Guest Post: Lip Balm Wedding Favors

I’m excited to have Jen from Something Turquoise on the blog today, sharing her easy and adorable tutorial for Lip Balm Wedding Favors. Something Turquoise is full of creative DIY wedding projects, inspiration and more. In the tutorial below, Jen demonstrates how to make lip balm using the Lip Balm Base. If you’re looking to make your lip balm from scratch, visit the full tutorial on Something Turquoise for a fantastic recipe, along with free downloadable labels! Take it away Jen! -A.M. 

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

You can find these darling free downloadable lables via Jen’s site, be sure to check them out!

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

DIY homemade lip balm wedding favors

If you’re looking for a more advanced tutorial, check out Jen’s awesome recipe for making lip balm from scratch! You can find the full recipe and tutorial here.

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54 Comments

      • says

        Awesome Kelsey! Thanks for the reply :-) Not that I’m trying to get all up in your blog biz, but I wanted to mention two things: 1) If you like Something Turquoise it’s nice to give a credit link in the actual post. That way readers don’t have to dig through comments to find Jen’s work. and it helps readers find new blogs. 2) You want to be careful of duplicate content from a search engine standpoint. Google has cracked down on low-quality sites that scrape content from elsewhere and republish it verbatim. Obviously this isn’t a low-quality site, in fact it’s rather AWESOME, but Google may get confused if you repost from other blogs lock-stock-and barrel. Anyway, so glad I found you and let me know if you have any further questions about SEO. We can of course discuss privately via email :-) Thanks again Kelsey!

        • Kelsey says

          Hi Christie!

          Thank you so much for your feedback! I totally agree, it’s important to give credit. That’s why we updated this blog post to include an introduction paragraph that links to the amazing Something Turquoise blog. Thanks so much for reading. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  1. 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

    • 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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