Natural tinted lip balm

tinted lipbalm_smLipstick is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not for every occasion either. Tinted lip balm, on the other hand, is perfect when you want a toned down natural look, and it’s great to use everyday. It makes a great gift too! Just find a pretty little tin et voilà – a berry beautiful lip balm for under R9, and ready in just under 5 minutes.

Although the recipe is cheap, the ingredients are expensive to buy once-off, especially the shea butter. However, all of the ingredients are very common in natural recipes, so you will definitely have a lot left over to make natural goodies for everyone on the block. You can even make some standard lip balm (that’s not tinted) – find my lip balm recipe here.

The method for making lip balm is only a fraction more complex than mixing, it just involves melting in a double boiler and then mixing. Easy enough? Give it a try and let me know how it turns out in the comments below.

Substitutes you can also use

If you can’t afford the shea butter, or any other ingredient, don’t fret your little socks off! You can simply use any nourishing oil that you can afford to concoct the simplest and most affordable lip balm for yourself (eg. olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil etc.). Unfortunately, the beeswax is a necessary cost. You need beeswax to harden the oil into a lip ‘balmy’ texture. If you use an oil which is liquid at room temperature, you may need to add a pinch or two more of beeswax for it to harden properly.

Hibiscus and beetroot powder are good substitutes for the acai berry powder, however these are more difficult to find in South Africa and are often more expensive. Another good option is to use mica powder. And an even more frugal option is to dehydrate berries yourself, and grind them into a fine powder. If you’d prefer a brown hue, cocoa powder works well too.


Lasted me about: 6 months (using every morning)

Estimated shelf life: 1 year

Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available prices I’ve personally found.


Shea butter is expensive, but so worth it. There’s so much you can make with it.


Shea butter has an SPF5, which is not much, but it’s a bonus. Plus, the cost price of this lip balm works out to be half, or even a third of the price of lip balm in stores.


  • Unrefined organic shea butter:  UV protection (SPF 5), provides essential fatty acids and nutrients required for collagen production. Softens skin and reduces wrinkles (buy here).
  • Bees wax: UV protection, moisturises and retains moisture in skin for longer by forming a protective barrier on the skin. (buy here).
  • Sweet almond oil: Moisturises and nourishes cracked lips, and vitamin E content is anti-ageing and treats sun damage (buy here).
  • Organic coconut oil: Retains moisture in the skin (buy here).

Not sure where to find these ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.

Please note: I have not been able to source mica powder locally, except from this wholesaler (i.e. It’s not available to the general public. They are a business-to-business supplier). The closest thing I’ve found which is available to the public is Inthusiam‘s powders which contains mica powder and other natural minerals, and it comes in a variety of colours. In the meantime, you will have to buy pure mica powder internationally from a website like Amazon. If you happen to find a local supplier, please let me know so I can share the details on my blog. I’d really appreciate it.



Natural tinted lip balm


  • 1 teaspoon Unrefined shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon Sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Beeswax pastilles
  • 1/2 teaspoon Acai berry powder (adjust according to your colour preference)


  1. Makes 15ml (about three standard lip balm roll-up tubes).
  2. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, shea butter and acai berry powder.
  3. Once the beeswax and shea butter have melted, add the sweet almond and coconut oil.
  4. Turn off the heat, but leave mixture on the stove and allow the acai berry powder to infuse into the warm oils.
  5. When the oils cool and harden, reheat so that the oils become warm & liquid again.
  6. Strain out the acai berry powder by pouring the warm mixture through a coffee filter paper, fine mesh strainer or clean teabag.
  7. Transfer into your container/s immediately. If the mixture starts to harden before you get the chance, reheat the mixture until it melts again. Be careful not to overheat the ingredients, in order to preserve the beneficial nutrients. You just want the ingredients to melt, not boil.
  8. Allow to cool until it hardens completely.


How to make your own double boiler: Make your own double boiler with a pot and a bowl, that's what I do. Fill a pot about half way with water. Once the water has come to a boil, place your heat-proof bowl (or another smaller pot) on top of the pot of boiling water. Leave the stove on a low heat. Place your ingredients in the suspended bowl, and wait for the ingredients to melt. It's that simple.

Colour tips: Red hues - hibiscus powder, beetroot powder, raspberries and strawberries. Brown hues - Cocoa powder and ground cinnamon.


1) You can skip steps 4-6 and just leave the acai berry powder in the lip balm without infusing and straining it. It will just have a more grainy texture.

2) If you are making this lip balm just for your personal use, why not reuse one of your old lip balm containers, rather than buying new ones? It's cheaper, and better for the environment.

3) I personally choose a fragrance free lip balm, but you could add scent by adding 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils. I would suggest peppermint, grapefruit or orange essential oils, as they smell and taste fantastic (not that you will be eating your lip balm, but you never know who might surprise you with a kiss!)

Recipe by: Christina from

How do you tint your natural lip balm? Please share in the comments below.

Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.