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!

lip balm recipe
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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



  • 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.


  • 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.


239 responses to “Homemade Lip Balm Recipe”

  1. Brianna Avatar

    Hi!! I’m excited to try this recipe. I’ve made other DIY’s from you and they are wonderful! My question is – I want to add some zinc so it will have some SPF. How much would you add to this recipe?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      If you used 1 heaping tablespoon of zinc oxide powder in this recipe it would be about 20 spf and the ratio would be similar to Katie’s homemade sunscreen recipe. It might turn your lips white though!

  2. Simms Avatar

    I would like to add some vanilla flavor. I worry that using vanilla extract will be drying since most are made with alcohol. Thoughts on that and/or recommendations for a natural vanilla flavor?

  3. Jane Marie Durkin Avatar
    Jane Marie Durkin

    Do you have any recommendations for a lip balm recipe that doesn’t include coconut oil?

  4. Poet Avatar

    Are your measurements before melting or after? I’m used to measuring in grams so recipes are more consistent.

  5. Vanessa Avatar

    Hi, are there any vegan alternatives to beeswax that aren’t soy, hydrogenated or harmful/hypoallergenic?

  6. Marianne Avatar

    Hello! I’ve come across many DIY chapstick recipes, and, hands down, this is the BEST recipe!

    This is a great base recipe, and you can customize the amounts of beeswax & oil you use for a firmer or softer chapstick. 🙂

    I usually use a 1-1.5-1.5 ratio for firmer chapstick. My measurements are 1 oz. beeswax, 1.5 oz coconut oil, and 1.5 ounces cocoa butter. This makes about 12 tubes of chapstick. 🙂

    1. Natasha C. Avatar
      Natasha C.

      Does this ever end up full of white bumps on the surface? I can’t seem to make it without them showing up… what am I doing wrong??

  7. Marina Avatar

    Will this recipe melt in hot weather? I am trying to make some for my son who is deployed in the desert. I I don’t want it to melt in his pocket. Please let me know!

  8. Marianne Avatar

    Several people have asked how many tubes of lip balm this recipe makes. I used a food scale to measure my ingredients and used .5 oz beeswax, 1 oz unrefined cocoa butter, and 1 oz. coconut oil. I was able to fill 12 5.5mL lip balm tubes. Hope this info is helpful!

  9. Esma Avatar

    Hello! I’ve made your recipe once before, but left out essential oils. Now I’m making it again, but for a bunch of people who want different scents. I was wondering if I could make a batch, and add the oils into the individual containers. If this method is okay, approximately how many drops per tube would you suggest?

  10. Monisha Avatar

    You can also skip the beeswax and or any other wax in that case. It’s not that necessary, unless you want your lip balm to be hard.
    I make my own lip balm without beeswax , it turns out to be soft and smooth to touch. You can make with just a tablespoon of Shea butter, teaspoon of Almond oil and 10 drops of any of your favorite essential oil. I like sweet orange 🙂 It smells sooo good.

  11. Tracy Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    I’m trying to find a recipe for a sunblock lip balm. Do you know if you can just add zinc oxide to a recipe and, if so, do you have any idea on quantity?

  12. Lana Avatar

    Hi dear,
    Great recipes thank you so much.
    I do have a suggestion that might make your lip balm making easier?
    Instead of using a glass dropper to fill in your containers! I suggest you go ta a middle eastern grocery store and get the Turkish coffee pot for stove tops. Get the stainless steel kind, they last forever and they have a pointy tip for pouring. I melt all my oils in it and directly pour my mixture in any container I use, and in case the oils harden, just put it on the stove top again for seconds and continue pouring.
    Less mess and no hurry since you can melt it again fast.
    I hope you try it. Just a little something in appreciation for all your work.
    If you can’t find it just let me know, I will gladly send you one .
    By the way they come in different sizes.

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