Craft Your Own Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Balm Alongside Dried Helichrysum Flowers and Rose Buds.

Lip balm is truly one of the easiest and most inexpensive products to create. Not only is crafting your own surprisingly simple, you’ll have full control over all of the ingredients and the satisfaction of knowing that you’re putting pure, natural, and organic elements on your lips!

Three recipes are listed below, but feel free to experiment and create your own! See our guide at the end for tips on making your own recipes.

Whole nutmeg kernels

Gorgeous Organic Nutmeg (Myristica fragans) from Sri Lanka.

Mandarin Nutmeg Lip Balm

This sweet, citrusy, and warming lip balm has just a hint of spice.  Made with Mandarin and Nutmeg essential oils, Mango Butter, Sunflower oil, and other botanical ingredients.

1 Tablespoon Mango Butter
2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
15 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
5 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)

Lip balm preparation: Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! You can now add labels, ribbons, twine, or any other decorative elements. Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of our 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.

Pure Essential Oils Steam Distilled from Freshly Harvested Botanicals.

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

A refreshing, cooling, and nourishing lip balm with Cocoa Butter and Peppermint for that quintessential fusion of chocolate and mint.

1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
12-15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)

Lip balm preparation: Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! You can now add labels, ribbons, twine, or any other decorative elements. Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of our 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.

Chunks of Certified Organic and Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil. Yum!

Lime Coconut Lip Balm

Reminiscent of tropical places, this blend is perfect for warmer weather or for those who prefer a lightweight and glossy lip balm.

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
15 drops Lime Peel Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)

Lip balm preparation: Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! You can now add labels, ribbons, twine, or any other decorative elements. Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of our 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.

Experimenting with Lip Balm

It’s fun to concoct lip balm recipes using your favorite botanical ingredients and essential oils! As a general rule, use 3 parts of carrier oil to 1 part of beeswax (omit butters from your calculations since they are solid at room temperature). If you feel as though your lip balm is too soft, re-melt it and add more beeswax and if it is too hard, re-melt and add more oil. You can also adjust your recipes with the seasons: harder lip balms are better for warm summer weather and softer lip balms during cold fall and winter months. Add essential oils at your discretion, a general amount is 2 drops per container, but this varies depending upon the essential oil used. Less is better when it comes to essential oils; you don’t want to end up with lip balm that will sting or irritate your lips.

You can find all of the ingredients needed to make lip balm on our website: www.mountainroseherbs.com

Happy lip balm making!

~ irene

52 Responses to “Craft Your Own Lip Balm”

  1. avatar cindyr@wyomail.com says:

    Thanks for the great recipes! My daughter and I made the peppermint cocoa lip balm a couple of months ago, and I love the smooth, creamy result.

    But (always a but!), we live in cold, windy Wyoming, and I could use something that is just a little more moisturizing – a more heavy-duty protection. Could you make suggestions for different oils or recipe?

    Also, I suffer from cold sores. Pfizer (I hate to say it) used to have a product on the market that really shortened healing time, but they no longer make it. What about putting calendula oil in lip balms – do you think it would be safe for lips, and help? Or do you have another suggestion?

    Finally, do you suggest any natural additives to create a sunscreen lip balm? Cold sores love to pop out on lips exposed to the sun, and sunscreen lip balms really help.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Cindyr,

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy the recipes and thank you for letting us know about your success with the Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm!

      Other moisturizing ingredients that you can include in your recipes are: Shea butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Kukui Nut oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Meadowfoam Seed oil, Pomegranate Seed oil, Shea Nut oil, and Wheat Germ oil.

      Calendula oil would be a perfect addition for lip balm, it is one of my favorite remedies for skin conditions. I like to put it in just about everything!

      Zinc Oxide can be added to any lip balm recipe to make it into a sunscreen lip balm.

      Thank you again for your feedback and for your thoughtful questions!

      ~ irene

      • avatar agentstarling says:

        Hi Irene! these lip balm recipes are awesome. thank you. can you please tell me how much zinc oxide to put in for the coconut lime recipe? and could you also recommend a zinc oxide to purchase, unelss you sell some? i googled zinc oxide and whole bunch of stuff came up…

        so appreciate it!

        allison

        • avatar Irene says:

          Dear Allison,

          What a great question! I have never added Zinc Oxide to any of my lip balms, and unfortunately it’s not a product that we carry. Because of this, I honestly can’t give advice on how much to add. I would recommend doing an online search for lip balm recipes utilizing Zinc Oxide, or would ask the company that you purchase Zinc Oxide for instructions.

