Beauty DIY: Inspired by Nivea Lip Butters

Hey you! How was your weekend? It was a rainy one here in Atlanta. And slightly chilly, too! I read a book as part of my The52Project, then I kept my hair and skin moisturized with a DIY mask and these DIY lip butters. I'm sharing a couple of ways to make these lip balms, and I've tweaked them a little as inspired by the amazing Nivea Lip Butter. You can buy these (easy! cheap!) or make your own. Here's how to:

You'll Need:
Base 1: shea butter or coconut oil
Base 2: Vaseline Jelly
Color: lipstick or eye shadow
Oil: vitamin E or almond oil
Scent: flavor oils
small microwavable bowl

How To:

Choose enough shea butter or coconut oil to fit your container. This is usually a couple of tablespoons. My containers shown are from the Container Store, but these can be found at craft stores or online. These were around .99 cents. I've also recycled empty lip balm containers and I've nicely asked those who work at Sephora for small sample containers, and I've gotten them for free that way.

In a microwavable bowl, add your base, an oil (I used almond), your color (if desired), and mix together. Melt in 30 seconds increments until thoroughly melted. I think this took about a minute and half to melt.

Mix in the flavor oil. Since skin can be sensitive to certain essential oils, I purchase flavor oils made just for lip balms, like this site. I like adding the flavor oil later, so it won't evaporate, but you can add it when you melt the ingredients. I used a raspberry sangria flavor here, and a lipstick for color, to mimic the Raspberry Rose of the Nivea Lip Butter.

Pour carefully into container and allow to cool. That's it!

This second method uses Vaseline, which is closer to the original Nivea Lip Butter. I added a drop of vitamin E and a drop of almond oil. It took about 2 minutes to melt the ingredients.

Next, I added vanilla flavored oil and poured into the container. Allow to cool or put in the freezer to speed up the process. Petroleum is highly flammable in its liquid state, so please use caution.

  • I've used eye shadow (mica), Jello, Kool-Aid powder, crayons, and cocoa powder to tint lip balm too! 
  • The Nivea Lip Butter comes in the flavors: caramel kiss, raspberry rose, vanillia macadamia, and smooth kiss. 
  • Use Vaseline Jelly, shea butter, castor oil, almond oil, and glycerin to even better mimic the Nivea Lip Butters.
  • I've used these as moisturizers on my hands and feet as well!
  • FYI: There is no spf in these versions, as opposed to the Nivea. 

What's your favorite lip balm?


  1. The result looks really nice! I always enjoy your DIY, i will find time to experiment myself. Thanks!

  2. I think I even have all the necessary ingredients, but I am just too lazy! I'll need to change that! :D


  3. very cool! i bought a kit from martha stewart years ago to make lip butters. very fun and cool to mix up your own.

    mobile morsels

  4. Great DIY idea hun! I have all tons on lips balms but I am still curious to try these! ((: I'll definitely do so what I have the time! <3


  5. You never cease to amaze me with all of your at home beauty products! My favourite lip balm has stayed the same since I was little; Dr. Pepper by Bonne Bell. If there is a way to make it at home, I would love to know!

  6. This is the coolest! Absolutely must try! I'm obsessed with lip balm.


  7. What a fantastic idea! I will be trying this out :)

  8. This lip butter looks so much like the Rose Balm one, eh? Too cool.

  9. I'm not even gonna say it.

  10. I am so thrilled that you did this DIY, I go through lip butters and balms really quickly, I must try it out. You're brilliant Elle!

  11. what an incredible DIY! and i love it because i LOVE my lip balms/butters :)

  12. Hi, I love your blog I learn a lot here! That bom like you! I follow you ... :-) I hope you like mine! ... every day I put a look hope you like ... Your opinion is very important to me ... Happy week.


  13. Something I never thought of making - looks good though!

  14. I love tutorials like this :) as u said, some of us (me) do not use petroleum but i would personally just use beeswax instead..loved this post xx

  15. How cool! I usually just use Blistex to be honest. I never wear color on my lips because it almost never fails that I end up smudging it all over my face LOL.

  16. I'm usually a plain ol' Chapstick girl.

  17. I'm always discovering more ways to use coconut oil - love this recipe!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  18. This reminds me of rosebud salve! My sister swears by it :)

  19. What a great DIY, I love the color!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  20. What a great idea!
    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

  21. I love how simple this is, what a fun tutorial! I'll have to try this sometime. :) It'd be fun to play with more shades too

  22. Wow, this is impressive! I probably wouldn't make my own, but have been known to use pure coconut oil on to moisturize.

  23. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit :) I appreciate your comments!

  24. Whaaat! This is an AMAZING DIY! I actually never knew some of these ingredients were in lip balm.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  25. i make mine from coconut oil Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

  26. I've never tried making my own, but it sounds like a great idea! I use a raspberry lemonade lip balm, which I really love.

  27. So fun and easy. Thanks for sharing. I may have to hunt for some scents and lipsticks to create my own.

  28. These look so pretty! I remember making my own lip balm a LONG time ago, but it looked nothing like that (and it was really sticky). This looks so much simpler.

  29. This is fantastic! You could create any color you'd like! :)

  30. That's a great idea, I might make a little bit when my favourite lipstick doesn't function as a lipstick, I could get out the rest and do this!

    E x

  31. I realized the other day that I'd been using Smith's strawberry balm since I was 15–talk about a dedicated user!


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