Homemade Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm is easy to make! All you need is a few ingredients and a double boiler. Check out this nourishing non-toxic recipe made with coconut oil, beeswax and olive oil!

How to Make Coconut Lip Balm from The Coconut Mama

Have you ever made lip balm before? Homemade lip balm is one of the easiest cosmetics you can make. It took me less than 5 minutes to make this!

My 3-year-old daughter has been fascinated with makeup lately. She loves to rub sparkle gel over her skin and is always sneaking into her play makeup she got for her birthday (I didn’t buy it for her). I honestly prefer her not to wear any of her play makeup because it isn’t good for her! Many makeup products contain phthalates, which are toxic and linked to reproductive abnormalities.

Keeping it natural is the way to go! Now, when my little 3-year-old wants to be a little glamorous I can pull out this lip balm and let her go to town.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lip Balm



  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 Teaspoon red palm oil (we only use sustainable sourced palm oil) or olive oil. The red palm oil adds a little orange/red color to the lip balm while the olive oil leaves the lip balm a faint yellow color.


  1. Heat coconut oil, beeswax and red palm oil or olive oil together in double boiler over low heat.
  2. Melt oils and wax together.
  3. Mix mixture well and pour into storage container.
  4. Let cool before using.

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Homemade Coconut Oil Lip Balm
  • Equipment
  • Double boiler (or saucepan and glass bowl)
  • Stirring utensil
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Beeswax
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Palm Oil or Olive Oil. The red palm oil adds a little orange/red color to the lip balm while the olive oil leaves the lip balm a faint yellow color.
  1. Heat coconut oil, beeswax and red palm oil or olive oil together in double boiler over low heat.
  2. Melt oils and wax together.
  3. Mix mixture well and pour into storage container.
  4. Let cool before using.

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.

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  • Gina March 20, 2017, 1:31 am

    Does it have to be either red palm or olive oil for the 3rd ingredient? Would apricot, almond or jojoba be a good substitute? Also, is this recipe only suitable for jars/tins or could it be put into tubes as we’ll?

  • Kendra March 19, 2017, 10:25 am

    Hi there, I am allergic to beeswax, what else could I use?
    Thank-you for your all your recipes. I absolutely love them all

  • Radha November 14, 2016, 1:24 am

    Mam wanted to know what type of beeswax I have to buy .. There is lot of options like filtered beeswax, refined , unrefined, raw ..please suggest

    Thanks and regards

  • Abbii November 12, 2015, 11:01 am

    Is there an alternative to palm oil for the red tint? I don’t want to use something that has such negative environmental effects, kind of defeats the object of going natural really. Thanks!

  • Moni September 29, 2015, 5:24 am

    How can I make mineral powder for face?

  • Moni September 29, 2015, 5:17 am

    I want to try talc with a few drops ted Palm oil to make my own blush. Anybody know natura
    l blush recipes? I use coconut oil as all over body moisturiser it’s brilliant and non toxic

  • Moni September 29, 2015, 4:55 am

    I want to try talc with a few drops ted Palm oil to make my own blush. Anybody know natural blush recipes? I use coconut oil as all over body moisturiser it’s brilliant and non toxic

  • sally August 19, 2015, 3:01 am

    Brill!!! So easy!! I added a drop of lemongrass!!! This recipe made 7 lipbalm sticks!!!

  • Jeannine June 27, 2015, 8:25 am

    What kind of container is recommended? Would an old tin like the Burts Beeswax lip balm containers be a good size that would fit? Any other ideas from those who have made this recipe?

  • samantha May 3, 2015, 7:08 pm

    where can i buy the containers?

  • Punya April 23, 2015, 10:59 am

    Its natural and harmless.no side effects.
    The only problem is,I don’t knw where to find beeswax XD
    Can it be substituted with simple honey?

  • Brandi Nicole December 1, 2014, 11:58 am

    I have a question. Can you use Mica to color this to make it tinted?

  • Mel Dixon July 5, 2014, 4:33 am

    I was wondering if this recipe would allow for natural powdered fruit flavors to be added and maybe what quantity considering it’s a dry ingredient?? Thanks 🙂

  • Kara June 18, 2014, 7:26 am

    I wouldn’t recommend using palm oil since the majority of it comes from deforestation in Indonesia, which has killed and relocated thousands of orangutans. (and other intelligent species)

    I will use beeswax and coconut oil though. 🙂

    • Kofi January 18, 2015, 5:51 am

      Most palm oil comes from Ghana and they are the best. You can find them at any African market

  • Rebecca Diabira June 5, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Can you add any flavors to the balm?

