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DIY Lip Balm in Upcycled Containers

Feb 18, 2014

by Briar Winters handmade and vintage goods

Briar crafts botanical apothecary products in her TriBeCa studio, with a focus on organic botanicals, local honey and beeswax.

A simple batch of handmade lip balm is the perfect way to put a collection of tiny vintage and upcycled tins and jars to good use. A welcome companion at any time of the year, you may even find yourself dipping into it to soothe dry cuticles or a dry patch of skin on the backs of your hands, too, as I often do. This project should take about 30 minutes, though the melting time depends on the size of your batch. (Note: It’s best to start with a small batch until you’ve settled on your favorite formula.) With a few tools that you probably already have in your kitchen and a selection of butters, waxes and oils, you can experiment to your heart’s content.


  • Kitchen scale, for weighing out ingredients
  • Heat-proof glass measuring cup (Pyrex works well)
  • Saucepan with water
  • Stovetop
  • Spoons, for scooping butters and oils
  • Small droppers, for dispensing essential oils
  • Chopstick, for stirring the mixture
  • Paper towels, for catching drips and tidying up. Normally I am not a fan of paper towels in the kitchen, but wax can be awfully tricky to get out of nice dishtowels.
  • Small tins or jars. I’ve found many lovely tins at my local sweets shop, at antique shops and flea markets, and here on Etsy. I even found a collection of very tiny vintage tins made for holding watch parts that would hold adorably elfin lip balm portions.

There are so many wonderful options widely available online for the butters, waxes and oils that will make up the balm. Begin by taking into consideration your own (or your giftee’s) preferences and sensitivities. I personally love the scent and texture of beeswax (which I get from a local beekeeper), but vegans may want to consider candellilla wax. Some of my favorite skin-nourishing oils and butters include coconut, sesame, apricot kernel, sweet almond, olive, shea butter and cocoa butter. Adding a few drops of vitamin E (seek out a non-GMO vitamin E, if you can) helps protect the oils from oxidation.

To scent the balm, assemble a few of your favorite essential oils.* Here are a few ideas for fragrances and combinations in harmony with the seasons:

  • Spring calls for something light and floral: geranium, neroli (orange blossom) or pink grapefruit.
  • Summer inspires visions of freshly cut herbs: rosemary, mint and tarragon, or the beachy tropical combination of ylang ylang and vanilla.
  • Fall loves warmth and spice: cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, dried ginger, vanilla or even chocolate.
  • Winter wants bright and delicate citrus notes (mandarine, bergamot), fresh ginger or jasmine (think of your favorite conservatory garden in February).

*A word of caution about citrus essential oils: in very small quantities, they can add something very beautiful to your blend. Be very careful about adding too much, though, as they can be photo sensitizing to the skin.

Begin by making sure your work area, your equipment and your hands are sparkling clean and dry. Any moisture introduced into the balm will dramatically shorten its lifespan.


If you are using vintage or upcycled containers, make sure these are all clean and dry as well. I like to clean my containers and tools with medical alcohol before use to ensure that they are free from contaminants. Once they are cleaned, set the containers aside, ready for the finished balm to be poured in.

Combine your chosen wax, butters and oils in the glass measuring cup, weighing each ingredient out as you go and recording your starting formula. I prefer to divide my beeswax into little chunks with a small knife (be cautious, as the beeswax will be quite firm) and to work on a piece of parchment paper set over a cloth towel on a firm surface. Many people prefer using a grater for their beeswax, but it can be difficult to remove the beeswax afterwards. Be certain you’re ready to commit a grater to this use exclusively before diving in.


Experiment to find the combination you prefer, beginning with a ratio of about 1:2 liquids (oils) to solids (butters and waxes), or 1:1:1 (liquids to butters to waxes). Set the glass measuring cup into the saucepan of water, making sure that the water comes far enough up the sides of the cup to provide even heat. Gently begin to heat the water, keeping an eye on the contents of the cup at all times and stirring with a chopstick occasionally to encourage even melting. Don’t allow the water to come to a boil, or even much of a simmer, as you don’t want water droplets splashing into your mixture.


Adjust as you go along by placing a few drops of the mixture onto a clean dish and testing the consistency with your fingertip after it cools. If the balm is too firm, add a bit more oil. If it’s too soft, add just a bit more wax, being sure to write down your formula for future batches.


