Domino Lip Balm

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:1-2 hours
  • Yields:10 Lip Tins

These fun and fruity lip balms are great for those who love the classic game of Dominoes. We are personally big fans of Trains (sometimes referred to as ‘Mexican Trains’) in this household. By manipulating hardened lip balm base, I was able to create a fun polka-dotty look with a tropical twist. Read on to learn how to create these adorable and yummy-tasting lip balms.

Domino Lip Balm


 3 oz Nourish Lip Balm Base

Fired Up Fuchsia Pigment

Cellini Yellow Mica

 Pineapple Lip Flavor Oil

 Papaya Lip Flavor Oil

20 Slidey Lip Tins

Drinking Straw

Clean Up Tool

Droppers with Suction Bulb

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Domino Lip Balm

ONE: In a heat-safe container, melt the lip balm base on 30 second bursts in the microwave. If you attempt to just heat the base without stopping and stirring in between 30 second bursts, it’s possible to shatter glass so take a little longer and make your microwave happy. Split the base in half, each portion weighing 1.5 ounces.

Splitting Lip Balm

TWO: Color one portion with 2 heaping mini-scoops of Fired Up Fuchsia and the other portion with 2 mini-scoops of Cellini Yellow Mica. Mix the colorants in well, eliminating any clumps.

Adding Color

THREE: Add 1.5 mL of Papaya Lip Flavor to the Fuchsia colored batch and 1.5 mL of Pineapple Lip Flavor to the Yellow colored batch. Mix well. NOTE: Both the Papaya and Pineapple Lip Flavor oils are unsweetened. To add a bit of sweetness, substitute 0.5 mL of the lip flavor with Lip Smacking Sweetener.

Adding Pineapple

FOUR: Pour the Yellow  colored batch into 5 of the Slidely Lip Tins and the Fuchsia colored batch into the remaining 5 Slidey Lip Tins. Allow to fully harden.

Pouring Balm into Containers

FIVE: Using the pointed end of the clean-up tool, scoop out a line in the hardened lip balm base down the center of each lip tin. Reserve what you scoop out of each color to separate containers.

SIX: Using a drinking straw, create dots on either side of the line in a pattern reminiscent of a domino. Squeeze out of the straw what you remove from the lip tins into the same-colored reserved lip balm. TIP: Twist the straw in the way in and on the way back out, and the dot’s “plug” will generally come out with the straw (it took me a couple tries before I got the technique down). Squeeze the straw to remove and save the plug. Use a thick straw as opposed to a thin one so it’s more likely to retain its shape after all that squeezing. I got my straw from a place that rhymes with Barstucks. =) If your plug doesn’t come out with the straw, use the clean-up tool to pop it out.

Using Straw

SEVEN: Re-heat the reserved Fuchsia lip balm. Using a dropper, fill in the hollowed out lines and holes in the 5 tins with Yellow colored lip balm. Allow to harden. Repeat with the reserved Yellow lip balm. Using a dropper, fill in the hollowed out lines and holes in the 5 tins with Fuchsia colored lip balm. Allow to harden.

Filling holes

EIGHT: Finish the lip balms by gently going over the tops with a heat gun on low until the balm is a little bit shiny. This will fill in any gaps or bunches in the surface. Allow to harden.

NINE: Use the clean-up tool if there are any spots that need a little help. Replace the slidey tin lids and enjoy!

Domino Lip Balm

33 Responses to “Domino Lip Balm”

  1. Emily says:

    How cute are these? I just love seeing new ways to play with the colors of lip balm! Thanks so much for sharing this great technique!

  2. Kymberlee says:

    Is there something ‘magical’ about the lip balm base you use, or can we follow the recipe you posted a while back that’s just beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil and sweet almond oil? Will that hold the color the same way?

  3. Cynthia Perrell says:

    Clever & orginal!! Got to try it!!

  4. Marcy says:

    How cute are these?! What a great idea. :)

  5. Sonja says:

    Original & funny!! What a great idea!

