How to: Make Simple, Organic DIY Lip Balm for 25¢

DIY Lip Balm recipe

I like to re-invent and create things around my home. And I like to do so inexpensively and with my own little flair. So today, I have a low cost, simple and organic recipe for DIY Lip Balm.  

My hubby and I go through inordinate amount of lip balm. And at $3 a tube, it was beginning to add up. I wanted to find a way that I could circumvent the cost, the unnecessary added chemicals and the need for store-bought lip balm. For approximately $.25 a tube, I had my very own lip balm without the chemicals.     

Here's what you'll need to make simple, organic DIY lip balm:

  • 2 TBS Beeswax Pearls 
  • 2 TBS Pure White Refined Shea Butter (you can use unrefined shea butter, it just has a bit of an odor) 
  • 4 TBS Sweet Almond Oil 
  • 1/4 tsp "Essential" Peppermint Oil (or use Lavender, Cherry, Lime, Eucalyptus, oil) 
  • Double Boiler (or a heat safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water)
  • Measuring Cup with pour spout 
  • Paper Towels/Rags (15-20)
  • .15 oz new or recycled tubes or containers (I bought mine from bulkapothecary.com for $0.14 each)  

Prepare the lip balm containers by placing in a bowl or pan, without the lids. Help tubes stay upright by wedging paper towels around them.  

If using a Double Boiler, fill the bottom pan with water and bring to a slow boil. Place the second pan on top, and melt the beeswax. If using a heat safe bowl, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir continuously with a wire whisk while the next ingredients are added.


Add the 2 TBS of Shea Butter.  

Add the 4 TBS of Sweet Almond Oil.  

Once liquified, remove the top pan from the heat while continuing to stir.  

Whisk in a 1/4 tsp of essential oil. (I used peppermint in my lip balm).  

Working quickly, transfer the hot liquid to a room temperature measuring cup with a spout.  

Pour the hot liquid into the lip balm containers.  

Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Place the lid on the cooled container and enjoy.  

I recommend wiping out all pans, measuring cups and spoons with a rag or with paper towels before attempting to wash them. Trust me, I learned the hard way....

Thanks so much for having me here today! Please stop by my site, Potholes and Pantyhose, for more recipes, crafts and remodeling projects. I would love to hear from you

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Brandi on Apr 29, 2017:

this is the BEST lip balm recipe I have found! I love it! Thank you very much.

Anonymous on Apr 10, 2013:

Hey I was wondering if there is any natural way to color these, just to give it a little tint. Maybe could you use beet juice?

Whitt on Mar 15, 2013:

Beware, though, which oils you are using. Peppermint oil dries out your skin. (Hint: Your lips are part of that organ!)

Veronica on Feb 02, 2013:

Thank you SO MUCH for taking time out of your day to do all of the work that is takes to get a good-looking blog and easy to follow directions! I am sad that people can be ungrateful or expect you to answer every question (Attention all blog readers! Google is our friend also! :) If you don't know where to buy an item or what to sub in - i'm not sure why subs are alwaysalways asked for unless there is a nut allergy, for example)

DIY is all about being creative - try your own version! I'm not sure why people wanted to know immediately what to substitute for shea butter (which is not a chemical, btw! Yay!) w/o trying it. I'm excited to try this & then maybe play with flavor/taste. I'm so silly about lip balm, i buy from the kids' department so I can get Hershey's kiss flavor, etc :)  This would be yummy in a chocolate peppermint (and you do have to be careful with natural peppermint, too much and it will burn & be ouchy) too.  Fun! Thanks again!

Jane on Dec 21, 2012:

I'm wondering how long these lip balms keep? Do any of the ingredients used have any preservative properties? This is all new to me so I'm curious and eager to try this. Thanks!

Textkind on Nov 02, 2012:

Great. I did that too and changed it a bit. I'll never buy a lipbalm again ;) Change for sharing.

Textkind on Nov 02, 2012:

Tanks for this post. I tried it and changed it a bit. This is sooo good. I'll never buy a lipblam again ;)

Rack of Lam on Sep 29, 2012:

Just stumbled upon this on twitter and Im very interested, but where can i get beeswax pearls?

