How to Make Lip Balms

Lip balms protect and soothe dry, chapped lips. A simple, homemade lip balm can work as effectively as commercial products at a fraction of the cost. By using quality, natural ingredients, you also avoid chemicals, petroleum and harsh ingredients that can cause negative reactions. Making your own lip balm gives you the freedom to use ingredients to heal your lips. You also have options on flavour and colour.

Select an oil and butter base. Some options include cocoa, shea, coconut and mango butters. For the oils, choose from avocado, jojoba, hemp, grapeseed or almond oils.

Measure 1 tsp of your oil into a small glass bowl. Add 1.5 tsp of the butter to the oil.

Grate off about 2 tsp of beeswax. If you have beeswax pellets or flakes, measure 2 tsp. Place the bees wax into a glass measuring cup.

Heat up about 2 inches of water in a pan on the stove. Turn the heat to low right before the water boils.

Place the measuring cup with the bees wax into the pan of water. Once it starts to melt, stir it with a wooden spoon. Pour the oil and butter mixture into the beeswax and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth.

Turn the stove burner off. Remove the measuring cup from the hot water.

Cut open a vitamin E capsule. Squeeze the oil into the balm mixture. Alternately, if you have vitamin E oil, add about three drops to the mix. The vitamin E oil helps preserve the balm.

Add at least three drops of flavouring, such as peppermint essential oil or vanilla extract. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Test the flavour and add more if needed.

Pour the balm into tins or small jars. Allow it to cool. Cover with the lid.


Add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to make you lip balm into a lip plumper. For coloured lip balm, add small pieces of a dark lipstick or beet juice until it turns the colour you want. If the balm is too thick or thin, reheat it and add oil or beeswax as needed to reach the consistency you prefer.


If you have allergies, be careful that your balm doesn't contain anything you might react to.

Things You'll Need

  • Jojoba or other oil
  • Cocoa or other butter
  • Glass bowl
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Grater
  • Beeswax
  • Pan
  • Vitamin E capsule or oil
  • Essential oil or extract
  • Tins or jars
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Kit Arbuckle is a freelance writer specializing in topics such as health, alternative medicine, beauty, senior care, pets and landscaping. She has training in landscaping and a certification in medicinal herbs from a botanical sanctuary.