  6. Monica says:

    Adorable lip balms. Who can resist those?

  7. Nickie says:

    My next project is lipbalms! (after I’m done w/ CP):) This is so clever! Love the colors too :) hotpink + yellow = AMAZING! Could do pinnk/blue for a cotton-candy, green/reddish pink for watermelon, blue/yellow/pink/green for a tropical fruity lipbalm…limitless color/flavor combinations.


  8. [...] I’m sure I’m dating myself, but I grew up playing dominoes…how cool to find lip balm that looks like a domino. Wouldn’t these be fun in an Easter basket? Anne-Marie, aka The Soap Queen, has an easy step-by-step tutorial on her blog. Find it here. [...]

  9. Julie S. says:

    Very cool! I will try but I always screw it up. I am sticking with my Buddha Balm (best lip balm ever invented) until I can figure out the DIY thang. Thanks.

  10. Jean Horn says:

    So cute! I love all the variations Nickie mentioned, too.

  11. Janel says:

    I just received my order to try this lip balm. I am excited to try this and share it with my friends and family but I ordered 16 oz of the nourish lip balm. Can I melt the entire package of balm but only use the 3oz needed for this recipe or do I have to use all of it once it’s melted?

  12. aj says:

    so I’ve tried adding the flavor oil in the amount suggested but I hardly taste/smell anything? :( I’ve even added lip smacking sweet flavor oil to sweeten it up and bring out the flavor but it’s not sweet at all… What am I doing wrong? *sniffle*

    • Hi AJ!

      It doesn’t sound like you are doing anything wrong at all. What is the usage rate you are working with? We used flavor oil around a 3% usage rate in our recipe. If you could tell me a little bit more about your technique/recipe, I am more than happy to help troubleshoot this for you! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  13. Sarah says:

    Those look adorable. I am just starting out making lip balms so once i have mastered the art of lip balms i will give those a try.
    Can i just ask you when you add flavour oils to your melted lip balm mix, do they blend in perfectly (like in soaps)? I am only asking as when i add my flavour oils to my lip balm mix the flavour oils never mix in totally and tiny balls of flavour oils are visible. Is this how it is supposed to look? The flavour oils i am using are made for use in lip balms only which i purchased from a supplier here in the U.K. Will it make the lip balms harmful to use if it is not mixed in totally?

  14. Duckling says:

    I hope someone here can help me. I am making a very basic lip balm consisting of 8 ounces of liquid oils and 3 ounces by weight of beeswax. For flavoring, I use 30 drops of flavoring oil and 30 drops of sweetener per ounce by weight of lip balm. I stir and stir before I pour, but I am noticing that sometimes the flavoring separates from the balm. Any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong?

    • Good morning!

      We are so happy to hear that you are making lip balms, they really are a lot of fun and you’ll love the finished product. Are you using our flavoring oils? If you are using ours, they are oil-soluble and will mix in just fine. If you could tell me a little more about the ingredients in your recipe, I’d love to help you troubleshoot! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Duckling says:

        Thanks Becky! Well, for my liquid oils, I am using a mix of olive and sweet almond(50/50). I mix 8 ounces total of the liquid oils with the 3 ounces of beeswax to make my ‘base’. This works really well and feels really good. For the flavoring oils, I’m not using your brand. It says it is safe to use in lip balms in concentrations of 1- 3%. Most of the time, it mixes in well, but at times I notice that the flavoring separates and rises to the top of the tube. I am starting to wonder if at times I’m adding the flavoring oil to the base while it is too hot? Would that cause a problem?

  15. amal says:

    would i be able to use may chang essential oil in my lip balms instead of flavour oil?

  16. […] aux bombes de bain et aux savons en Melt&Pour. Quand j’ai vu son tuto pour réaliser des domino lip balm, j’ai tout de suite eu envie d’en faire à mon tour. Je trouve ça très sympa et […]

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