DIY Natural Homemade Lip Balm
This lip balm recipe is a popular name brand imitation recipe that I have experimented with many times. Each time I make lip balm I adjust a few things to experiment with what I like best. All my lip balms have shea butter ecause it makes them so silky smooth.
I almost always add lavender and frankincense to skin care recipes, but you can experiment with what you like best as well. Frankincense can be pricey (although completely worth it to me), so omitting this oil will cut down on the cost.
Kids love helping with homemade projects like this (and they are really fun for adults too!). Before you start, make sure you have the ingredients and equipment on hand.
- Coconut Oil (or other carrier oil, see below)
- Shea Butter
- Peppermint Essential Oil ( or whatever you choose. I love lavender and peppermint, a little cinnamon is good too!)
- Lip Balm Tubes (can also make in a small jar and just use your finger for application) I order 100 at a time since I gift these often.
- Rack to hold lip balm tubes (optional)
- Printable Labels for tubes
- A plastic pipette (makes filling the tubes much easier!)
- A double boiler (or you can use an insert) or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with boiling water
- A spatula
Let’s talk about the ingredients for a minute. Each one has unique properties that make the lip balm so amazing.
Shea Butter – is an amazing skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers a natural UV protection of about 6spf and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.
- Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter make it not only nourishing but also moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. This is why it is so great for chapped lips (or preventing them from becoming chapped). It also adds a silky smooth texture to the lip balm.
- Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter had anti-inflammatory properties (source). One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
- Skin Smoothing: Did I mention how silky smooth shea butter makes lip balms (or body butters). Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
If you’re switching from conventional lipstick and want some color and shimmer naturally I recommend adding a tiny amount (1 tsp) of mica powder like this one. It has natural color and shimmer and blends perfectly.
Coconut oil is wonderful as a face cleanser, moisturizer and sun screen, but also it can treat many skin disorders. The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil have been shown to reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions.
It protects the skin and has many antioxidants that make it ideal for healing the skin. In addition the antimicrobial properties balance out fungal sources that can cause many skin conditions.
- Protective: When applied to the skin, beeswax forms a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental toxins, while also holding in moisture and reducing dryness. This is one of the reasons beeswax is often used in lip balms. Unlike ingredients made from petroleum, however, beeswax doesn’t “suffocate” the skin.
- Humectant: Some ingredients “attract” water, and beeswax is one of them. When you put it on, you attract water molecules, helping to keep skin hydrated over time.
- Vitamin A: A good source of this vitamin, beeswax helps exfoliation and can rejuvenate your look.
- Fragrance: We always say there’s no reason to use harsh chemicals to make products smell good. Natural ingredients work so much better! Beeswax has a natural honey fragrance, and is a favorite in soaps and perfumes because of its pleasant, light aroma.
- Soothes temporary itching: If you suffer from dry skin itching or sensitive skin, beeswax is for you. Because beeswax is anti-allergenic, it is also easily tolerated by even those with reactive skin.
Options for carrier oils:
- Olive Oil – an easy to find basic oil
- Sweet Almond Oil – softens lips
- Sunflower Oil – heals damaged skin
- Coconut Oil – melts easily (for those with coconut allergy though, it can make chapped lips worse)
- Tamanu Oil – heals many skin conditions
- Pomegranate Seed Oil – rich and nutritious
- Jojoba Oil – softens and nourishes skin
- Avocado Oil – rich and moisturizes dry lips
- Apricot Kernel Oil – for sensitive and mature skin
- Castor Oil – adds gloss and smoothness to lip balm
- Hemp Seed Oil – conditions lips
Copy-Cat Lip Balm Ingredients
- 5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- 5 tablespoons Shea Butter
- 5 tablespoons Coconut Oil (or other carrier oil from above)
- 60+ drops Essential oil(s)
Lip Balm Instructions
- Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted. Try not to get the mixture too hot, just enough for everything to melt. Remember, there are different colors that the ingredients may be so the color of your lip balm may be different than mine. Beeswax for instance can be white or golden color as well as shea butter.
- Set up lip balm tubes while the mixture melts. I just stand mine upright, but there are super cool tools to help that eventually I will invest in.
- Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
- Add essential oils to your preference. My favorites are lavender, peppermint, cinnamon (you don’t need much!) and mixing some of them for great blends! Test a small amount on your finger or arm to ensure the scent is just right.
- Once you’ve added the essential oils, use the pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. This must be done quickly since the mixture will start to harden as soon as it is removed from the heat. If needed, you can reheat the mixture (again, avoiding getting to hot especially after adding the essential oils).
- Let tubes sit at room temperature for several hours until cooled and completely hardened before capping them. I usually put parchment paper underneath for any drips. Makes a much easier clean up.
- Once the lip balms have set you can put a lid on them and wipe off any balm that got on the outside of the containers. When the outside of the lip balm container is clean and dry you can add your labels and they are good to go.
Use an extra teaspoon or two of beeswax if you prefer a thicker and longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you prefer a smoother and softer lip balm. Since there are no water based ingredients, you can re-melt and add more of each ingredient during the melting process until you get the exact texture you want. I usually take a small amount of the mixture on parchment paper and let it cool to make sure the texture is what I am hoping to achieve. You can also experiment with adding additional ingredients like Vitamin E oil. Have fun with it and try different kinds! The recipe is great because it is equal parts of everything (except essential oils) so it is easy to cut in half or double.