Homemade Lip Gloss and Lip Balm: From Easy Two Ingredient Recipes to The More Advanced

You may be surprised to learn you can make homemade lip gloss and lip balm! It's very easy and inexpensive, too. The best part is how fun it is, I've made homemade lip balm (among other things) with my kids as part of a home salon birthday party. I've made cute labels for the sticks and lip balm bins and put them in homemade gift baskets and gifts in a jar for friends.

The beautiful part is the recipes are quite forgiving. There's almost no such thing as messing up since the final product can always be tweaked. You can get creative, too. Some people like to color their Chapstick with a touch of colored lipstick or colored mineral powders. Others like to add a touch of flavor or sweetness. You can even add a bit of glamorous shimmer, should you so desire.

Some lip balm and lip gloss recipes are more complicated than others. So, I'm going to give you options from the very simple to the more complex. You can choose, they all work! Most of the easiest recipes will use products you already have around your house. So, you can get started today.

I will also present lip balm recipes for people with stubborn chapped lips.

Homemade lip gloss can be as easy as TWO ingredients!
Homemade lip gloss can be as easy as TWO ingredients! | Source

Homemade Lip Gloss: The Quick and Easy Way!

Method Number One

I can almost guarantee you have the two ingredients necessary for this simple lip gloss recipe! All you need is:

  • Vaseline
  • An old tube of lip stick or remains of eye shadow.

One of the best parts about this lip gloss is that it gives you a way to use up those pesky lipstick remnants you have to dig out of the bottom of the tube. It's amazing what you can find down there when you dig! Watch me making my lip gloss in the video above! Here are the directions in case you find the written method easier.

All you do is take a large dollop of Vaseline onto a tablespoon. Make a hole in the center of the jelly to make a spot to place the eye shadow or lipstick. Shave eye shadow into the whole and mix, mix, mix! If you choose to use lipstick, you can simply cut some off your tube with scissors, or shave it off with a knife. I like to use old lipstick remnants, personally. It's a great way to use every drop of lipstick you own. I take the handle end of a small paintbrush or makeup applicator and dig out the lipstick. You don't HAVE to heat up the ingredients, but I find it's easier to mix them thoroughly this way. You can use a flat iron (like I did in the video), the double boiler method or a microwave. Stir thoroughly and enjoy!

The 3 base ingredients for natural homemade lip gloss!
The 3 base ingredients for natural homemade lip gloss! | Source

More Homemade Lip Gloss Recipes

Method Number Two- Harder Method, But All Natural

  • 1/2 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 5 vitamin E drops
  • beet juice for coloring
  • coffee if you'd like to make it darker.

You can watch the video above to see me making this in action. Here are the directions if you prefer to be able to readily refer back to them.

Mix the coconut oil, aloe vera gel and 5 drops of vitamin E together in a small container. Mix well! Add a few drops of beet juice via a dropper and stir. You can adjust how red the lip gloss will be by the amount of beet juice you add, it's up to you. I also like to add a few drops of coffee to darken it a bit.

Third lip gloss method uses almond oil, beeswax, honey and optional mica powders for color.
Third lip gloss method uses almond oil, beeswax, honey and optional mica powders for color. | Source
Grated beeswax
Grated beeswax | Source
Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the vitamin E oil in a glass Pyrex container.
Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the vitamin E oil in a glass Pyrex container. | Source
Adding the mica powder.
Adding the mica powder. | Source
Final Product!
Final Product! | Source
Grate the coconut oil first.
Grate the coconut oil first. | Source
Stirring after the first burst in the microwave.
Stirring after the first burst in the microwave. | Source
Adding the vitamin E oil.
Adding the vitamin E oil. | Source
Giving it a final stir
Giving it a final stir | Source
In container, but not yet congealed and hardened.
In container, but not yet congealed and hardened. | Source
Finished!  And on my lips right now...  it feels and tastes great!
Finished! And on my lips right now... it feels and tastes great! | Source

Method Number Three- With Beeswax

  • 1 tsp beeswax

  • 1 tsp of honey

  • 2 tsp almond oil

  • 5 drops of vitamin E oil as a preservative
  • Eye shadow, lipstick, mica powder or cosmetic colorants for color. If you opt for colorants, make sure they're safe for skin- you can find them in craft stores in the soap-making supplies.

Please note: Not all mica powders have been approved for use on lips! Check first before applying.


Grate the beeswax into a fine consistency, basically it will look like grated cheese. Add a teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of almond oil. Place in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. All your colorant of choice, just remember a little goes a long way. Heat all of the ingredients EXCEPT the vitamin E oil in the microwave in the covered Pyrex container. You want to heat in short 15 second bursts. Stir in between each heating. It will be done when the beeswax is fully melted. Stir and immediately put in containers. It will have a glossy look and lovely honey taste!

