Guest Post: Lip Balm Wedding Favors + Free Label Downloads

I’ve been experimenting with waxes, butters and bases for about two months now and I’ve finally found some amazing products that you will love. Not only are these lip balms amazing for your lips and of course darling – but they are super cheap to make! These will be fantastic as wedding or bridal shower favors but they will also make wonderful homemade gifts anytime of the year…

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

In this tutorial I will be showing you the super easy (like so easy it’s ridiculous) way to make your own lip balms and an advanced way of making them from scratch – with a special recipe I created just for you!

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

SUPPLIES // empty lip balm tubes (these come in many shapes and sizes, available all over the internet!), Brambleberry Lip Balm Base, your choice of flavor oil, a pouring pot, a chopstick, a pipette, and labels to fit your lip balm containers – either from Paper Source or Martha Stewart Home Office. Mica to color your lip balm is optional.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Bramble Berry makes an amazing melt and pour lip balm base – believe me I’ve tried quite a few and this one is superior! All the best ingredients are already measured and melted down for you so that all you need to do is re-melt this special concoction and add your choice of flavor oil!

On the lowest heat possible, slowly melt the lip balm base. Stirring your base with a chopstick works wonderful – but don’t use a wooden one – little splinters will break off in your base – I know, I did it. You will easily be able to make 20 lip balm tubes from one container of 4 oz lip balm base – but you will only be able to get 8 of the screw top tin containers.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Once your base is completely liquid remove from the heat and add your flavor oil – I chose Vanilla. Technically, the normal ratio for adding flavor oil is 1% – 3% by weight meaning if you’re making 10 oz of lip balm you would add 0.25 oz of flavoring oil. So if you are only making this 4 oz batch you would use about 0.10 of an ounce – meaning a little tiny bit. The flavor of your balm is completely up to you, I started by adding just a little bit of oil and then smelled my mixture – if I couldn’t smell the scent enough I added a few more drops. Simple. Also, women might enjoy a heavier scented balm – while men might prefer a lighter scent. Ps: the only reason there is turquoise Washi tape on the handle of my pouring pot is so that I know of all my pots – this one is for lip balm :)

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

If you want to color your lip balm – that step is in the advanced part of this tutorial. Now fill your empty lip balm containers with your melted base! For the tin containers, fill to the height that you are happy. For the tubes, if you are OCD like me and don’t want a hole in the top of your lip balm – only fill them right past the little twist pin inside the tube and let them cool. Then re-melt your base and re-pour.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

After your first pour has cooled you will need to re-melt the rest of your base that has hardened in the pouring pot. Now go back and top off all your tubes. This step is optional – however this makes the tops of your tubes perfect looking. If you over-pour don’t worry – just wipe the excess base off the sides of your tube, no one will know.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

So fun, so easy and so cute! I’m now completely obsessed with making these

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

 DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Now for the label. Clean the outside of your tube/container with rubbing alcohol – if there is any ‘oily’ residue on the outside from the pouring of your base or working with the waxes, the label won’t stick.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

For the labels, if you are using the Martha Stewarts Home Office labels which I recommend, Avery (the company who makes the labels) has an amazing design center that allows you to easily create your own labels for free – try it {here}. Or like always you can download my designs below for free.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Free label downloads: MSHO Kraft Paper Labels – Bramble Berry Base // MSHO Kraft Paper Labels – ST Recipe

Download and print your labels. They are available above with the ingredients for the Bramble Berry Base and the ST Recipe below. Carefully place the label on each tube…

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

They read: ‘Our Love is the Balm! Handmade Lip Balm’. Aren’t they darling!

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Free Label Downloads: PS Round Labels in Black // PS Round Labels in Gray

For the 1/2 ounce tin containers Paper Source’s round 1.25″ labels fit perfectly!

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

And now for the advanced version…

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

SUPPLIES // empty lip balm tubes, Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, a digital scale, your choice of flavor oil, a melting pot, a chopstick, a pipette, and labels to fit your lip balm containers like the Martha Stewart Home Office labels. Mica to color your lip balm is optional.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

To make lip balm, a typical recipe would be 1 part wax, 2 parts vegetable butter, and 1 part oil. To make it simple I split the vegetable butter between two types so that all the ingredients are of equal parts – making it easy to make a small amount or a big batch.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Using your digital scale, measure out each ingredient. I chose to make 2 ounces of balm so each part was measured in 0.5 ounces, starting with the Mango butter.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Next up, the Shea butter…

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Then the coconut oil and the beeswax…

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Then add a quick dash of olive oil to the mix – I found this keeps the base from drying out

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Melt all your ingredients on the lowest heat possible.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Next add your flavoring oil… I chose Cucumber Melon. There are so many flavors available online – get creative and mix a couple together! For specific amounts of flavor oil read the ‘easy’ version above.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Now for the coloring. Lip balm colorant is called Mica. When purchasing mica make sure that it is lip safe – some are for soaps, lotions or perfumes and shouldn’t be used on the lips. This color is Coral. Color is like scent – completely up to you. I added about an 1/8 of a teaspoon for 2 ounces of base to make a pale coral pink color. Make sure to mix thoroughly!

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Then pour into your empty tubes!

