Craft Your Own Lip Balm

Craft Your Own Lip Balm


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


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.


Essential Oils


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

Happy lip balm making!

~ irene

About the Author:

Irene Wolansky is the Customer Experience Director at Mountain Rose Herbs. Born and raised on the Oregon coast, her interests include crafting body care products and herbal medicine, harvesting mushrooms, gardening, brewing herbal mead, fermentation, and exploring wild areas.


  1. avatar January 13, 2011 at 7:36 am - Reply

    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!

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      Irene January 13, 2011 at 11:45 am - Reply

      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

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        agentstarling August 16, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

        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!


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          Irene August 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

          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

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            agentstarling August 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

            thanks Irene! appreciate your reply. :)

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        Hiba N July 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        i wanna know that will vanilla extract work for this recipe? Because it is alcohol based. Essential oils are hard to find here.

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          Alieta July 13, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

          Hi there Hiba,  Vanilla extract will not work well in this recipe, because it is an alcohol based extract.  I prefer to infuse vanilla beans into my carrier oils for a delightful, delicate, and economical vanilla aroma. Check out our Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe for tips. All the best.  ~Alieta

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            Hiba N August 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

            Hi alieta :)
            Thanx .will definitely try that .

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    memisstucker09 January 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    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….

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      Irene January 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      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

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        memisstucker09 January 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        Awesome Thanks… I will try that and I’ll keep you posted on any success. :)

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        Mo November 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        I mixed honey with an emulsifying wax first and then added it to the rest of my lip balm mixture.

        Honey is water, not oil soluble and needs and emulsifyier to add it to oils. I made a regular batch if lip balm with beeswax and added the honey/emulsifying wax after everything was melted. It worked fine for me. It was a little on the soft and mushy side, but did not separate.

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          Batina March 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

          I make lip balms with honey and have no issues with seperation in the tube or tin. It does not blend in and remains in the bottom of the pot but the sweetness infuses into the mixture very well. Just pour slowly, leaving the sticky goo in the bottom of the pot. You wont have seperation issues then. I use Lanolin in my mixtures too and will be looking at castor oil again soon for vegan friendly customers. Sorry just had to reply.


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    alexia January 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    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:

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      antonia June 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      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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    fleegle January 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    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?

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      Irene January 17, 2011 at 8:39 am - Reply

      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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    Elizabeth January 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to make lip balm without using beeswax?

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      Irene January 17, 2011 at 8:33 am - Reply

      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:
      Thanks again!
      ~ irene

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      Sabrina June 22, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

      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.

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      Anupama May 17, 2016 at 12:39 am - Reply

      I use sunflower wax

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    BjB January 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm - Reply

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

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    AH January 17, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Hello Irene – Great post. I was interested in making a lip balm and I found this other post as well:
    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!

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      Irene January 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      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

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    jkoh123 February 5, 2011 at 5:40 am - Reply

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

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      Irene February 7, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

      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

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    abrice February 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    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!)

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      Irene February 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      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

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      nankincherry February 27, 2011 at 10:29 am - Reply

      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 February 28, 2011 at 9:23 am - Reply

        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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    BjB February 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    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 :)

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      Irene February 28, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply

      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

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    Shasta May 3, 2011 at 5:24 am - Reply

    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 :).

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      Irene May 3, 2011 at 7:41 am - Reply

      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

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    ssickler May 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    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

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      Irene May 4, 2011 at 8:27 am - Reply

      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

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    Vasilisa May 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    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.

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      Irene May 9, 2011 at 7:29 am - Reply

      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

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    Samandnellie December 16, 2011 at 11:55 am - Reply

    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!

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    Betta December 17, 2011 at 10:25 am - Reply

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

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    yodersky December 18, 2011 at 8:44 am - Reply

    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!

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    tracymom126 January 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    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.


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      Irene January 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      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

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        tracymom126 January 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the clarification! I will give it a go today. I can’t imagine it won’t be wonderful!

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    juded55 January 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    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!

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      juded55 January 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

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

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      Irene January 17, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

      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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    Emerald September 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    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.

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      Bandita September 8, 2015 at 6:29 am - Reply

      Did you manage to use the edible dust? Did it work? or did the shimmer die because of the heat? Pls let me know. 

