Monday, August 30, 2010

Adventures in Lip Balm Making

Attempt #1: Caudalie Lip Conditioner & Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou

Right when I was about to start my Caudalie Lip Conditioner review, it broke off! I had just gotten it too. ;_; Imagine the sound Phil from Modern Family made when Claire didn't wake up early enough to buy an iPad for him. That was what I sounded like.

Anyway, I surfed the net for information on how to "salvage broken lipstick" because that was about as close as I could get to my minor dilemma. I found a cool YouTube video featuring a product called LipstixRemix but I didn't feel like waiting to fix this. Then I found an interesting post by Elizabeth of My Beauty Spot on how to make tinted lip balm using your stove or hair straightener. I opted for my stove.

My list of supplies:
- medium sized silver spoon
- tin to pour lip balm in
- Caudalie Lip Conditioner
- Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou
- Oven mitts

First I put the remnants of my Caudalie Lip Conditioner into the medium sized spoon. Using a cotton swab, I scooped out the rest of the balm onto the spoon. Using the middle section of the cotton swab, I broke up the lip balm into smaller pieces so that it would melt faster.

Squeezed out some Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou onto the lip conditioner.

After putting on my oven mitt, I held the spoon over the stove top, rolling the balm around so that it wouldn't burn at the bottom.

Finally, the lip conditioner had melted all the way but the lip tint hadn't yet. I wanted to wait until the lip tint had melted all the way but I think that was a bad deicison. My concoction started smoking. O_O

If I ever attempt this again, I think I'll pour the concoction into my container once the lip balm is melted and then I can just mix the tint up with a cotton swab.

After pouring the liquid mix of lip conditioner and lip tint into my tin, I noticed a stench in the air. I think I burnt it. :/ I wanted to finish everything though so i placed the tin into the freezer.

Here you can see grits on spoon, after I've poured out the melted lip conditioner and tint. Perhaps that's the burnt part?

A few minutes passed and upon looking at my DIY attempt, it was solid! Exciting. Then I took a whiff of it. Not so exciting. The original Caudalie lip conditioner smelled like vanilla. This is a burnt version of that. Not good.

I do like how solid the balm turned out. I can swish my finger around in it and it won't collapse in the middle like some jelly-like balms might. The scent is all that bothers me. I guess I shouldn't cook it as long next time.

*Edit* I coudn't do with the smell of the balm. I ended up emptying out the contents. Round 2 it is.


  1. You did a great job, looks really pro! a squeezable lip product is much easier than melting a lipstick eh?

  2. It turned out so well! At least the colour did lol. I'm a new follower by the way : ) Hope you come check mine out!


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