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

To get a perfect lip balm top with no hole in the middle, pour your base just past the the little twist pin inside the tube and then let the tubes cool. Then re-melt your base, and top off each tube that has already cooled.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Make sure to clean the outside of your tube/container with rubbing alcohol – if there is any ‘oily’ residue on the outside from the pouring of your base the label won’t stick.

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Free Label Downloads: MSHO Green/Blue Labels – Bramble Berry Base // MSHO Green/Blue Labels – ST Recipe

Download and print our free templates above for the Martha Stewart Home Office labels or use Avery’s Design center to create your very own! They are available here with the ingredients for the Bramble Berry Melt and Pour Base and the ST Recipe. Carefully place the label on each tube…

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

Free Label Downloads: MSHO Red/Gray Labels – Bramble Berry Base // MSHO Red/Gray Labels – ST Recipe

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

“Our Love is The Balm!”

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50 Comments

  1. Lauri Strain says

    I really would think you’d want to wear gloves and not touch the butters with your bare hands, wouldn’t you? I mean the temps you are using are not high enough to kill germs/bacteria that could start growing in those lip balms. I know it’s rare, especially if you don’t have any water in there, but I would think it would be a better practice.

    • says

      Hi Lauri!

      Thanks for the eagle eye. This is actually a guest post from Jen at Something Turquoise. Because there isn’t any water in the product, it isn’t actually going to grow any mold, microbes or bacteria in it, but you are correct, where gloves is definitely a best practice when handling any bath and body products. Thanks for the feedback. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  2. says

    Wow – what an awesome post! So thorough and clear with beautiful photos. I just love the labels – adorable! I find that making lip balm or body balm from scratch is more difficult for me than making cold process soap. My balms are very hit or miss. They tend to be grainy despite all the “tricks”. I have a whole pile of fabulous body balms but they are terribly grainy. Is there any way to “save” them??

    ~Evie

    • says

      Hi Evie!

      I am so sorry to hear about your frustration with your body balms and butters. Could you tell us a bit more about what is going on so that we could help you troubleshoot? We’ve actually found that certain butters can actually make the formulas go grainy if melted instead of tempered. Let us know about your recipe and we can try to help you out! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  3. says

    Hi Becky!

    The butters I used were deodorized cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter. I also used several oils like infused olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil and apricot seed oil (yup – that’s a lot of ingredients). I melted the cocoa butter in a double boiler, very slowly and on low heat for about 20 minutes. I let it sit for another 20 minutes while I measured and heated my oils in the microwave – two rounds of 30 second bursts – stirring between bursts. I then stirred in the mango and shea butters, letting them melt with the heat of the oils. Finally I added the cocoa butter and essential oils. I poured the mixture into little glass jars and let them cool on the counter overnight. They turned out a little soft and super grainy. If I decide to remelt everything I may add a little candelilla wax. It is worth remelting everything? Should I temper the whole batch?

    ~Evie

  4. Misty says

    Hi!
    I’m having trouble finding lip balm labels i can create with a printer in the stores. I’m wondering where you purchased the ones in the picture. Ive checked office supply stores and hobby/craft stores. Any large chains you know of that might carry them? Or a link I could order the labels from? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Than you for everything! I love your site!

    Misty

    • says

      Hi Misty!

      Those colorful labels that you see in this guest post actually come pre-printed from Martha Stewarts Home Office labels. Most of that particular brand will work great with Avery’s online label maker. You should be able to find them at any office store, or even online! I hope that this helps. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. says

    I love your lip balm labels and would love to download them but when I do, I’m not able to change them to add text I want to make sure is added. Do you have a way to send the template how you have it but able to tweak and change??? If you could email me instead of responding to this list, I would greatly appreciate it. my email is diane@sagephoto.com Thank you! Beautiful job on them!

    • says

      Hi Renee!

      You could definitely switch out the dash of Olive Oil for Sweet Almond Oil! I would add a small amount and use the “frozen spoon” trick to see if you like the consistency before adding more. The frozen spoon trick is where you place a spoon in the freezer before making your balm. Then while it’s hot, place the tip of the spoon into your mixture so it hardens on the spoon. Then you can apply that to your lips, and see what you think! If it’s not moist enough, you can add a little more liquid oil :) I hope that helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Lia says

    Ok..so I bought lip balm base from Brambleberry just to cut time. I would like to add some cocoa butter to the mix to give it a chocolatey smell. I want to make like a peppermint patty smell to it. I’m not good at guessing how much I should use of Ingredients. How much cocoa butter would you suggest I use in a 4 oz base? Your advice is greatly appreciated.

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Lia!

      What a fun idea! I would recommend adding .2 or .3 oz. to the 4 oz. of lip balm base. That should give you a nice chocolatey smell.

      Keep in mind that cocoa butter can get grainy if it gets too hot. I would recommend melting your base in the microwave then adding the solid cocoa butter to the melted base. Stir until it’s fully melted. If there are still chunks of butter left, pop it back into the microwave on 5-second bursts. That will ensure the butter heats gently. :)

      Also, our Mint Julep Flavor Oil would give you a nice minty smell! You can use that at 1-3% in your recipe.

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Cocoa butter: http://www.brambleberry.com/Cocoa-Butter-P3218.aspx

      Mint Julep Flavor Oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Mint-Julep-Flavor-Oil-P3845.aspx

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