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    Christina Gillis October 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    I am going to make the peppermint cocoa lip balm, but I am going to try to add vanilla bean to 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 :-)

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      Alieta October 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      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

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    LindaMattei October 31, 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

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

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      Kori November 3, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

      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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    Sarah December 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

     I have been searching high and low for a simple explanation of how to make my own lip balm.  I like many others, appreciate when things are basic. I am crafting most all of my Christmas gifts this year, and have had a few missteps along the way. I tried my hand at heart shaped, individual appliation lotion bars yesterday. I didn't have a grater for the beezwax, and fear I overshot the amount by a little, the 5 drops of rose oil didn't carry through, the final product was okay, but I'm considering remelting and adding a bit more coconut oil and a bit more rose oil. Do you have a simple loton bar recipe?  Also, I would love a recipe for a lip/body balm? I'm thinking a peppermint rose would be yummy. I have a variety of sized tins and small lidded containers I'd like to fill and give as gifts, Thanks so much!!

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      Kori December 3, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah~Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and for sharing your feedback and questions! We do have a lotion bar recipe:, as well as many other body care, balm and lotion recipes here on our blog. If you put what you are looking for into the search bar at the top of the page, you will likely find all sorts of inspiration. Good luck with all your projects! ~Kori

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    Bethany February 9, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Hello, I have been wanting to make a vanilla lip balm. My first attempt I used vanilla extract with the beeswax and oil. It tasted great on the lips but of course the the vanilla extract and the wax and oils don’t blend well…. there was a lot of mix and pour fast action in my kitchen :) so I’m wondering if lecthin b would work as an emulsifier?

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      Kori February 10, 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Hi Bethany~Thank you for sharing your feedback. You are absolutely right in that vanilla (or any other) alcohol-based extracts do not blend well with the wax or oils. Your best bet is to use a little essential oils for frangrance and properties. Good luck on your next lip balm! ~Kori

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    Tracy May 3, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Hi there!

    I am looking to make my own honey & almond solid perfume and saw that you can basically use the same ingredients in lip balm to create the solid perfume. Any suggestions on how to create this? I would be forever grateful! 

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      Alieta May 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Tracey,  Thank you for enjoying the blog.  You can find out more about creating solid perfume recipes here: Revitalizing Solid Perfume Recipe. I hope this helps,  best of luck.  ~Alieta

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    Tammy June 30, 2015 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Do u have mesurements in grams or oz? Also what can be swamped for sunflower oil?

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      Kori July 1, 2015 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Hi Tammy~We appreciate you stopping by the blog and sharing your questions. Alas, we only have the measurements for the recipes above as is. We chose the Tablespoons/teaspoons since most folks don’t have scales to use. You are welcome to exchange another oil of your choice for the sunflower oil; olive oil, almond oil, macadamia nut, apricot kernel, etc. would all be fine choices. Good luck on your project! ~Kori

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    Favorite Things July 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

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    Christie Joralemon July 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I tried a recipe similar but without the sunflower oil. I read on another post I could substitute for olive oil, but I still felt the texture wasn't firm enough to. I did 2 tablespoons coconut-1 tablespoon beeswax-2 tablespoons of cocoa butter then I added the oil. Could you make a recommendation? Thanks for all your help!

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      Alieta July 17, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hi there Christie,  Thank you for reaching out to us.  The beeswax/oil ratio is what controls the softness or firmness of a lip balm.  I recommend adding a couple more teaspoons of beeswax to the mixture for a slightly firmer balm.  Best of luck! ~Alieta

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    Else July 18, 2015 at 11:24 pm - Reply


    can suggest a recipe without Vaseline or beeswax or cocoa butter for the lip gloss 


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      Kori July 20, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

      Hi Else~Thank you for sharing your question and for stopping by the blog. We do not have any recipes that use Vaseline as an ingredient. We do, however, utilize the properties of beeswax. You are welcome to substitute other forms of wax (like Carnauba) for the beeswax. Additionally, we do have other recipes here on the blog that do not include cocoa butter such as this one for Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm.

      You may also substitute other butters for the cocoa butter, such as Mango, Shea, etc. I do hope this points you in the right direction. Good luck! ~Kori

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    Perry Mc Kenna August 13, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

    With the lime and coconut recipe I cut the lime peel essential oil to 10 drops, added 7 drops of mint essential oil.  I also put several extra drops of Vitamin E oil to offset the photo toxicity of the lime oil.  The changes in the flavour oils made a very refreshing Mojito flavoured lip balm which fits into the Floridian lifestyle.  

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    YB August 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I made 3 lip balm tins this afternoon using these recipe as guide. It came out beautifully. I used MRH mango butter & avocado oil along w/ peppermint & grapefruit EO for scent along with the rest of the ingredients. It was smooth and light and spread easily and made my lips feel soft and moisturized without feeling greasy. It also remained solid in this summer heat. There is not artificial smell or taste associated with commericial lip balm. The best part of this balm: this batch will go a long way and I can see these tins lasting me into the winter months, Been a customer of MRH for a few years, so happy for this recipe.

