Lip Balm Produced at Home

In our house, preparations are well underway for the coming seasons. Lip balm making happens to be one of the items high on the list of priorities.

I started making my own homemade lip balm one year ago when I came across this recipe on FIMBY. And guess what? I’ll never go back to store bought! You just can’t beat the frugality of making your own. Not to mention, the health benefits of 100% pure and natural ingredients.

It’s also super easy! We make the balm in bulk. Today, within a matter of an hour, we had eight 1 ounce tins on the counter cooling, and that will supply us for a while.

Lip Balm Produced at Home

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

-7 teaspoons grated beeswax
-6 teaspoons coconut oil
-6 teaspoons jojoba oil
-1 ½ teaspoons vitamin E (vitamin E oil)
-1 teaspoon essential oil

1)Melt beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E in a small pot over low heat. Stir with a stirring stick (I use a chopstick).

2)Remove from heat to add essential oil. Stir well to combine.

3)Pour into tins and let cool on the counter until solid.

This recipe will yield four 1 ounce tins.

Lip Balm Produced at Home

Lip Balm Making Tips:

When determining the essential oils you will use choose them based on your needs.
Lavender and Sweet Orange (1/2 tsp of each)
Peppermint oil (think Burt’s Bees)
Clove Oil (reduce amount of oil used in recipe to ½ tsp. due to potency)

Get creative with the use of oils (i.e. coconut and jojoba oils). Use what you have on hand. Olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil all work well here. These are simply the oils that I feel have the best moisturizing and protective effect on the tender skin of the lips.

Look in your local health food store for the ingredients. I also often order from Mountain Rose Herbs. And as for tins, jars, or tubes I’ve always had good luck with Specialty Bottle.

Enjoy! And most importantly, have fun.


  1. momphotographer says:

    Very cool recipe. It happened the same to me with homemade body lotions. After I made the first one I never came back to store bought. I make my own laundry detergent and shampoo, but never have tried lip balm. That's on my "to make" list. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. Will the oils give it a that wcent? My husband and I don’t like coconut scented things.

  3. Have you tried making the lip balm tinted? I found a recipe for tinted balm but, it came out too runny to put in a tin. I was wondering if this recipe would be good for tinted balm? The other recipe called for cranberries but, I used cherries. I Loved the color but, it was too greasy for my cheeks. =(

  4. I just made this and, used cherries to give it a tint! It wasn’t as tinted as I wanted but, it still has a nice pink color. I think, next time, i’ll use more berries for a stronger color. Otherwise, this balm is Great! It made six pots and you only need a tiny bit on your lips to get them nice and moisturized! Thank you for sharing this recipe! =)

  5. Hi! I’ve been following you for a while and LOVE your posts! i’m new to making things myself, in my own home, and I’m curious where you find most of your ingredients, like beeswax, butters and Essential Oils. I’ve found a few websites online and they seem a little pricey, and i’ve found random things at stores like walmart every once in a while, but it isn’t consistent and I don’t think it’s always very high quality. I also live in Arizona and was hoping you could tell me a little store somewhere I might find things cheaper 🙂 Please advise


    • Hi Megan! I buy most of my supplies for these types of recipes from Mountain Rose Herbs (click this link to go to their website). They definitely have the best prices and the highest quality for the things that I use the most!

    • Megan, do you have a local health food store near you? Ours has many of the ingredients listed in the various recipes. I’ve priced around, and the store I like is comparable in price to online stores (without paying shipping), and the staff is helpful and knowledgeable about their products.

  6. The lip balm sounds wonderful but why order containers to store it when there may be some perfectly usable recycleable container to put it in already at home … baby food jars come to mind if you are not carrying it around in your back pack or purse….

  7. sonja corterier says:

    consider making one batch with lemonbalm: Lemonbalm is a GREAT medicine for coldsores/ herpes simplex I think is the medical term for the itchy listered which show up around your mouths, MUCH more effective than abreva and such things. and on top of that a cup of Lemonbalm tea and things should sort themselves out in two days (and I used to have to suffer for over a week before I found out) the topical use of the lipbalm is reinforcing the tea dosage through out the day, plus it is easier to have some of the balm lying around when the itching starts than the tea. So give it a try! (I will when I try this, so far I only infused coconut oil, because I could do that without a pot)

    • I’ve had really good luck with just plain coconut oil for cold sores. Not only did it help to heal it faster but it also prevented my skin from scarring. Coconut oil is also a wonderful sunscreen, especially for the lips. I usuallly get a cold sore from too much sun exposure. Shea butter also has very good sun protection properties. I didn’t know that about lemonbalm though, I’ll have to give it a try.

  8. Do you use a double broiler for this? Also if I am using a plastic container, do I let mixture cool alittle before pouring in containers? I bought bead containors from JoAnns for this. Can’t wait to make these for Christmas gifts!

    • I use those same containers for my lip balm recipe. They work great and I pour the mixture in right away when it’s still hot so I get a nice smooth surface on my lip balm. I have also used recycled tubes and tins from old lip balms or salves.
      I always use a double boiler when melting my ingredients, especially beeswax. If it’s placed directly on the heat, it can easily become overheated and catch fire.

  9. I made this a few days ago (in peppermint) and LOVE it! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  10. I made this and used clary sage as my essential oil. The best lip balm ever, we use it on sore patches and it’s very healing. I have an Aga oven and everything melts very gently in the simmering oven. Thank you for your wonderful recipes,.

  11. Andrea, do you still sell any of the products that you have the recipe for? A few years ago I bought bug spray and deodorant from you on Etsy.

    If not, are you teamed up with anyone else who will use these recipes and make this kind of thing? What I love is that I know the recipe so I know exactly what is in it. Sometimes I have the energy to make this stuff myself and sometimes I don’t want to spend the time mail ordering the ingredients – would rather just buy it made.

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