Introduction: How to Make Bacon Lip Balm

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Now who doesn't like bacon? This easy recipe will have your lips tasting like bacon in no time, to complete the lip balm will take approximately 15 minutes. It makes enough of just over one stick of bacon lip balm.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
• An unused candle
• Bacon
• Vaseline
 • An old lip balm container (optional)

• An old plastic pot
• A knife
• Something to stir it with
• A plastic bag
• A piece of wax paper
• A kettle 

Step 2: Melting the Lip Balm Base

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Scrape about two teaspoons of wax shavings with the knife and place them in the plastic bag. Next add about one and a halve teaspoons of Vaseline to the bag. Place the bag in a cup or tin full of boiling water (from the kettle) and wait for it to melt. When it has melted cut the corner of the bag and pour it into the old plastic container. You must keep the container over the hot water to stop it hardening.

Step 3: Preparing the Bacon Oil

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Select some nice fatty bacon and cut off all of the fat. Put the bacon fat in a small frying pan with a small piece of bacon 'meat' in to the pan as well. Now heat the bacon with a little oil until it is browned, then pour the oil into your container with the lip balm base it it.

Step 4: Molding the Lip Balm

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Now pour the liquid lip balm in to your container, I used an old lip balm stick, or you could use a old Vaseline tin (something of that sort-of size). You have to wait around five minutes for in to cool down, but after that the balm is safe to use.

Step 5: Designing a Label

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Now you could just stop there, or you could design a funky label like i did :) and now here's an idea; give it to friends as presents and spread the love of bacon.


sugarshoxcrafts (author)2012-06-23

I made this and subsituted the candle wax for beeswax. It came out AMAZING. It tastes like bacon meat, and does not irritate my lips, cause any acne or breakouts or any other adverse effect. Of course this may vary depending on your skin type -I have had my tube for going on 5 weeks and the bacon fat has not turned rancid and the balm is just as good as it was on the day I first made it.

You add in the wax\Vaseline base to the tube first, then fill the rest up with the bacon oil. It does take about a day for the flavor to fully set and develop.

This is an amazing tutorial, so thank you mangoking!! I will be making many presents with it :)

AmyLuthien (author)2011-04-26

AH HA HA HA! Good one! My dogs like to give me kisses already, they'd go ballistic if I started tasting like bacon too XD

mholliday (author)2011-04-20

wow... thats neato. what about a taco smelling one though. or a pizza one. or like something really yummy smelling.

Chenkar (author)2015-03-22

Makin bacon right now! gave me the idea to google this. I will definitely make a batch when I get my bee keeping summer job back XD

momoluv (author)2013-07-31

I just made this so cool

Anna Logg (author)2013-03-10

But isn't the constant lick-off and reapply counterproductive?

sugarshoxcrafts (author)2013-01-22

I made another batch of this today, and a challenge I am finding to this recipe is that the beeswax and Vaseline mixture hardens FAST! It seems to go almost solid in just a couple of seconds of sitting. I strongly recommend when you are adding the beeswax mixture and bacon oil to the mixing container (or the "old plastic container" as noted in this instructable), that you add the bacon oil first to the container and the beeswax second. Quickly stir it up and you should be well on the road to a great tube of lip balm! Once again, awesome tutorial mangoking!

hpankhurst (author)2012-10-20

WOOOAAAHHHH! i'm a lipbalm fanatic and i have many cool flavours BUT THIS is just AWESOMEEE!!! you are so creative!! i will DEFINITELY try this!!!!

one question though, can you just use Vaseline and omit the beeswax?
please reply

mangoking (author)hpankhurst2012-10-20

the beeswax basically holds the whole thing together and kinda stops it going into a gooey mess :)

issie (author)2012-07-31

Putting bacon grease on your lips is the same as fat in the pan, to the sun. You will cook your lips. Might be better to skip that part.

sugarshoxcrafts (author)2012-06-23

If you want to see how it turned out for me check out my Facebook:

I've posted pictures on the timeline of how it came out.

Miscelinious (author)2011-06-09

Since the balm is so fatty with oils and such, it seems to me that if you have sensitive skin, acne can develop around the lips.

hkalisiak (author)2011-06-03

Speaking as someone who makes both candles and lip balm for a living, please don't use a candle to make lip balm!! At the very least, get some paraffin wax that's food safe (it should be in the canning section of the grocery store - although you shouldn't use it for canning - and afterwards you can use some to make buckeyes, yum) or some food grade beeswax. Just not candle wax - it's not skin safe, it's not food grade, even if you're making it for yourself, be nicer to your body.

conman711 (author)2011-04-23

what happens when the bacon fat becomes rancid?

jadink96 (author)conman7112011-04-24

That's why I haven't made this yet. I'm hoping someone can find out whether or not it will go bad.

mangoking (author)jadink962011-05-07

it has been 3 weeks the lip balm is still fine to use.

jadink96 (author)mangoking2011-06-01

Oh cool, sorry i didn't answer. But thank you!

rattyrain (author)conman7112011-04-24

Oops, I thought you were replying to someone else.

stretch mark (author)2011-04-30

Candles can have contaminants including lead. Cool project though.

pingeee (author)2011-04-20

I just think any normal unused candle might not be too suitable for the skin. They might have some harmful impurities as it is not designed for lip balm purposes. Other than that it's cool.

rattyrain (author)pingeee2011-04-24

Yeah, beeswax would probably be better.

StuNutt (author)2011-04-24

I know it's contra to the principles of Instructables, but you can actually buy it ready-made from the Bacontrepreneurs at

(UK/European mail order

Ysabeau (author)2011-04-20

I just wonder if bacon lip balm is glamourous.

StuNutt (author)Ysabeau2011-04-24

I think that may depend on your boyfriend . . . . Ah, but what MAN doesn't like the taste of BACON - Go For It!

cirvine (author)2011-04-24


grandmaruth (author)2011-04-24

why not get a plain tube of lip balm, scoop it out mush in some bacon fat and put back in the tube....

frankenstella (author)2011-04-21

You should try this with maybe paraffin or beeswax, it would probably be better for your skin. Other than that, the instructable is excellent and it probably tastes awesome :D Very good idea.

mangoking (author)frankenstella2011-04-21

Candles are usually made from a blend of bees wax and paraffin wax.

mrmerino (author)2011-04-21

nice camera!

ToniRose (author)2011-04-20

Sounds great, but doesn't this have the potential to make you very sick?

Emsaid (author)2011-04-20

Nice! but how much bacon grease/oil do you add to the rest of the stuff?

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