Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

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I started making my own DIY lip balm years ago after my favorite healthy brand of chapstick added soy and canola oil. Yuck! This natural lip balm recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients. Plus it’s moisturizing to help fight dry lips all year long.

DIY Lip Balm Recipe

Making your own lip balm at home is simple and a lot less than buying organic brands at the store. These also make a great gift item, stocking stuffer, or safe play makeup for kids. I keep a lot on hand when doula-ing to give to laboring moms as hospital air can really dry out skin and lips.

And lip balm uses all-natural ingredients that can also be used to make dozens of other natural skin and body care recipes. You can find coconut oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter in my other DIY projects like lotion and body butter.

Buying Organic Lip Balm

Too short on time or don’t feel like making your own? Here’s where to get healthy, natural lip balm!

How to Make Lip Balm

Since lip products are applied right next to the mouth and nose, it’s important to me that they have safe, natural ingredients. Especially if my kids are using them! While I used coconut oil, there are a lot of different carrier oil options. Coconut oil is solid at cooler temperatures so it creates a firmer lip balm. It also has some mild SPF properties.

If you want something a little softer you can use less beeswax, or sub up to half of the coconut oil with another liquid oil. Using just liquid oil will make for a softer lip balm though. Here are a few lip nourishing options:

Castor oil leaves a nice shine on the lips and is a popular ingredient in homemade lip gloss recipes. It won’t replace the coconut oil 1 to 1 in this recipe. But you can replace about 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil for a shinier look and smooth feel.

Essential Oils for Lip Balm

Aromatherapy is big these days, but not all of the products on store shelves use real essential oils. While kids (and some adults) may love the smell, strawberry bubble gum-scented lip balm isn’t exactly natural. But not every essential oil is safe to use on the lips either.

Certain oils, like cinnamon bark and lemongrass, can be really irritating. Especially on more sensitive areas like the lips. Many essential oils can be safe on the lips up to 5% dilution, which is about 60 drops here. However, I prefer to use much less than that.

Here are a few lip safe options:

There are a few that smell really yummy that didn’t make the list. Lime, bergamot and a few other oils can cause photosensitivity if too much is used before sun exposure. Translation: think swelling, redness, and lip damage.

Something like lemon is safe to use at a 1% dilution max, but going over safe levels can cause sun damage. You may still not want to use lemon lip balm and then go sunbathing for an hour though.

For the most part, though, you can mix and match any lip-safe essential oil to your preference.

Choosing a Container

I usually use these lip balm tubes for easy application but repurposed little jars or tins work really well too. I had a bunch of tiny sample-size jam jars that were in our room at a hotel one time and they are perfect for this as well.

A Note on Wax

I typically use beeswax pastilles when making lip balm. It helps harden the lip balm and provides a protective coating on the lips. For various reasons, some people prefer to make a vegan lip balm and candelilla wax works as a sub. It’s harder than beeswax though so less is needed.

If you haven’t made your own beauty products before, I’d encourage you to try it! The basic recipe is below, but have fun experimenting with the oils and flavors to get the scent and flavor you like. Mint is my favorite, especially in the winter!

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Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

Easily make and customize your own homemade chapstick with all natural ingredients.
Prep Time3 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Cooling Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 13 minutes
Yield: 18 lip balm tubes
Author: Katie Wells

Materials

Instructions

  • Add about an inch of water to the bottom of a small pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Place a small heat-safe jar (pint size or smaller) in the water, being careful not to get any water inside the jar. You can also use a double boiler or a glass bowl perched on top of a small pot of water if preferred.
  • Add the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and tablespoon of beeswax to the jar and slowly melt, stirring occasionally. Make sure not to get any water in the jar.
  • When all the ingredients are melted, stir well and turn off the heat, but leave jar in the water to keep warm.
  • Stir in the essential oils.
  • Use a glass dropper to quickly fill the lip balm containers, like tubes or lip balm tins.
  • The mixture will settle slightly as it cools, so I top off the containers after about 2 minutes as they start to harden.
  • Let sit without touching for several hours or until completely hardened.

