How to Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm for Smooth, Kissable Lips

Diy natural lip balm recipe
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You don’t need to wait for winter to have chapped, dry lips. Have you ever paid a closer look to the ingredient list of your favorite store-bought lip balm? If not, you would be surprised of what’s in them. Parabens, petroleum jelly, questionable fragrances,… and many more of those exotic, harsh chemicals I definitely do not want to apply on the sensitive skin of my lips.

Have you ever tried your hand at making your own all-natural cosmetics? If not, lip balms are a perfect introduction as they are the easiest of them all.


I’ve been making my own lip balms for ages. It a fun and cheap (less than a dollar an ounce) process that’s safe to use for the whole family. Yes, even your kids will love them. Especially if you make them with chocolate or vanilla flavor.

This recipe is more of a guideline to come up with your own favorite ingredients and give it your personal touch. That’s the fun part of making your own cosmetics. And of course they are animal cruelty-free!

If you find yourself some cute looking jars or tubes, they make an awesome DIY gift for family and friends.

So let’s get started….


What Do You Need

  • Small lip balm jars or standard lip balm tubes
  • Double boiler
  • 1 ounce coconut oil (or sweet almond or jojoba oil, olive oil works as well but I prefer the smell and taste of coconut or almond oil, it’s up to you)
  • 1 ounce shea butter or cocoa butter
  • ½ ounce beeswax (add more if you want a stiffer balm)
  • ¼ ounce raw organic honey
  • ¼ ounce vanilla or chocolate extract or any other fragrance of your liking
    and/or a few splashes of essential oil(s) (I love a peppermint-chocolate combo)
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule or vitamin E oil (optional, for better preservation of your balm)

This recipe will make you around 10-12 lip balm tubes or 3 1 ounce jars and should keep you and your family stocked for a few months.



  • Use a double boiler over low heat to melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax under constant stirring. If you don’t use beeswax pellets, break the beeswax up in smaller chunks or grate into flakes.
  • When liquefied, cool down for a few minutes. Make sure the mixture is still warm to dissolve the honey. Add the honey, vitamin E capsule (if using), and vanilla extract (or any other flavor of your choice). Whisk until well combined.
  • Optional: Before adding your flavor you could divide the oily mixture in smaller batches and add different flavors.
  • Pour the mixture into the lip balm tubes or tiny jars. Keep stirring the mixture while pouring to avoid separation of the honey and oil mixture.
  • Cool on the counter.
  • Cap, label, and store like a normal lip balm.
  • Use within 2 years.

See how easy they are? In less than an hour you’ll have your own stock of lip balm ready for your whole family.

You could experiment with your favorite base oils. Adding more coconut oil will make your balm glossier. Or if you prefer a stiffer balm, add more beeswax. Lip balms with more beeswax are densely packed and matte.

I love the shea butter and honey for their moisturizing effect, but you can leave them out of your recipe and add more oil or beeswax instead. Cocoa butter is another option for you to try. But keep in mind, cocoa butter, unlike shea butter, has a flavor of its own and may mask your fragrances.

Good luck!

This is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogi, health coach, and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website  and Facebook page

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5 Responses to How to Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm for Smooth, Kissable Lips

  1. Pat Martin says:

    I’m a vegan, so I don’t use honey… can the recipe be altered to not use honey?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Pat, honey is used in body products because it attracts moisture, it is also naturally antibacterial and it tastes good. However this is an “extra” and it’s in a small quantity in the recipe so just leave it out.

  2. Vaishnavi says:

    Hi Jenny ,, I tried making the lip balm ,, with some beetroot juice added to it for a tint of colour .. But the juice does not former a homogenous mixture and settles at the bottom .. Please help ..

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Vaishani, this is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, so I haven’t tried it myself. I carefully read Amy’s recipe and couldn’t see that she used beetroot juice for added color.

    • Vanessa R says:

      thats because water and oil dont mix. get beet root POWDER and dilute it into your melted oils first until its blended well. it can become grainy if too much is used like burts bees version but its still good. i would replace the vitamin e for castor oil. almost every raw materials contains high natural amounts of vitamins like E. This does not preserve anything. Vitamin E is synthetic and a part of wheat. they break up the molecule (wheat is bad enough as it is especially cheap, unsprouted wheat) and can cause gluten sensitivities to be enhanced. instead opt for avocado oil or apricot kernel oil and even rice bran which all have E and other vitamins. if you want your balm to blend with water you have to add emulsifying wax and a preservative because oil and water create fungus and mold, especially the naked eye ones where you cant see anything. hope this helps.

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