Homemade Lip Balm for The Most Cracked, Chapped and Miserable Lips!

My kids get the absolute worst chapped lips in the winter. They have this awful tendency to lick them once they're chapped, which only makes matters worse. They'd begin to develop rashes on the skin just above their top lips from the saliva. I couldn't find a lip balm that could keep up with this vicious cycle. That was the beginning of my homemade Chapstick obsession. I experimented with numerous ingredients and proportions until I finally found one that broke the chapped lips cycle, if you will.

I read Emu oil (from the Australian Emu bird) is a great chapped lip protector and moisturizer. But, I'm completely against animal cruelty and the use of any animals in manufacturing cosmetics and creams. Some Emu oils claim to be cruelty-free, but I read they're now being factory farmed so that's a huge show stopper for me. It's up to you, but there are equally effective substitutes.

So, here's my bar-none best recipe for the driest. most cracked and chapped lips:

  • 4 tsp. olive oil- liquid oil
  • 2 tsp. almond oil- liquid oil
  • 2 1/4 tsp. cocoa butter- brittle/hard oil
  • 3 3/4 tsp. coconut oil- solid oil
  • 3 tsp. beeswax (make sure to get cosmetic grade)
  • 5 vitamin E capsules or 5 drops of Vitamin E oil for a preservative.

This will yield 15 tubes or containers of the world's best chapped lip balm! I swear by the stuff!


  1. Take all ingredients EXCEPT the Vitamin E and place in a Pyrex cup.
  2. Place in microwave and heat in short 20 second bursts until all the oils and wax are melted. It takes about 80 seconds total.
  3. Add the Vitamin E drops or capsules. Just open up the capsules and dump the powder in. Stir very thoroughly.
  4. Immediately pour the solution into your containers using a pipette. You can also improvise a funnel by using a small paper cup. Just be very careful since the hot oils and wax are the perfect formula for a severe burn.
  5. Allow the solution to cool and coagulate.
  6. Place lids on the containers.

Depending upon your preference, you can adjust the consistency of the lip balm fairly easily. If it's too hard, you can add some more beeswax. If it's too soft, just add a little bit more olive oil.

Basic Proportions to Keep in Mind

I've calculated the total cost of the recipes is less than 50 cents per tin or tube. The Chapstick ingredients are all relatively easy to find, too. You will need a double boiler or an improvised one (just put a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water). I've recently turned to using a microwave, which is now my preferred method. I've dedicated a Pyrex measuring cup just for the purposes of this project since you'll be working with beeswax, a difficult to clean substance.

Before I get into the specific recipes, let me clue you in on a little proportion tip. This will allow you to use your own creativity, to make as much or as little as you want and to substitute ingredients that are easier to find in your area.

  • 40% of the total recipe should be a liquid oil. Examples are olive, almond, avocado, grape seed, sunflower, etc... My personal favorite is extra virgin olive oil for its extraordinary moisturizing ability.
  • 25% should be a "solid" oil, like shea butter, coconut oil, palm or lanolin.
  • 20% should be beeswax. You can use pellets or you can shave the beeswax yourself. Personally, I find the pellets to be easier to work with.
  • 15% should be "hard" or "brittle" oil, they are essentially solid at room temperature. Examples are cocoa butter, palm kernel oil, kokum butter, etc... A brittle oil will be difficult to extract from its container. Their consistency is reminiscent of a hard or semi-hard cheese.

Flavored Lip Balms

It may come as no surprise to you that my kids love bubblegum flavored lip balm. So, for Christmas last year I figured out how to make it. I will admit that my inner-child also enjoys this particular recipe...

  • 5 tsp. jojoba oil (or any of the oils I listed above)
  • 2 1/4 tsp. cocoa butter
  • 3 3/4 tsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tsp. beeswax
  • 1 tsp. bubble gum oil (no.. I'm not joking, it really exists!)
  • 5 vitamin E capsules or 5 drops of Vitamin E oil for a preservative

Follow the same directions as the ones above for chapped lips.

The coolest part about this recipe is your ability to tweak the flavor you want. All you need to do is change the type of flavored oil you put it. You can't even begin to imagine the different types of flavored oils they have these days, if you can imagine it, it exists. We've also done this recipe with strawberry oil, watermelon oil and peppermint oil. Just make sure to get the flavoring oil, not the scented oil! And make sure they're alcohol-free, especially for kids!

Alternatively you can add a teaspoon of your favorite powdered drink mix! Grape and punch are my kids favorites. If you do this, just add an additional teaspoon of jojoba oil.

