Say goodby to dry chapped lips! Learn how to make organic lip balm with this diy recipe that will nourish your lips with coconut oil, honey, and essential oils!
I was a little intimidated when I first started making my own homemade beauty products. I never thought of myself as a DIYer, but I realized how easy it was to make my own products once I started. And it’s a ton of fun!!
Learning how to make lip balm is one of the most straightforward beauty products you can make. It took me less than 5 minutes to make this recipe, and I made enough to last a year!
My 6-year-old daughter loves makeup and is always getting into my lip balms and mineral makeup. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter beauty products contain ingredients that are toxic and linked to reproductive abnormalities. I don’t worry about how my beauty products affect her because I make them myself with natural ingredients.
How To Make Lip Balm
What You’ll Need To Make Your Own Lip balms:
- Coconut Oil (solid, not fractionated)
- Raw Honey ( This is an optional ingredient. You can use any honey, but raw is my favorite and contains antioxidants)
- Sweet Almond Oil (you may substitute this with olive oil, avocado oil, or jojoba oil)
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Empty Lip Balm Tubes
- Tin Lip Balm Container
- Beeswax Pellets (or carnauba wax)
- Double Boiler
Step one: Measure the coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax and pour them into a double boiler or glass bowl over a small saucepan filled with water.
Step two: Turn the burner on low heat and let the oils and wax melt entirely.
Next, remove from the pan from heat and stir in the raw honey (if using) and essential oils. I added 20 drops of lavender essential oil, but you can use your favorite oils or blends for this DIY lip balm.
Carefully pour the batch of lip balm into the upright chapstick tubes. Allow the mixture to set and then secure with the lip balm lid.
About The Ingredients
Coconut Oil: Organic coconut oil is unlike any other skin product! Because of its low molecular weight and the method of binding to proteins, coconut oil can penetrate the skin more deeply than other products.
Sweet Almond Oil: This carrier oil contains fatty acids and vitamins A and E and penetrates quickly into the skin. It’s very moisturizing and perfect for dry or chapped lips.
Essential Oils: These plant-based oils are natural and safer than synthetic fragrances. But don’t go overboard; a few drops are all you need to scent homemade lip balm.
Beeswax: Beeswax is naturally hydrating and increases essential moisture in the skin. Commonly found in hand and body creams, beeswax helps to retain natural skin moisture.
Carnauba Wax: “Carnauba wax is obtained from of a species of sustainably grown palm known as the “Tree of Life” or Copernica cerifera. These indigenous trees flourish in northeastern Brazil and are a different species than the palms planted purely for their oil. The wax is derived from the leaf of this tree, and harvesting is done via manual pruning once a year, allowing the tree to continue growing for decades.” – Mountain Rose Herbs
FAQ & Substitutions
What can I use instead of coconut oil?
Mango butter, shea butter, or cocoa butter are both great substitutes for coconut in this DIY lip balm recipe.
Can you put raw honey in lip balm?
Yes, I have used raw honey in my homemade lip balm and it really moisturizes your lips!
What other essential oils can I use in this lip balm?
Peppermint oil and vanilla are a great combo (use vanilla extract if you don’t have vanilla essential oil)! I also love sweet orange essential oil for my lip balms.
The honey separated in this lip balm. Did I do something wrong?
I love adding raw honey to my lip balm and have done so many times. Unfortunately, some readers have said that the honey sunk to the bottom of their containers. I believe this is due to the type of honey used (raw vs pasteurized) and also how well the honey is mixed into the lip balm in step 4. You may leave it out completely if you do not wish to use it. This lip balm is still very good without it.
What ingredients do you need to make lip balm?
You only need 2-3 ingredients to make a basic lip balm. This recipe uses coconut oil, almond oil, beeswax, and essential oils. You can create your own blend for this recipe with just coconut oil and wax if you like. It’s really a versatile DIY that can be made various ways!
Can I use honey instead of beeswax for lip balm?
No, honey is not a suitable substitute for beeswax in homemade lip balm.
If you like this homemade lip balm, you may also want to check out my DIY Lip Gloss, Lotion Bar Recipe, DIY Lip Scrub, Coffee Scrub, and Homemade Body Butter! All of these DIYs make perfect gifts for birthdays or the holidays.Print
Easy Lip Balm Recipe
Say goodby to dry lips! Learn how to make your own lip balm with this easy recipe that will nourish your lips with coconut oil, honey, and essential oils! Homemade lip balm was one of the first homemade beauty products that I made and I haven’t purchased lip balm since I started making it myself!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 lip tubes 1x
- Category: DIY
- 3 tbs coconut oil (1.38 ounces) (virgin or expeller pressed)
- 1 tbs sweet almond oil (.48 ounces) (Jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil may also be used instead of almond oil)
- 2 tbs beeswax pastilles (1 ounce) (or use carnauba wax )
- 20 drops of essential oil – I used lavender essential oil (optional)
- 1/2 tsp honey* (optional )
- 8–10 tubes empty lip balm containers or lip balm tins
- Remove the lids from the lip balm tubes and secure them upright with a large rubber band.
- Measure the coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax and pour them into a double boiler pot.
- Turn the heat on low-medium heat and let the oils and wax melt completely.
- Remove from the pan from heat and stir in the raw honey (if using), and your favorite essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into the upright tubes (or lip balm tin).
- Allow the lip balm to set and then cap the containers.
- This recipe will fill 8-12 lip balm tubes.
Store your homemade lip balm out of direct sunlight. This products has a shelf life of two years if stored at room temperature.
*I love adding raw honey to my lip balm and have done so many times. Unfortunately, some readers have said that the honey sunk to the bottom of their containers. You may leave it out completely if you do not wish to use it. This lip balm is still very good without it.
If you’re looking for a DIY homemade lip balm recipe without honey, try this coconut oil lip balm. It’s made with coconut oil, olive oil, and wax (bees wax or carnauba wax) and is my favorite vegan lip balm.As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.