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5 Natural Lip Balms + Recipes to Make Your Own

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I’ve been loving sharing my how-to’s on stuff like laundry detergent and deodorant with you. Continuing in that tradition, this week I’ll be focusing on natural lip balms. Though I live nearly full time in sunny California, I’m back home this month in New York City and freezing my butt off! Cold temps lead to chapped lips and the constant need for balm application, but even warm weather folks will get long-term use out of learning how to make their own lip creams.

There are TONS of amazing recipes out their for lip balms, and we’ve included our favorite below. However, here are some others incase our fave doesn’t do the trick:

  • Round-up of ten amazing lip balms including a lip stain, peppermint flavored cool lip balm, a few chocolate themed recipes, beeswax options and more! (
  • Mandarin Nutmeg, anyone? (
  • If you’re a visual learner, check out the video below for a beeswax recipe!

Before getting started, we suggest checking out this hilarious blog entry from Not Martha where the blogger outlines her experiences and letdowns with lip balm recipes and creation.



Other Items:

  • Sauce pan & metal mason jar lid ring
  • wooden Spoon

Step one: The first step is to place your coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil into a glass measuring cup. The vitamin E will act as a moisturizer and preservative, the coconut oil is our moisturizer, and the beeswax will hold everything together.

Step two: Next, get a pan and fill it about half way with water and bring it to a boil. I also put a metal mason jar lid inside of ours to create a homemade double boiler type contraption. You do not want to place the glass measuring cup right in your pan as it may crack from the heat.

Step three: Once the water is at a slight boil, place your glass measuring cup into the water to melt the oils. After all of the oils are melted together, the beeswax will take the longest, you should have a nice golden liquid.

Adding Fragrance & Flavoring to Your Balm: (Optional)

Do this while your balm is still over the heat so that the cooler oil doesn’t cause your balm to solidify again. Add either a vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil scent to it using essential oils. You can also add in flavoring.

  • Fragrance: Keep in mind some oils are stronger than others, so you might consider adding a few drops at a time until the scent is to your liking.
  • Flavoring: To test the flavor of your balm, you can dab a small amount onto your lips. Keep in mind that the flavors get a bit stronger as the balm solidifies.

Once the balm is scented & flavored to your liking, carefully pour it into your containers and allow to cool fully.

Source: Confessions of a Homeschooler

On the next page, see five of our favorite homemade lip balms currently being sold online and then let us know your favorite tips and tricks in the comments below!

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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4:00PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

I'm excited to try this as my husband is allergic to fragrances. I'm going to make some plain for him and then add some scents/flavors to give them away to friends :) One thing I was wondering is if it works well in tubes in addition to the little pots you used. Thank you!

8:25PM PDT on Mar 8, 2015

cool :)

5:00AM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

Thanks! Here's a link to a lip balm recipe from my blog :)

11:45AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

I use olive oil :)

4:08AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thanks for posting the recipe. Tip: Use a grater to make the beeswax small so it melts more readily. Coconut oil is not necessarily any less sustainable than the almond orchards of California which consume vast quantities of much needed water and are not an indigenous plant to the area - add to that all the fumigation and toxic chemicals dumped on the land - and of course the cost of production of the plastics, etc for the irrigation systems. I bet the odd tree was mowed down to turn California into a farm paradise. We can think about our choices in an analytical way as well.

10:06AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Nice ! Will have to try this out ! :) Thanks for sharing.

7:46PM PDT on May 13, 2013

can you post a pic of how you use the lid as a double boiler?

5:29AM PDT on May 12, 2013

must try these some day.

4:05AM PDT on May 3, 2013


12:10PM PDT on May 1, 2013

They all sound gorgeous, and I'd love to have a go at making some.The only problem with lip balms that taste great is that they make you lick your lips more, so it all becomes a bit of a vicious circle.

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