Victorian Homemade Lip Balm

By: Lori Elliott from
Victorian Homemade Lip Balm
Victorian Homemade Lip Balm
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Did you know that women in Victorian America made their own lip balm? For a super throwback project, follow this tutorial to make this Victorian Homemade Lip Balm! Unlike most modern lip balms, this DIY lip balm has a short and sweet ingredient list. It’s an affordable lip balm recipe, too! This homemade skin care product will give your lips a subtle tint, so it also functions as a makeup product. Tip: to make sure your lip balm stays fresh as long as possible, keep it in a cool, dry area.   

Primary TechniqueBath and Beauty


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Beauty in the Victorian Era

Natural makeup is all the rage these days, and it turns out we haven’t come all that far from the Victorian days! During Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901, women strived to have pale complexions and blushing cheeks. Pale skin was a symbol of nobility, because it meant that a woman was wealthy enough to not have to work outside in the sun. Red cheeks were supposed to give a healthy, youthful appearance.

However, cosmetics were actually seen as scandalous in those times, so upper class women used homemade makeup to achieve their beauty ideals. It was important that their makeup tricks achieved a very natural look, lest they be accused of being impure or immoral. Often women lightened their skin with lemon juice, and they used rouge made from beet juice to give their cheeks a healthy glow. A light dusting of talc powder was used to prevent oily skin, and homemade lip balms made from beeswax gave the lips a light shine. Women even used poisonous belladonna eye drops to brighten their eyes, even if it did damage their vision! Thankfully, today we have much safer ways of achieving that “no-makeup makeup” look than in the Victorian times.

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This is a really cool tutorial! I like how it kind of ties back into history, but it seems super easy to recreate


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