How to Make Naturally Tinted Lip Balm: 3 Colors

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DIY Lip Balm Tinted

This simple, fun DIY tinted lip balm recipe includes the base recipe and instructions for 3 tint colors: maroon, deep red, and brownish pink.

Tip: check out our other homemade lip balm recipe.

DIY Tinted Lip Balm

I get most of my ideas for DIYs when I am walking down the aisles of the grocery store. I always take a walk down the cosmetics aisle just to see what is new.

The ingredients and the price tag are always surprising. If it is affordable, chances are the ingredients are terrible. If the ingredients are wonderful, chances are the price is outrageous. That’s why I don’t buy makeup if I don’t have to. I prefer to do it myself – it’s cheaper and of better quality.

Making DIY Tinted Lip Balm

Lately, I’ve been searching for a quality tinted DIY lip balm recipe. I prefer something that is subtle, but brighter than my own lip color. Loud reds and bright pinks are nice but are really hard to make with natural colorants.

Natural Colorants

Alkanet root powder and Madder root powder are wonderful additives when making naturally tinted DIY lip balm. They provide beautiful reds and browns and can be used to make quite a variety of shades. It took me some time to find my own personal favorite blend of the two powders.

The tricky part is getting the powder to completely mix well. To do this, you need to infuse the powder into a light-colored carrier oil. Sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, or macadamia nut oil are all great choices. Infusing the oils is a simple process during which you heat the oil in a double boiler, then add the desired amount of powder, and stir until completely combined. Lastly, you strain with a cheesecloth or tea strainer.

DIY Lip Balm Base

From there, making a DIY lip balm base is really simple. My recipe is 2 parts oil to 1 part beeswax. You can really choose any oil, but I tend to use a combination of hard and soft oils. This makes a slightly harder lip balm.

For this recipe, I chose cocoa butter as my hard oil because it already has a great light brown color and it is wonderfully moisturizing. Cocoa butter moisturizes skin and provides a protective barrier as well.

Finally, it wouldn’t be lip balm without beeswax. I use beeswax pastilles which are easier to melt. Beeswax lip balms also have a great silky feel and last for quite some time.

As you can see, my recipe is very simple. It makes enough for three 1-ounce lip balm tins and one tin will last you at least a month.

Step 1: Making the Infused Sweet Almond Oil


For Maroon:

For Deep Red/Maroon:

For Brownish Pink:

  • 1½ tsp madder root powder
  • 3 ounces sweet almond


  1. Heat oil in a double boiler. (I use a glass Pyrex® mixing bowl in a saucepan of boiling water.)
  2. Add the desired amount of powder (alkanet, madder, or both).
  3. Stir until the oil has reached the desired color.
  4. Strain into jars.

Step 2: Making the DIY Tinted Lip Balm

(makes enough for three 1-ounce tins)



  1. Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler. (I use a glass Pyrex® mixing bowl in a saucepan of boiling water.)
  2. Once melted, add the infused sweet almond oil.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Remove from heat carefully (it will be hot!).
  5. Pour into lip balm tins or tubes.
  6. Allow to cool completely and then cap.

I make a double batch of these because I like to hand them out as gifts. Further, I also store any extras in a cool, dry place for year-round use. The lip balm is pretty hard, so it will stay solid unless left in the sun.

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About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  1. DeeAnn says

    I love all of your recipes. Thank you for sharing. I like flavored lip balms and would like to add peppermint essential oil and pure vanilla extract. Do you think that it would turn out ok?

    • Katie Vance says

      Thanks, DeeAnn! I love flavored lip balms as well, but I know Vanilla Extract is water soluble, so it will not mix with these oils unless you put in an emulsifier. Peppermint essential oil will mix in, but it won’t give you much flavor – just a tingly peppermint sensation and lovely aroma.

      • Shelby Devincentis says

        However, you can add stevia powder, as much or little as you like. It brings out the flavor.

  2. Denise Stetler says

    I have discovered that I can’t use beeswax. Is there anything else I can use?

  3. Annie says

    Looks like a great idea! Problem is, I look lousy in maroons and browns…. I always tend toward plums and wines in my makeup. Any idea how to create those tones??

    • Katie Vance says

      You could try some beet powder for a more plum shade – madder root powder has that light brown tone, so you may be able to blend those two for a more wine/plum color. The beauty of tinted lip balm is that it is subtle, so you won’t get a lot of color to the lips. My best advice is experiment and find one that enhances your natural lip color.

    • Katie Vance says

      I’ve never worked with raspberry powder, but beet powder I know would work. I’m thinking raspberry powder would work just as well. Let us know if you try it and how it works!

  4. Alison says

    Thank you for this easy to follow recipe.
    These will make a great addition to the contents of my daughter’s party bags!
    Keep up the good work, I love reading your inspirational posts.

    • Katie Vance says

      Thank you Alison! This would be an awesome party bag addition!! Some cute clear lip balm tins would be perfect for little girls! They even make sparkles just for cosmetics or baking that you might be able to find at a local craft store.

  5. Paris Renae says

    This is awesome thank you for sharing. I’ve been having a really dry lip problem for a month or more and I live in humid south Florida. So I gave up my lipstick, gave up chapstick, gave up Vaseline, and have been using my homemade ‘lotion’ on them it has helped, but I miss the tint. I will definitely do this! I normally wear a medium pink which recipe would you say I will like best?

    • Katie Vance says

      I think you should go with the deep red/maroon recipe – it’s not quite as bright, but gives that lovely subtle pinkish red. Lipstick always makes my lips dry as well!