2 Ingredient DIY Lip Balm Made with Kool-Aid

Have you ever tried making your own beauty products? Lately, I’ve been really intrigued by the idea of DIY beauty and other household cleaners. You know I’ll share my little experiments as they come. As for today? We did a little 2 ingredient DIY lip balm made with Kool-Aid and shortening. It was super fun, my son got a really big kick out of it. Plus, these would make really cool gifts or party favors!
2 Ingredient DIY Lip balm made with Kool-Aid
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my mother and I were going through her “catch all” recipe box. It has all types of “to be filed” recipes and things like that in it spanning over 2 decades. Well, one of the fun little treasures that we found inside was a torn out sheet from a magazine or book with a list of “Pantry Potions”. I believe the article came from the Almanac and some of the recipes on the page were credited to Joey Green’s Incredible Country Store book which I really need to buy. Among the fun recipes included on the page was a Cherry Lip Balm recipe using nothing other than Cherry Kool-Aid and Crisco. I thought that was easy enough for my son and I to do. So, we set out to make some.
DIY lip balm

I went ahead and purchased some empty lip balm canisters over at Amazon, but the recipe suggests storing in an empty 35-mm film canister. I didn’t have one of those on hand, but you can get all types of creative by up-cycling a small container or re-using a lip balm that you have already used up.

Want to make some too? This is what you’ll need to fill 4 empty lip balm canisters:
3 Tablespoons of Shortening (I used Crisco)
1 Pkg of Kool-Aid (your choice of flavor

diy lip recipe

Add shortening to a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in intervals of 30 seconds. (It took about a minute or so for mine to melt, will vary). Remove your shortening and slowly add some of contents of your Kool-Aid package little by little. Stir well and combine before you add more each time. I did two batches and when I added the whole package at once it was nearly impossible to get the lumps out, it seemed to stick together. Once your ingredients are fully combined with no lumps. Simply pour into your canister of choice. If the mixture thickens, just warm again in the microwave. Refrigerate overnight so that the balm can firm up. The recipe above will fit about 4 standard lip balm tubes.

DIY Lip Balm Recipe

We made some with Pink Lemonade and Tropical Punch Kool-Aid and of course you can choose any flavor your heart desires.

diy lip balm recipe with Kool-Aid

Want to make your lip balm gifty pretty? My hubby and I made some cute labels that will fit a standard lip balm tube.
I used Avery Sticker Project Paper for printing, then adhered them to each tube.

–> Print sheet of 4

–> Print sheet of 20

lip balm

Have you ever tried something like this? What did you do?

About Dawn Lopez

I love sharing ideas for busy families like mine. I'm a work at home blogger currently residing in sunny Florida. When I'm not social media hopping, you'll find me experimenting in the kitchen & snapping pics to prove it.

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  3. all of these ingredients you suggest are toxic…Crisco and Kool-aid? Horrible, horrible for your health and the environment. Why not suggest something organic and healthy instead of promoting chemicals and artificial colors and dyes?

    • Thanks for your suggestions Erica!

    • Carla Jo Peterson says:

      What would you use that is organic and healthy?

      • Dawn Lopez says:

        Some have suggested that either Coconut oil or beeswax pellets would work, but I haven’t tried those personally ;)

        • I bought organic supplies and spent $49. Headed to my local grocery for crisco and kool aid spending $8 (including the crock pot bags) I plan on returning my natural ingredients tomorrow. I think my Daisy Girlscouts will enjoy making tonight. Hope the crock pot works too in our timeframe.

  4. we really love to use coconut oil for our base.

  5. so cool. neat idea. ( :

  6. Does it need to be stored in the fridge? That’s an interesting idea.

  7. Just wondering…doesn’t the kool-aid ten your lips colored?

  8. Maria Iemma says:

    I love the recipe – using Kool Aid is really fun too

  9. Donna Cheatle says:

    This sounds like a great rainy day project for the little ones!!

  10. Wow, what a fun idea for making lip balm! I’m not sure I like the idea of Crisco or Koolaid as food, but not a bad idea for lip balm as they sure beat some of the other crap that goes into chapstick, like petro-chemicals. I am excited to make flavored lip balm now!

  11. Donna Evans says:

    What a cool idea

  12. cylina williams says:

    We go through alot of Lip Balm so this idea is great! Thanks so much!

  13. Alison Marshall Yorke says:

    This is great! My daughter has been looking for a gift she can make for her friends before school lets out, this will be perfect!

  14. What a neat idea! It makes so much sense too, and it’s very non-toxic considering the ingredients! I’ll have to try this some time.

  15. What a great idea for the kids, I like this a lot!