  • Shannan Bacon March 19, 2014, 11:38 am

    I’m loving my new found hobby of making homemade body products, I’ve created so far 12 body scrubs & 4 Shea body butters and looking forward to making lip balms, body cubes and so much more. I will be trying this recipe in the near future

  • Pat Blair January 20, 2014, 5:19 am

    Yes, I have started making my own cosmetics and skin care products and so far have been happy with them.

  • Kye October 28, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Could this be safely tinted with beet juice?? And safety precautions if so?

  • ZoeOlivia October 3, 2013, 4:21 pm

    this may be a stupid question, but why can i never see the products on the village green site?

  • Brenda Zoschke McLaughlin October 3, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Would apricot kernel oil work in place of red palm or olive oil?

  • Elisa September 2, 2013, 9:57 am

    What is the size of the container you used? And does this lipbalm recipe set hard enough to use chapstick tubes? Thanks!

  • Kimberly July 10, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Success! Today was my first try at making something natural and this recipe was awesome and easy! The clean up was the worse part but wiping with papertowel, then oil ,then boiling water, then soapy water did the trick. Question, what is the shelf life of this lip balm? Also, I found that 1 TBS = 1/2 oz. of beeswax, for those wondering. Thank you! My natural journey has just begun!

  • Maria Camacho June 3, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Can you recommend a type and source for beeswax ?

  • Helen Crosbie April 23, 2013, 2:13 am

    What can be used instead of beeswax please? I’m vegan 🙂

    • Tracey April 30, 2013, 9:18 pm

      Carnauba wax

  • Erin Kennard March 31, 2013, 4:29 am

    I have made my own before but I will try this. It has less ingredients than the one I previously made. I was wondering if I could add cosmetic coloring to it? I think it would make a nice lip gloss.

  • Cultured Palate (@culturedpal) November 28, 2012, 1:05 pm

    I have never made my own lip balm or makeup but would like to try!
    I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions: http://myculturedpalate.com/

  • Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures November 25, 2012, 11:19 am

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  • Loretta E. November 16, 2012, 9:50 pm

    I do everything homemade except shampoo and conditioner. My hair just hasn’t taken to the homemade things I’ve tried so far. This lip balm looks great!

    • The Coconut Mama November 17, 2012, 7:59 am

      Loretta E. » My hair doesn’t do too well on homemade shampoo either! I’m still on the look for something that will work for me.

      • Kate June 7, 2013, 9:19 am

        I currently have the greasiest nastiest hair EVER! I am trying no poo and used way to much coconut oil in my hair the other day, going to try to go kinda poo and make some shampoo bars this weekend!

  • Lori November 14, 2012, 1:55 pm

    @Rachel B maybe soy wax? Use he same amount as you would beeswax. Or maybe Candelilla wax? Which you would use only about half the amount as you would beeswax.

    • Rachel B November 14, 2012, 1:56 pm

      Thank you for your advice.

  • Lori November 14, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Question..I saw a stick of beeswax at Ace Hardware the other day. It said it was great for many uses. I wonder if this beeswax would be okay to use to make lip balm? TIA!

  • Sara November 14, 2012, 1:32 pm

    I added a little Shea butter to my last batch to give it staying power. And ALWAYS add 1 to 3 drops of Young Living essential oils like Peppermint for a “plumping” tingle effect or Thieves or Orange 😉 A friend of mine bought some “candy flavored drops @ Michael’s recently but I’m not sure how toxic those would be 🙁

    • Jen August 19, 2015, 10:50 am

      candy drops are not toxic there oil to mix with chocolates and other candies that will not mix with water based extracts. I bake with them all the time you need very little to get flavor out of them. I only figured this out when i first started making chocolate and the chocolate went all funny when i added extracts that were water based looked it up and found out you need the oils. there should not be an issue using it for this…. i was thinking of doing that myself .

  • Rachel B November 14, 2012, 11:51 am

    Do you know of any substitutes for beeswax to which I am highly allergic? Thank you.

    • sonypepe April 27, 2013, 10:16 pm

      You can use soy wax.

  • Liz November 14, 2012, 11:04 am

    Yes! Making all my cosmetics and personal care items!
    It is a joy to be all natural!
    Try it!!

  • Willow Black November 14, 2012, 9:08 am

    What a fabulously simple recipe! I’m looking forward to trying it out. I’m wondering about adding essential oils. Do you have a recommendation on an amount?
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Kathy April 28, 2014, 3:50 am

      I’ve added a touch of peppermint EO to my lip balms. I also infused alkanet, an herb, to tint the balm red. (dont forget to strain the alkanet)