Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homemade Sheer Cherry Lip Balm ~ Easy to Make, Beautiful to Wear!

One of my favorite lip balms is my own homemade recipe.  It's really simple to make and can double as a sheer blush.  

To make this lip balm you will need the following ingredients ~
  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (or generic brand)
  • Paste food coloring (I use Wilton brand) color "red-red"
  • a small jar with a lid to store your lip balm in (think sifter jar). I just used an old eye cream jar.
  • essential Oil for scent if desired
1) Ingredients ~ You could add essential oil for scent if
you wish.

 
1) Mix 1 Tbsp of Vaseline

 
2) With 1/8th to 1/4 teaspoon of paste food coloring

 
3) Mix thoroughly


4) Transfer to your storage container


5) Enjoy!  This makes a great gift too!
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For those who would prefer not to put
vaseline on their lips see this
recipe.
Homemade Chocolate Lip Balm

It is all natural, delicious and
safe enough to eat!

 
For an extra special, lip pampering gift add the
Olive Oil Cinnamon Lip Plumping Scrub to this
beautiful lip balm!

For more ideas on DIY cosmetics read the
following ~

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products

Homemade Beauty Treatments and Skin Care Recipes (All Natural Cosmetics)

For those of you who do not wish to make your own skin care, check out Perfectly Posh by Poppyjuice to see commercially prepared products using only naturally based ingredients.  Luxurious pampering products with all of the good and none of the bad!



31 comments:

  1. We used to have a little trick back in the 80's to make lip gloss that matched the shade of your blush by mixing the last little bits of your blush with vaseline. It works great and blends well.

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    1. Sounds great! I know some folks are anxious about using Vaseline but from what I can tell from research, it's non-comedogenic and not harmful to your body. My great grandmother used it forever and lived to 101 years old. (True story) She looked great but maybe it was the buttermilk she used.......

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    2. What about using something with the Vaseline to scent it or flavor it such as cherry jello? That would also give color.

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    3. I think you could use essential oils or koolaid as well. The cherry jello is a great idea! I may have to give that a try!

      Thanks for your visit and your great input!

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  2. will the paste food coloring dye your lips?

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    1. It does temporarily (less than a day) stain your lips a little if you reapply it often. But the color isn't overly bright. My daughter put a ton on and her lips were much pinker than mine. But after her shower, it was gone. I think it could be a bit like the "no smudge" lipsticks without the stiff coated feeling that usually accompanies the "no smudge"

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  3. citadelyorkma@hotmail.comMarch 8, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Everything old becomes new again.........I did this as a teen...I am so tired of pasty lipsticks with 20 dollar price tags.....the flexibility of using wilton to vary intensity is great.....I did it with the water based food colorings available in the 70s.Budgeting is real stuff... vanity gets expensive........I would like to be vain for less.............thx for the idea.

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    1. You're very welcome citadelyorkma! I agree, I like to be vain for less too! And the paste style food coloring really does offer more intensity than the liquid style food coloring, but awesome still that you did this in the past!

      Thanks so much for your visit! I do hope you'll stop back by sometime!

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  4. citadelyorkma@hotmail.comMarch 8, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    PS I hope you find your dreams......my husband is from Ks, though we live far from there now...you have some harsh weather......this site looks great. Thank you for sharing.....Lyn Thiessen

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    1. Lyn,

      Thank you so much for your encouragement! I'm really enjoying what I'm doing with this! Does your husband still have family in Kansas? Yes, we're having some weather right now, although we've had a winter for the most part that feels like fall.....

      I do hope you'll visit again!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth!

      Have a great day!

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  6. people shouldn't use vaseoline b/c it's petroleum-based. It has nothing to do with 'what's old' being new- it's always been bad for you. Why not create a homemade product that is all natural vs using some totally manufactured product like vaseoline?!

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    1. You make an excellent point. I know that many folks share your point of view and I genuinely respect that. I think there are many excellent products, such as vegetable oils, etc. that would make a great base for lip balm.

      That being said, many people regularly use petroleum jelly (and will continue to do so) so this idea is something that those who do use Vaseline can make with items in their home.

      Where do I stand on this issue? I am very open to being convinced that petroleum jelly shouldn't be used. But in researching prior to writing this article I couldn't find one solid piece of research that indicated that petroleum jelly is harmful to the body ~ UNLESS it is ingested. It does not appear to be absorbed through the skin, instead, it acts as a barrier substance to hold in the moisture you already have.

