Rebekah Greiman

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Potholes and Pantyhose is written by me, Rebekah Greiman. I'm a vintage gal stuck in a modern world. I am a writer… read more

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

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!

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!

Jaymi on Feb 24, 2012:

How many containers will the measurements above fill?

rebekah-greiman on Feb 24, 2012:


Sweet Almond Oil is soothing to the ol lips, but I'm sure peppermint oil or something similar would work just as well. I haven't tried it myself, so I don't know for sure-however. I would recommend trying to make a very small batch using an oil you like and see how it fares! Good luck. (Maybe this is something I should try doing once I am out of my 25 chapsticks!) :)

Aurora on Feb 23, 2012:

Can you use an alternative oil to the sweet almond oil? I'm not a fan of almond extract so I don't think I'll care for the oil. What purpose does the oil serve?

rebekah-greiman on Feb 23, 2012:


I bought a lot of my ingredients from:

Hope this helps!

Cindy on Feb 23, 2012:

Interesting--where do you buy these ingredients? 

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