          I apologize for not being more helpful! This is simply an ingredient that I haven’t experimented with. Thank you again for your question, and for reaching out to us!

          ~ Irene

  2. avatar memisstucker09 says:

    Hi MRH I am both a customer and a fan. I made some lip balm and I used a recipe that allowed liquid sweetener. I gave my Mom one pot of balm as a gift and as she pressed to apply the sweetener oozed out of the sides in a watery stream and onto her hands…I like lips that taste good and was wondering if there is anything out there besides the chemically man made liquid sweetener that I could add? I can’t wait to try your recipes I think the right essences would make up for a non sweet lip treat….

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi memisstucker09,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for all of your support!

      I haven’t had much luck with sweeteners either. I’ve tried adding honey to lip balm recipes before, but it always separated out from the other ingredients after the lip balm solidified. I haven’t experimented with sweeteners since and now make all of my lip balms unsweetened.

      An alternative method that would probably work (I haven’t tried it, so no promises!) would be to infuse Stevia leaf in a carrier oil, strain it out after 2-4 weeks, and then use the infused Stevia oil in your lip balm recipes.

      Let us know if you find a method that works, we would love to hear about it!

      ~ irene

  3. avatar alexia says:

    I like using castor oil in my lip balm, it makes it more shiny. I read that for cold sores, you can try Bergamot essential oil (be careful phototoxic do not use if you are living in a sunny country) and tea tree essential oil. Lemon Balm is also good.

    Here are a few recipes:

    http://organic-beauty-recipes.com/lip-balm-recipes/

    • avatar antonia says:

      Cold pressed Bergamot is extremely photo toxic and should never be used on the skin within 12 hours of sun exposure as it contains a large amount of Furocoumarins, it can cause severe burns and permanent skin damage. Essential oils are very potent and should always be diluted before applying to the skin.

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  5. avatar fleegle says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Do you think dissolving a little sugar in the oil would work, or would that open things up to more spoilage?

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Fleegle,
      Thank you for your comment and question!
      This is a really interesting idea, I have never heard of anyone doing this before. If you try it out, let us know what happens!
      ~ irene

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  7. avatar Elizabeth says:

    Is it possible to make lip balm without using beeswax?

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for the great question!
      Two alternatives to beeeswax are Candelilla Wax and Carnauba Wax. Both of these waxes are harvested from trees, making them vegan friendly. You can learn more about them by reading the “Learn More” profiles on our website: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/wax/wax.html
      Thanks again!
      ~ irene

    • avatar Sabrina says:

      I have done a recipe with a 1/4 of a crayola crayon (paraffin wax) and coconut oil, instead of beeswax. I wish I loved beeswax but true is, it always coats my lips like they are suffocating if there is too much. Then it gets a layer on my teeth somehow. Using the crayon eliminates that.
      Some would argue the safety, but crayola insists a toddler can digest a whole crayon without side effects. I would say it’s no more unsafe than store bought products.

  8. avatar BjB says:

    Wow, this looks like so much fun…
    Yes, I will have to give it a whirl! Thanks!
    :^D

  9. avatar AH says:

    Hello Irene – Great post. I was interested in making a lip balm and I found this other post as well: http://www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/chapped-lips.htm
    Do you have any recommendations on it? You mentioned it was better to use less essential oils – could you give me your opinion on that?
    Thank you!

    • avatar Irene says:

      Dear AH,
      Thank you for your question!
      I use a lesser amount of essential oil to create a gentler lip balm, but you are certainly welcome to use more if you prefer a stronger, more medicinal balm.
      Let us know if you make any recipes that you’d like to share with us!
      ~ irene

  10. avatar jkoh123 says:

    Could you share what we can use to make the lip balm colored?
    what can we use for the shimmering effect?
    Tks

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi jkoh123,
      Thank you for the great question! You can infuse a carrier oil with Alkanet root to give it a pink to dark red tint, or with Annatto seed for an orange color. Neither or these will add much color to your lips, but they will add a little hint of color. You can also melt a little chunk of colored lipstick in with the oil and beeswax. Mica is usually used to add shimmer to natural lip balms. Thanks again!
      ~ irene

  11. avatar abrice says:

    Hi Irene,

    I read that lime peel essential oil is phototoxic. Is the amount listed in the recipe small enough to be safe for use on a sunny day? I can’t wait to try your recipes (and come up with a few of my own!)

