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DIY Zero Waste Lip Balm

DIY zero waste lip balm

By: Ariana Palmieri

I'm always disappointed with conventional makeup aisles. For starters, Burts Bees is the only natural option typically offered. Secondly, everything's packaged in plastic: The actual makeup container and the protective plastic surrounding it. Even lip balm. I mean seriously: If you want to see how plastic-obsessed we are as a society, go down a makeup aisle. It will change you. That's why I decided enough was enough: It was time to make my own DIY makeup. First up - DIY zero waste lip balm.

This lip balm is really moisturizing: Just one application will make your lips feel a lot better. It keeps my lips happy, kissable and hydrated. Applying it feels very luxurious too: Probably because there are three different oils in it. Honestly, it instantly hydrates my lips and leaves them feeling so soft after just one application. Who wouldn't want that? I store it in a reusable plastic container I've had for a while. I encourage you to use what you have to store it too (just because it's plastic doesn't mean you have to throw it away - that would be wasteful).

That said, in order to keep this recipe as zero waste as possible, try to find the ingredients in bulk. Check your local bulk food store to see if they have the ingredients available package-free. If so, take a few mason jars with you and fill 'em up! If you don't have access to bulk, no worries: You could always order the ingredients online from The Refill Revolution (they sell ingredients in glass jars instead of plastic packaging). Most of the ingredients for this lip balm can be bought from them (except olive oil - which you can just buy in a glass jar at a grocery store). 

Alright, I think I've blabbed enough for now. Ready to give your lips some love? Without further ado, here's how to make DIY zero waste lip balm!


DIY Zero Waste Lip Balm
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DIY zero waste lip balm

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax (carnauba wax for vegans) 
  • 2 tablespoons of rose petal powder (optional)
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional - you can also choose another scent if you like)

DIY zero waste lip balm

Note: I used DIY rose petal powder to tint my DIY zero waste lip balm. I made it by drying and blending (yes, in a blender) rose petals. You can do the same, or you can use beetroot powder. My local bulk food store sells neither and I had dried roses on hand (my boyfriend got them for me on Valentine's Day) so it was just easier to do this. Mind you, the rose powder I made didn't create a very strong tint, just a delicate pale pink one (it applies clear on my lips). Then again, every rose is different and (depending on the color), it will produce a different colored powder. If you're okay with that, go for it!

DIY zero waste lip balm


  1. First, melt the coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and beeswax in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. If you have a double boiler, you can just use that instead (I don't so I improvised).
  2. When the mixture starts to liquidize, add your essential oil of choice to the mix. Stir it in and remove from heat. If you're going to tint your lip balm, add in the rose petal powder (or beetroot powder) now. Stir it in well.
  3. Prepare your container. I used an old plastic container that housed natural blush at one point, but you can use whatever you have lying around (tins and small glass containers work great). Trust me, plastic wasn't my first preference but it was all I had. The next time I do this, or if I want to make more, I'll stock up on glass/metal containers.
  4. Using a funnel, pour your mixture into your container. You can also use a spoon if you don't have a funnel. Since I used homemade rose petal powder, my powder wasn't super fine. Because of this, I also used a mesh strainer to try to catch any thicker rose petal pieces from entering my lip balm. I just put it over my funnel and poured. It caught a lot of pesky debris!
  5. Once your container is filled, let it sit out for a little while to cool, then place in the refrigerator. Please note that the color your lip balm is when you pour it will more than likely fade as it cools (mine sure did - it started out a robust red color, then faded into a pale nude pink). 

DIY zero waste lip balm

Note: Once you remove the mixture from heat, you have to work fast to prevent it from hardening up. That's because of the wax. If it does harden up, return it to your double boiler until it liquefies again.

DIY zero waste lip balm

So, what do you think? Would you give this DIY zero waste lip balm a try? Let me know in the comments below!


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  5. This is similar to the recipe I use. I suggest swapping out the almond oil or any other nice smelling hydrating oil because almonds are not sustainable. The require a lot of land and crazy amounts of water to grow, plus they are usually grown in areas that have drought problems already, thus adding to the problem.

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