Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homemade Lip Balm

I was scrolling thru the Martha Stewart Handmade gift ideas and came upon lip balm.

It takes two ingredients.
Carrier Oil
(and optional essential oil and coloring)

I thought, I have that stuff!  I'll give it a try. (For the record this stuff is pretty easy to find and inexpensive!)
It did not take long to gather my stuff and make it.

For the carrier oil I used coconut oil and I added a few drops of peppermint oil.

Set up a double broiler with a pot of water and a glass bowl that will fit on top.
Heat water.

Take 1 Tbls. of beeswax
2 Tbls. of coconut oil

Place in bowl and melt. 
(This doesn't take long because its such a small amount.)

 When it was melted I turned off the heat, added my peppermint oil quickly, and poured into a container.
I used a 4 oz. jelly jar.

Reading some comments from the site they say you can find small tin containers in the wedding favor section at your craft store.  I'll have to check it out!

That's it!  It was easy and quick.  And you actually know what you are about to put on your lips!

It would also make a very nice handmade gift for someone!

*Update June 14, 2012*

I found that I preferred my lip balm to have a little more staying power.  Using coconut oil gave the balm more of a lip gloss feel(nothing wrong with that just not what I was going for).  At least that was my opinion.

I made a batch of lip balm using coco butter as my carrier oil.  I LOVED it!!  However since it is a firmer balm you really had to dig to get some out of the jar.

I have read numerous people rave about a company Mountain Rose Herbs.  As I was checking it out for some essential oils I came across some lip balm tubes.
These tubes are perfect for my handmade lip balm made with coco butter!!

I happen to randomly order 5 tubes, and one batch of lip balm filled 5 tubes!

Reminder of recipe:
1 Tbls. Beeswax
2 Tbls. Coco butter (or any carrier oil you prefer)
Few drops of an essential oil (*optional, I love using peppermint!)

Melt wax and oil in a double boiler setup.  When melted take off heat and add essential oils.  Pour into containers.


  1. I know who you could make some for.

  2. wow what a great idea! I'm totally going to make this :) happy new follower!!! looking forward to more of your posts!

  3. This is great! I'm literally addicted to lip balm, I should make some, I'd save a fortune! Haha!

  4. I really like using natural products and coconut oil has so many wonderful uses, whether for cooking or on your body. Looking forward to trying this frugal recipe out!

    Erin @ Carolina Country Living
    (visiting from Transformation Thursday - link #17)

  5. Using this balm for a few days, I really like it! This small quantity does make a lot of balm for one person. I need to go look for smaller containers to fit in a purse.
    I am thinking the next time I try the recipe I might use cocoa butter. I bet that will smell wonderful! Especially with the mint!
    Thanks for stopping everyone!

  6. oooh, I need to try that! thoe would be sweet gifties for my chapstick addicted friends! :)

  7. Great ideas! I love finding products that I already have, making them new and using them! Economical, environmental and economically responsible. Kudos!

  8. That's so easy. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Awesome, thanks for sharing this!! Can't wait to try it!!

  10. This is a neat recipe. Thank you for posting it. This is a must try for me. Seeing how the cold is coming.
    Have a great Holiday

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  12. What a great post! :) I'd love to have you share it on Wildcrafting Wednesday, I'm sure my readers would love it! :)

    ~ Kathy @ Mind Body and Sole

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