When all the ingredients have melted together, remove from the heat and add your chosen scents. Start with one drop at a time of essential oil, using a new dropper for each essential oil. You can always let a small droplet of the mixture fall onto a clean saucer to test the concentration. Be mindful of the sensitive skin of the lips when adding your essential oils: it’s best to keep the concentration light and subtle. If the mixture begins to harden while you’re working, simply set the measuring cup back into the warm water briefly to loosen it. It’s best not to heat the mixture much after adding the essential oils, as the oils are volatile and delicate and can lose their character if overheated. Add a few drops of vitamin E, if using.


Once you are satisfied with your scent, give the mixture one final stir to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed. Be sure to dry the bottom of the measuring cup thoroughly to be sure no water droplets are clinging to it that could slide into the tins as you pour, and then gently pour the mixture into your prepared containers. Leave uncovered until set and completely cool.


All photographs by Briar Winters.

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1 Featured Comment

  • MarbleandMilkweed

    Briar Winters from MarbleandMilkweed said 5 years ago Featured

    Thanks so much to everyone who has mentioned their concerns about the safety of using upcycled containers for lip balms! Yes, it’s important to select food-safe containers, like small glass jars, and tins or pill boxes with a liner for this project.


  • KruelIntentions

    Karina from KRUELINTENTIONS said 5 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    Super neato. This is something I've always wanted to try!

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 5 years ago

    I love how pulling a unique/ fancy lip balm from my purse gives me this little feeling of importance. Does it do that for you?! Thank you for sharing this, I would love to make time to create a few.

  • HouseOfMoss

    Alison Comfort from HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    I have been wanting to try this as well! Thank you for all the helpful tips!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love this! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks!

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 5 years ago

    Be wise! Make sure your metal container is lead free, and usable for cosmetics. Check your essential oil - especially if pregnant - many are not recommended. Not all essential oils are lip safe - you can look them up online before using. Citrus oils can be corrosive to metals - test your container.

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 5 years ago

    great idea! love it! thank you!

  • SoapBoxShoes

    Soap Box Shoes from SoapBoxShoes said 5 years ago

    What a lovely tutorial. Your way with words is as beautiful as your photographs! Thank you for the poetic clarity in your instructions and the precious bits of wisdom that come from your focused practice. You so clearly walk the gorgeous line between art and science. Warm wishes & thanks!

  • sarantos

    sarantos from SARANTOS said 5 years ago

    Great article! I always make my own. It is so much better than anything else. I do use it on my hands. With my type of work they need it. :)

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper said 5 years ago

    Really, really good tutorial. Can't wait to try this.

  • landseasky

    Erica from landseasky said 5 years ago

    I could use this. Thanks.

  • knobstoppers

    Chelsea and Justin Weise from MacMaddies said 5 years ago

    How awesome! We love upcycling and repurposing and have just started making candles out of upcylced containers too! I think there is something very cool about making something new out of something old.

  • AlanGarrett

    Lindsay from ColorLandscapePhotos said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    Very cool - would make great gifts!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 5 years ago

    This looks like fun. I am a lip-balm junkie, so crafting my own scents is quite enticing! Thanks for the idea!

  • revemaxeville

    Reve Maxeville from ReveMaxeville said 5 years ago

    I like the idea it's very charming but maybe this isn't the best use for vintage containers, they are nice to look at but maybe not so clean/safe to use. It's really best to use new clean containers that were intended for cosmetic use. Stevia is also a great addition to help lightly sweeten your balm and make it more lip smacking.

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 5 years ago

    Sounds great I will try it out

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 5 years ago

    Great idea I will try this on the weekend when I have time for my creative juices to flow!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 5 years ago

    This is so going to happen !

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 5 years ago

    Super DIY lesson, but I still prefer to buy it from professionals like Briar, who has "good nose" and and experience.. I love handmade lip balm - Can't use any cosmetics with lot of chemicals, so lip balms and creams and oils are really good things..

  • christiannasoumakis

    Christianna Soumakis from ASongofAscents said 5 years ago

    Wow! Thanks for sharing... this is a tantalizing craft to try!

  • APocketfulOfVintage

    APocketfulOfVintage from APocketfulOfVintage said 5 years ago

    I will have to give this a go. Thanks.

