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Natural Lip Balm Recipe (How to Make Homemade Lip Balm)

Learn how to make moisturizing natural lip balm with this easy step-by-step tutorial. It's easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and makes for a great GIY gift!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Keyword: homemade lip balm, lip balm recipe, natural lip balm, organic lip balm
Servings: 12 ounces


  • A double-boiler, or make-shift double boiler (such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below)
  • Lip balm tins, tiny glass jars, chapstick tubes or other similar final storage container


  • 1 cup oil (such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, fractionated coconut oil, or other edible oil of choice)
  • 1/2 cup Beeswax pastilles (vegan option: replace with the same amount of soy wax or candelilla wax)
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa butter wafers (or shea butter)
  • 96 drops essential oil of choice (1 light tsp) (Use 96 drops per cup of oil maximum for a fairly strong-scented lip balm, about 1 light teaspoon. Feel free to use less or none at all)


  • Have all of your required supplies ready and waiting (including final storage tins).
  • Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add the called-for oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter to the top portion of the double-boiler.
  • Heat the mixture on the stovetop over medium-love heat until everything melts, and stirring frequently.
  • As soon as everything melts and is thoroughly combined, remove from heat.
  • Add optional essential oils once removed from heat. They're highly volatile and prone to dissipating.
  • While it is still hot, carefully pour the liquid lip balm into your chosen containers. (If it starts to solidify while you’re still filling containers, simply put it back on medium-low heat until it liquifies again.)
  • Allow them to fully cool and harden before adding lids.


*By volume, use 1 part beeswax, 1 part cocoa butter, 2 parts oil. By weight, use 1 part beeswax, 1 part cocoa butter, and 4 parts oil.