How to Make Homemade Lip Balm

How to: Homemade Lip Balm

Living here in Arizona, we have that “dry heat” in the summer that everyone has heard about.  But what they don’t tell you is that it’s dry ALL the time, not just in the summer when its over 100 degrees.  Our winters are cool and beautiful, but the air is just as dry then, if not more!  So of course, this makes for dry and sometimes chapped lips!  I love the fancy name brand lip balms that are all natural, but boy are they expensive!  Up to $9.00 for a little tube in our local grocery stores.  So I’ve been playing with making my own natural lip balms and have finally come up with a great recipe that costs me maybe a dollar or less per 1oz container!  I plan to use these as gifts (along with my candles, soaps, etc.) for friends and family, as well as stock up on a few for myself!

The first thing I always like to do is get out all my supplies and make sure I have everything I need to get started making homemade lip balm.

homemade lip balm

In this tutorial, I’ll give you two different options, so you won’t necessarily need ALL these supplies, they can be made with much less!
Very Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe and Supply List:

Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe and Supply List:

So lets just point out that you ONLY need the first five items to make your own lip balm, the additional items add color and flavor to the balm, and below I’ll give you some other tips of additives that you probably have at home that you can add in if you want to mix things up!

To begin, you might want to consider putting down some newspaper for easy cleanup and protection from spillage on your countertop.  I like to do this and put my empty containers/tins out so they’re ready to go once everything is ready to pour!

Start by measuring out 1 tbsp. of beeswax and 2 tbsp. of your oil (shea butter, coconut, olive – any oil you have available.) and put these into your pot on the stove. Heat the wax and oil at low-medium heat and stir as the wax and oils melt together.  If you will be adding in vitamin E – you can put your 10 drops in while the mixture is melting.  If you plan to drop in some color – the 1/2 chip can be added in to melt with the mixture as well.

Continue to stir as the wax and oils melt together, once the mixture has melted, take off the heat!  This is where you can add your fragrance if you plan to use some.  Use 20 drops of your fragrance or essential oils and stir for a good minute to really incorporate the flavor into the melted mixture.

ADDITIONAL TIPS:  If you want to mix things up a bit, here are a few things you can opt to throw in for colorant, flavoring, etc,:

  • 4-5 chocolate chips for color and flavor (melt in once wax/oil mixture is melted)
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder for color and flavor (strain into melted wax/oil mixture using coffee filter)
  • 1/2 tsp dehydrated beet powder for color (strain into melted wax/oil mixture using coffee filter)
  • 1/2 tsp dehydrated strawberry powder for flavor (strain into melted wax/oil mixture using coffee filter)

I don’t recommend adding ALL of these items together, pick one, or try something new – you’re getting the idea!!

Now its time to pour into your prepared tins – because its such a small container, I use my wooden spoon to spoon out small amounts at a time to fill my containers.  You can choose to pour from the pot if you’re brave enough!

I had a little extra in my first vanilla batch, so I had to pull out an additional tin which only filled 1/2 way…  when pouring my next batch of peppermint, I used the little bit of leftover and poured it on top of the vanilla – I HATE to waste things!  This one won’t be a “gift” – I’ll just keep it for myself!

These don’t take long to harden, you can throw them in the fridge or freezer if you want to speed things up, but I just leave them on the counter until they harden.  Once hardened, I throw the lids on and label the tops with a black sharpie with the flavor – Vanilla, Peppermint, etc.  You can certainly go the extra step and make your own labels – have fun with it, and ENJOY your new – inexpensive – homemade lip balm!!

SIDE NOTE:  That red/violet colorant really looks DARK!  I was concerned about it tainting my lips, so I put some on to test – a lite pink tinge, that really isn’t even noticeable – yea!  And no staining, so don’t panic on these color blocks and have fun mixing it up!


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