  • BlackRockVintageMens

    BlackRockVintageMens from BlackRockMens said 5 years ago

    Thank you to : Theme Fragrance Reve Maxeville : for their additional instructions/suggestions! see comments above

  • admspeicher

    Adam Speicher from SpeicherBowTieCo said 5 years ago


  • swampangelsoap

    Charlotte from swampangelsoap said 5 years ago


  • ArtFashionCreation

    Toile La La from ArtFashionCreation said 5 years ago

    A great lip balm tutorial - helpful information regarding citrus and photo-sensitivity... also like the seasonal aspects. As a teen, I concocted my own mixtures and would have loved seeing a how-to like this.

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 5 years ago

    Loving this post!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 5 years ago

    Wow, this is fantastic, extremely inspiring and beautiful idea. Thank you so much for sharing

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Mini Magic!

  • petitemignonette

    Lisa from TheCreativeHearth said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Thank you, I can hardly wait to try making myself some. I think I have just the right container ......somewhere........ :- )

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Interesting. Great tutorial

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Amazing idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 5 years ago

    Those containers add so much charm to the lip balm! Great tutorial, thank you for sharing!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the recipe - I have plenty of vintage containers that I could put the lip balm in.

  • nhd813

    Midori from MidoriOrganics said 5 years ago

    So great! Thanks so much for the recipe...can't wait to try it out.

  • heroux

    Caroline from ArtbyHeroux said 5 years ago

    Love it! I'm going to give it a try.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Thank you for the recipe!

  • siennaorlando

    Sienna Orlando from SiennaOrlando said 5 years ago

    So cute and surprisingly easy. I may have to add these to me Xmas gifts this year!!

  • fieldtrip

    Amy from fieldtrip said 5 years ago

    love this diy - such a fun use of these pretty tins!!

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely said 5 years ago

    I would love to try this! And I have the perfect upcylced container, too!

  • whichgoose

    Emily Suidikas from whichgoose said 5 years ago

    Such a timely tutorial! I'm going through lip balm like its my job this winter!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 5 years ago

    Oh, I love those little tins !

  • bellabarbie1 said 5 years ago

    Very nice article , with pictures , I dont have all the tools to make it , can you please tell me , if I want to buy how much it will cost per one tube? Thank you

  • MyChouchou

    MyChouchou from MyChouChou said 5 years ago

    What a great tutorial and great idea! I have lots of little, cute vintage pill boxes that I don't know what to do with. They're perfect for lip balm and I'm sure the balm would be great for cuticles too : ) Mine get really dry during winter. Thanks for sharing : )

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Great idea!

  • Fybur

    Fybur from Fybur said 5 years ago

    This is the most FRAGRANT post ever :) ! aromatherapy for readers!

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 5 years ago

    Please be very careful - old tins can contain all kinds of things in the metal. Do not put lip balm with any citrus oil in a painted/ or tin with paint. Citrus oils can dissolve paint (they make eco strippers with orange oil). If you have an old glass container that you can be certain of sterilizing and cleaning nooks and crannies then it maybe a better container. Purchasing a new container may not be as eco but may be in the short and long run safer.

  • textilechicken

    textilechicken from textilechicken said 5 years ago

    I love this,thanks so much x

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 5 years ago

    Wonderful idea!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    love this! thanks for sharing!

  • 12thAvenue

    Julia and Alex Wills from HerbivoreBotanicals said 5 years ago

    such a cool tutorial and beautiful containers, Briar! : )

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 5 years ago

    Appreciate that you shared your info and diy recipe. Thank You!

  • SunsetBlondie

    Renee from Sunsetblondie said 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing, how fun! and I love the tin idea!

  • Themissingtagvintage
  • RustandRose

    Angela from PrairieinBloom said 5 years ago

    Lovely and inspiring... thank you!!

  • elaineksmee said 5 years ago

    The type 0f vintage container you use, I remember on my Mom's dressing table. Three girls growing up about this time .......waited patiently for the empty tin to play mom. When my mom quilted she gave all the scraps to make our very own quilts. All sewed by hand, a little crooked,.and mismatched, but we loved them.

  • DazzlersAccessories

    Chris from HarmonyBalls said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your recipe, must give it a go......awesome article.......thank you for sharing......

