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How to Make Naturally Tinted Lip Gloss

Bright pink and red lip balm tubes laying out on counter with butter and beet root pieces

Many of us au naturale gals and guys forgo sticky chemical laden lipstick for a nice homemade lip balm. And while I love that lip balm helps to keep my lips hydrated and smooth, sometimes I crave a small pop of color. Thankfully, it is surprisingly easy to make a gorgeous red tinted lip gloss with a few simple ingredients.

While this recipe won't color your lips like traditional lipstick, it will provide a silky shine with a natural pink to red hue that will make your lips look and feel fantastic. I used organic geranium essential oil in this recipe to impart a lovely rose-like scent. However, if floral isn't really your thing I recommend trying peppermint, sweet orange, or lavender essential oils.     

Hand holding bees wax pastilles over double boiler to make lip balms

DIY Tinted Lip Gloss

Yields 12 lip balm tubes.



  1. Combine beet root powder, cocoa butterbeeswax, and macadamia nut oil in double boiler, heat lightly, and stir until melted together.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in essential oil and vitamin E oil.
  3. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or clear glass jars.
  4. Allow to cool before capping.

Pro Tips

  • Rubber-banding lip balm tubes together is a great way to keep them steady.
  • Pouring too quickly will cause air pockets to form in lip balm tubes, so take your time.
  • If your tubes develop air pockets, wave a hair dryer or heat gun around the pocket to melt the lip balm and fill the pocket. Be sure to keep your heat source moving—you don’t want to melt the tube.

Steel pitcher pouring red lip balm liquid into plastic lip balm tubes


Looking for more DIY lip balm recipes?

Try Our Vanilla Cardamom Lip Balm


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Written by Kiley on March 1, 2018

Kiley Gwynn, certified BJCP beer judge, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies but her deepest passion is homebrewing. She loves spreading the joy of homebrewing and over the last decade has become deeply involved in the Oregon homebrewing community. Kiley is an award-winning homebrewer who holds a seat on the executive committee of Cascade Brewers Society and is a member of American Homebrewers Association Diversity Subcommittee. She loves brewing herbally inspired beers at educational events like Learn to Homebrew Day. When she’s not working as a Marketing Strategist at Mountain Rose Herbs or in her homebrewery, you’ll likely find her under a pile of yarn with a crochet project, in the kitchen working on her latest small batch canning adventure or chasing her rescued red heeler down the beach.