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi abrice,
      Thank you so much for reading our blog. I’m glad to hear that you are excited about these recipes, and please let us know if you come up with any of your own recipes that you’d like to share!
      Lime essential oil is phototoxic, and can cause sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. You can definitely omit it from the recipe, or can reserve the lip balm for using at night or when out of direct sunlight. In 14 years of making and using citrus lip balms, I have never experienced any problems. But, I also live in Oregon where it is overcast for much of the year! So, you may choose to be more cautious during the summertime or if you live in a sunny climate.
      I hope that this helps, and thank you again!
      ~ irene

    • avatar nankincherry says:

      Hi Irene,
      I watched the video by, John Gallagher on how to make lip balm. Now I would like to try my hand at making some. I have never done something like this before and could use some help, please.
      I would like to make the same amount of lip balm as John did in his video (approx.64 tubes) but would like to use some different ingredients. My husband works in -40 degree weather with no humidity and has to re-apply his lip balm about every 30 minutes. We currently use a lip balm that has, Shea butter,Beeswax, Coconut oil, and Palm kernel oil in it.Ingredients are listed in order as on label. I would like to change the palm oil to Calendula infused almond oil.
      What we like about our current lip balm is it is a heavier lip balm and stays on longer.
      As stated above I have never made something like this before. I am not sure how much of each to buy from Mountain rose herbs to make up this lip balm. Would you happen to have a recipe for this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you!

      • avatar Irene says:

        Hi nankincherry,
        Thank you for your question! You can certainly follow John’s recipe from our video and substitute your ingredients for the ones that he used. I would recommend playing around with the recipe until you are happy with the effect and consistency. One of the great things about making lip balm is that it is almost impossible to mess up, you can always remelt it and add more ingredients until you are satisfied with the final product. I often do this when creating a new lip balm recipe since it doesn’t always come out perfect the first time.
        Thank you again, I hope that you have fun experimenting!
        ~ irene

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  13. avatar BjB says:

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I tried the following: 1 TB shea butter, 1 TB beeswax, 2 TB evening primrose oil, 1 TB olive oil, a few drops of vitamin e oil and 20 drops of patchouli essential oil.
    It made a wonderful lightly scented skin balm that is slightly softer than lip balm. Nice :)

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi BjB,
      Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us! It sounds divine and it must smell incredible. I’ll definitely have to try it. Thank you again!
      ~ irene

  14. avatar Shasta says:

    Hi there, I have a question about measuring solid or semi-solid ingredients, such as beeswax, cocoa butter, etc. The recipes give these in volume measurements (e.g., tablespoon), and I am wondering if you should melt first and measure, or try to chop/grate the ingredient and measure it in a solid state. Based on the wording of the recipes, I’m guessing it’s the latter, but a tablespoon of coarsely chopped beeswax seems like it would only be one chunk or so. It seems very inaccurate (okay, I admit it, I’m an engineer!). So I’m just looking for clarification on that. Additionally, I have a kitchen scale, so I’ll put in a plug for including mass measurements for these harder to measure items :).

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Shasta,

      Thank you for the great questions and for your interest in learning to make lip balm! The recipes call for measuring the ingredients in their solid state, rather than melted. It may be a little inaccurate to measure this way, but it has always worked for me! There is a lot of wiggle room when making lip balm, so I wouldn’t be too concerned about exact measurements. But, if you would rather use exact measurements, then I would suggest playing around with the recipes and measuring the ingredients until you come up with a recipe that you enjoy. I hope that this helps, and thank you again!

      ~ irene

  15. avatar ssickler says:

    I made the cocoa-peppermint lip balm and gave a lot of them away – people are BUZZING about them on my Facebook page and on my blog. What a great recipe. So smooth and the peppermint is subtle but nice and tingly. Thanks so much. #rootstalk

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi ssickler,
      Wow, thank you so much for letting us know about your experience with the recipe! We are so glad to hear about all of the buzz and the positive feedback. We will definitely check out your blog to see the post. Thank you again!
      ~ irene

  16. avatar Vasilisa says:

    I love these recipes. I am very excited to try the coconut lime one!

