DIY Tinted Lip Balm with Rosemary

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DIY TInted lip balm

Do you buy lipstick only to get home and realize it’s way too dark or just not your color? I have so many lipsticks that get shoved in my makeup drawer never to be heard from again. Today, let’s dig those old lipsticks out and make a DIY tinted lip balm that will be more wearable, more nourishing and with less harmful ingredients!

Since I have accumulated a lot of lipsticks that I’ll never wear, I decided to try adding them to a basic homemade lip balm recipe. It worked like a charm and now I not only avoided wasting my lipstick, I was able to create a lip product I now can use! This DIY Tinted Lip Balm is a great way to not waste lip colors you ended up not liking!

By using lipsticks that ended up being too dark, you are able to achieve a most subtle color but add a good, lip quenching shine!

Making a DIY tinted lip balm with old lipsticks also dilutes the chemicals in lipstick.  Of course the best thing would be to ditch the lipstick all together but sometimes it’s better to reuse then waste!

I used Rosemary essential oil because it gives a refreshing smell.  I prefer it over Peppermint but you can use any essential oil (or none) that you like!  Also, depending on your lipstick container, you can re-use your lipstick tube!  Just pour it in and let it cool!

Also, find a good variety of tins HERE!

DIY Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

DIY Tinted Lip Balm

1 TBSP grapeseed oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp beeswax (find it HERE)

1/8 tsp. Vitamin E oil (optional)(find it HERE)

1 tsp. Shea butter (optional)(find it HERE)

1 lipstick

6 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (optional)(find it HERE)


  1. Fill a medium pot 1/2 full of water.
  2. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water.
  3. Add lipstick, beeswax, shea butter and grapeseed oil and melt.
  4. Add essential oils.
  5. Pour into containers.

This recipe makes 1 ounce.  You will be able to get about 5-6 lip balm tubes full!  

I hope you enjoy this FUN do-it yourself-I love to UPCYCLE!!

More DIY Lip Balm Recipes:


xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

8 thoughts on “DIY Tinted Lip Balm with Rosemary”

  1. Mica or iron oxide is much healthier for sure. This started out as an experiment and ended up turning out great! I had several lipsticks that were just too dark and I hate to waste so that’s why I wanted to see if I could re purpose my old lipstick. At the least, the lipstick won’t be as toxic since it has been diluted so much! Thanks for the comment! Check out my Team Edward Lip Balm-I pulled out the mica for that one!

  2. Just came across this and I’m a little confused…it seems like the written directions and the label on one of the photos have two different ingredient amounts. which one makes the tinted balm? Thanks! Eager to try this!

  3. Hi Jenni!
    I would like to make a very similar product (with coconut oil and mango butter) un-tinted, and with candelilla wax. What adjustments do you suggest? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kristi! Ok, I’m a little confused with candelilla wax-Everywhere I read I hear it is a harder wax when compared to beeswax. In my experience the difference is so minimal that I have kept the recipes the same. I would suggest you experiment. Maybe 1/2 the beeswax proportions for candelilla wax and let it cool to see if it’s how you like it. You can always reheat and add a little more at a time. I will do the same. Maybe it’s the brand I’m using?

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