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How to Apply Lip Balm Labels

Unlabeled lip balm tube

Creating personalized lip balm labels for parties, events, or to sell can be fun and a great business. It can also be frustrating if you can't seem to keep them labeled.

There are a bunch of reasons why you could be having trouble applying your lip balm labels or keeping them stuck on your tubes. Below, we've listed some of the most common ways to overcome them so you can apply the perfect label every time.

Don't have your labels yet? Browse our selection of lip balm labels to find the perfect one for your needs. Labeling another product? See our general tips for label application.

1. Work Clean

Cleaning the lip balm tube with soap Cleaning lip balm tube with alcohol

Clean hands, tools, and work spaces are essential for success. The first thing anyone labeling lip balm should do is wash their hands. Natural oils and dirt can degrade the adhesive, causing your labels to lose their stick.

Clean tube containers are another big one. Try washing the surface of your lip balm tube with dish soap or rubbing alcohol. This will de-grease the surface to optimize adhesion. Just be sure the tubes are completely dry before labeling!

2. Create Surface Texture

Priming surface with sandpaper

Try priming the container surface if you're having trouble keeping your labels on. Use very fine sandpaper or emery cloth to lightly rub the tube. This adds texture to the container that helps the label have a better stick. Make sure to clean the tube again before applying the label, wiping off any debris and oils.

3. Don't Get Wax on Your Tubes

Using a funnel to pour your lip balm

There are two main ways you can work around this — use a funnel or a pouring tray. The funnel method is depicted above.

  • The funnel method: A funnel is an easy way to make sure all of the wax gets in your tubes while pouring. This is perfect if you're only labeling a few tubes at a time.
  • The pouring tray method: If you're making lip balm at a higher quantity, a pouring tray is the perfect tool. It makes filling a batch easy and quick. Learn more about pouring trays from the Soap Queen blog.

4. Make Sure Your Lip Balm is Fully Completed

The process of making your own lip balm involves a lot of heat and cooling. Varying temperatures can make the tube expand and contract slightly, irritating the label and causing it to undo.

Heat from hot wax can also melt the adhesive of the label, making it more difficult to stick. Therefore, you should consider doing your labeling last – think of it as the icing on the cake.

5. Choose A Durable Material

The strength of your label's adhesive can play a big role. Labels with stronger adhesives like our weatherproof materials, are made to be more durable. Read more about the benefits of weatherproof labels.

Our materials for laser printers are also great options. While they feature our standard adhesive, they're more likely to keep your design in tact. Whereas inkjet printers drop ink onto your label sheet, laser printers fuse toner to it. This method makes them more adept at withstanding heavy handling.

6. Apply Your Lip Balm Label

Instructions: how to apply a lip balm label with a perforated tear tab Photo of lip balm tube with a perforated safety seal tab applied and torn

The best way to apply a lip balm label is to line the label up with the lid or the bottom of the tube, based on your preference and label type. If your label has a perforated tab or a fully perforated top, you'll want to use the lid as your guide. Try to get as close as possible to the separation point so the label isn't difficult to tear for the user.

Once you have your labels in the right position, apply the middle of the label first. Press down with your thumbs from the center out, creating a smooth bond between the label and the tube. Once it's applied, use moderate force to ensure the best stick.




If you make lip balm often, keep this page bookmarked so you can revisit it whenever you need a refresher. And if you have a labeling tip that works for you, be sure to join our forums and share your success stories. You can also share your finished product with other customers in our Customer Ideas gallery.

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