14 days of love: lip balm


Thanks for joining me for Day 8 of the 14 Days of Love project!  If you have been following along you know that Dana from Wonder Forest and myself teamed up to shared 7 projects each (over the course of 2 weeks) with a sort of 'love' theme to them.  What's great is that practically all of the projects we have shared, which you can view here and here, can be used for anytime of year!

Today I'm sharing a little 2 ingredient beauty recipe for you that is so insanely easy, honestly the worst part about this project is the clean up.. like I'm talking greasy ass clean up so either use disposable supplies or get ready for some dish washing fun.. I originally found this recipe here.

*UPDATE* 03/22/2012
This tutorial is the most popular post on my blog with thousands of page views and pins from Pinterest (thanks so much!). I  do however want to re-iterate that I found it online and just decided to post a tutorial based on my experience doing it and was originally sharing this for a DIY series we had going on here in Jan/Feb. I would also like to mention that you can substitute the vaseline, so please don't leave negative comments with your opinions about vaseline and/or artificial sweetener, this is simply a tutorial to show you what you can make with these products. If you dont like the products used either find a more favored alternative for your lifestyle or don't make the product.. super simple =) 


SUPPLIES
Vaseline or a petroleum free alternative 
(if you want something more natural)
kool-aid or crystal light
microwave safe bowl
spatula (spoon)
lip gloss containers
(I purchased 4 for $1 at michaels)


First up.. because the Kool-Aid is what supplies the color to your lip balm I would suggest you purchase a flavor that comes out red.  I mixed cherry and tropical punch together.  I have also done this recipe with Crystal light which tastes much better, but sometimes the crystals don't dissolve as well as the Kool-Aid ones do so it can be tricky.

Gather your supplies and in a microwave safe bowl (I ended up using a mixing cup) put a glob <--- that's a proper measurement right.. ok about a cup into the bowl and heat on high for about a minute. Stir. Do again. This is the repetitive part, I usually browse pinterest on my phone while standing next to the microwave.. or sometimes I eat raw cookie dough from the fridge.. whatever works for you!  Keep repeating this step and make sure to stir, stir and stir some more in between each heating. If you plan on making a lot of these I would suggest doing it in batches as it will be easier to melt down.  **please do in small increments to assure that you do not blow your microwave, also if you have access to double boiler that works great too!


Take your bowl of liquid greasiness =) and let cool for just a few seconds, stir in the kool-aid a little at a time and make sure it starts to dissolve (keep stiring!)  The more you add the darker it gets so this is up to you and what you want your lip gloss to look like, I used two whole packets for this pretty color.


Now if you use Crystal Light the flavor is so much better, since the Kool-Aid is bitter I simply pour in a couple packets of stevia just for a little sweet on my lips.  Oh and it's zero calorie in case you ingest the stuff!


If your vaseline looks like it's getting too cool or solid again, put in the microwave for another 30 seconds, stir again and then get ready to pour into your containers. You can use plastic containers like this, or even the cute little tin balm containers. Most of which you can find at crafts supply stores.



Let cool before using or giving as gifts, and for something extra fancy use a custom sticker or even a sharpie to write on the lid.  Have fun, kisses!


*please monitor this project if doing with children or clumsy friends as the vaseline gets hot, and the Kool-Aid stains, as always safety first people... safety first!!!*
*i would use crystal light or for sure add sweetner to the mix, or it will be very sour!*
*if cyrstals are not fully dissovled you will have grainy lipbalm so stir lots!!*

59 comments:

  1. gone do this!! thanks

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  2. This is the sweetest DIY! I'm so excited to try this!

    My teenage girl students are going to FLIP.

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    1. it's so insanely easy! check out the link where i found the recipe from (in like the 2nd paragraph) so many other recipes.. this one is by far my fav though!

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  3. I remember doing this once with my grandmother years ago. I was so flipping excited about it! Will definitely be making this. Just for the memories ;)

    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  4. HOLY COW! This is amazing!!!! Wow - I had no idea you could do this!

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  5. I've been wanting to make this, but couldn't find the lip gloss containers! The one place I didn't check was Michael's!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Did you find the containers at Michael's? I couldn't find them there and ended up getting them online. I think I bought 24 for like $8.

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  6. Oh my gosh REALLY? I'm going to make this sometime soon. So fabulous!

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  7. Vaseline kool-aid, and sweetener - who freaking knew?! Love this.

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  8. such a great idea! My daughter and her friends want to do this next weekend! I pinned it to Pinterest, and got 17 repins! Thanks so much!!

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  9. Awesomesauce. I'm so making some of this.

    Question, where in Michael's did you find the lovely little tubs for lip balm? I love that store, but it's such a maze!

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    1. in the jewelry section. little screw-lid tubs used for beads. got a pkg of 24 for $9.99 yesterday :)

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  10. This is such an amazing idea! I'll definitely be trying it out! :)

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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  11. I wonder if this would work with shea butter?

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    1. it will work with most petroleum vaseline alternatives!

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  12. Cool! Can't wait to try this--vaseline slathered on before bed is the best treatment for chapped lips. Would be so much easier to get it on the kids if it tastes like kool aid!

