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How to DePot Your Lipsticks and Lip Balms

Updated on October 27, 2012

Let's face it. Lipsticks take up a lot of room and create clutter. Not to mention the mess created if one of them happens to break inside the tube. There has to be a better way!


  • Lipstick Tube
  • An Empty Container, Pot, Jar, Cosmetic Pan, etc
  • A Heat Source (Optional), Candle, Stove Top, Oven, Microwave, etc
  • A Knife (Optional)
  • A Toothpick (Optional), For scraping out the lipstick
  • A Spoon or Other Small Metal Bowl or Cup (Optional)


  1. Select a lipstick and twist it all the way up.
  2. Remove the lipstick from the tube. Some will come free by gently tugging and wiggling the lipstick itself. Others will need to be cut out.
  3. If depotting into a small container, you may need to divide the lipstick into several parts. Take the knife and do this now.
  4. Place the lipstick into a metal spoon or measuring cup and place it over or inside your heat source. The lipstick should melt quickly, but don't allow it to boil.
  5. Transfer the melted lipstick into it's final container. Allow it to cool completely. You may place it in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process.

Lip Palette Making!

  • You can also utilize a candle warmer to melt lipsticks in much the same fashion as a hair straightener.
  • If you are careful and keep a close eye on it, you can melt several lipsticks at once in the oven on a low heat.
  • The same can be said for microwave use, but make sure its a microwave safe container that won't melt or ruin your microwave.
  • Any container will work for storing your newly depotted lipstick, but its best if the container has a lid.
  • You may want to have some rubbing alcohol or other sanitizer to hand to avoid bacterial contamination.


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