Make Your Own Lip Balm
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👄 Make Your Own Lip Balm

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Lip balm made from all-natural ingredients is a luscious and fun way to help your lips stay soft and kissable.  It also helps with chapping due to dry air or exposure to the elements.

Lip balm is a treasured, make-at-home gift to offer family and friends for holidays, birthdays, or just because. This one makes a great stocking stuffer for everyone!

Why is petroleum jelly bad for your lips?

Petroleum jelly was the original ingredient used when lip balm was invented by Dr. C. D. Fleet.    Petroleum jelly puts a seal on your lips, so that means no moisture in, no moisture out.  It is not absorbed by your lips, so it cannot provide any moisturizing benefit.  Because no moisture is absorbed, it can actually give you dry lips, which is not the goal.

How do you make natural lip balm?

Homemade Lip BalmThe basic combination is a carrier oil + essential oil + beeswax + honey, but some recipes offer other combinations.  You have the ability to customize everything including the color, the texture, and the moisture content.

You can add menthol or camphor to ease the pain from dry skin.  Plus, adding beeswax and cocoa butter gives your lips protection from the sun because they have natural SPF properties.  And a couple of drops of tea tree oil adds a natural antiseptic.  Tea tree oil could even help your cold sores.  It’s a bit overpowering though, so only use a drop or two.  Coconut oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter have natural SPF properties, so adding them helps your lips receive sun protection.

You may have to “play around” with these recipes by adding a tiny bit more or less of the beeswax pellets.   If it comes out too soft, add a few more beeswax pellets; if it’s too hard, add a little more almond oil (or other oil). They’re really hard to mess up, so enjoy yourself and have fun.

Your best bet is to test your recipes as you go until you can determine how much of a particular oil will suffice without causing irritation or becoming too overpowering.  When you find one you love, write down the exact recipe!

Here are two base recipes to play with.

Lip balm with olive oil


  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Grated Beeswax or Beeswax Pellets
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Honey
  • Any Flavored Oil To Taste
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule as a preservative


  • Melt all carrier oils, honey, beeswax and butters over low heat.
  • Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then add the flavored oils, essential oils, vitamin E.
  • Stir until all ingredients are blended well and pour into containers.
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 Lip Balm with almond oil


  • 3 oz. Almond Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey
  • 1/2 oz. Beeswax or Beeswax Pellets
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule (as a preservative)
  • 1-4 Drops Essential Oil (peppermint or tea tree or sweet orange, etc.)


  • Melt all carrier oils, honey, and beeswax over low heat.
  • Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then add the flavored oils, essential oils, vitamin E.
  • Stir until all ingredients are blended well and pour into containers.

How to make lip balm with coconut oil

Coconut oil has a lot of useful and healing properties.  It’s a natural moisturizer and is even thought to have anti-aging properties.

Lip balm with coconut oil


  • 2 tablespoons packed cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil such as coconut oil (or almond oil)
  • Essential oils to your taste


  • Heat cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler, slowly on medium-low heat until melted.
  • Remove from stove and begin the cooling process. While the mixture is cooling, stir in your carrier oil.
  • Flavor with your favorite, mild essential oils. The amount of essential oil that you use will depend on which types you choose. For example, if you’d like to create a spicy orange flavor then add just one or two drops of spice oil such as cinnamon or clove. Then add about 10-20 drops of orange, which is milder.

Here are some combinations to get you started.

  • Vanilla mint (add 5-10 drops of vanilla oil and a few drops of peppermint oil)
  • Orange clove (add one or two drops of clove, and 10-20 drops of orange)
  • Vanilla honey (add a spoonful of honey, and about 5 drops vanilla essential oil)
  • Egg nog (add 5-10 drops vanilla oil and 3-5 drops of nutmeg oil)

Can I make lip balm without beeswax?

Sure, you can make homemade lip balm without beeswax!  You can substitute beeswax for soy wax or candelilla wax.  These two waxes can also be used as candle wax.  Both of them are 100% natural and very eco-friendly.

  • Soy wax is a natural wax derived from vegetable soybeans. It is softer than beeswax and is the perfect vegan choice.
  • Candelilla wax is another plant-based vegan alternative. It is a nourishing base for your lip balm, hydrating your skin and encouraging smoothness.

How do you add color to homemade lip balm?

You can use any of these items to color your lip balm:

How to store homemade lip balm

  • Any container you use must be dry and clean. An opaque container is better to protect the contents from sunlight.  You can purchase colorful lip balm containers on Amazon very cheaply.  Or you might prefer lip balm tubes.
  • Allow your lip balm to set at room temperature.
  • Once set, it should be stored in the refrigerator; remember, it has no commercial preservatives.
  • Don’t leave your lip balm anywhere too warm, for example, in your car on a hot summer day because it will melt.
  • Homemade lip balm is not suitable to freeze; it will lose its best qualities.

Have fun with your new creations!