Notes

  • Shelf life and storage: Keep in a cool, dry place for up to a year. The optional vitamin E oil helps extend the shelf life even further. 
  • This will make a medium firm lip balm. If you prefer a firmer version, you can add more beeswax, up to double the recommended amount. If you prefer a smoother and more oily lip chap, you can reduce the amount of beeswax.

More DIY Lip Recipes

Want to branch out and try more DIY skincare recipes? Here are some more I’ve created over the years:

Do you make any of your own lip balm? What recipes would you like to try? Share below!

This lip chap is easy to make and completely natural. There are endless variations and you can use the same ingredients to make many other recipes!
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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237 responses to “Homemade Lip Balm Recipe”

  1. Ash Avatar

    4 stars
    Made this about 30 mins ago with spearmint eo. I used a little already and it looks solid but it was a little greasy when I ran my fingers across it. But the feel of it on my lips is perfect! Very excited to have found a good lip balm recipe!

  2. Evelyne Avatar
    Evelyne

    A wonderful recipe! Did one yesterday – yet the colour is far from being as strong as I would like it 🙂 and I used quite a few drops of red food colour. Probably have to add 1 tsp at least. Love all your “stuff”. Thank you!

    1. Kor Avatar

      5 stars
      Hello, I have tried using water based food dye, thinking the beeswax would emulsify it, but it simply will not combine with the oils. I have heard mica pigments or other powder pigments are good for lip balms, or you could try an oil based food dye.

  3. kelly Avatar

    My daughter and I made some lip balm but it came ou a bit dry how can I fix it. Do I have to redo the whole mix or can I add more oil. Weplace the mix in the container and result was very dry.

  4. Linda C Avatar
    Linda C

    Is there a way to make this into a sunscreen lip chap that is safe?

    1. Nicole Avatar

      I’m going to make a batch of this and try to incorporate zinc oxide powder so it has a little SPF in it. I will keep track of how much I use and the resulting lip chap and post my results.

  5. Crystal Roode Avatar
    Crystal Roode

    I tried to add honey to this recipe as a natural flavoring but it never went into the mixture and separated out as it cooled. Has anyone added raw honey or has any recommendations?

    1. Amber Avatar

      Stevia is a great sweet substitute and will incorporate without a problem. Its also completely natural if you buy the pure form

    2. Bob White Avatar

      Honey is water soluble. The other ingredients are all oil based. We all know oil and water don’t mix. You can find very good honey flavoring essence and honey fragrance oils that work really well instead.

  6. Scott Diefenbach Avatar
    Scott Diefenbach

    Thanks very much for your lip chap recipe. I made it today and found out the biggest job is cleaning the pans and glass flask I used. Cocoa was what I used in the recipe.

    Thanks again,
    Scott

  7. Katie Avatar

    I made this last night. Its winter here and I let it harden over night but its very soft and oily. I’m afraid come summer it will just melt. Anyways, I was wondering if i can re-melt it down and add more beeswax or do I need to start over?

    1. Crystal Roode Avatar
      Crystal Roode

      I added equal volumes of beeswax to the butter and coconut oil and it had a nice solid constancy. I like a waxy chapstick (like Chapstick brand) so it was perfect!

    2. Maura Avatar

      I had the same problem, as in the car it got hotter and the lip chap got oily. It is possible to remelt them and I may try Crystal’s solution and add more beeswax. Anyway it?s a great product and I am glad I got to make it.

    3. Kor Avatar

      5 stars
      Hello, just in case anyone still has this question, Yes. Melting it down and readjusting the recipe is perfectly fine, I have done so to adjust the amount of essential oils.

  8. Maura Shahar Avatar
    Maura Shahar

    4 stars
    Hi there!
    I finally got around to make the lip chap. I had a problem melting the beeswax. I think that next time I will melt the beeswax first and only then I will add the coconut oil and the shea butter because both melt at a low heat but beeswas doesn’t. The lip chap came out with a nice texture but the beeswax did not combine with the other ingredients.

    1. Mae Avatar

      You can melt the beeswax by boiling some water, putting a heat safe bowl in it, slowing the boil to a simmer, and stir a lot. For me, the Shea butter took longer in some spots than the beeswax. Also, I feel like adding everything helps because the heat from the oil and butters help the beeswax melt. I know im two years late but for newbies i hope i helped.