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 5 years ago

    Beautiful inside and out ~ Cheers to a great feature and all future endeavors.

  • clarekapin

    Clare and Richard Kapin from VarietyArtworks said 5 years ago

    That's really cool and very interesting!

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    Adriana from ripeshop said 5 years ago

    Love this tutorial!!! Two of my fave things combined - vintage & lip balm!!! Great job :)

  • Floraldsns

    Aloha Pamela from DesignsnBoutiqueBB said 5 years ago

    I Love this!!! Thank you sooo much!!!!!

  • thrivingviolet

    Andrea Mae Wood from TheElusiveBeast said 5 years ago

    Love. Thanks.:)

  • LemonCage

    Susan and Laura Major from LemonCage said 5 years ago

    This is a fun idea, thank you!

  • slewis234

    slewis234 from slewis234 said 5 years ago

    Fabulous...I am going to try this out this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 5 years ago


  • aSmaOriGinal

    Asma from AsmaOriginal said 5 years ago

    I love the possibility that I can try to make my own lip balm,. Thank your:)

  • aSmaOriGinal

    Asma from AsmaOriginal said 5 years ago

    I love the idea that I ca try to make my own lip balm.. Thank you for that :)

  • AromaticKisses

    Tammy Loverdos from AhimsaOils said 5 years ago

    Cute tutorial! Great info for the beginner - thanks Briar! But I do agree with Theme Perfumes about the containers - take care with what you use for cosmetic purposes - I love using glass, because it can be boiled first :)

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    Great tutorial! This would make a perfect gift! Thanks for sharing!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    Kate Jaeckel from orchardfarmsoap said 5 years ago

    I love the feel of the whole article. You have such a lovely style to your work.

  • CatSilver

    Cat Silver from RiotCreations said 5 years ago

    I agree to double check things, and give more warnings. Essential oils can be VERY unsafe, and one should check them out THOROUGHLY before choosing. Most essential oils on the market these days are not made for therapeutic use, and are not safe to ingest. Some of them can even cause miscarriages. So be very careful about using these oils in lipbalm: Know your materials before you even begin to use them. Not all essential oils are equal. Also I'd suggest double checking your oil choices as well. Some dry quickly, others are more long lasting. Landolin, coconut, sunflower, and palm oils are popular. Mixing them can cause a lipbalm that soothes instantly, AND still has oils that soothe much later on. Also I second being very careful of the containers you use. Antiques can have lead in them, as well as other chemicals and uses. You cannot know the history of a little container: It could have never been used, or some kid could have been storing dead bugs in it, or worse they could be semi-porous and used to store medications which can interact with what you already have. Not to mention what Theme Fragrance said. Orange and lemon, really anything citrus, decays metal. Ever put lemon in a cake tin? Oxidizes in minutes and leaves everything tasting like dead metal, as well as releasing chemicals into things. BE AWARE and careful of what you pick to use. Also I suggest a tiny drizzle of honey or stevia powder to sweeten your lip balm. Stevia has good flavor, Reve Maxeville is awesome for suggesting it, but honey can save you from both future dampness, and add a little more to it. Honey is anti-bacterial by means of "sucking the water" out of germs which can help with any liquid in the balm being sucked out as well, and also anti-inflammatory. So if your lips are RED/SORE and chapped, it can help reduce that red/soreness a little. Not medical advice, of course, but something it might help out with. Don't worry about gettin' babies sick with it either, that only happens if you don't cook your honey, so put it in with the beeswax (which probably has a hint of honey left anyways!) BE SAFE when using recipes and use your common sense. As much as a neat article can give you great ideas, research to make sure all the steps and ingredients are safe and sane so you don't accidentally get opium or cocaine from some little antique European pill box you didn't clean out too well.

  • wearthou

    Shirley from wearthou said 5 years ago

    Very informative RiotCreations! I'm leery of using vintage tins I see in antique stores so have bought ones from the soap making companies. I agree it's best to be super safe when it comes to products on your skin. I have been making my own lip balm using beeswax pellets, coconut oil and a tiny amount of carnuba wax. Plain and simple! Thanks for the great article!!

  • HoodVintageandWool

    Elisabeth Ryan from hoodwool said 5 years ago

    thanks for the tutorial I love making lip balm, and you have a couple of ideas I'd never thought about trying. it makes a great gift.

