Make Your Own Lip Balm!

by Andrea Butje on March 7, 2013

It’s fun and easy to make your own lip balm!

I’ll walk you through one of my favorite recipes for chapped lips. When you make your own lip balm, the basic idea is to first melt your coconut oil and beeswax, then add in the shea butter, and lastly add the essential oil. Let the blend stand and harden for a few hours before use. These make great gifts!

make your own lip balm

Lip Balm Recipe:

  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1.5 oz of coconut oil
  • 0.5 oz of shea butter
  • 1 oz of jojoba oil
  • 20 drops of Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)

This makes about 24 lip balms if the tube is 5 mL (1/6 oz).

Measure the jojoba, butters and beeswax by weight. I use a small kitchen scale.

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler.* When everything is melted, add in the jojoba and stir with a glass stirring rod, then take off the stove. Add the shea butter and stir again until the shea is melted, then add the Orange oil and pour immediately into the lip balm tubes. It helps a lot to have a lip balm tray to hold the tubes in place while you pour the hot liquid! It also helps to have some plastic pipettes (like you used in chemistry class!), which can reduce the chance of spills.

Remember to let them solidify before you use them. I let mine cool for several hours. I hope you love them!

At Aromahead Institute, we offer a free online class to learn about essential oils: Introduction to Essential Oils. We also offer a more in-depth class about blending body butters and lip balms. It’s called . . . “Body Butters and Lip Balms” (imagine that!).

*For a home-made double boiler, try using a Pyrex measuring cup rested in a soup pot. Add the ingredients to the Pyrex cup. Then fill the soup pot partly up with water, place the measuring cup in the water, and bring to a gentle boil. The boiling water provides the heat for melting the beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil.

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Lesley Woodward March 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thanks. Where could I get the containers (pot or tube)?


Ksenia Panacheva March 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

I like the recipe. I will remember it and will be sure to use it.


Victoria March 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks for this! They will be great for my kids.


Shawna March 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

I want to try this with my daughter, she loves “lips” so she would love to have a part in making some.


lisa chen March 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

this would be interesting to make! thanks for the recipe.


Susan March 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hmmm, which post to comment on? There are so many good ones! Love to make lip balms and have found that making lip balms with teens is a great class project.


Jennifer Group-Graff March 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Sounds like a good recipe to make with my girly girl daughters.


Katie March 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Can’t wait to try this. My lil’ one loves her lip balm!


Julie March 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I have terribly dry lips and have a really hard time finding something that keeps them soft. Is there anything as another additive I could add to your recipe that would help that even more?


Neide Albano March 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I will make for my clientes. Thanks. I looooove your site and tips. i live in Brazil.


Judy March 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm

This will be an easy, fun project to do with my kids! These would be great for gift baskets


rita March 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Really love this. I love the idea of working with fresh raw ingredients to create things that we buy at the store but with the benefit of being self cultivating with new skills and simple ingredients


Jefferson Svengsouk March 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I’m looking forward making our own lip balms. I’d like to incorporate hemp oil into the recipe.


Carla Rodrigues March 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Nice recipe! This a good for cold winter days. Thanks! Hug.


Theresa March 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thank you for this simple recipe. A bit of honey would be nice to add for sweetness!


Elin March 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I love your recipes! I will try this. So much better than what you buy in the store :)


lee March 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Wowie! this looks so wonderful. I am definitely going to try it. You are the best!


Holly Mays March 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I’ve made lip balm before, but this recipe looks even better. I look forward to making this one! Thanks for posting!!!


Amy March 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Lip balm is always something I wanted to try but always put off. this recipe is so simple,


Rennie March 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks for this post…I’m definitely going to give it a try.


Muriel March 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I wonder if I could add something to this recipe that would give a tint to my lips?

Thank you for the recipe…


Aphrodita March 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

great ideas!!:)


Lilly March 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

This lip balm is the best i have ever made it work awesome!!:)


NaTasha March 10, 2013 at 12:57 am

I have used several of these individually on my lips, so I’m really excited to make this!


