With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own moisturizing lip balm in under 5 minutes. You can also add a hint of color with leftovers from your favorite lipstick or blush! After you give this DIY a try, you'll never go back to buying name brand lip balm again.
There are two primary components to our DIY lip balm: Beeswax & Coconut Oil. You can choose to just use these two ingredients and end up with a great lip balm on its own (just mix 1 part beeswax with 2 parts coconut oil). Or, you can get creative and add in other essential oils (like Vitamin E), honey, and even a flavoring like peppermint.
Here's what we used for our easy DIY lip balm:
- 1 tsp. grated beeswax (packed down) or beeswax pellets
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- Optional: for colored lip balm, add in remnants of a favorite blush or lipstick - as little or as much as you desire!
This recipe will make enough to fill a couple of small lip gloss jars or tubes. Feel free to double the recipe or stick to the ratio of 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil to make as much as your heart desires!
- The easiest and fastest way to make this lip balm is to mix all of your ingredients together and heat in 10 second increments in the microwave until the beeswax is melted into the oil. If you are opposed to microwave use, you can heat your ingredients slowly on the stove using a double boiler. Either way, make sure you stir your mixture periodically throughout the heating process.
- Once the ingredients are heated and mixed together, immediately (& carefully) pour into your desired storage vessel (see below for container ideas).
- Let your lip balm cool and harden for a few hours before using or giving as a gift.
Other Ideas to Consider:
- Add in some shimmer powder for a sparkly balm.
- Create your own labels and give your homemade lip balms to friends and family for gifts.
- Use cocoa powder for a tint of color and flavor.
- Don't be afraid to play! Experiment with different oils and flavors to make your own signature lip balm. If you mess up, try again!
Where To Find Supplies
In terms of buying beeswax, you can find a bar of it for a few dollars at your local health food store or we recommend these Organic Beeswax Bars or these Beeswax Pastilles/Pellets that you don't have to grate! Coconut oil is available at your local grocery store. Vitamin E oil and other essential oils can also be found at health food stores or online. We used Home Health Natural Vitamin E.
Recycling old lip balm tubes or containers is a great option - just clean out thoroughly before use. Altoid tins also work great! If you are interested in purchasing empty containers that are made for DIY lip balm, we love these Lip Balm Tubes with Caps and these Lip Balm Jars. Very affordable and perfect for adding your own label and giving as gifts!
Are you wondering how you can easily transfer warm lip balm solution into a tiny tube? The answer is little funnels! (Or, you can also just pour very carefully and hope you don't make too much of a mess!) We love this Stainless Steel Funnel Set that's pictured below. Another option would be a glass measuring cup with a pour spout (like this Pyrex Measuring Cup) - perfect for heating in the microwave and transferring your solution directly into your container of choice.
Photo Credit: Dreams To Do