Vanilla, Coconut, Cocoa and Lime Lip Balm Recipe

by Andrea on November 10, 2009

lip-balm-tubeI’ve been making this lip balm lately that I just love. This new lip balm has all the wonderful features Maria wrote about in her blog post last year, Lip Balm – A Love Story.

As we come into winter, it’s especially nice to have a lip balm recipe that smells like the tropics, and offers moisture and healing to chapped lips.


  • 40 drops distilled Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • 1/2 oz (14 gm) Beeswax pellets
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Vanilla-infused jojoba
  • 1/2 oz (14 gm) Cocoa butter
  • 1/2 oz (14 gm) Coconut oil

This lip balm recipe makes about 18-20 tubes if you’re using Aromatics International Lip Balm Tubes (5 ml size).


  1. Lip Balm Tray: the easiest way to make lip balms is to buy a lip balm tray. These trays hold up to 50 lip balms and allow you to pour the hot melted oils and butter from your Pyrex cup into the tubes easily.
  2. Pyrex measuring cup
  3. Pot that the Pyrex cup fits into.


Put 20 lip balm tubes, uncovered, into the bottom of the tray so they become the legs of the tray and are easy to fill with the melted lip balm.

  1. Gather all ingredients and measure them in separate little bowls.
  2. Fill the pot about 1/3 full with water and place the Pyrex measuring cup in the pot.
  3. Add the beeswax and vanilla infused jojoba to the Pyrex cup, and put the burner on high enough for a simmer or low boil.
  4. Stir the beeswax and jojoba until melted, then add the cocoa butter and stir until melted.
  5. Add the coconut oil, stir and take off the heat as soon as it is melted.
  6. Add the drops of Lime essential oil to the Pyrex, stir and pour into the lip balm tubes. If the Pyrex lip is not thin enough for pouring into the tubes, you can also use a plastic pipette to siphon up the hot lip balm and squirt it into each tube. It takes longer this way but is more precise. If the lip balm starts to harden, just place the Pyrex back into the hot water and it will stay liquid. Try to fill the tubes to the very top so once hardened, the top is smooth.
  7. As soon as the liquid has begun to harden (this happens within a few minutes), gently pull the lip tubes out from the bottom, cover and let them continue to harden for a few hours before use.

To clean your tray: I find it easiest to wipe it off with a paper towel first, to get as much of the extra lip balm off as possible. Then soak in hot water, scrub and run through a dishwasher.

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Michelle Gloumeau October 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

I am interested in doing these lip balms. I go through lip balms like crazy. how and where do I get the equipment and the ingredients?


Andrea Butje October 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

Hey Michelle – I have a list of all of my resources here 🙂


Diane May 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

I thought you needed to stay out of the sun with citrus oils. Does this not include lime? I’m new to oils so wanted to ask.


Andrea Butje June 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Hi Diane – steam-distilled lime isn’t phototoxic actually! I wrote a blog post a while back about phototoxicity in citrus oils:


Kc Rossi | Heart Blossom June 13, 2011 at 7:03 am

This recipe looks awesome. Just a ‘heads up’, the current Lime essential oil this links to is cold pressed(photo-toxic). Aromatics International will be having steam distilled Lime(safe), due this week. :o)


The Fragrant Muse November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm

What a fun and yummy recipe! I fear I’ll want to gobble up these lip balms! I love t he precision of your directions. This looks like a fun project for making Holiday presents…now can you just give me an extra two hours every day so I have time to create some?! Wonderful Blog! Aromatic Hugs, Liz


Susan Farber January 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Hi Andrea,
Can I replace the coconut oil with coffee bean butter in this recipe? Will it change the consistancy of the lip balm? Susan


Andrea Butje January 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Hi Susan!
I’ve not tried that before. If you do give it a try please let us know how it goes!


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