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  13. how many little containers does this recipe make? just the 4 or more?

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    1. This amount I showed had enough for about 6-7

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  14. you can also crush candies like smarties and make it

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  15. My friend made some like this and gave me one all I can say is if you leave it in your purse DO NOT leave it in the sun because it will turn back to liquid and leak all over the place. But they are adorable and they tasted great

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    1. thanks for sharing, great tip to know!

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  16. What a great idea. My husband is allergic to fish oil, which is in a lot of commercial lipsticks and lip balms, so I can't wear them if I want any chance he might kiss me. This way I can make a man-safe version. yay!

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  17. I tried this with juicy puch red kool aid and it turned out purple and did not disolve at all! I think the temperature of the vaseline wasn't high enough. Also, if you add a little bit of water to the kool-aid mix first it will bring out the red color.

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  18. I've made lip balms in the past with waxes and vitamin E. I've also bought mineral powders in various shades to tint it, but it is very sheer. Fun stuff!

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  19. This is flippin awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing this...Im pinning you right now! :)

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  20. I just made these tonight on a whim -- they came out AMAZING! I haven't had a chance to wear any of them long term obviously but I love them! They're nice enough that I just knocked out about five birthday gifts for my friends. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  21. What an AMAZING recipe and tutorial! so easy to do and you can tailor it to your favorite kool-aid flavor...genius!!

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  22. I love the color you created! It's perfect :) I don't have a microwave, so I am going to try melting the vaseline in a double boiler. I'll post the results. Thanks for providing the 'recipe"!
    Brooke

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    1. I just made mine for the first time and my microwave blew because the Vaseline doesn't heat well :-( double boiler worked in minutes!

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    2. Sorry =( I followed the instructions I found before writing up this step by step and for me doing it in increments didn't put any strain on my microwave.. double boilers work awesome if you have one!

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  23. I wonder if cocoa powder and a little sweetner would work for a warm look? Anyone tried?

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    1. try this one maybe?

      http://www.soapqueen.com/personal-ramblings/chocolate-lip-balms-with-cocoa-powder-2/

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  24. I found a recipe on Pinterest that uses candy melts (white or pink) that you can get at Michael's (or Hobby Lobby) also, to give it a little color (the pink ones anyway) and flavor. There are also oil-based candy flavorings you can buy for flavor (again at Michael's or Hobby Lobby).

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    1. what type of candy? i am interested in using this in place of the vaseline.

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  25. this is sweet, pretty, creative, and my next project. although I am going to use a recycled altoid tin in place of the plastic pot. also i recently read in dr.oz' book that mentioned something about not using vaseline on the lips so was wondering if there was anyhting else i could substitute

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    1. try beeswax, coconut oil & vitamin (someone else suggested & it seems to work great!)

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  26. When I tried it, my Koolaid did not dissolve *at all*
    Help?

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    1. If you used the microwave, try using a double boiler and make sure the liquid is hot enough to dissolve.

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    2. maggie i emailed you (hope you got it!) thanks for chiming in sarah.. this tutorial is based off another and really its just about it being quick.. honestly i think the double boiler method works great and if someone has the time this is the route to go!

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  27. Do you think melted cosmetic grade beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E could be substituted for the Vaseline to give it a more chapped stick feel?

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    1. we've tried it with the beeswax & vitamin e and loved it =)

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  28. I love this - so simple :) think I will wash out a small vaseline jar and use it as a larger container -- but still make in small batches :) Thank you -- the kids will stop stealing all my glosses :)

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  29. Would it work instead of crystal light could u use any juice powder?

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    1. I've heard of pretty much any find powder that disolves will work, just make sure the liquid is hot and the powder is stirred in very well!

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  30. Tried this the Kool aid would not dissolve so I put the Kool-aid in a microwave safe dish added 1tbs warm water stirred and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds.Brought it out stirred it and added it to the petroleum jelly and it completely dissolved!!

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  31. I don't own a microwave. I guess it would be save to use a double boiler as well, right?

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    1. yep! i suggest it in the tutorial for that reason =)

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  32. This was way way to grainy! I used crystal light and it seems like the more i heated it the more grainy it got. ?? Guess next time I will try kool-aide instead.

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  33. this is an awesome way to use the containers of koolaid i have sitting around and the packets. the grocery stores around here [tn] actually place this [koolaid] on sale almost every day. i would sugest using the pre-sweetened koolaid in the containers. also those who HATE double boilers [myself included] have some of you all thought of other alternatives?

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  34. What size containers are these??? I'm making these as bridal shower favors for the shower I'm throwing my sister-in-law. I found some that are 5gram ones but I'm not sure if that's too small? Would love to know what size you used because they look perfect.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Beth

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  35. Can I use the tubes instead of the pots for this recipe? I've got some new empty tubes& looking for perfect recipe for those..

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  37. Anonymous27 May, 2013

    I made this tonight with my sister and we love it! We used crystal light and added stevia to sweeten it. She is a nurse at a nursing home and said her residents always have chapped lips and are only given the inexpensive tubes of chap stick that does not work. We plan to make more and she is sharing with her patients. Thanks for the great post!

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