Homemade Natural Lip Balm Recipe


Oh y’all! Do your lips get as chapped as mine do as soon as cold weather hits? It’s downright painful!

I use to be a professional lip balm buyers in winters past (I kid, but only slightly), but ever since making homemade baby lotion, I’ve wanted to make my own homemade natural lip balm too, and this winter, I finally did it! And I can assure you, it’s ten times better than anything I’ve ever bought!

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No more reading ingredients on lip balm tubes and tins, and searching for one that is natural, but works. No more trying to find one that isn’t too waxy, or too oily.

It’s so easy to customize your lip balm recipe to make it exactly the way you like it! This is another one of those recipes that make me so happy to live in the modern era of online shopping. It means that ingredients, such as shea butter and bee’s wax, are just a few clicks of a mouse away! Of course, you can always get them at a nearby Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s too if you prefer to shop locally.

Oh, and did I mention that you can flavor it? My current favorite is spearmint essential oil. It’s such a lovely, sweet flavor. I had a peppermint lip balm one time, and let me tell you – that took some getting use to! But spearmint isn’t harsh as all!

Other great essential oil to use for lip balm are orange, lemon, vanilla, or tea trea.

You’ll also notice that there is very little different between making homemade lip balm, and other skin conditioning agents such as tummy butter. The ingredients and ratios can vary slightly, but you need very little variety in ingredients to make them all!

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Homemade Natural Lip Balm Recipe


Makes three lip balm tubes.

Melt 1 ½ teaspoons of the oil, butter, and wax together in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan.

Image shows a pan of oil and wax to make into lip balm
A tiny bit of oils and wax in a great big pan!

Remove from heat as soon as everything is melted.

Stir together and add several drops of essential oil if desired.

If this is your first batch, you might want to let it harden in the pan, to make sure that you like the consistency, then remelt it, adding oil, or wax if you want.

Carefully pour melted, lukewarm lip balm into twist tubes, or other containers.

I used a teaspoon, holding the tube over the pan to catch drip. A syringe, such as one you could get from a feed store would work excellently for this too!

That’s all there is to it! You will love your homemade lip balm! I gave a tube to my mother-in-law, and she loved it as much as I did. (I gave a tube to my 3-year-old who insisted that he needed one, and he lost it – not recommended! 😉 )

Have fun making natural lip balm!

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  1. Given the ease of your method and recipe, compared to others that I’ve seen online, I wasn’t confident that this would work…that being said, we had all the ingredients on hand and followed your instructions, and WOW, our four girls, my husband and I agree that this is the most amazing lip balm that we’ve ever used, including Burt’s Bees. I wake up frequently in the night with our toddler, and each time I rub my lips together and enjoy the fact that they’re not dry. My 7-year old has the chronic red ring around her mouth each winter from the cold air, and I have tried many, many remedies…this actually works! I added a few drops of tea tree oil and about 1/2 tsp of avocado oil, and it’s like the miracle lip balm. Thanks for the recipe! I love things that are easy to make and actually work. 🙂

    1. Wow! I’m so glad you loved it! You have no idea how encouraging your feedback is to me! 🙂 I love the addition of the avocado oil – that’s definitely on my list of oils to try!

      1. I should mention that we doubled the recipe, so keep that in mind if you decide to try the avocado oil. I can’t wait to get some proper tubes so I can make another batch and share with our family and friends – scooping it out of baby food jars isn’t exactly convenient. 🙂 Your blog has given us so much useful information, especially your posts about goat milking, which we just began recently. It’s so helpful to hear about others’ experiences. God bless your family and have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Put a spoon in the freezer to chill while you make the balm. Then dip the tip into the melted oils and test. That way you don’t have to hassle around with waiting for the whole pot to harden and remelt to test.

  3. I tried this recipe and for some reason mine comes out really greasy 🙁 am I doing something wrong or should I add more of something??

    1. Did you use enough bee’s wax? I like to use equal parts wax/shea butter/coconut oil.

      Some like more oil, others like less. 🙂

  4. Hi – I know this is an older post, but I wanted to share that you can use this technique to also make really awesome “lipstick” that is less intense than a regular lipstick, but much more colorful than a typical colored lip balm. You just add into the concoction as you are melting it a nice-sized chunk of your favorite lipstick, and mix it in thoroughly. We have always put these into little carved marble pots rather than twist-tubes.

    The resulting lip balm/lipstick is an inbetween product you can’t really find on the market, that is great for daily or casual use. It will give you good color without causing you to look overly made up.

    1. Oh I forgot to add that I like to apply this with a lip brush; but you can just use your finger if you’re in a hurry.

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