I am a lip balm kinda gal.  Some may call it a dependence that I have, but whatever it is… I need my lip balm. The problem is that I happen to misplace lip balm as frequently as my daughter loses sippy cups.  I am certain that if we ever move out of our home, there will be a secret closet, or hidden space with a billion lip balms and sippy cups.   Well, I can’t afford to purchase lip balms as rapidly as I misplace them, so I figured out how to make lip balm in bulk, so that I would always have a fresh supply. 

The great thing about how to make lip balm from scratch, is that you have complete control about what goes into the recipe.  No fillers, additives, chemicals or other questionable ingredients… just 4 simple ingredients.  Added bonus: It’s SOOOOO much better on the lips.  Once you try this recipe, you will hate the store-bought kind.  

Here’s how to make lip balm from scratch: 

Start by measuring 1/4 cup each of Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Shea Butter.

how to make lip balm

Using a double broiler, we melted all three oils together on low.

Organic Lip Balm Melt

10 minutes later, it was melted and we were ready to add essential oils!

Organic Lip Balm Melted Oil

The consensus in the household was to try half with Peppermint essential oil and half with Wild Orange essential oil.

Organic Lip Balm Essential Oils

We separated the melted oil into two bowls, and added 8 drops of Wild Orange essential oil to one bowl, and 8 drops of Peppermint essential oil to the other. We stirred until well incorporated.

Then we carefully poured the warm oil into clear lip balm containers.  

Organic Lip Balm

Into the fridge they went. And 15 minutes later, they were ready to use!!

This is a fantastic recipe!! It holds up like commercial lip balm, but will make your lips even softer.  In addition, you get to customize the flavor to your own taste AND there are no harmful or strange ingredients in it.  All of those benefits for only 10 minutes of my time means I will never be buying chapstick again!!

*If you want to be extra crafty, you can even label them! *


Just print these guys out and take some clear packing tape and wrap the paper around the tube.  I’ve found that packing tape is the perfect size for the project.


Click here for the PDF

Homemade Organic Lip Balm

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Recipe type: Beauty Products
Serves: 18 tubes
  • ¼ cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Organic Beeswax
  • ¼ cup Organic Shea Butter
  • 16 drops peppermint or wild orange essential oil
  1. In a double boiler melt all oils on low heat (except essential oils) together until well blended.
  2. Remove from heat, add essential oils and stir.
  3. Pour into lip balm tubes or tins.
  4. Place the tubes in the refrigerator or freezer for 15 minutes to set before capping.
  5. Add label if desired

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36 Responses to How to Make Lip Balm

  1. Tracy says:

    Can you use liquid coconut oil?

    • Andrea says:

      Hmm… I am not sure? I think it may have a hard time setting solid. I would have to play around with the ratios, but I would bet if you went with liquid coconut oil, you would use much less of it than the shea butter and beeswax.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This may be a stupid question…are the 1/4 cup measurements of the ingredients measured as they are melted or solid?

  3. Sabrina says:

    Hi, it would be great if you could share the total cost of producing the batch (and per lipstick maybe). This would be interesting for lots of your other homemade beauty products.
    And to see the comparison to the commercial product. (I would assume it is cheaper as well)

  4. Meaghan says:

    This recipe sounds great! I’m always looking for natural recipes, especially with having psoriasis and sensitive skin. I usually purchase medicated chapstick. Do you think this would give a similar effect? or Is there an ingredient I could add to it to make it that way? Thanks ahead! :]

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Meaghan,

      I honestly am not sure what is in medicated chapstick that helps… so I don’t know how it would work with you. I have sensitive skin, and found this recipe to be easier and more nourishing for my lips than commercial chapstick.

      Hopefully someone else can see your comment and may be able to provide some input!


  5. Holly says:

    Hi. I am so excited to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it. I was wondering if you have ever tinted it with beet powder?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Holly,

      I haven’t ever tinted my lip glosses or lip balms, but I know plenty of DIYers who have, with great success. I think beet powder is a great choice!

  6. love naturals says:

    LOOOVE your website and everything on it!!!:)
    just wondering is the beeswax expensive????
    we I live we have a shop called nanna’s pantry which sells lots of ingredients ect, ( also BEAUTIFUL gelatos!!!)


    • Andrea says:

      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the content here!

      I don’t think beeswax is expensive, especially considering how far a little goes. I generally buy organic beeswax off of amazon, for between $10 and $15 a pound. It’ll last me usually a year, depending on how many beauty products I am making.

  7. Sue says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I was wondering if infusing organic mint leaves in the oil would work for flavoring? Have you ever tried it?

  8. Elizabeth Delaney says:

    Just made a batch of your Lip Balm. It makes a lot and a little goes a long way. after melting the oils and wax I seperated it in to two batches and sented one with peppermint and the other with sweet almond and orange. it filled 12 containers with a little left over.
    I don’t think I put enough Orange EO in that batch but the peppermint one smell great.

    thanks for the recipe.

  9. LocsyLu says:

    I stumbled on your blog through Herbs and oils. I love your receipe!!!!! I was wondering if you can tell me what software you used to make your labels.

    Thank you!!

  10. Julie says:

    I was thinking of having guests at my sisters bridal shower make their own personal lip balms for a fun activity and party favor. I was wondering if the ingredients can be melted in a small warmer or crock pot? That way when people are ready the lip balm base is ready for them to put the oils in. Let me know what you think. Thanks

    • Andrea says:

      That sounds like so much fun! I think a crock-pot would definitely work… just give it plenty of time to melt in advance, since it would be a slower heating method. Let me know how it works, if you try it!

  11. Dee says:

    In definitely going to try this. Just one question: does it soften easily because of the coconut oil? I know at room temp it’s oil.

  12. Monica says:

    Hi, I stumbled upon your recipe and just loved it! I bought almost all my ingredients just waiting for them to be delivered, I was wondering how long these last?! If you had any idea, thanks!

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Monica,

      So glad you stopped by! I hope you enjoy your homemade lip balm!! I have had tubes last a year, and they still work great. Shea butter probably has the shortest shelf life of the ingredients, which is 12-18 months, so that would be a safe bet for how long your lip balms should last.

  13. Kimberly says:

    How did the wild orange and peppermint turn out? Do the scents keep their smell well? Have you tried any other combinations of essential oils? I looking forward to trying your recipe, but am afraid using only peppermint would be too strong. What did you think?

    • Andrea says:

      I love both the peppermint and wild orange. I have also done grapefruit and lemon, and both turned out great! I haven’t combined multiple essential oils before, but as long as the pairing seemed appropriate, it’s worth a shot. You can even separate a tbsp of the lip balm mix into a separate bowl and add a few drops of the essential oils to try it out, without testing out a whole batch, if you’re concerned with the taste or potency of the batch. My favorite is the peppermint 🙂

  14. Roxanne says:

    Could Cocoa butter be used instead of Shea butter?

  15. Teresa says:

    Love this! I rarely find lipstick or anything I like. This is my favoite. Thanks for the post!

  16. Sabrina says:

    Oh this looks like a great recipe. Simple! Thanks for sharing the details. I’m going to try it out.

  17. Bobbi says:

    this lipbalm is fantastic! Thank you for setting me up!

  18. Amy says:

    This is great! Can’t wait to try it!

    Where did you get the chap stick containers?

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