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Lip Balms

Spa-inspired presents, including these handmade lip balms, can be created from basic kitchen ingredients and craft materials.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008


To make more than one kind of lip balm at a time, divide the recipe in half and scent and color the batches separately. For lip balms, we like to use essential oils that have an "edible" scent, such as citrus. Beeswax pellets are available at crafts stores.

Our how-to makes two .15-ounce tubes and two 1/2-ounce tins or pots.

Gift-Packaging Idea: Top cosmetic tubes and tins with custom labels: Water-slide decal paper is clear, making the design look as though it has been printed directly onto the container.

Resources: Similar containers, 8 1/2"-by-11" clear water-slide decal paper for ink-jet printers, Varnish, by Krylon Kamar, from

Get More Bath and Body Treatments and Learn About Essential Oils



  1. Put beeswax and carrier oil in jar, and close lid. Heat the jar in a pot of water over medium-low heat until wax has melted. Remove jar from pot carefully.

  2. Stir mixture with a metal spoon. Using a pipette, add essential oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Stir in lipstick shavings, 1 at a time, until desired shade is achieved and color is even throughout.

  3. Using another pipette, transfer lip balm to containers. Let set for 1 hour.

  4. Always fill containers before labeling them. Download clip-art labels, above, and print with an ink-jet printer onto water-slide decal paper. Spray with clear-coat varnish, and let dry.

  5. Cut out each label. Transfer to a bowl of water; soak until decals start to separate from paper backings, about 1 minute.

  6. Slide decals from papers and onto clean containers. Blot excess water with a paper towel. Let dry for 2 hours.

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