      This brings up the issue of the environment as petroleum jelly is a by-product petroleum distillation. It is one of thousands of products that are derived from the refining of crude oil. So, in my perspective, petroleum jelly is hardly an evil product that is driving us toward the oil crunch. From this standpoint, if I am to protest the use of vaseline, then I'd better boycott gasoline, plastics, etc. as well.

      I very much respect your view point and generally lean toward less refined products. But I do feel that Vaseline is very safe to use as a topical cream based on every bit of research that I could find.

      I would welcome the opportunity to be enlighted on this subject and would appreciate any research that you have that indicates that petroleum jelly is bad for you (other than eating it....we shouldn't eat it!)

      Thank you so much for your visit and for your input! I respect your advice. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. I luv your response! Very cool idea indeed!

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    1. Thanks Anonymous! I really appreciate your visit and taking the time to contribute your thoughts. Have a wonderful day!

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  8. I dont recommend petroleum products or artificial color, as they are both potentially toxic chemicals. You might try beet powder as an alternative.

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  9. I just made the scrub and the balm...for the scrub i used the sugar version---fantastic! for the balm, i used liquid food coloring and lemon extract...my 4 year old would like some of her own now...guess i know what to stuff her stocking with this year!!!
    Thanks for these wonderful ideas!
    for anyone who is worried about the "toxins" in these ingredients...i have a question, do you ever go outside? i ask because if you do, you are breathing more harmful amounts of chemical pollutants everyday, than you will ingest by using petroleum and food coloring...just saying :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like the ideas! I finally broke down and made the scrub with sugar too! Salt...what was I thinking???? Great for other areas of the body but on your lips it should taste good, right?

      I'll have to try your version of the lip balm!

      And yes, I am in agreement with you on the "toxin" concerns! Thanks for taking time to stop by and comment, Stephanie! Have a beautiful day!

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    2. It's one thing to breathe in toxins over which you have no control, but to deliberately put a petroleum product on your lips is sort of similar to kissing an exhaust pipe on an automobile. I've also found that vaseline really doesn't moisturize your lips all that much, it just seals any moisture in that is already there. The best things for lip balm are jojoba, cocoa butter, beeswax and Vitamin E
      I just need to come up with a recipe for lip balm with those.

      I love your scrub idea though... with the sugar, not the salt!

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  10. Can you melt the mixture?

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    1. It appears that Vaseline is safe to melt! I'd say you could do so.

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  11. I like to use the little jars pimientos come in for lip balm and put a pretty sticker on the lid. I buy them anyway to use in the cheese ball recipe.

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  12. I'm really not all that sanguine about using a petroleum product on my lips, do you have any alternative to vaseline?

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    1. I think you could use any natural oil really. Some that come to mind are coconut oil (although it liquifies at 70 something degrees), beeswax, and cocoa butter. You could also use lanolin in the mix if the odor doesn't bother you. I suppose you could even use vegetable shortening if you like. Perhaps you could mix several different oils together to get the consistency you like? I'd love to hear about your creation if you get the chance to stop back by. Thanks Fancy Pants!

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  13. Here's a weird one I tried a few years ago....worked, too......use REFINED corn-starch, beeswax and coconut oil/ whip it up with (tape 5 or 6 toothpicks together to form a mini- whisk)then add....powdered chalk---chalk?? What??? yeah, I said that, too...but, chalk is natural...so, i got tons of colors for my lip balm---find the bright colored chalk to grind up or powdered craft chalk (did i mention it cost little or nothing???---it was for bible school(i had a ton of little girls...shiver, sigh) they loved it!! the coconut oil keeps the chalk moist, chalk dries out, the beeswax makes it stick and the cornstarch just makes it gummy, consistency---mix according to how u want it to feel....thick, thin, oily....that kind of thing--it's been 10 years and the recipe left me around my 40th birthday...lol The lip balm will taste and smell like coconuts...I used lemon oil for my sister once and it did fine...so, any oil would do i'm thinking.

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    1. That sounds so cool Jessica! I'll have to try your recipe some time! I'm guessing I can play with the proportions? Thanks for sharing!

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  14. What the heck, I just tried doing this the other day, and the glycerin and petroleum didn't mix well! Grr. Maybe I just didn't mix long enough.

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    1. I didn't use glycerin, just petroleum and it came together nicely. Maybe try it without the glycerin next time?

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  15. i like this lip balm recipe

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  16. I am curious, where did you purchase the glass containers? They are nice!

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