Upcycled Lip Balm Tutorial

Like every other girl on this planet, we are obsessed with all things lip balm, especially EOS lip balm and the adorable packaging. So if you’re anything like us you probably go through the lip balms faster than the average teenage girl, only to be left with a bunch of empties. These colorful containers are way too cute to throw away so we came up with a solution (actually, Pinterest came up with the solution). Follow along to create your own lip balm (using materials from past HBB boxes) and upcycle those old EOS containers with this simple tutorial!

Upcyle EOS lip balm containers with Handmade Beauty Box.

What makes the perfect lip balm recipe?
Believe it or not, custom lip balm recipes are so easy. All you really need is a liquid oil (Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil), butter (Shea, Mango, Avocado), and a hard wax (beeswax, soy wax). If you’re feeling extra creative you can add a lip safe colorant from the Lipstick Project and a lip safe flavoring oil. Before you start your project, make sure that all of the ingredients are lip safe. For this tutorial we will be using ingredients from March’s box.

2 oz Shea Butter
.6 oz White Beeswax
1 oz Avocado Oil
.3 oz Passionfruit Rose Fragrance & Flavor Oil

What You’ll Need from Home:
4 Empty EOS Lip Balm Containers
Heat Safe Container


Prep: Use the end of a butter knife to pop out the middle section of the lip balm container and scrape out the left over lip balm using hot water and soap. Clean all parts of the container with soap and hot water and dry with a clean paper towel.

Also, put a spoon in the freezer. We’ll tell you why later. Just trust us =)

ONE: Screw all of the middle pieces into the corresponding EOS lids (note – the lids are completely rounded and the bottoms are flat).

DIY EOS Refill Tutorial by Handmade Beauty BoxTWO: Measure and combine 2 oz Shea Butter, 1 oz Avocado Oil, and .6 oz Beeswax into a heat safe container and melt in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until fully melted. Use a hot pad when taking the container out of the microwave, it will be hot!

TIP: Depending on the strength of your microwave it should only take 60-90 seconds. If there are still a few white chunks of beeswax, stir until fully incorporated. It’s important that the mixture doesn’t get too hot. Overheating the Shea Butter could result in a “grainy” texture.

Optional: Take your chilled spoon out of the freezer and dip the tip of the spoon into the liquid mixture. The lip balm mixture will instantly harden on the tip of the spoon so you can test consistency. If you want your lip balm to be harder, add more Beeswax. If you want the consistency to be softer, add more liquid oil.

Refill your empty EOS lip balm containers with this easy tutorial by Handmade Beauty Box
THREE: Once you’re happy with the lip balm consistency, add in .3 oz (about 2ml) of thePassionfruit Rose Fragrance Oil and mix thoroughly.

FOUR: Carefully pour the lip balm mixture into the EOS lids, which will give us that famous rounded dome shape. Fill it up until it covers the plastic center (the triangle part – that looks like a little pizza).

FIVE: Let the mixture harden for 1-2 hours.

DIY EOS Refill tutorial by Handmade Beauty BoxSIX: Once the mixture has completely solidified, all you need to do is snap the bottom piece to the lid. Unscrew the top and (TA-DA!!) it’s ready to use!

We absolutely loved doing this tutorial! If you don’t have March’s box, you could also use ingredients from July’s Foot Balm Box which includes Avocado Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Yellow Beeswax. Do you have any lipstick base left over from February’s Lipstick Box? You could use that too.

Get creative and share your recipes with us on social media with the hashtag #hbbshowandtell