DIY Tinted Lip Balm with Rosemary

DIY TInted lip balm

I am super picky with lipstick.  I have so many lipsticks that are too dark that just get shoved in my makeup drawer.  I decided to try adding color to my lip balm recipe by putting my lip stick in the mix and it worked!  The color was subtle but it gave a good shine and a hint of pink that helped brighten me up a bit.  It 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 (or any oil you choose)

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!  Find lip balm tubes HERE.

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

xx, Jenni


DIY Tinted Lip Balm



  1. October 4, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    May I suggest using iron oxide or mica powder instead of an old lipstick? 🙂

  2. October 6, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    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!

    • Dorothy
      May 24, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      How much mica powder would you suggest for this recipe

      • Jenni
        June 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

        Dorothy-I would start out with 1/2 tsp. then add more if needed. Thanks!

  3. Nicole
    March 30, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    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!

    • April 14, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Nicole-UGH! SO sorry! I hate when my readers discover mistakes like this! I will fix it. Ignore the picture-it’s very old! Just go by the actual written recipe!

  4. Kristi Bell
    June 5, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    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!

    • Jenni
      June 6, 2017 / 11:44 am

      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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