How to Make Lip Balm Using 5 Simple Ingredients

by Shawanda Greene

How to Make Lip BalmI’m a long time lip balm addict and newly obsessed Pinterest user.

After a long session of repinning, liking, and drooling over food porn, I stumbled across a recipe for homemade lip balm.

Imagine my excitement.

There are a bunch of items I’d like to make, but this one rose to the top of the pile given my penchant for applying lip moisturizer 50 plus times a day.

If you’re so inclined, try it out and let me know what you think.

Thanks to Anna at Life + Lessons for telling the world’s lip balm abusers they can make their own supply at home. 


What You’ll Need


  • 4 Capsules of vitamin E
  • 2 Teaspoons of 100% cocoa butter
  • 2 Teaspoons of coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Ounce of beeswax
  • 14 to 15 Empty lip balm tubes and caps
  • Pyrex measuring cup and pot or double boiler
  • Metal spoon for stirring
  • Large, sharp knife for cutting
  • Pipette (optional)

What to Do

  1. Gather all of your ingredients.
  2. With your knife, shave off fine portions of cocoa butter until you get about two teaspoons worth. Set aside.
  3. Chop up beeswax into manageable sizes which will help speed along the melting process. If you’ve never handled beeswax, you’ll find it melts pretty slowly. So try to cut it into smaller sections than the ones shown.
  4. Pierce your vitamin E capsules with a sharp knife and drain the oil into a measuring cup. Add remaining ingredients to the vitamin E.
  5. In a medium size pot, add a few inches of water and bring to a light boil. Place measuring cup in the pot. Stir with a metal spoon. Let the concoction fully melt.
  6. Test the consistency of your lip balm by pouring a tiny amount into a cool spoon. Let harden for about 1 minute. If it’s too firm, add more beeswax or cocoa butter. Too soft? Add more olive oil or coconut oil.
  7. Once the lip balm is to your liking, remove the measuring cup from the pot and place on heat resistant surface.
  8. Use a pipette to transfer the mixture to the lip balm tubes or pour directly from the measuring cup.
  9. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

Where to Find Ingredients

  • Beeswax, lip balm tubes and pipette: eBay seller genegenejr or Amazon
  • Coconut oil and olive oil: Whole Foods or other supermarket
  • 100% Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E: Whole Foods or drugstore (recommended because the price of Whole Foods cocoa butter is insane)

The Cost of Homemade Lip Balm

I calculated a cost per tube of about $0.85. Lip balm will set you back around a dollar and some change at the grocery store.

Woohoo! My little DIY project saved me about $2.

It doesn’t look like you’ll be able to retire early on the savings, but if you’re a habitual lip balm user, and you happen to have a little beeswax on hand, you could whip up a batch real quick in an emergency.

Have you ever made your own homemade lip balm? Will you?

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Lisa M. March 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Not bad. Tried this once, but can never get it as good as the real deal like Buddha Balm. Their stuff is real good. Can't beat the Buddha, but thanks for the recipe.


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