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 5 years ago

    Love it...Really helpful...

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 5 years ago

    Love the idea. Can't wait to try it!

  • LittleChinaDollK

    Katherine from DazzleDream said 5 years ago

    I want to try it!

  • hodderdesigns

    Samantha Hodder from hodderdesigns said 5 years ago

    I bought all of the ingredients to make my own (vegan) lip balm recently, and this explanation is both helpful and motivating! :) Thanks!

  • woodiphonecases

    Wood Iphone Cases from WoodiPhoneCases said 5 years ago

    Nice, you should make candles

  • mlpc92

    mlpc92 from AwwwThatsCute said 5 years ago

    I've always wanted to try making lip balm. I've made kids soaps in the past and always wanted to try this but never ventured there. As always, Etsy inspire's us to go beyond our norm!

  • elizabethforster

    elle and belle Forster from elleandbellejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great tutorial, Briar...thanks so much. All the best.

  • NancyBukovsky

    Nancy and Frances Bukovsky from ObscureGems said 5 years ago

    What a great tutorial! This time of year just about everyone in our house gets chapped lips and this is a really cool way to get rid of that problem.

  • lblaswich

    lblaswich said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring tutorial! I didn't know this was something that could be done at home, handmade? I love the fun of being able to use up cycled containers. Just lovely ... :-)

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin said 5 years ago

    Vintage tins add a nice old world touch. Interesting idea. We skincare makers are forever looking for the nifty containers.

  • skullandsparrow

    Sarah Clark from skullandsparrow said 5 years ago

    I've been wanting to try my own balm. My dad is a beekeeper and never does anything with the wax.

  • pmadesigns1

    Penny from VineyardRoadHome said 5 years ago

    I am addicted to lip balm. Thank you so much for sharing your secrets!

  • needlenerd

    Bonnie from needlenerd said 5 years ago

    I'm so doing this. Thanks for sharing!


    jUNIQUE4U from jUNIQUE4U said 5 years ago

    Always wanted to try making lip balm. Very informative, thank you!

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 5 years ago

    What a great idea! I am addicted to lip balm, but haven't attempted to make my own since I was about 10 (haha that didn't go to well). I'd love to experiment with making hand balm, as my skin gets awfully dry during the winter. Thanks for the lovely tutorial!

  • menagerieatrois

    Angie at Kaert Vintage from kaert said 5 years ago

    My dry lips thank you! Winter is no friend to skin around here...

  • lesniakorientalrugs

    Mike and Jess from JessiesOrientalRugs said 5 years ago

    What a great idea! This looks like a fun project!

  • KaNYdesigns

    KaNYdesigns from KaNYDesigns said 5 years ago

    Love it. great post.

  • WriteOp

    Mel Zuydgeest from StunwithFun said 5 years ago

    I'd love to try this but feel there is much more to know and learn in terms of finding the right ingredients! Thanks for the feature though!

  • sandandseadesigns

    sandandseadesigns said 5 years ago

    I also make my own balm with wax from our beehives and I love to use silver topped antique cosmetic jars. I have a lovely little sterling pill box that I was given that I have filled with balm and carry in my purse. It makes me smile and think of the grifter each time I use it on my hands and lips. I wonder if the vintage tins could be painted on the inside before using as carriers for balm as a protective layer?

  • sandandseadesigns

    sandandseadesigns said 5 years ago

    I meant "gifter" not grifter...darn autocorrect!

  • creationsbyMrsJoJo

    Joanne from SeamsLikePinkPaisley said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed the post and plan on following the directions to make the balm.

  • taterrounds

    Tater Rounds from TaterRoundsBeauty said 5 years ago

    Cool !!!

  • TwoStylishSisters

    Aubrey and Nicole Goulet from TwoStylishSisters said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic tutorial! This would be a lovely holiday gift for my aunts and cousins: a total of 20 women and girls can get expensive to shop for... this is a perfect home made alternative! Thanks :)

  • MadameMurrell said 5 years ago

    Very cool tutorial. Gorgeous photos too. Definitely going to give this a try.

  • JCWorship

    Sue J from simplycross said 5 years ago

    fantastic ! Gonna try it next weekend ~

  • BellaVea

    Gaiana L. from BellaVea said 5 years ago

    That's a great tutorial! Thank you!!!

