Tinted Lip Balm Recipe with Honey and Tallow

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Amp up your natural beauty routine with this gorgeous hibiscus lip balm. This DIY tinted lip balm recipe uses the skin friendly ingredients of raw honey and grass fed tallow.

Tinted lip balm recipe

Makeup? What’s that? I have always been rather low maintenance. But in another life (before I had kids) I did at least put on mascara and a tinted lip balm pretty much every day. Those two items have always been my bare minimum makeup essentials. 

These days, I definitely have more no makeup days than days with cosmetics. Small children just make things so much busier!

Beauty with integrity

That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy getting glammed up once in a while, though! Whenever I do get the chance to put on some makeup, I do try to have the same, strict standards that I have for the rest of my skincare products.  This means no toxic chemicals, period.

I don’t ever wear any foundation, blush, or anything at all on my face. After overcoming my horrible cystic acne for good, I like to enjoy my clear skin as is. And I just don’t like how extra products feel on my skin. I pretty much stick to eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and tinted lip balm. Mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow aren’t things I’ve been able to DIY so far, but I do have a natural makeup brand that I love. Check out my 100% Pure makeup review here

For a long time I used a tinted lip balm with a bee logo from the local drugstore. But then I thought it would be fun to make it myself! That way I could have something that was much higher quality than I had been buying.

I like to include ingredients that not only look nice, but are also beneficial. This tinted lip balm recipe includes some things you probably won’t see very often if you look up DIY lip balms online. I used to make a purely plant based lip balm. This one is so much better! It goes on with a lovely matte finish, and isn’t sticky at all. Yay!

Raw honey adds a beautiful texture, is very beneficial to skin, and adds a nice flavor. Grass fed tallow is amazing for moisturizing, protecting, and healing skin, and also provides a perfect gliding texture without being sticky. Beeswax adds just little more stiffness for the best consistency.

Tinted lip balm recipe hibiscus

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Personalize it

Essential oils are so fun to add to DIY skincare and beauty products! My favorite one to add to this tinted lip balm recipe is cinnamon. It smells great, and actually helps to naturally make lips fuller. Bonus!

Other essential oils that I like for lip balms are peppermint, citrus oils, and vanilla. If you use a citrus oil, go with a steam distilled one to avoid photo toxicity.

Now let’s talk about color. You can definitely use a lot of different pigments to make tinted lip balm, and I decided to go with this mica powder. I’m really happy with it! It gives the perfect hibiscus color, which is exactly what I was looking for.

The technique

If you’ve been on my blog before, you might remember that I also have a plain, non tinted tallow honey lip balm as well. This is actually that very same recipe, with tint added.

This tinted lip balm recipe uses the same technique of getting the honey to stay suspended so it won’t separate out. Basically, once the tallow and beeswax mixture are hot, melted, and combined, you add the honey and mix for a while. Once the mixture begins to cool a bit (but before the beeswax starts to harden), the honey will stay suspended and won’t separate. This is the time to add the essential oils and tint.

One other thing to know is that this tinted lip balm recipe calls for tallow balm, not pure tallow. This just means that the tallow has a very small amount of olive oil (or another skin friendly, liquid oil) added to make it a little softer. If you don’t already have tallow on hand, I show how to render it here, and how to make tallow balm here.

Tinted lip balm recipe tallow honey

Tinted Lip Balm RECIPE DIRECTIONS

Ingredients:

  • 5 TBSP melted tallow balm
  • 1 tsp beeswax
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 15 drops strong essential oil (cinnamon, peppermint) or 25 drops mild essential oil (citrus)
  • 1 1/2 tsp mica powder

Instructions:

1. Melt tallow balm until it is liquid.
2. Measure melted tallow balm and beeswax into a glass, heat safe pitcher.
3. Create a double boiler by putting the glass pitcher on a cloth inside a pan of water.
4. Heat water to a gentle simmer.
5. Once tallow and beeswax mixture are completely melted and combined, remove from heat.
6. Stir mixture with a fork until mixture cools enough so that honey stays suspended and does not separate.
7. Add essential oils and mica powder and mix thoroughly.
8. Pour into tins and allow to harden in the freezer.
9. Remove from freezer, allow to come to room temperature, and enjoy.

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Yield: 5 0.5 oz. tins

Bumblebee Apothecary Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm with Raw Honey & Grass Fed Tallow

Tinted lip balm recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp tallow balm, melted
  • 1 tsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp honey, raw
  • 15 drops cinnamon or peppermint essential oil, 25 drops for milder essential oils, such as citrus
  • 1 1/2 tsp mica powder

Instructions

  1. Melt tallow balm until it is liquid.
  2. Measure melted tallow balm and beeswax into a glass, heat safe pitcher.
  3. Create a double boiler by putting the glass pitcher on a cloth inside a pan of water.
  4. Heat water to a gentle simmer.
  5. Once tallow and beeswax mixture are completely melted and combined, remove from heat.
  6. Stir mixture with a fork until mixture cools enough so that honey stays suspended and does not separate.
  7. Add essential oils and mica powder and mix thoroughly.
  8. Pour into tins and allow to harden in the freezer.
  9. Remove from freezer, allow to come to room temperature, and enjoy.

10 thoughts on “Tinted Lip Balm Recipe with Honey and Tallow”

  1. Thank you much for sharing your wonderful recipes! I am so excited to make the lip balm. I just have one question. Is it possible to use something other than beeswax to harden the balm up?

    Reply
    • I have never heard of that before, very interesting! I haven’t personally had any trouble with that. I guess if you were concerned about it you could use a lip balm tube instead 🙂

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  2. Hello, I’m just thrilled to see all these wonderful recipes using grass fed tallow! I have all the ingredients for the tinted lip balm except for the mica- could I leave this out?

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    • Awesome! It’s great to meet another fellow tallow fan! 😀 Yes you could, it would just be a plain lip balm without tint, but still very wonderful for lips 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for your recipes! I want to try this one, but am wondering about the tallow balm. I purchased tallow off Amazon – I think I need to melt the tallow and add olive oil to it in order to make the tallow balm first, is that correct?

    Reply
    • You’re welcome! Yes, that’s right, if it’s fairly stiff you’ll want to melt it and add olive oil. It’s 1/4 cup olive oil to every 1 cup tallow. If the tallow is quite soft at room temp, like butter, you could leave the olive oil out. But most likely you’ll want to use it 😊

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