    Here are some other things I have tried: I made chocolate flavored lip balm by adding some very dark, bittersweet chocolate to the mixture of oils and cocoa butter (just melt it with the other solids). I added a few drops of vanilla for added flavor. The chocolate makes for a lovely color as well. Just make sure to use it within about 2 months so that it does not spoil.

    I have also made a plumping lip balm by adding 1 or 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil.

    For a sweeter lip balm, I add honey to the mixture and mix it thoroughly. I add a little bit of emulsifying wax so that the honey mixes well with all of the oils.

    I hope these tips help! Thanks again for the great recipes.

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Vasilisa,
      Thank you for your comment and for letting us know about all of your lip balm experimenting. I love the idea of adding bittersweet chocolate – yum! And, adding cinnamon essential oil or emulsifying wax to a lip balm with honey are also great tips. I’m going to have to try all of these. :-)
      Thank you again for sharing these tip sand ideas with us!
      ~ irene

  17. avatar Samandnellie says:

    I liked you a while back and posted on your wall. I also joined the Newsletter! I think it is great that you have these recipes and the photos are beautiful!

  18. avatar Betta says:

    This looks like alot of fun! I hope to win the lip balm give away kit!

  19. avatar yodersky says:

    I love your site and your blog on lip balms. The kit soungs great! I’ve shared the site and the contest on my Facebook!

  20. avatar tracymom126 says:

    I’ve been wanting to make the coconut lime lip balm for quite a while. I finally have my ingredients assembled, but was confused by something in the recipe. The directions call for including “butter” with the oils and beeswax, but I don’t see any butter listed in the ingredients. So I’m wondering if something might have been left out of the ingredients list or if it is an error in the directions.

    Thanks!

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Tracymom 126,
      Thank you for your comment and for letting us know about this error! There is no butter in this recipe, the instructions were incorrect. I’m so sorry for any confusion this has caused, and have updated the recipe directions accordingly.
      I hope that you enjoy the recipe! We’d love to hear how your lip balm turns out. :-)
      ~ irene

  21. avatar juded55 says:

    First off – thanks for these wonderful recipes! I made a batch of lip balm a couple months ago, but put it in little pots. This time I’d like to try putting it in tubes – do you have any tips that would make it easier? I really love my own personal care products (I also make my own deodorant and dusting powder) because, not only are they so much more soothing than store-bought, they are so much more soothing!

    • avatar juded55 says:

      Meant to say that I can control what goes on my body AND more soothing – guess I should get offline now :)

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi juded55,
      You’re welcome! I hope that you’ve enjoyed making and using your homemade lip balm!
      When pouring lip balm into tubes, I’ve found that it’s best to use a container with a spout as my double boiler. The spout makes it much easier to pour the lip balm into the small containers. I usually use a small glass pyrex measuring cup or a small pot with a spout. My favorite tool is actually a vintage enamel butter pot that I found at a yard sale years ago.
      I hope that this helps, and congratulations on making your own personal care products. We’d love to hear your recipes for deodorant and dusting powder if you’d like to share them with us. :-)
      Thanks again!
      ~ irene

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  23. avatar Emerald says:

    I’m going to try making my own lip balm with some argan oil as part of the oil. I’ll be using a mixture of oils which will probably include sweet almond, coconut, jojoba, and maybe olive oil. For color, I’m going to try Wilton’s edible color dust and/or shimmer dust. I’ve used it in came decorating, and it seems like it would be perfect for lip balm.

  24. avatar Christina Gillis says:

    I am going to make the peppermint cocoa lip balm, but I am going to try to add vanilla bean to it..do you think that would work? I don’t have vanilla oil, plus, I love those little black specks in everything (vanilla is my favorite)! Thanks :-)

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi Christina, That sounds like an absolutely wonderful idea! Are you going to use Vanilla Bean Powder or do you plan on scraping out the insides of a Vanilla Bean? Can’t wait to hear how it goes! ~Alieta

  25. avatar LindaMattei says:

    I want to try these lip balms but would like to put them in rollerball containers. What should I use? Love your site! Linda

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Linda~Thank you for checking in with us. The lip balm recipes really won’t work for a rollerball container; they are just too thick and solid. I imagine you could make a lip serum or an oil based lip treatment, however, that would work in a rollerball container. You’ll have to let us know what you come up with! Good luck ~Kori

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