamin E in any other form except gel capsules :( could I use anything else instead of it or is it absolutely necessary to get it? Thanks!

    1. Post author

      You can use gel capsules. Just puncture them and squeeze out the goodness.

      You can make them without, but it may go “bad” sooner.

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    1. Post author

      That’s next on my list of things to try… but may be several weeks before I feel good putting it out there. :)

  16. Erin

    I tried making this with hibiscus, but the color settled on the bottom. So bummed. Wonder how to make it not do that.

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  18. Hannah Cantwell

    Just wondering if the cocoa butter is absolutely essential….finding it difficult to get any. Have ebayed some but will have to wait for it to arrive, contemplating having a go without it tonight anyway and see what the results are…….. what are your thoughts?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      You could probably go without, or try substituting shea butter. The cocoa butter helps give it a little more body and hold, but you’ll still end up with something nice to moisturize your lips even without it.

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m not sure I would use that. I’d probably just leave the beeswax out and make more a lip gloss. It won’t harden into a solid form, but it will still soothe the lips.

  19. Maria Sunrise


    It would be great if you could do a DIY recipe about concealer.. I want to make the foundation but the problem is that I live in Sweden and I can’t find arrowroot powder anywhere!
    Can I use anything else, Robin?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      You could try cornstarch, although it’s a bit thicker and may not be as good for the skin so I’d do a patch test first.

    1. Erin

      Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and hemp oil stays liquid. You may have to calculate more beeswax to compensate for that difference.

  20. Maria Sunrise

    But… Wait.
    I just wonder if the hiciscus powder works for colouring for a blush. Why not mix it with arrowroot powder? I haven’t Hibiscus powder to try…

    Im a 13- years old girl that does know everything about toxins in beauty products, like SLS, Parabens,etc. I know ALL the toxic ingredients that is confirmed by EU that does make you allergic.
    AND I REALLY LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I want to be the same like you in the future!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hmmmm… the beeswax really gives it body. You could add more cocoa or shea butter but it will be more of a “gloss.”

  21. Laurise

    Hi Robin I’ve tried three times to make your lip balm but have been unsuccessful. The mixture never goes solid it just stays in liquid form. I bought your toxic free e-book and followed the recipe. I did exactly what the recipe said and made sure I didn’t heat up the ingredients too much. I cant’t find the tint ingredients so ive been trying to make the lip balm without the tints, could that be a problem? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? I even put the mixture in the fridge but as soon as I took it out and it reached room temperature, the mixture went back liquid. I live in Australia and at the moment it’s quite warm, could that be a problem? Does the room temperature have to be cool? Or could it be the ingredients I’m using? I tried to buy organic where ever I could but some I couldn’t get. I had to buy vitamin e capsules and just pierce them to get the oil as I couldn’t find the oil on its own. Could that be a contributing factor? I’m at a loss as it what’s going wrong and it’s costing me a lot of money to keep trying only to throw away the mixture. I’m hoping you can help?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      So sorry to hear you’re having problems! If it’s really hot where you are it could be the coconut oil. You can either reduce the coconut oil and add some olive or other oil or up the cocoa butter and beeswax a bit to give it more hold. That should solve the problem. But let me know if not.

  22. Emily

    I love this idea! I’m going to try it untinted today, but I’d love to add some color in!
    How does powdered beets look as a coloring? That’s the closest thing I could find at my local grocery store.

  23. Karen Spencer

    I love tinted lip balms, and since I love your foundation recipe so much, I want to try this one. However, I have a problem with color. My color is a blend of a rose and a coral color. It’s fairly neutral. I have no clue what color powders to use to get this color. I’d appreciate any ideas please. Thanks so much!!! 😀

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      You could always try dried rose petals… keep in mind that most of these natural colorings are much more subtle than store bought lip products… so even thought this color look much darker than what I’d usually buy, it adds a subtle color to my own natural color and works well.

  24. hurr

    I think that if it is hard to find hibiscus powder, there are commercial herbal tea mixes such as “Red Zinger” that could possibly be ground with a mortar and pestle to a suitable red powder.

  25. Stephanie

    I love this idea and I soooo gonna make it but I was wondering do you know what you could use to make a brown lip stain?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      You could try adding cocoa powder. I haven’t tried it to know if it would “stay put” but it would taste yummy even if it didn’t work. 😉

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  28. Michelle

    There are vegan options available for people who don’t want to use beeswax,such as emulsifying wax. To keep it completely natural you can also get self emulsifying waxes made from olive, jojoba or macadamia.

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  30. James

    OMG you have no idea how you are helping save my skin, I’m a drag queen, constantly on tour…in full thick makeup almost every night…and I have always used thick stage makeup and I’ve started experiment with your recipes and found my skin is improving so much more! Thank you so much!

    James Majesty!

  31. Beth Taormina

    I used beet root powder instead of hibiscus powder, and added 3 drops of peppermint oil. The lip balm ended up smelling like a York candy. I absolutely love it!!! I think the combination of peppermint oil and cocoa butter made the lip balm smell like a York candy. The only downfall is there’s no color pay-off. Any recommendations to try and get a little color into my lip balm? I am never using store bought lip balm again! Thank you!

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  33. Shanna

    Would you recommend tea tree oil to substitute for Vit E oil? I know it’s a natural antibacterial product and may make the balm last longer? It also is moisturizing especially when mixed with other products (my experience is when used full strength for prolonged periods it can have a drying…or burning effect on skin). My concern also is that the tea tree oil’s signature smell will be too prominent in the product.

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