A Note about the Containers and Tins

If I'm just making the lip balm for my family and don't need anything fancy, we just use empty Chapstick containers. We do wash them out thoroughly with liquid soap to make sure they're clean and sterile, of course.

You can also buy the tubes and they're super cheap!

If you're giving them as gifts, you can get a little fancier and buy the lip balm tins, pots or the plastic ointment jars. Elements Bath and Body has a nice selection.

You can also do custom labels if you have the time and inclination! Trust me, it's so much fun designing your own labels. Avery labels are fantastic for this purpose!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks, VirginaLynne. I can't live without my homemade lip balm... it just works so much better. I appreciate the Pin!

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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States

Wonderful recipes. I've done this before on the easy scale but I'd love to try some of the more complicated ones. I need to get some supplies! Voted up and pinned!

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SherryDigital 4 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

Awesome! I have been experimenting with making my own cosmetics recently. I am definitely bookmarking this hub and will be returning!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Bumblebee, any of the following works as a substitute:

olive, avocado, grape seed or sunflower oil. Hope that helps! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Bumblebee70 4 years ago

Hi I work in a nut free day and was wondering if anyone knew if you could substitute the almond oil with anything else. Thanks

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SopranoRocks 4 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

WOW! My pre-teen niece is going to love this! She is a lip gloss fanatic =)

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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I have so many friends who like to make their own everything. I can't wait to share this with them.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Excellent, excellent recipes for lip balms! Thank you for sharing with us. Congrats on Hub of the Day. Well deserved.

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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

What a great hub. When I first read the title I was intrigued, but when I saw the picture of the two ingredients I initially did not read the whole article because I knew I would not want to use vaseline due to it being like a by-product of gasoline. But I'm glad I came back to read the whole article because you do have the natural ingredient version and I have all those ingredients on hand. So thanks for the directions and recipes!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Bless your heart, RedElf! Right back atcha on the superb work you do on HP.

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! This is thorough and well-written - I can certainly see why you deserved - another example of your usual excellent work!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

For the shimmer, you can add the mica powders, Sue B. That's what I do anyway. Or, you can shave some shimmery lipstick into the ingredients. Either one works well!

Thanks to everyone who's come to visit and left a comment. I really appreciate it!

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Sue B. 4 years ago

this is awesome! what could I add to get a little bit of shimmer?

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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

I really liked the berts bee chapsticks. However, this seems interesting. I will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

gkanekoa 4 years ago

Genius. Thanks for writing. Will try with friends soon.

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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Nice recipes. That danged "petroleum jelly" is very convenient, but i also try to stay away from it.

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ThussaysNanaMarie 4 years ago from In my oyster

Very useful Well done!

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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

This is helpful information indeed. I will try this out and it just confirms by belief that we are being ripped off when it comes to the price of cosmetics.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

For someone who is addicted to lip balm I shall try making my own for sure! This is such a great hub with great instructions. Thanks - vote up (especially in this cold weather!)

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calico Stark 4 years ago from Earth for the time being

I can't tell you how many times I have said to myself, "if only I had a shade of lip gloss that was the color of this eyeshadow!" What a variety of colors one can have at the fraction of the cost! Thanks! Great hub! Vote up! My 11 yr old daughter thanks you too!

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chspublish 4 years ago from Ireland

Fantastic recipes and I particularly like the number two recipe - seems such a good, yet simple idea. Well worth a try.

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pinto2011 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Really well thought and well conceived article. Great going. Please go through my article also. I am also writing basically on health topics

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jtrader 4 years ago

Good recipe. Thanks!

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a great DIY guide! Thanks for different variations and step by step photos. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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emollience 4 years ago from New Hampshire

Very neat! I'm definitely going to try this! Thanks and congratulations on Hub of the Day! x

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learner365 4 years ago

Wow this is SO COOL...Love it and i am surely going to try your methods out.They seem fun to do.The videos and the photos are really helpful as well. Great Hub and congrats on Hub of the day too :)

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larcaustin46 4 years ago from Austin, TX

My daughter and I can hardly wait to try these recipes--what a fun project! Thanks for the tutorial!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats on Hub of the Day! Great info here. Your videos were great, too. I might just try to make some of this stuff!

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MarleneWheeler 4 years ago

Very Interesting hub; I'm definitely going to make my own lip gloss, since I'm always looking to upgrade. Great job.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Such a neat look at how to make lip gloss and lip balm! Very well done--easy and enjoyable to read through. No wonder it's Hub of the Day! Congrats, and thanks, for I hope to try this soon. Will try to let you know how that works out... :) Bookmarked and voted up.

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Frannie Dee 4 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

I love that you made batches with your kids. Great lesson they will always remember, inspiring creativity.

