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Homemade lip balm

How to make lip balm.

Homemade Lip Balm

I have been making my own homemade lip balm for about three years now. It is natural and very inexpensive. There are many things that can be added to the balm to specialize it for you, too – but for now, here is a super simple basic recipe.

You can re-use old lip balm containers (just sterilize first by boiling in water) or purchased at Michael’s or your local dollar store.

I will also share a few “add-ins” that can be used with his basic recipe to change it completely.


1/4 Cup Grated Beeswax
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil


Grate the beeswax with a cheese grater, or chop it up small with a knife.

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Add the coconut oil and then melt everything, either on the stove or in the microwave (if using the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds).

DIY Lip Balm

Pour into small containers and allow to harden (about 20 minutes).

Lip Balm DIY

Optional add-in to each recipe:

Vitamin E – I add 1 teaspoon every time I make this. It helps to nourish and moisturize your lips.

Now for the fun stuff – customization! For each of the recipes that follow, begin with the basic recipe.

Sunscreen lip balm
Add 1 teaspoon of red raspberry seed oil – this addition protects your lips from sun damage.

Chocolate mint twist
Add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (this makes the balm have a yummy chocolate smell). Add 1 teaspoon peppermint oil (this provides a lovely cooling sensation on your lips). Note: This is a great gift idea, especially for Christmas!

Super moisturizer
Add 1 teaspoon shea butter. Shea butter is a wonderful moisturizer and will provide a creamier texture to your lip balm.

Tinted lip balm
Add a small dash of beet root powder – just a dash will give you a beautiful, brightly-coloured lip balm.

Flower power
Add 1 teaspoon of rose oil. This adds a natural scent and has moisturizing properties. Note: This makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift!

Homemade lip balm is very simple to make and provides an easy outlet for creativity. Add a pinch of this and a dash of that and you may have a new family favorite!

I love making this to accompany gifts for Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays. It adds a nice personal touch to any gift.

Have you ever made homemade lip balm?


  1. theresa

    This is such an amazing idea. I use alot of lip balm in the winter because my lips get really dry. Thanks so much for sharing. I do have a question where do you buy all the ingredients you mentioned. Do they sell these at the bulk barn?

    • Sarah

      A lot of the add – on ingredients can be bought at Bulm Barn. A lot are available at too. I’m glad you like this recipe! It is so so easy – and truly fool proof!! Thank you!!

      • Sarah

        That is – Bulk Barn!! Sorry 🙂

  2. Cara

    Thank you for this! I’m a Brownie Guider and have noted this on my site for a possible camp activity.

    • Sarah

      Fun idea! You could even pre-grate the wax for the girls to make it even easier. Lucky brownies to have you!!

  3. Sue

    Love the lip balm idea, but caution about peppermint oil. Paula Begoin ( says it’s a no-no. Just because something is “natural” doesn’t automatically make it safe or ideal.

  4. Linda

    I am excited about this idea. I go through lots of lip gloss / lip balms through the year. Thanks!

    • Sarah

      My pleasure!

  5. Amanda

    Couldyou use soy wax instead of bees wax?

    • Sarah

      Interesting question! I have never tried this, but since soy wax is a common substitute for beeswax, I don’t see why not! If you give it a try please let us know how it goes! Thank you!

  6. Carol Ceaser

    Can you get the beet root powder at the Bulk Barn? I have not seen it at ours.

    • Sarah

      Occasionally it will be at the Bulk Barn with their pre-bottled herbs. I typically buy it inline though. It is also available at most health food stores and is quite reasonably priced.

  7. Kimberly

    Just wondering if beeswax beads would work the same as the grated beeswax. I’ve looked around and I can’t find any solid beeswax…only the beads (they are 100% cosmetic grade beeswax just in a bead shape). Thanks!!

    • Sarah

      Yes – absolutely! I use a big block as I got a wonderful deal while up North at a little shop. They can also be bought at Michaels (be sure to use one of their coupons!). The beads are MUCH more convenient though – I just have never found them on sale and find them a bit pricey. Have fun!

      • Kimberly

        Thanks!! I might try Micheal’s first to save some money! Can’t wait to try this with my girls!! I found tons of cool lip balm flavours online to try as well 🙂

  8. Sharon Cosby

    Wow! So easy to make. Thanks so much. May I ask where (what little store) you bought the brick of wax at up north?

    • Sarah

      Hi Sharon,

      It was a tiny Market just outside of Buckhorn. Not sure of the name! And yes it is so super easy to make!

  9. Melissa

    Can you tell me how many standard .15 ounce round tubes this recipe will fill?

    Thanks so much!

    • Sarah

      Hi there, good question. Judging by my calculations 🙂 around 23 tubes. I use little cups, tubes, and jars – so was unsure. But the recipe calls for 7 tbsp which is equal to 3.5 ounces. 3.5 divided by .15 is just over 23. Hope this makes sense and is accurate! It makes a lot! Good luck

      • Melissa

        Thanks Sarah! Made perfect sense! 🙂
        I’m also wondering if instead of beet root powder, do you think it would be okay if I just took a beet and squeezed a little juice into the recipe? I mean this is only for color, right? Or could this cause the lip balm to eventually “go bad”

  10. Danielle

    what can you add to this to make it not so tacky on your lips when you put it on….more like a glossy gliding feeling

  11. Greys

    Can I use something instead of beeswax just curious?

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