A simple lip balm recipe with only 3 natural ingredients: shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil! The best part is it holds up well during the summer months yet goes on smoothly at winter. Make a bundle with your favorite essential oils for a lovely gift.
Did you know that it’s incredibly easy to make your own lip balm for pennies on the dollar?
So easy indeed with only 3 simple ingredients: shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil.
How to Make Lip Balm
What’s even better is that these homemade lip balms are so awesome that they make a lovely gift when wrapped in a bundle of three and gifted in a pretty muslin bag!
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
This DIY lip balm recipe can be whipped up fairly quickly and gives you the flexibility to add your favorite essential oils. With beeswax as the active ingredient, this lip balm recipe holds up well in my car on a hot summer’s day….in California. However, I do like to stand it upright in a small compartment so if it does slightly soften, the shape isn’t distorted much.
Weigh out all ingredients first. To make the best lip balm, you want to have the most accurate measurements of the ingredients. The best way to do that is by using a kitchen scale. This is the one I have had for years and love it.
When shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil has been weighed, transfer that to a double boiler and set over medium-high heat. Melt all ingredients fully.
Remove mixture from heat but keep over the double boiler.
If desired, add 6-10 of your favorite essential oils to the mixture and stir quickly. My favorites to use are lavender, peppermint and grapefruit.
Using a pipette or medicine syringe, carefully fill the lip balm tubes with the melted mixture. Having a tray such as one in this kit helps to hold up the tubes. You want to work quickly to fill all the tubes as the fats will start to harden.
If the pipette or medicine syringe is clogged with the hardened fat, run it under hot water to loosen the oils then shake off excess water. Try to avoid doing this however, as water may harbor bacteria.
Alternatively, you may want to have a few extra pipettes or syringes ready. If working quickly, one medicine syringe should be sufficient to fill all 8 tubes. If using a pipette, you may need a few extras since they have a much thinner opening than a syringe and may get clogged quicker.
Set the tray with the filled lip balm tubes aside and away from heat. The lip balms will harden and set within an hour. Close the lip balms with caps and they are ready to be used or wrapped in muslin bags as gifts.
DIY Lip Balm
To make this DIY lip balm, follow these simple tips. For your convenience, I’ve also included links to the products I typically use to make homemade lip balms.
- Be sure to weigh out all ingredients for precise measurement. I use an inexpensive kitchen scale such as this one to do the job.
- Make a simple double boiler without the extra equipment: take a small saucepan and place a rimmed glass bowl over it. No need to buy a special double boiler just for this purpose. Check out the video to see what I use.
- This handy Lip Balm Kit comes complete with lip balm tubes and a tray to make the transferring of the mixture easy.
- Medicine syringes like these can easily be found at your local pharmacy. Just ask the pharmacy counter and they’ll usually supply free of charge.
- These lip balms hold up to heat very well but as with all lip balms, keep away from direct heat and sunlight. If keeping one in the car, store lip balm upright so the shape doesn’t get distorted when under heat.
- Throw three to a bundle of these lip balms into a muslin bag that makes a lovely gift.
- Ingredients for the DIY Lip Balm:
How to Make Lip Balm
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Lip Balm Ingredients
- In a double boiler or small glass bowl (I used a glass measuring cup) over a small pot of boiling water, melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil.
- Remove pan from heat but keep the boiler over the hot water to keep the mixture liquid.
- Add your favorite essential oils to your liking and stir to combine well.
- Using a pipette or medicine syringe, fill the lip balm tubes. Or if using a tray, pour straight from the boiler or measuring cup into the tubes. This step must be done quickly as the oils will start to harden.
- Let lip balm tubes set at room temperature for at least an hour before capping them.
- Work quickly to fill the lip balm tubes with the oily mixture as the fats will start to harden. If the pipette or medicine syringe is clogged with hardened fat, run it under hot water to loosen those oils then shake off excess water. You want to avoid doing this, however, as water may harbor bacteria in your lip balms.
- Ideally, have a few extra pipettes or syringes ready at hand. If working quickly, one medicine syringe should be sufficient to fill all 8 lip balm tubes. If using a pipette, you may need a few since they are much narrower than a syringe.
- Medicine syringes like these can easily be found at your local pharmacy. Just ask the counter and they'll usually supply free of charge.
- These lip balms hold up to heat very well but as with all lip balms, keep away from direct heat and sunlight.
This DIY recipe was originally published in 2016 but has been updated and republished in December 2019.