Guest Post: Fruit Tinted Lip Balm, Thriving on Paleo

You may have noticed from my Instagram account that I kind of have a love for the girly things in life – fabulous nail designs, Anthro ensembles, and I am all about accessorizing with statement jewelry pieces! Oh, and don’t forget those beauty products – I hunted far and wide to find high quality products with non-toxic ingredients, and found the best mascara, the perfect face wash, amazing texturizing spray for my hair, and makeup that my skin actually responded well to (find all my Skintervention details here). 

And as much fun as I have shopping for these items, I also can’t resist a fun DIY beauty project (check out this recent one that caught my eye)! 

Michele, from Thriving on Paleo, shares my appreciation for quality beauty products. She too knows that what we put on our bodies, is equally as important as what we put in our bodies – check out her awesome tutorials on DIY blushdeodorant, and eyeliner! And if DIY beauty products sound a bit overwhelming, I highly suggest testing the waters with the tinted lip balm recipe below. It is a simple one to tackle, and makes a great end product! 


I have been making my own lip balm for years since it is such an easy yet satisfying natural product to create. There are so many variations for ingredients and you can flavor it with essential oils or by infusing things like mint or lime into it. Plus, I feel better about using a product that has ingredients in it that I can pronounce, which is a bonus if you believe the rumors that we ingest some crazy amount of lipstick each year.

Paleo Parents Guest Post: Fruit Tinted Lip Balm, Thriving on Paleo

One day I got the idea to pulverize some freeze-dried fruits and see what that did to the color and flavor of the lip balm and I was pleasantly surprised. I used raspberries and strawberries since that is what I had on hand. It doesn’t make it super dark but yet gives it a pretty pink color and a light berry flavor. You can certainly play around with the amount of powder you add or try adding some beet root powder to make it even darker if you desire. The lip balm itself is my absolute favorite ingredient combination. It’s just the perfect degree of softness, lasts a long time, and doesn’t wind up drying your lips out.

Paleo Parents Guest Post: Fruit Tinted Lip Balm, Thriving on Paleo

All of the supplies can be found on Amazon (or in your kitchen). I also have been able to find my ingredients at apothecary shops and Natural Grocers as well.

Watch my short DIY tutorial video to see how easy this is. I don’t talk in it, instead I just use subtitles to let you know what to do.

Fruit Tinted Lip Balm



  1. Weigh and/or measure the ingredients and put them in a double boiler or a glass jar. If using a glass jar, set it in a pot filled 1/4 full with water.
  2. Turn the heat on and melt the ingredients.
  3. Quickly strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds and then immediately into the lip balm tube. The mixture will start to harden almost immediately so if for some reason this has happened you before you get it into the tube, simply heat until liquid again.
  4. Let solidify completely and enjoy!
  5. Note: This recipe is for 1 lip balm. You can easily multiply it to make more - these make fantastic gifts.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2013Spring0174-Cropped-1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Michele Spring is the blogger behind Thriving On Paleo. She is also a mom of 2 young boys, suffers from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac Disease, and is an expert on using the Paleo diet to feel your absolute best. Through her blog posts and short how-to videos she’s here to help teach and inspire you to live a Paleo lifestyle while having the time of your life doing it. When she’s not blogging you can find her sewing up a new outfit, reading a great book, or desperately trying to keep her kids from making her house look like a tornado hit it. If you want to connect with Michele you can find her at these places: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest[/author_info] [/author]

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  • Mrs g

    You might want to review the ingredients list, there are some serious typos.
    For a start 1oz beeswax is not a tsp.
    This recipe makes way more than 1 tube. Just for a comparison, a couple of days ago I made my own lip balm, using the 1:1:1 formula (1 part beeswax, 1 part solid fat, 1 part liquid oil) plus a few drops of essential oil. I used 5 g each and I obtained 3 tubes. Now, considering that 1 oz is a bit less than 30 g….you get approximately 18 tubes! Even if you keep into account that some of the oils will be lost during the straining, this is still way too much.

    • Hi Mrs G – sorry for the typo! We have updated our recipe to factor in the ‘0.1’ that was previously missing. Thanks again!

  • Angelina

    I am certainly going to give this a try. My girls are all into flavored lip balms and they will LOVE this!!!! Thanks for the instructions and video 🙂

  • Oh my gosh! This is SO awesome. I am going to have to add this to my 15 Fabulous Ways to Enjoy Dried Strawberries post. Love this!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Andrea Wyckoff

    Such a great idea!! I have made my own lip balms before, but never thought to tint them with freeze dried fruit! I can’t wait to try this!!

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  • NSum

    How well does this keep? When will the oil start to turn? Does it easily get melty in a pocket, with seepage from the tube?
    If the balm is kept in the fridge will it draw moisture? If it is put in the freezer what will happen? Shrinkage?
    I have been saving my balm tubes and thought homemade balm would be a fun gift but not if it gets yucky in someone’s purse or pocket.

    • Hey! So adding the fruit definitely lessens the amount of time you can keep these, but it’s not like it’s only a few weeks. I still have the ones I made for this post 9 months ago and they are still not moldy or anything, but the fruit flavor is pretty much gone. That flavor slowly faded away around the 6 month mark. The color is still there though. Now this is also keeping them out at room temperature in my bathroom (in super dry Colorado) too. Keeping it in the fridge most likely would extend the shelf life and wouldn’t draw any moisture, but unfortunately I’m not sure about the freezer. I’d say use within 1 year. You can also add a drop of two of Vitamin E and that would help extend the shelf life a bit as well since it acts as a natural preservative. And I’ve kept them in my pocket before – it definitely gets soft but doesn’t melt all over the place.

      • NSum

        Thank you!