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Saturday, March 1, 2014

recycled lippie slash homemade lipbalm


You know that favorite lipstick that is impossible to find again? The one that was the perfect color, and you're wishing they'd not discontinued that one particular number, or wishing you'd at least bought ten sticks before they took it off the shelves?

Save it. There is a stub at the end of the tube you can repurpose. It won't be the same depth of color saturation, but you can definitely reuse this little stub of precious lippie and make a tinted lipbalm. This is also a great way to tone down a too-bright lippie you bought or were given and can't seem to put on without a lot of fuss and tissues.

You need the lipstick stub.

You need an empty lipbalm tube -- the empty lipstick tube won't work, most likely, as they are generally bottomless. Lipbalms are often made with a flat bottom and a screw stem in the center, which makes them fairly reusable. Or buy some empty ones at a place such as Aroma Tools, where you can get 12 for only a few bucks pre-shipping.

You need some cocoa butter, or oil and beeswax, to make up the rest of the balm base. Only a few grains of beeswax pastilles are needed to harden the oil or butter into a salve.

You need a drop or two of castor oil, for shine.

You need 1 drop of peppermint essential oil, for a tingly feeling on the lips. But this is optional.


Combine everything in a glass container. Sorry, but you're going to have to guesstimate the amounts. Hopefully, the above pic give you an idea. I used about 1/4 tsp original lipstick, little more than 1/2 tsp cocoa/shea/coconut oil lotion butter and 6 grains of beeswax. If you don't use butters, you can pretty much double the wax. But if you get the texture wrong, this is super easy to twist back out of the tube, melt down and add more wax.


In a makeshift double boiler, melt down everything except the essential oil together. Add the peppermint e.o. once things are off the heat, and stir it in right before you pour it into the tube.

Then, pour up into your empty tube (it sets quickly since it's such a small amount, so do it fast) and let set. Ta da! You have a tinted lipbalm with a hint of glossy shine for pennies. Savor that last bit of color!


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