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    Angela September 7, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I would love to substitute the beeswax with carnauba wax. Would the proportions change?


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      Alieta September 8, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Hi Angela,  Thanks for reaching out.  In my experience working with Carnauba wax in other recipes, it is very hard — more so than beeswax.  I would use 3/4 or 1/2 the amount of beeswax, so maybe start with using just 1 Tbsp, with no additional teaspoon, and see how that works for you.  Let us know how it goes.  All the best.  ~Alieta

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    Rose October 28, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply


    If I wanted to make about 5 of these each, do I just double the recipe?  Or should I just do it 1 at a time?


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      Kori October 28, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Hi Rose~Thank you for your interest and for sharing your question. I’m not sure if I am understanding correctly or not, but each of these recipes will make 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. So, by “5 of each,” I’m not sure if you mean 5 times the estimated amount or you are wanting to make a specific number of tubes, jars, or tins? Doubling each recipe would give you approximately 3 ounces of lip balm. Additionally, if you are making each recipe, you will likely want to make each recipe separately so, yes, one recipe at a time. If I have misunderstood your question, please feel free to clarify and we’ll see what we can do. We wish you the very best of luck on your project! Cheers ~Kori

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    Jackie November 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply


    I'm planning on making the peppermint cocoa lip balm for Christmas gifts this year, my question is- is there a shelf life for the balm? I want to make them now to see how they turn out but don't want them to go bad before Christmas!

    thank you!

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      Alieta November 10, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Hi there Jackie!  You may want to check out our post on Preserving Handcrafted & Natural Bodycare Products, for some great tips!  The life of your lip balm will depend on several factors.  I have had several lip balms last a year +, so I think you are safe to prepare your holiday goodies now!  Have fun! ~Alieta

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    An December 14, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

    There are some articles say that cocoa butter may darken my skin. Even in a book about handmade cosmetic sold in my place written that cocoa butter will tan skin so you should add ZnO when used in lipstick. But I have no I idea it is true or not. Can you help?
    Thanks a lot.

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      Alieta December 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Hi there An,   Thank you for reaching out to us.  I have never heard of cocoa butter making skin darker.  However,  I don’t know anyone who uses cocoa butter on it’s own every day.  If you were applying cocoa butter every day and exposing your skin to the sun,  you would absolutely tan more easily.  I do not believe this would apply to lips. I’ve made many lip balms with cocoa butter and never experienced a change in lip color.  If you are particularly concerned about a reaction, it is always a good idea to do a test before making a large batch. I hope this helps.  ~Alieta

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    Sandhiya January 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I just made the Mandarin Nutmeg lip balm with a few tweaks (used avo oil instaed of sunflower for one) – it came out amazing – Thank you so much for the recipe!


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    McKenna April 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I have been using a modified version of this recipe with Peppermint and Spearmint E.O. I find that once the essential oils are added the scent disappears. When applied, the balm tastes wonderful (with the minty fresh taste). I even resorted to adding 30 drops but the issue persists. Do you have any recommendations on what I could be doing wrong? Thank you!

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      Alieta April 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Mckenna,  Thank you for reaching out.  Yes this is true, the scent will be much stronger when applied.  I would not recommend increasing the essential oil drops any more than you have already as this could result in burning the sensitive skin on your lips.  Because we are working with all natural ingredients, not synthetics, it might take some getting used to before the delicate aromas of essential oils begin to feel ‘strong’ enough for you to enjoy at lighter levels.  I hope this helps.  Warmest. ~Alieta

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    Sandra April 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    How much lavender EO would you use instead of the Lime EO in the Lime Coconut Recipe above? I added 15 drops, but can't tell it's even there. I added it about 1 min after taking my oil blend off the heat. I'm wondering if I should wait longer before adding it, or if I'm not putting in enough. TIA!

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      Alieta April 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Hi there Sandra, Thank you for reaching out.  15 drops should be plenty of essential oil for this very small batch.  You could wait a few more minutes after removing the mixture from the heat, but not so long that it starts to solidify! :)  Many folks notice that the aroma of essential oils is much more noticeable as it is being applied, rather than while it is just sitting.  I hope this helps.  warmest regards. ~Alieta

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    Pure Love May 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Hi! Can I use fresh BEETROOT JUICE for coloring the balm? Any recommendations for a BEETROOT LIPBALM please..

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      Alieta May 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Hi there!  Thank you for reaching out.  I would recommend infusing beetroot powder into one of the oils.  Adding any water component to this recipe will greatly reduce the shelf life as well as possibly cause problems when setting, as oil and water don’t like to mix.  I hope this helps.  ~Alieta

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