  • bananabanner

    Caitlin from BananaBanner said 5 years ago

    Friendly tip - Pipettes are handy to have instead of pouring, also freezing anything with the beeswax helps with clean up. Don't pour any excess down the sink!

  • adayathome

    adayathome from PINKJALUZI said 5 years ago

    woooww amazing tutoriall :)

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 5 years ago

    Thanks, great tutorial, looking forward to trying it!

  • FlowerChild216

    Josette from FlowerChild216 said 5 years ago

    Love this! such great ideas

  • lesliejanson

    Leslie Janson from lesliejanson said 5 years ago

    Briar - I was so happy to read about you and your shop, and to see the tiny tins you purchased from my etsy shop going to such fabulous use!

  • nickigallery

    junko from NickiNickiGallery said 5 years ago

    This is a great blog for me to read as I started making my own facial toner, moisturizer, scrub, etc. I only use natural or organic ingredients, and I am loving them. They work so much better than those ridiculously expensive department store products!

  • nellmesserw957

    nell Messerw from NewFashionZone said 5 years ago

    love this! thanks for sharing!

  • Mindiemay

    Mindie Hilton from Mindiemay said 5 years ago

    I love making my own lip gloss, and am always looking for cute containers like these.

  • nitablum

    Nita Blum from GoldenPlumeJewelry said 5 years ago

    what! amaze! Thanks!

  • voulashomemadeprodu1

    Voula Kambouris from Voulashomemadeprod said 5 years ago

    Really good tutorial.thanks.

  • TheCuttingBoardShop

    Larry And Valeria from TheCuttingBoardShop said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • healingfaceoils

    Marissa from PreciousSkinElixirs said 5 years ago

    Thanks Cat Silver for your thoughtful post. You really do need to be careful with essential oils and anything that you use for storing body products that could absorb things from packaging. Glass is always a safe bet! Save those vintage tins for candles!

  • sarahbethsides

    Sarah Sides from SarahSidesMadeIt said 5 years ago

    I need to keep this idea in mind for Christmas! What a great way to use old containers!

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 5 years ago

    ill just buy chapstick

  • EmeraldPixie

    Lisa Alcala from MoonWishJewels said 5 years ago

    Tried this and love it! It is so easy. I even researched a little deeper and discovered with a few tweaks, I can make solid perfume. This is so much fun! I think I have a new addiction.

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts from unflappableproducts said 5 years ago

    I would have never tried something like this but the instructions are great and the photos beautiful-thanks!

  • BeadTwist

    Kristen Balschunat from BeadTwist said 5 years ago

    This is great! My homemade mint lip balm is helping me through the dry winter. It is so much fun to be able to customize your own.

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 5 years ago

    COOL! I always wondered what ingredients were used for natural balms and how they were mixed. thanks!

  • mimiehandmade said 5 years ago

    Love it,great post

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing:)

  • EchoCocoOrganics said 5 years ago

    I make and sell an organic lip balm like this, I love it!

  • paulajeansgarden

    Paula from paulajeansgarden said 5 years ago

    I appreciated your mention of non GMO Vitamin E and the cautions on citrus oils as neither is something commonly known but so important:)

  • narandzic93

    Marija Narandzic from AfroditaFashion said 5 years ago

    Great idea! i have to try this one :) thank you very much for sharing this with us :)

  • valeriakondor

    Valeria Kondor from ValeriaKondor said 5 years ago

    Good one! worth to try! I would choose a drip proof tiny can so I can carry the balm in my bag.

  • RescuedInTime

    RescuedInTime from RescuedInTime said 5 years ago

    Excellent tutorial - can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  • handicraftafrica

    Jafeth Moiane from handicraftafrica said 5 years ago


  • DaughtersOfTheEmpire

    Natalie from DaughtersOfTheEmpire said 5 years ago

    What a great little tutorial. Very user friendly. Thanks for sharing!

  • RangerRichard

    Flip Killson from OCTreasureHunters said 5 years ago

    Okay, I am a dude and spend a lot of time at the beach or doing mud runs etc and I am going to do this, that is if I find the time between basket ball games you know because I am a man and ahummm aaa....... well anyway great idea LOL.

  • sstormster1

    Sarah Rose Storm from CreatedByStorm said 5 years ago

    Another delightful post Briar! So enjoy reading them!

