If you’ve ever wanted to try making your own DIY lip balm at home, this is the recipe for you! Not only is it super versatile – think different flavors, colors, shapes and sizes- it is extremely quick and easy to make. (This post contains affiliate links.)
This DIY lip balm makes for fun shower gifts, party favors, stocking stuffers, Easter egg fillers, and the list could go on and on. Plus, there are a ton of fun container options out there such as slide top tins, round tins, and tubes like the ones we’re using today.
Once you get the base recipe down, you can add in all kinds of essential oil combinations to make an unlimited amount of flavors such as coconut lime, lavender bergamot, chamomile, orange rosemary, juniper lemongrass, lemon ginger, the possibilities are limitless.
For this project below, I did an orange peppermint lip balm using Now Essential Oils. We’re often a Young Living family, but these are easy to pick up at certain grocery stores or on Amazon. My mom is the expert on the subject, but I think all of them “essentially” (pun intended sorry) serve the same purpose.
If you’re not into oils, then by all means don’t use anything. The lip balm will still be fantastic and the coconut oil will make it yummy regardless. I’ve also made this all natural/all organic for the most part (I’m not sure about the “organic” claim of essential oils).
DIY Lip Balm
Don’t be overwhelmed by the list of ingredients, this includes EVERYTHING you will need.
- Double Boiler – Or you could use a small pot and metal mixing bowl.
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Beeswax Pastilles
- Organic Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
- Mica Powder – From what I’ve found, this is the most natural way to add a hint of color. It’s VERY subtle but pretty. You can omit this ingredient if you don’t want any tint.
- Orange and Peppermint Oil
- Lip Balm Tubes – I’ve also used Tins for other projects.
- Pipettes – Trust me, you want these. We tried using infant medication syringe droppers once. That works, but these are so much easier.
- *Side note, I almost got sucked into buying a tube filling tray, but after doing it by hand I feel it’s totally unnecessary.
- Washi Tape or Lip Balm Labels – If you’re using the tins, get 1 inch round labels.
- Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, fill the bottom of a double boiler about 1/3 full with water and bring to boil.
- Add the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax to the top part of the double boiler using these measurements:
- 2 Tablespoons shea butter
- 2 heaping Tablespoons beeswax
- 2 underfilled Tablespoons coconut oil
- Note that the coconut oil will make it a softer lip balm versus more solid, which I actually like better. So it’s basically equal parts of the three, keeping in mind that the heavier you are on coconut oil, the softer. Also in warmer climates you may want to put in a little less coconut oil as it will soften up in the heat.
- Stir until completely melted
- Once it’s melted, add your essential oils.
- For this one I did 5 drops of orange and 5 drops of peppermint and it was VERY subtle, so you could easily say 15 drops total.
- Then add in your tint if you choose.
- It takes a lot to show up, so a good tablespoon for stronger color and a teaspoon for lighter.
- Next, take your pipettes and fill the tubes to the very top.
- Stand them up on a flat surface to dry.
- Do not try to put the caps on yet until they are completely solid.
- When they’re ready, snap the lids tight and either put the labels on, or what I did here was just wrap them in washi tape.
- You can use different patterns depending on what you’re using the lip balm for. For instance, I’m sure they have little baby feet patterns that would be great for a baby shower, or doves for a wedding.
And there you have it, now go out and try it… because seriously, if I can make this anyone can!