Have you ever tried making lip gloss? It’s a fun DIY project that only takes a few minutes PLUS it is easy to make non-toxic lip balm that contains no artificial coloring, flavors or ingredients. Try my All-Natural Chocolate Cupcake Lip Balm recipe to see how easy and cost-effective it is to make your own beauty products.
I’m a 70s baby… bell bottoms, lace up roller skates with rainbow laces, avocado green shag carpet, Holly Hobby sheets, and Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers in a slide cover tin. I will admit that I was a bit startled to discover Julie, the “historical” American girl doll who is also a groovy 70s girl… but I secretly love her and want my daughter to love all the things I loved as an elementary schooler. (Except maybe Michael Jackson and the Thriller album on vinyl.)
Do you remember Lip Smackers; temptingly flavored lip glosses that came in a rainbow of colors and flavors? It seems like every flavor from Dr. Pepper to Cotton Candy came in those tubes and tins! I loved them all.
My daughter loves flavored and scented lip glosses too. I, luckily, am much more educated than my 8-year-old self, and don’t want her using products that contain parabens, artificial fragrances, artificial coloring and a host of other unhealthy ingredients that can act as allergens, endocrine disruptors, or carcinogens. These substances can cause developmental or reproductive toxicity, early onset puberty, and/or cellular level changes. Call me CRAZY but I’m quite convinced that fun lip gloss flavors are NOT worth early onset puberty or breast cancer.
I still wanted to share the thrill of flavored lip gloss with my daughter so we set out together to make a lip gloss that recreates the fun scents and flavors of my youth, but uses only all natural, non-toxic ingredients. The results of our experiment are amazing… Chocolate Cupcake Lip Balm. It’s safe enough to mix up in your own kitchen, smells and tastes absolutely delicious, and is affordable to produce!
All-Natural Chocolate Cupcake Lip Balm Ingredients
- 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pellets (white or yellow), $0.70
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, $0.45
- 1 Tbsp almond oil, $0.60
- 1 tbsp cocoa butter (grated), $0.83
- 1 tsp honey, $0.06
- 1 tsp cocoa powder, $0.06
- 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil, $0.05
- 1/8 tsp almond extract, $0.09
Total cost of ingredients = $2.84
All-Natural Chocolate Cupcake Lip Balm Directions
1. Place the beeswax, coconut oil, almond oil, and cocoa butter in a small, heat safe metal or glass container. I like to use a small Mason jar.
2. Set the container in a pan of slowly boiling water that comes about halfway up the side of your container. Be very careful not to get any water into your mixture. Keep the water simmering and stir mixture occasionally with a wooden chopstick, unused popsicle stick, or metal spoon until just melted.
3. Remove pan of water from the heat and take the container out of the pan. Immediately stir in the honey, cocoa powder, vitamin e oil and almond extract. Make sure all ingredients are full incorporated and smooth. You can place the container back in the hot water if you need to melt it again to get all ingredients fully blended.
4. Carefully pour the mixture into clean lip balm pots, tubes or tins and allow to cool completely. (A slight depression will form in the center as the balm cools, you can reserve some of the balm to fill the center if you want it to be even. Simply leave a teaspoon or two of balm in the glass jar and reheat it to add to the tubes or pot.)
5. Download and print a free printable label, if desired.
Tips: Use the balm within 3 months. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative, but it is still all natural. I like to make it in small batches to make sure it is fresh. Be careful of leaving the lip balm in a hot car, windowsill, or clothing pocket when they are being washed and dried. Like all lip balms this mixture will melt into a greasy puddle.
All-Natural Chocolate Cupcake Lip Balm Costs
This recipe makes two -1 oz jars or about eight – 0.15 oz tubes of lip balm (I made 1 jar and 3 tubes). My All-Natural Chocolate Cupcake Lip Balm costs approximately $2.50 per 1 oz jar or $0.65 a tube. (This includes the cost of $0.30 for an empty lip gloss tube or $1.10 for a glass jar.) Bonnie Bell lip gloss come in a tube and cost about $1.80 per tube or $14.40 for 8 tubes. That’s a savings of $12!
Have you ever tried making you own bath and beauty products?