  9. Joanna Odum Avatar
    Joanna Odum

    I made the Homemade Lip Chap Recipe about 1 1/2 weeks ago with peppermint and I love it. When I used it this morning it felt gritty. It became smothe after it was on my lips for approximately 30 seconds, but I didn’t like the way it felt when putting it on my lips. Do you have any idea why it became gritty? It wasn’t like that when I first started using it 1 1/2 week ago.

  10. Lindsay Avatar

    I am a true hippie/home maker at heart, so I always use your site as a reference for anything!! I am a HUGE fan for your site and 9 times outta ten they turn out perfect.. But I have to admint…. This was my LEAST favorite recipe. I don’t know if it’s missing an ingredient or what, But if I put it in my pocket (I’m not a purse girl) for more than 5 mins, it gets all over my pants!!! Any sugustions? I was thinking to add way more beeswax, what do u think?

  11. ashley Avatar

    I just made this and it turned out grrrreat! I love this site thanks so much for all the tips and tricks I have recommended your site to many people!!

  12. leanne Avatar

    i just have to say LOVE THIS RECIPE!! my four year old slightly dehydrated already had chapped lips, then picked at them, by the time nap was over she looked like she had been in a fight, swollen and bloody lips! four applications of this lip chap and her lips looked like new! Thank You!!!!

  13. Alicia Martinez Avatar
    Alicia Martinez

    Thanks for this. I cannot wait to try it out. My lips and hands tend to get chapped so easily in Oklahoma.

  14. Christine Mellick-Miller Avatar
    Christine Mellick-Miller

    This is a wonderful lip balm. I love the sweet honey smell that it lets off while it cooks. As long as you fully melt the wax, this makes a wonderfully smooth and moisterizing balm. I made a bunch for Christmas presents, but I’m also keeping a bunch for myself. This was easy, and so much better and cheaper than store-bought beeswax lip balm!

      1. Lily Avatar

        Mountain Rose Herbs has tubes at a good price, and they are a great company. They also sell beeswax, shea and mango butter, essential oils, and some tins. I was really happy with what I purchased from them. 🙂

  15. Julia Miller Avatar
    Julia Miller

    Love your site! You mentioned how much money you save by buying in bulk – can I ask where you buy from for personal care items like body butters, lip chap, etc?

    1. Ella Avatar

      It is always better to use organic, unrefned butters (shea, mango, cocoa) if at all possible. 🙂

  16. Michelle Cobbs Avatar
    Michelle Cobbs

    Love your site, so glad I found it..I do have questions…

    1. where do you buy your tubes
    2. tin or mold for the lotion bars

    I am looking forward to trying both recipes in the coming week or so when on vacation I will post how it goes. thanks

    1. Michelle Cobbs Avatar
      Michelle Cobbs

      I found the tubes at a decent price still looking for the rectangular tins anyone have a good site to get them;

    2. Natasha Green Avatar
      Natasha Green

      Hi, Im from Australia and i buy my lip balm pots 42 pack for $24 from Aussie Soap Supplies. For frangrance oils and essential oils i recommend Aussie Candle Supplirs, they are awesome priced as i buy all my scents in 100ml form, there beeswax are great prices for all natural products. Nothing over $9 unless its a bundle and they go up to $45..

      I prefer this recipe for my lip balm which will fill 10 – 15 10g pots via double boiler.
      3 tablespoons Beeswax Pellets – Yellow
      2 – 3 tablespoons Coconut oil – slightly melted, take off heat and add 1/4 teaspoon almond oil (contains vit e oil, so if you dont have vit e capsules then use this) & 1/4 teaspoon rosehip oil – optional
      1/4 teaspoon Stevia Powder – Natural sweetener
      1 teaspoon lip balm flavor
      Or if u dont have either of those i sometimes use Queens Strawberry Essence, Peppermint Essence or Lemon Essence,
      I wait a lil till it all cools then pour into my pots, i then wait for a “film/skin ” to form before placing lids on n place in fridge – normally in a round cake to set fully for at least 12hrs before using. So smooth
      A lil goes a long way

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