  • FullCircleRetro

    Piegota from FullCircleRetro said 5 years ago


  • musingtree

    Tamara Lance from MusingTreeStudios said 5 years ago

    This looks fun! I might have to try this out! :)

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 5 years ago

    What wonderful work you do...very nice..

  • ZIPPERjewelry

    Phuong Quynh from SakuraZIPPERjewelry said 5 years ago

    This is awesome, love the way you write about all the details work, texture of beeswax, butters and oils... really detail. Thank you.

  • MyElevenEleven

    Sung-jin, SEO from MyElevenEleven said 5 years ago

    wow i love it. and case is really awesome!! thank you :-)

  • potsrca

    Timea from VANELIA said 5 years ago

    This must smell amazing! I must try it myself! Thank you so much for sharing. <3 Lovely boxes by the way. ;)

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 5 years ago

    Excellent tutorial !! great homemade lip balm

  • twinsinspier said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing:)

  • faragallasalwa1

    faragallasalwa1 from jewlerystar said 5 years ago

    this is so helpful ,thank you for sharing

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thanks Briar!

  • angharadlouise1 said 5 years ago

    So helpful and a great read, thank you for sharing!

  • SoweluStudio

    Monique Insalaco from SoweluStudio said 5 years ago

    Lovely product! I love the marriage of old and new--so practical and eco-friendly. Bravo!

  • dippylulu

    dippylulu from dippylulu said 5 years ago

    Can someone highlight the important safety issues pointed out by Theme and Cat??

  • RockArtiste

    Rock Artiste from RockArtiste said 5 years ago

    Interesting - vintage tins may contain toxic metals - think I will use glass if possible. Thanks for the info!

  • uptownantiques

    Michelle from UptownAntiques said 5 years ago

    This is a fun little article! I would suggest new glass jars as the antique ones may have been stored with who knows what in them!

  • oneofakindvintage1

    Luz Spears from OneofakindVintage1 said 5 years ago

    Great tutorial! Love the idea of re-using those lovely containers a painless way to go green! Congrats1

  • 2LittleGypsies

    Dianne from BloomingVioletStudio said 5 years ago

    Wow, I love this! Now I can make my own lip balm with no preservatives! Thank you, what a fun activity!

  • TwistedandBent said 5 years ago

    You have inspired me. thank you.

  • EmpressPixie

    Susan Bradley from NaturesSoulEssences said 5 years ago

    A really wonderful helpful article that is very detailed. I've tried to understand these processes before but there was always something left out which made it difficult to understand. Very inspirational and something I may give a try adding the healing Flower Essences I use in with the mix!!

  • Misty801

    Amy from Misty801 said 5 years ago

    I love the idea!! thank you!!

  • linenlaceandthread

    Gretchen from linenlaceandthread said 5 years ago

    Love the idea of making my own lip balm and reusing Vintage tins ♥

  • KodeeCreations

    Belinda from MarciandMe said 5 years ago

    Fabulous, another great way to repurpose vintage items! Going to give this a try :)

  • Vivitis

    Vi.Vi.Anna from vivi2anna said 5 years ago

    what a beautiful job!

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 5 years ago

    Sweet idea, I love the upcycled materials.

  • gatopiesdetrapo

    Ursula Lascurain from Coloriousity said 5 years ago

    thank you very much for sharing your knowledge, this is incredible

  • JamieSmedley said 5 years ago

    cool :)

  • JamieSmedley said 5 years ago

    so cool :)

  • MagicEarthMumma

    Jannette Tibbs from MagicEarthMumma said 5 years ago

    Lovely! :) I have been experimenting with making balms for a while now, and this has inspired me to get stuck in again and have a potion sesh! :D Thanks!

  • darcyyarosh said 5 years ago

    thank you!

  • jaydenlibby

    jaydenlibby from jaydenlibby said 5 years ago

    sounds fun! I'll try it!

  • SneakingRocky

    Erica Garcia from GarciaDesign said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 5 years ago

    Very cool to upcycle vintage tins and containers. Cheers!

  • servicebeary said 5 years ago

    Yummy! What a great idea!

  • mitchandmani

    Mitch McFarlane from MitchMcfarlanePhotos said 5 years ago

    I love home made lip balm - thanks

  • myfeltboots

    Daiva from myfeltboots said 5 years ago


  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 5 years ago

    mwahh! kiss, kiss love combining hand made with vintage tins!

