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How to Make Lip Balm

 
Learn how to make lip balm that works like a dream! This homemade chapstick recipe uses only five ingredients and can be made in just a few minutes.
 
containers of homemade lip balm with beeswax on a wooden board

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If you’re the kind of person who has at least two backup chapsticks, you’re going to LOVE this homemade lip balm recipe. It’s ready in a flash and uses only healthy ingredients that are easy to find.

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If you have leftover beeswax, try your hand at making this incredible lotion bar recipe. Homemade lip balm and lotion bars in cute reusable fabric gift bags make amazing handmade gifts.

Pro Tips:

  • If you want to “flavor” this, you have two options. You can add essential oils to the double boiler when everything is melted, or you can add a few drops of essential oil into your container. If adding the oils to the containers, you’ll want to stir with a toothpick right after you’ve incorporated the melted mixture, before the mixture sets.
  • For a harder chapstick, you’ll want to go a bit heavy on the beeswax. For a softer chapstick, add a bit more sweet almond oil.
  • If you have a coconut allergy or don’t enjoy coconut smell, try subbing in all shea butter.
  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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How to Make Lip Balm

Learn how to make lip balm that works like a dream!
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: DIY
Servings: 20

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour 2 cups of water in a medium pot, and fit with a double boiler. Place over medium heat on the stove.
  • Add the beeswax and shea butter, and heat until melted.
  • Add the coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and honey and stir with a spoon you plan to only use for working with beeswax.
  • Heat until the coconut oil has melted.
  • Pour into your containers of choice, and allow at least 15 minutes to cool.

Notes

If you want to "flavor" this, you have two options. You can add essential oils to the double boiler when everything is melted, or you can add a few drops of essential oil into your container. If adding them in the containers, you'll want to stir with a toothpick right after you've incorporated the melted mixture.
For a harder chapstick, you'll want to go a bit heavy on the beeswax. For a softer chapstick, add a bit more sweet almond oil.

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120 comments on “How to Make Lip Balm”

  1. Do you have the weights for the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter?

    Do you know what the melting point of the final product is. Is there a way that I can increase the melting point? (think left in car during summer)

    Thanks

    • Nope, I 100% go based on volume. It’s a very forgiving recipe…don’t worry too much about getting it exactly right.

      Coconut oil has a melting point of 77 F. So if you need a higher melting point, you’d have to leave it out and sub in more shea butter or another oil. I honestly never leave chapstick in my car, even storebought because it gets too soupy!

  2. I keep a lip balm: on my nightstand, in my winter coat pocket, in my purse, in the kitchen drawer, and in my little supplies pouch in my knitting bag, and I joked last week about making a little holster to hide a lip balm under the dining room table where I’ve been working from home for the last eight months. Your lip balm recipe makes my platonic ideal lip balm, the one to which all other balms are compared. I leave out the honey and I infuse the sweet almond oil with calendula for healing and then I use it nonstop.

  3. We did our test run of your lip balm recipe in preparation for my daughter’s “unicorn lip balm party” and SUCCESS! Thank you for your incredibly easy instructions and list of ingredients-I found them all at my local natural store except the tins which I got online and the stickers which I made (I even used the muffin scoops you had recommended to scoop out the coconut oil with less of an issue). The party isn’t until March, but we’re ready! I gave out a few samples at the adult birthday party I went to (side note: we threw axes, I, despite my non-athleticism, did well!) and they were happily received. A gift for adults and kids alike!

    Sarah, thanks again for making #adulting #momlife easier; I feel like I should pay for all your recipes/advice etc. Any way we can donate to the cause?

    • Oh my goodness, a unicorn lip balm party sounds pretty awesome! Did you do any colors/tints or glitter to truly make it unicorn(ish)?

      Throwing axes is so much fun! Troy and I used to do that pre-kids and man what a good stress reliever.

    • Haha! I think I’m going to keep glitter (“the STI of the crafting world”) far away from the party but perhaps tinting it could be fun. Otherwise, I printed Avery Label round stickers with a unicorn on them for the tins for the #easywin.

      Why does it not surprise me that you and Troy threw axes before it was trendy? I’m sure you could kick all our butts!

      I also must say that the snow day struggle is REAL! and I love your mission to consider food pantries etc for families who rely on schools for food! You are my role model!

  4. I made these today to include in holiday gift baskets. I tested a tube, and it has a long-lasting smooth, moisturizing feeling that’s so much better than store-bought lip balm. If I used tubes (rather than tins) again, I think I’d get a little pipette to make them easier to fill.

    So excited to share these with friends and family!

  5. you know what I love best about this? That you make it for me.

  6. I might make the lotion bars in the future but I’d but one right now from your Etsy shop. Hint hint.

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  8. I think you can get little containers like that from the Dollar Store too.
    The recipe looks delicious! I’m thinking a vanilla added would be yummy.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. beeswax is REALLY hard to grate if you get a large block of it. I suggest melting the whole block and dribbling it into a large bowl of ice cold water to make your own pellets.

    I used organic beeswax (local farm), and organic raw honey (also local). Subbed half the beeswax with cocoa butter, added a few drops of candy flavoring.