May 1st, 2012

How to Make Your Own Lip Balm

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Groovy Green Livin tin lip balm container

I don’t know about you, but my lips get pretty chapped as the warmer weather kicks in.  Before bed and in the morning I tend to slather on lip balm to keep my lips from chapping. Many over the counter lip balms contain all sorts of toxins and long ingredient names that are impossible to pronounce, so I’m hesitant to put them on my lips.

I’m not by definition a DIYer , but there are times when the urge to use those creative juices is hard to resist. I was DIY lip balm inspired when I saw a recipe for How to Make Naturally Tinted Lip Balm over at Frugally Sustainable. Since my three boys are constantly grabbing my chap stick and using it on their own lips I decided to focus on a color free version.  I was looking for a recipe that was:

  • Vegan
  • Simple to make
  • Toxin free

After several disastrous attempts I finally came up with my own recipe for lip balm and now it’s become an obsession!

Groovy Green Livin organic beeswax

Recipe for Non-Toxic Lip Balm


  • 6 teaspoons beeswax (I bought my Organic Beeswax through Amazon and they also carry it at some Whole Foods Markets and other health food stores)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic honey
  • 5 teaspoons organic olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil of your choice
  • Containers -either reuse containers or purchase a few tins.


  • In small double boiler (you can use two pans on top of each other), melt beeswax over low heat. Once melted add olive oil, honey and vitamin E. Once completely melted remove mixture from heat and add your favorite essential oil. I like ylang ylang or peppermint. Mix well.
  • Pour into lip balm tins or tubes. I chose stainless steel containers to avoid using plastic. This recipe will yield between three to four one ounce containers.  For my first attempt I reused a few old lip balm containers that were empty.
  • Let stand on counter until lip balm hardens and cools. Could take a few hours so be patient!


Have you made your own lip balm?

Photos: Beeswax © Olga Volodina #7630422 and Angela Mabray/Flickr

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19 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Lip Balm”

  1. ouuu- i’ve been considering doing this! is the beeswax like honeycombs (like in the picture) or is it more hard wax that you’d have to grate or would melt?
    thanks for this!! 🙂

  2. I’ve been considering making some with coconut oil but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    I may have to try this recipe instead. But then again I am worried I might over use it because it really sounds delicious with the honey.

  3. Love it! I’ve been on a soap making kick, so I might have to branch out into lip balm…

  4. Great recipe, Lori! I use a similar recipe and wrote this a few years ago, DIY Cocoa Lip Balm:

  5. Yeah you took the plunge! It is addicting!!!! I made several of my own

  6. Hey! That’s a great trick. So the olive oil softens the wax enough to keep it spreadable… interesting! I wonder that the honey doesn’t make it sticky?

  7. I used a brick of beeswax-hard wax that melted. Let me know if you give it a try!

  8. I think coconut oil would work Marsha. I read quite a few articles that said it was possible to swap out the oil for other oils.

  9. Hi Kiersten, How’s the soap making going. I’ll have to try that at some point. Right now I’m lip balm obsessed!

  10. Hi Sarah, I have to play around with the honey a bit. I’m sure I’ll keep tweaking the recipe until it reaches a consistency that I like. The honey didn’t make it sticky and gave it a yummy sweet taste. Let me know if you give it a try.

  11. So many great recipes Kristina! I need to try the cocoa mint recipe next. I need a little chocolate flavor!

  12. Thanks Ronnie! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I just mentioned to Kristina that I think a little cocoa flavor is going to be added to the next batch.

  13. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ll definitely check back here when I’m ready to make my own. A few years ago I bought so many sticks of non-toxic (but store-bought) lip balm that I still haven’t gotten through them all! I’m saving the containers. 🙂

  14. Hi Andrea, It always takes me years to get through one of those sticks. It’s happening faster now since my boys discovered lip balm and have been using it. Save those containers!

  15. great recipe, i will be trying it! though, i have to say that this recipe isn’t vegan if it has beeswax and honey. i’m not vegan, so i don’t mind, but just saying…! 🙂

  16. Interesting….beeswax isn’t vegan. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I guess the honey technically comes out of the bees bodies and is technically an animal product. Thanks again.

  17. Where did you get your stainless steel containers? I’ve been looking all over for them…

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Good question Tasha! I wrote this post a while ago and I don’t remember. I’ll see if I can find some information for you.

  19. […] If you really want to know what’s going in and on your body try making your own lip balm. I gave it a shot HERE. […]

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