  • SilverSkyHi

    SilverSkyHi said 5 years ago

    Ok.. after reading some very informative comments, I'll skip the retro tins, but I do want to try making lip balm. Is there a good resource somewhere, for, what essential oils are great / not good/ bad / for lip balm , or does each one need to be individually researched ?

  • MarbleandMilkweed

    Briar Winters from MarbleandMilkweed said 5 years ago Featured

    Thanks so much to everyone who has mentioned their concerns about the safety of using upcycled containers for lip balms! Yes, it’s important to select food-safe containers, like small glass jars, and tins or pill boxes with a liner for this project.

  • RosieEchelmeier

    Rosie Echelmeier from SpiritoftheGoddess said 5 years ago

    What a great share,...I love the old vintage tins !...and they can be re-filled when used up !! Thanks ,..back wards to the best of the past !!!

  • margier8

    Margie Roberts from BlueJewelAvenue said 5 years ago

    beautiful items

  • jeanpatchbymk

    Marsha from JeanpatchHolistics said 5 years ago

    I've always wanted to make my own beauty products! this is inspiring!

  • hopeoflife said 5 years ago

    Awesome!amazing tutoriall

  • PhoebeWillow

    PhoebeWillow said 5 years ago

    Lovely clear tutorial, many thanks! Will give this a go soon x

  • BeachglassDesign

    Blackberry Bungalow from BlackberryBungalow said 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial. I love the idea of utilizing vintage compacts. A thank you as well to those above for sharing their additional comments regarding safety concerns etc. Terrific ideas.

  • OrliGolan

    Orli Golan from OrliGolan said 5 years ago

    Love your items

  • kathschad

    Katherine Schad from SchadStudio said 5 years ago

    Love the willingness to share your techniques. So lovely...the containers and product.

  • kentuckykreative3 said 5 years ago

    I love the idea of using the containers that probably would have been in the trash. It not only helps the environment it is a style all your own.

  • chicboutiquenails

    Lacey Bergeron from ChicBoutiqueNails said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great idea, can't wait to try this.

  • cynthiahaltom

    cynthiahaltom said 5 years ago

    Such a good idea, just love to recycle and see how others are doing it too. Keep up the great work.

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 5 years ago

    I love making my own lipbalm...I am a certified lip balm junkie and have purchased at least 50 handmade lip balms right here on Etsy - along with the dozens and dozens more from B&M shops. This is an easy and beautifully photographed tutorial. Thanks Briar!

  • CoquetteBath

    Cari from CoquetteBath said 5 years ago

    to be honest, and full disclaimer, I MAKE lip balm.... the idea that neophytes start melting stuff together can be really a bad idea. Essential oils are not (necessarily) good for your skin. Photosensitivity, corrosive, etc. Containers can have adverse effects (reused/upcycled). While I love the idea of sharing the love...I would appreciate Etsy not trying to tell people how to make a product that I sell...mainly because I've a decade into formulation and without base knowledge, mistakes can be problematic. And can cause skin irritation/issues. There are hundreds of amazing shops on Etsy that sell handmade lip balm. Give us some love.

  • Emariecreations

    Samantha from Emariecreations said 5 years ago

    I love lip balm and really enjoyed this article. The upcycled containers are so pretty!

  • renovation0103

    MCK from INSPIRATIONbyMCK said 5 years ago

    Very nice!!!

  • felipahanson

    Felipa Hanson from CardsinStock said 5 years ago

    So pretty and useful!

  • deekish

    Deeksha Lakshmi from TheColorWagon said 5 years ago

    Lovely!!! The containers are so pretty.

  • FireHorseTextiles

    Julia K Walton from JuliaKWalton said 5 years ago

    This looks like a great project - I must give it a go :)

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  • greenbottleherbs

    Melissa Barron from GreenBottleHerbs said 4 years ago

    Fantastic illustrations, Thank you!

  • RebeccaN

    Becky from rnaabDesigns said 4 years ago

    I've been wanting to make my own lip balm, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I think this is the push that will make me finally do it! Great tutorial, thanks!

  • mengdang011

    Rachel Meng from Bronzemetal said 4 years ago

    This Great idea! I can't wait to try this.

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