T on Sep 11, 2012:

You can substitute cocoa butter for shae butter if wanted. I make these and it makes a huge difference , instead of chemicals , petrolium based products etc. Natural makes all the difference in the world because you are not licking and ingesting it! Love it!


Liz on Sep 11, 2012:

is there an alternative for shea butter......

Emilia on Aug 03, 2012:

Pam; I'm a novice with this stuff but I know some stuff about the ingrediants and basically:

Shea butter naturally contains a UV protector, partly due to it's Vitamin-e oil content. However, I'm aware that as it is refined it loses many of it's benefits (vitamins, anti-oxidants etc.) so I don't know how effective refined shea butter would be at this.

As an alternative you could either: 1. Use unrefined shea butter which is generally more beneficial but, beware, it does have an arguably undesirable sent (which can be masked by essential oils). 2. Add a small ammount of vitamin E oil with the essential oils to protect from uv rays. 3. Consistency wise the almond oil step could be replaced with another oil, however, almond oil is another source of vitamin E. Other good oils are Coconut oil and olive oil 4. Avoid any citrus-based ingredients as this increases photo-sensitivity.

Hope this helps. (Btw, not for this, but green tea is a great ingredient in other DIY recipes for it's UV protection.)

Cat on May 19, 2012:

Thank you! I have vey sensitive skin and have wasted a lot of money buying lip balms I ended up not being able to use, I have made this with a couple of little changes and it is lovely!

Cat on May 19, 2012:

Thank you! I have vey sensitive skin and have wasted a lot of money buying lip balms I ended up not being able to use, I have made this with a couple of little changes and it is lovely!

Pam on Mar 02, 2012:

I'm wondering if this would have any SPF or if there is anything natural you could add.

Claudia on Feb 26, 2012:

Fantastic article and really nice photos. It seems simple enough to make me want to try it myself.

I do have one question, though - how is this organic? Are the ingredients you listed only sold in organic forms (for example: are beeswax pearls always organic) or are you just subsituting the word "organic" for natural?


Stacie e on Feb 25, 2012:

"I had my very own lip balm without the chemicals"

I hate when people misuse that word in order to prove a point or claim how amazing something is. Everything is a chemical. You have a homemade lip balm -- that's it. It still has chemicals. 

T on Feb 25, 2012:

One of the best essential oils to use that brings healing and calming would be calendula. otherwise known as marigold in the flower world. Helps reduce inflamation associated with chapped burning lips. Just thought I would share that.



vegas710 on Feb 24, 2012:

Oh, and I had a little leftover as well so I poured it into tiny pots and voila! cuticle cream!

vegas710 on Feb 24, 2012:

Hi Cindy, I just started experimenting with this and produced a fantastic batch of tangerine-scented lip balms to give out at Christmas.  Friends are already asking for more!  You need the wax (bees, carnauba or candelilla), the butter (shea is good but I use coconut, better melt plus anti-bacterial/viral/fungal) and the oil (sweet almond works best and there is no almond smell or taste! Many other carriers can be used though, olive, castor, safflower etc.).  I upped my wax just a tad and added some vitamin E oil (healing properties plus a natural preservative) as well as Lanolin and/or Jojoba in small amounts. 
I would caution against using too much peppermint oil (a little for scent is fine) because it's drying and can make you more sensitive to sunlight, same is true for the tangerine essential oil I used.
I also used this tray - http://www.sks-bottle.com/340c/fin77c.html -  and it was SO easy to fill!
I'm getting ready to make my second batch soon and I'm having so much fun experimenting! 

Thnks for the tutorial, Rebekah!  I've been scouring every thing I can find about homemade bath and body products so I was happy to see this pop up in my reader.  The wax pellets look SO MUCH EASIER than using the wax that comes in brick form.  That stuff is crazy hard to cut or grate. 

rebekah-greiman on Feb 24, 2012:


This recipe makes about 25+ tubes of chapstick. I had a bunch leftover and ran out of tubes-so I started putting the leftovers in smaller jars!

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