Do you have almost-empty lipsticks lying around and taking up premium space in your makeup bag? What about the tragedy of capless lipsticks that become melted, misshapen messes? These lip products may have seen better days, but don’t throw them out! Repurpose them into pretty tinted lip balms.
Balm Made With Old Lipstick:
- 1 oz. of beeswax (A pound brick of cosmetics-grade Beeswax is $6.50 at Amazon.com or check your local craft store.)
- 5 oz. almond oil (Available at your local natural foods store or from Vitacost.com.)
- 2 drops of your favorite essential oil such as peppermint oil or lavender oil (optional)
- old lipstick
- 2 tsp. honey
- Small containers or tins with lids (Old Altoids tins work great, or buy new at a craft store.)
- Pyrex glass measuring cup
- kitchen scale
- knife or grater
- double boiler (If you don’t have one, you can improvise by using a pot that’s slightly larger than your Pyrex.)
- Clean out tins with soapy water and then dry them. Cover your countertop with newspaper, and spread the tins out on top of it.
- Place Pyrex on your kitchen scale and then zero it out. Use a knife or grater to scrape off one ounce of beeswax into the Pyrex.
- Zero out the scale and add five ounces of almond oil.
- Add a cup of water to the bottom pot of the double boiler and heat on medium high.
- Place Pyrex in the top pot of your double boiler. (Note: if you don’t have a double boiler, you can improvise by placing your glass measuring cup directly in a pan of water.)
- The wax will slowly melt. Stir it continuously. Do not cover.
- When all the ingredients have melted together, take a small sample of the mixture with a spoon. Wait for the sample to cool, and then test the sample with your finger. You want the mixture to be firm yet still spreadable. If the sample’s too mushy, add a little bit more beeswax to the mixture. If the sample is too hard, add a little more almond oil to the mixture.
- Remove Pyrex from the stove. Add 2 teaspoons of honey to the mixture. If you want, you can also add in two drops of an essential oil of your choosing. Stir the mixture for one minute.
- Quickly add in a bit of lipstick. The more lipstick added, the more intense the color.
- Quickly transfer the mixture into tins using a spoon. Speed matters.
- Let the mixture completely harden in the tins before putting the lids on.
Don’t have an old lipstick to sacrifice for this DIY project? No big deal. You can actually tint your lip balm using Crayola crayons (they’re non-toxic).
- Select six small Crayola crayons. (They can all be the same color or make a custom color.) Remove any paper wrapping from the crayons.
- Put the crayons in a sealed plastic bag and use a kitchen mallet or hammer to pound the crayons into a uniform powdery texture.
- Pour the crayon powder into the Pyrex at the same time as the honey in Step 8. Stir the mixture for a minute and then resume with Step 10 in the above instructions.