Making lip balm at home is super simple! Pick a few quality ingredients, and follow this easy recipe.
Your homemade chapstick will be all natural, moisturizing, and healthy for your lips. Best of all, it’ll save you quite a bit of money compared to buying commercial organic products.
Once I started making a batch of 6-8 lip balm tubes for my everyday use, I’ve never had to buy from the store any more.
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You can re-use the tubes, and vary the recipe depending on the current season. Use different essential oils in your different batches.
Is it Safe to Put Essential Oils in Lip Balm?
Using essential oils always comes with safety warnings and precautions. Oils are concentrated, and if improperly used, can burn your skin or give you rashes.
Do not use hot oils in your lip balm recipe. Hot oils would be: Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme or Thieves. For some people also, Peppermint’s cooling sensation can be too intense. Not using hot oils in lip balms may help you avoid unexpected skin reactions or irritations.
What Essential Oils Are Good for Lip Balm?
I like to vary my homemade lip balm recipes for each season; summer and winter specifically. In summer, I like tropical blends and coconut notes. In winter, I prefer more herbal scents such as tea tree and peppermint, perhaps with a hint of vanilla.
Here are the essential oils that work best in a homemade lip balm:
- Sweet Orange
- Lemon (distilled, not cold-pressed)
- Happy Joy blend (from Simply Earth)
- Vanilla Absolute
- Tea Tree
DIY Lip Balm Recipe
What You’ll Need:
You can find these products in my Amazon shop under DIY recipe ingredients.
- Coconut oil (solid)
- Beeswax (use Candellia wax for a vegan option)
- Jojoba oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential oils
- Double boiler
- Measuring spoons
- 8 Lip balm tubes or round containers
- Lip balm tube filling tray (optional, but makes life so much easier!)
- Label Maker (also optional, but oh so handy!)
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil (solid)
- 2 tbsp Beeswax pallets
- 2 tsp Jojoba oil
- 2 drops Vitamin E oil
- 10 drops of Happy Joy essential oil blend (from Simply Earth)
- 10 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil
This recipe will fill 8 standard lip balm tubes. Do not use heaping ingredient quantities or you will have left overs and nowhere to put it.
If you are re-using lip balm tubs, please make sure that you screw the dial all the way to the bottom. This helps to ensure that you re-fill the tube fully (and not only half-way).
- Melt beeswax, coconut oil, Jojoba and Vitamin E oil in a small double boiler (or in a jar resting in 2 inches of water in a pan).
- Once melted, take off the heat and stir in the essential oils.
- Pour the mix into lip balm containers.
- Allow to cool before use.
NOTE: Having a spout to pour from makes it a whole lot easier to fill the lip balm tubes. These things are quite small!
I like the tubes for applying my lip balm easily when I go to use it. But to fill them, you need a calm and steady hand. The pour spout definitely helps, rather than trying to do this simply over the side of the pan. Trust me, I’ve tried both ways. 😅
But, if you don’t mind chapstick in a tin, these aluminum tin jars would be perfect for you!
Option: DIY Lip Balm Kit
If you don’t have many of the ingredients I’ve used in my recipe, you can get started with a quick DIY lip balm kit. It’ll cost around $30 on Amazon and includes the tubes, labels, mixing cups and more.
This kit is also a cute birthday or birthday party idea for ladies of all ages.
Making homemade, natural lip balm is fun and easy! Best of all, you can customize the essential oils you use to your liking. Most DIY lip balms use beeswax. If you want to make your lip balm without beeswax, use Candellia wax instead for a vegan lip balm recipe.