well, there are several ways to do it, as you can probably see from most of the posts on here. usually, i use the cheater method, and use the remnants of lip balm that are left in the tube, little pieces of lipstick in colors that didn't work for me, crayons, petroleum jelly, beeswax, a little bit of peppermint oil or honey, and the list goes on. i just generally guesstimate the proper consistency.
what you need:
*several old lipbalms that have been entirely used up
*some lipsticks that maybe didn't work out for you
*some old crayons in lipstick looking colors
*a little petroleum jelly
*a butter knife
*a thick glass/pyrex jar or cup thing (i usually use a nice glass measuring cup, but you don't have to)
*some empty tubes or lipgloss pots
first, you place the glass container in the sauce pan, and fill around it with water. then you scrape out the lip balm from their tubes and put it in the glass container. set the saucepan with the glass container and water on the stove and turn it up to medium heat. take a few small chunks of the lipstick and a few small chunks of the crayons, keeping an eye for color mixing. think about what color lip junk you want. do you want something berry colored, brick red, coral, pink? add the small chunks to the lip balm in the glass container. another thing you must think about is consistency. if you want it to be more of a lip gloss, perhaps kept in a little pot for lipgloss, add a little bit of petroleum jelly. if you want it to be more of a lipstick or tube, put in a little bit of beeswax. next, you keep an eye on the heat and the water. you want it to be simmering, so that the ingredients in the glass container will all melt together. when they have all melted together, turn off the stove, and pour the liquid into the tubes or lipgloss pots. then place them into the freezer until they've hardened all the way through. then you just apply and see if you like the color and whatnot. sometimes it takes a little bit of experimentation and guesswork to figure it out, but it shouldn't take long before you have figured out how to make some really awesome lip stuff. and this way, you never waste lipstick or lipbalm! recycle, darling. mother earth will love you.