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How to Make Lip Balm

Learn how to make lip balm that works like a dream!
containers of homemade lip balm with beeswax on a wooden board

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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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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
Calories:

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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122 comments on “How to Make Lip Balm”

  1. What can you put in it to get that Carmen “warming” feeling? I like it’s “healing” feeling and would like to incorporate that.

  2. Love your blog~! Bookmarking!

  3. i would like to know how long the shelf life for this is please, my daughter loves chapstick and lip gloss both. thank you

    • From my understanding, honey is the only food that never goes bad. So considering this recipe has honey, and beeswax, I can’t see this chapstick going rancid any time soon. I have some containers that have been around for at least 2 years and are fine.

  4. Thank u sooooo much for this idea! It looks AMAZING! Any ideas for creating yr own double broiler?
    Thanks again!5 stars

  5. Jessica try weighing uour beeswax as opposed to measuring. Eg; 2 oz beeswax to 4-6 oz oils. So then it makes no difference if its chunks or pastilles.

  6. I was thinking about using beeswax pastilles and was wondering if anyone else has used them. Also I’m not to sure about the measurements, I tried to google 1/3 cup solid beeswax = how many cups beeswax pastilles and I can’t find anything.

  7. Bulk Apothecary has lip balm jars for .18 cents each- http://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/containers/lip-balm-tubes-jars-and-tins/white-empty-25-oz-lip-balm-jars-with-caps/
    They also have flavorings and a lip balm base for $10. a pound. It is premixed all you need to do is add your flavorings or any other special ingredients you would like. I have ordered from them several times and have no complaints. Shipping is fast and well packaged too.

  8. Ordered my supplies for this…hope it turns out well. I also found this in case your readers would prefer traditional chapstick like tubes instead of jars or tins: http://www.specialtybottle.com/lipbalmtubesmi.aspx

  9. I have to laugh at the measurement people. I’m Italian and happy to say this is precisely how Italians cook. We don’t do measurements. so I get the recipe. I know exactly what to do.5 stars

  10. does it have to be coconut oil? would like to do this but am allergic to coconut oil.

    • It doesn’t have to, but you’d need to find an oil that is solid at room temperature. I’m not sure what kind of oil that would be, but it is definitely doable.