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Bail Up ! 4 years ago

I can now save a fortune making my own instead of continuously purchasing chap sticks. Very useful hub. Congrats on the hub of the day, it's very worthy of the title.

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sofs 4 years ago

Wow! that was the best guide ever on lip balm and lip gloss making.. I don't use lip gloss, but the balm, I am sure I will try!! Congrats on the hub of the day!! Have a great weekend!

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greatparenting 4 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

Love this helpful hub and the idea of doing this with kids is outstanding!

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Caroline Zenia 4 years ago from Ohio

Very nice and inspiring. Im going to have my daughter do this with me. Congrats

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

this looks like fun...haven't tried it so it will be an adventure. am always looking for something to share with my nieces that they can do with their little happy you shared this...and ..congratulations on hub of the day!!!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

L.L. Woodard, thanks so much. I recycled mine from empty ones in this case. But, in the hub I gave a link for Elements Bath and Body- I use them for gift-giving, etc... They have really nice products!

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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

So glad to have found this information. Congrats on being a featured hub.

Where do you find the small containers to place the homemade product into?

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks, Debby! The hub was a lot of fun to make... Have a great weekend.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

WordScribe ~ Congratulations on this Hubpages how to craft your own lip balm. Many great suggestions for those who like and use it. And, great job on your videos. Blessings, Debby

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Wow, thanks for the comments guys. I normally try to thank everyone one by one, so sorry for the "blanket thank you" here. This has made an otherwise not so great day much better!

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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Perfect timing for this hub to appear. Your recipes look so easy. I really needed a good lip balm and didn't want to go out to the store to get it. Now, I can just whip up a batch of lip balm and save a trip into town. Great hub!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Wow, I was sent here by my friend Cagsil and I firstly congratulate you for being given a most well deserved Hub of the Day!

This is Awesome (to me because I actually think I could do it!) and I shall be bookmarking for furture crafting projects. Extremely comprehensive, professional in layout and helpful.

Thank you. Voted UP & UABI, mar.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

Still as good the second time around! Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Project coming... I can see it. Congratulations! This is awesome and would save me a lot of money. I think I have at least 5 tubes of lipgloss in my purse. Ok.. got a dry lip OCD issue.. but now my problems are solved.

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Yes mystiquedoz, definitely try it. It's a lot of fun. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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mystiquedoz 4 years ago from Hoover,AL

This is a good idea! I will try this with my daugther this weekend!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Brianna, you should go for it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Brianna Stuart 4 years ago

This is great, I may have to try this! :)

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks for coming by, freespaceinterior.

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freespaceinterior 4 years ago from 23, Naickmar St, West Mambalam, Chennai

Thanks for sharing...

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

quilt817... thanks for stopping by. Definitely do give it a try.

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quilt827 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

What a great idea! I always use Lip Gloss or a balm. Now I'll have to try this. Thanks for a useful hub!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Go for it, Xenonlit. The vaseline and lipstick method works very well, in fact. I now realize how much money I could have saved on all this lip stuff over the years. You'll have a blast making it, too. Thanks for the visits!

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Xenonlit 4 years ago

You really know what you're doing here. I like the vaseline and old lipstick method and will feel free to use it. I found some great tiny stacking storage containers at Michaels. Those will be great for holding multiple colors!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks, Journey. Nice of you to stop by and comment.

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Journey * 4 years ago from USA

This is very interesting with nice step by step photos. Thanks!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks so much, Simone. You should try it, you will be hooked though! It is easy and much cheaper in the long run. Plus, you know what you're putting on your lips unlike the tubes you get from the drug store. As I mentioned, I had a blast putting together this hub. Plus, I renewed my supply as a big bonus. Thanks for the visit.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

This is the best lipgloss-making guide I've ever seen. HOW COOL!! The video and photos are so helpful, and the recipes really do look doable. I'm tempted to give this a try! It sure would be a lot of fun.

Thanks for putting together the fabulous how-to!

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks, livelonger. You should go for it, honestly it's a lot of fun. You can make some easy, personalized labels, too. And, the results are WAY better than what you buy in a drug store. I haven't purchased lip balm since I learned how to make my own.

I had a great time doing this hub! My kids helped, too. Our supply was running thin, so I decided to take advantage of that and show the process. Thanks for coming by!

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, this is incredible! I have to do a little charity-related fundraising this year, and I remember a friend who was fundraising years ago sold homemade chapsticks. I might have to do something like this, too. Thank you for putting together a really amazing how-to Hub; the photos are really helpful.

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

My kids and I did this all day yesterday (that's where the photos came from). They love it, plus I like how it teaches them how things are made and what they're made out of! Thanks for coming by, homesteadbound!

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I really like these ideas. I can see where these would be wonderful and unique presents and fun to make with the kids. Great ideas!

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