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DIY: Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm!

Now that it’s summer, you probably have more free time to relax, have fun and maybe even do some crafty projects you didn’t get the chance to try while school was still in session. And if your lips have been feeling dry and cracked from all your time in the summer sun, you’ll LOVE this fun DIY project! The best part? It only takes an hour (and will save you some money, too!).

There are TONS of amazing online recipes for lip balms, and we’ve included our favorite below. However, here are a few others in case our fave doesn’t do the trick for you:

  • Round-up of 10 amazing lip balms including a lip stain, peppermint flavored cool lip balm, a few chocolate themed recipes, beeswax options and more! (DearCrissy.com)
  • Mandarin Nutmeg, anyone? (MountainRoseHerbs.com)

If you’re a visual learner, check out the video below for a beeswax recipe!




  • 2 oz. + 1 heaping tablespoon organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1.5 tsp vitamin essential oil (you can use the gel caps or the dropper formula)
  • 2 oz cosmetic grade beeswax
  • Plastic lip balm containers (you can order them online)
  • Optional: 25 drops vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil (or whatever scent you prefer, just make sure to use an essential oil for fragrance)
  • Optional: A slice of your favorite colored lipstick if you’d like to add a slight tint to the balm.

Other Items:

  • Sauce pan and metal mason jar lid ring
  • Wooden spoon

Step one: The first step is to place your coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil into a glass measuring cup. The vitamin E will act as a moisturizer and preservative, the coconut oil is our moisturizer, and the beeswax will hold everything together.

Step two: Next, get a pan and fill it about half way with water and bring it to a boil. I also put a metal mason jar lid inside of ours to create a homemade double boiler type contraption. You do not want to place the glass measuring cup right in your pan as it may crack from the heat.

Step three: Once the water is at a slight boil, place your glass measuring cup into the water to melt the oils. After all of the oils are melted together, the beeswax will take the longest, you should have a nice golden liquid.

Adding Fragrance & Flavoring to Your Balm: (Optional)

Do this while your balm is still over the heat so that the cooler oil doesn’t cause your balm to solidify again. Add either a vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil scent to it using essential oils. You can also add in flavoring.

  • Fragrance: Keep in mind some oils are stronger than others, so you might consider adding a few drops at a time until the scent is to your liking.
  • Flavoring: To test the flavor of your balm, you can dab a small amount onto your lips. Keep in mind that the flavors get a bit stronger as the balm solidifies.

Once the balm is scented and flavored to your liking, carefully pour it into your containers and allow to cool fully.

Source: Confessions of a Homeschooler

Would you ever try making your own lip balm? What flavors or scents would you choose? If you’re not so into DIY-ing beauty products but want to try something someone experienced has made, check out all the amazing handmade lip balms on Etsy!

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  1. Rain47

    Posted by Rain47 on July 18, 2013 at 11:13

    Also, does anyone know where I can get some cheap lip balm tube labels?

  2. Rain47

    Posted by Rain47 on July 16, 2013 at 12:50

    Where can you get beeswax??? I’ve been searching and I can’t seem to find it!

  3. mkay77

    Posted by mkay77 on July 4, 2013 at 07:47

    Thanks! I’m a lip balm freak, and I’m super picky about the ingredients in the lip balms 😀

  4. MeishaH

    Posted by MeishaH on June 23, 2013 at 21:40

    My friends and I do this every Christmas and we make tons! It usually lasts all year until we make more. We use some as gifts and save the rest for ourselves. We made a mint-lime flavored one that I use obsessively.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by hollyjolly on June 22, 2013 at 09:17

    The easiest one is to mix jello (strawberry or the like) with Vaseline. Instant lip balm!

  6. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on June 21, 2013 at 02:17

    I`ll definitly try that!!! I love making useful things myself!!:)

  7. LoVeYoUrSeLf98

    Posted by LoVeYoUrSeLf98 on June 20, 2013 at 09:10

    I’ve made my own lip balm tons of times! It’s really fun and super cool! 🙂