Black Honey Lip Balm

One of my favorite lip colors is Clinique Black Honey. I have been wearing it since high school. It is a fantastic and magical product that goes with every hair color and skin color and makes your lips look naturally flushed.

I wanted to make my dupe formula and found it pretty easy! My DIY formula is sheer and transparent and goes on super smooth (just like the original Clinique brand).
I have about 2 pounds of Essential Wholesale Vegan Lip Balm leftover, so I just went with this instead of pulling out my beeswax and carrier oils. This lip balm base is great to have on hand if you are serious about making different shades of lipstick. You can make a large batch of handmade lipstick base too. Stay tuned for my tutorial on that.

I ordered this from Essential Wholesale.

Measure out 11 grams of the lip balm base into a glass beaker or measuring cup.

Place the glass beaker into a few inches of simmering water. Stir to melt (which happens pretty quickly).

For the colorants, I chose to use 1/4 teaspoon of Titanium Dioxide, 1/8 teaspoon of Red Oxide (blue shade) and 1/8 teaspoon of Red Basics Mica. You can order these from TKB Trading.

Pour the colorants into the melted base. Keep the glass beaker in warm water so the base does not harden up while you work the colors into it. You will spend about 4 to 5 minutes stirring to ensure that all the colors are smoothly distributed in the base and that there are no small gritty chunks of the minerals.

Once you get the beautiful color mixed up, carefully pour the hot liquid into lip balm containers. I filled two traditional 4.5 ml lip balm tubes and one 7 ml glass lip balm pot with the product.

So gorgeous! 

Here is the swatch of the finished lip balm. Pretty darn close to Black Honey!


-Shannon Buck