DIY Lip Balm Recipe

Ready to make your own DIY lip balm and toss the inflammatory store-bought stuff away? Heck yes! I’m sure you’ve noticed that the more you use store-bought lip balm, the more “addicted” to it you become. Yikes!

That’s because most lip balms that you buy at the store are LOADED with inflammatory and irritating ingredients. Instead of soothing and healing your lips, they’re just making things worse.

In this article, I’ll be discussing these popular questions & sharing my favorite lip balm DIY recipe with you:

  • Why should you make DIY lip balm?
  • What did our ancestors use?
  • How can I make my own lip balm? 

A photo showing finished DIY lip balm tubes along with the ingredients on a kitchen island.

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Why Should You Make DIY Lip Balm?

It’s super easy, will save you money, and reduce your toxin load, plus they make great gifts! Once you realize how easy (and fun) they are to make, you’ll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner!

Reduce toxin load

Let’s start with the Classic Original Chapstick. I used this obsessively in high school because I didn’t know any better. I would panic anytime I didn’t have it with me because my lips would be cracked and dry if I didn’t slather it on every 30 minutes. Look closely and you’ll find 18 ingredients. EIGHTEEN.

White Petrolatum 45% Skin Protectant, Arachidyl Propionate, Camphor, Carnauba Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Isopropyl Lanolate, Isopropyl Myristate, Lanolin, Light Mineral Oil, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Red 6 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, White Wax, Yellow 5 Lake.

Not only is that a lot of ingredients, but many of these are associated with developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, allergies & immunotoxicity according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Finally, our discussion wouldn’t be complete without talking about Lip Smackers. If you were a pre-teen in the 90s like I was, I’m sure you had every flavor in your mini-backpack, too.

The ingredient list is simply appalling. Drumroll, please….

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, CETYL ACETATE, BEESWAX/CIRE D’ABEILLE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, FLAVOR/AROMA, POLYBUTENE, PARAFFIN, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL, STEARIC ACID, STEVIA REBAUDIANA LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, SUCRALOSE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYL GALLATE, CITRIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHEROL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE. MAY CONTAIN: BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 21 LAKE (CI 45380), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).

WOW. That’s all I can say. Go grab your products and look them up HERE to see how they pan out.

Save Money

The last time I priced my DIY Lip Balm recipe out, it came out to be $0.14 per tube. That’s it! Considering that a quality lip balm is $6 per tube, this is a steal of a deal. Once you have your ingredients on hand, you’ll be set for years!

Provide gifts

One of my most requested items is my DIY lip balm! They are such a great gift to give to friends and family. Perfect for stocking stuffers! This recipe makes 15 tubes, so you’ll have plenty extra to share.

What Did Our Ancestors Use for Lip Balm?

Highly processed lip balm in a plastic tube is certainly a modern take on something humans have been using to heal chapped lips for centuries. The basics involve combining a natural fat source (rendered animal fat or oil) with a binder, such as beeswax. It’s pretty simple, really!Homestead Laundry

Common ingredients in historic lip balm:

  • In ancient Egypt, it was common to use beeswax mixed with olive oil and animal fat
  • In ancient India, it was common to mix powdered bael fruit with breast milk to make a paste 
  • However, on the homestead of North America, beeswax was commonly mixed with animal fats such as tallow and lard! (I feel another tutorial coming soon related to this to go along with my Whipped Tallow Balm!)

DIY Lip Balm Recipe

Now that you’re all excited about getting back to the basics and nourishing your lips once and for all, let’s dive into making your own DIY lip balm!

Materials Needed:

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I LOVE these lip balm tubes! They are available in clear and white, are BPA-free, and are made in the USA!

I've been using this double boiler for years and it's awesome! Made of 18/8 Stainless steel and will allow for gentle melting to prevent burning or oxidizing your gentle ingredients. 2 cup capacity.

DIY Lip Balm Instructions

Step 1: Melt the ingredients

Fill a small or medium pot with 2″ of water and bring to a gentle boil, then add the double boiler on top. The double boiler is key to gently melt the ingredients without oxidizing, losing their quality, or medicinal properties.

Add the beeswax pellets, shea butter, and coconut oil until they melt. I like to use a chopstick to stir them to help them melt evenly. Once melted, turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 tsp oil of your choice and 5 drops of essential oil.

A photo showing melted lip balm ingredients in a double boiler pot on the stove

Step 2: Fill the lip balm tubes

Carefully, pour the mixture into your empty lip balm tubes. I really like my double boiler because it has a pour spout and makes this part mess-free!

Reserve a small amount in the double boiler and allow the tubes to cool. You’ll notice that the contents shrink slightly as it cools, so I like to top them off with the reserved amount a few minutes later.

A photo showing melted lip balm being poured into tubes using a double boiler

Step 3: Let cool and store

The lip balm tubes should be cool within an hour. Once cooled, top with the supplied lids and store in a cool, dark location. These should store well for up to a year. 

Unable to Make Your Own DIY Lip Balm?

No worries! The good news is that if you aren’t able to make your own lip balm yet, there are a few good ones out there. My favorite line is Toups & Co Organics (and use my code THRD10 for 10% off!) Not only are their products amazing, but I trust what they do! 

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Final Thoughts

That was fun! I’ve been making this recipe for years and I know that you’ll love it, too. Enjoy!

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DIY Lip Balm Recipe

Make your own toxin-free lip balm with only 5 ingredients!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 sticks

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Boil water in a medium pot, then add your double boiler
  • Add beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter to the double boiler, stirring occasionally with a chopstick until melted
  • Remove from heat and stir in the oil and essential oils
  • Carefully pour into the empty lip balm tubes (my double boiler has a pour spout, which makes it simple!)
  • The contents will shrink slightly as it cools, so I save a little extra in my double boiler to top off the tubes a few minutes later.
  • Once cool, add the lids and store in a cool, dark location for up to a year.
Keyword chapstick, DIY, lip balm, make your own, organic, toxin-free
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24 thoughts on “DIY Lip Balm Recipe”

  1. Hi! I love this recipe and I’m so excited to try making it with my kids. Do you have a link to the Vitamin E Oil that you use? I tried looking it up on Amazon and couldn’t find it. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  2. I’ve heard about how bad lip balm is for you on Darin Olien’s podcast so I rarely use it anymore…but this would be a great solution!
    It could also be a good homeschool activity for my daughter to do – thanks for sharing!

  3. I remember when you made these for us a couple years ago. Poppo loved your version of “lip-stick”. He carried it with him at all times.
    I want some, but I won’t be making any. Suggestions?

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