MomLadyOR March 10, 2013 at 2:15 am

Thanks for this great recipe! I can’t wait to try it. Why the glass stirring rod? Thanks!


Mandi March 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

So excited to be following on Pinterest now!


Deb March 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

Sounds like a good beginners formula. I am going to substitute candelilla wax at 50% and see how that works.


Nicoleta March 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thanks! It seems easy to create…looking forward to it!
I would probably replace the orange essential oil with peppermint or any other oil that is not photo sensitive to sun light!


Susan March 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

This sounds fun and easy to do, hope to try it out soon!


Tiffany March 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Thank you Andrea!


Sarah L March 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I make these as presents and they are always well received. I’ll change the Essential Oils to vary the recipe.


Sarah March 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

When using orange essential oil in a lip balm, wouldn’t you worry about the photosensitivity of the citrus oils? Is there a chance that you could get a sunburn on your lips? Have you ever tried orange extract like when baking? Would the outcome be different? Thanks


Robin March 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

This is similar to my lip balm recipe I used to make before I got turned on to coconut oil. Can’t wait to try it


Ny March 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I am totally excited about this new lip balm recipe; the children will enjoy making this. Thank you!


Bridget B March 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I can’t wait to make my own. Thank you for this awesome recipe!


Laurie March 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for the recipe, great lip balm recipe !


Sherry March 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Andrea, I tried making a lip balm this weekend (not yours, which is probably the problem) but after it had cooled down it was not easy to get out of the little container I was using because of the beeswax. I made sure I followed the recipe correctly, so it is too much beeswax? How much beeswax is necessary to make lip balm for any recipe? Thank you.


Phyllis March 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I like this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.


Jen March 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to make my own lip balm!
Question: how long can it last (shelf life)?


Varya @ littleartists March 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

Love this recipe! I have a slightly different one but will try yours just to compare! Again, it is a great project to do with a child. Thank you!
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Wendy MacLean March 14, 2013 at 12:25 am

Love this recipe. I’m going to make them with my kids. I want them to grow up with a deep gratitude for Mother Nature and all she has to offer, so this recipe will be perfect.


Suzie Neblett March 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

this one looks sooo easy to make. I can’t wait to get started making them. I have friends and family that loves my bath salts and bath fizzies. so I can just add this to my collection.


diane March 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’m so excited to come across your blog — and especially excited to find your lip balm recipe. I am new to essential oils and have thought that this would be an easy — and useful — place to start. Thank you for sharing!


Judith Arequion March 19, 2013 at 4:08 am


I’ve been making that lip balm for years, and often offer it as a gift to my friends or costumers. It’s a really delightfull one.
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Juliette March 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Andrea, I could have used this recipe last week. My lips were so chapped they hurt


Debbi Alberto June 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I have made this lip balm and absolutely love it! In fact, I am in the process of making vanilla infused jojoba oil so I can make the Vanilla, Coconut, Cocoa & Lime Lip Balm recipe next. I just love these recipes!!!


Brandy Rhoden June 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Excited to try this recipe!


Margaret Garland June 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I have made a couple batches and love it. The last time i cut the recipe in half and swapped a tiny bit of the jojoba for red palm oil. It made a pretty orangish color without making any apparent change in the lip balm. Thanks for the recipe!


Julie Doyker June 20, 2013 at 5:27 am

I love all of your information!!! I truly do!! Lip balm is the perfect thing to start off making healthier things with my kids, especially considering how much they lose lip balm!! I have ALWAYs been into this kind of stuff and really reallyREALLY would love to win this class, I truly appreciate this opportunity that you are giving us! My fingers and toes and insides are crossed!!! …(please be me please be me lol :)


Julie June 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

This is something I have been trying to learn for years. I finally gave up and used Vaseline and put lip flavor and mica color in it. I would definitely love to learn how to do this. Chapstick is SO expensive! Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes.

Julie M


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