Make your own lip balm or lip gloss in just ten minutes! Homemade lip balm is a fantastic DIY gift idea with unlimited flavor and color options!
I’m one of those people who can never have enough lip balm – seriously, I just went digging through my purse and discovered that I have NINE of them in there! With the harsh and dry winter weather starting to settle in, it’s especially important to keep your lips hydrated so that they don’t get chapped and irritated. Lip balm also makes a quick and easy DIY holiday gift idea, and trust me, once you start to make your own, you’re going to want to make about a zillion different versions!
This basic recipe will create a lip balm that is firm to the touch, but that softens upon contact with your lips – perfect for filling tubes or pots. If you want a softer and glossier version, reduce the amount of beeswax by 1/3 and add a tiny bit more of the liquid oil. This recipe is VERY easy to alter to suit your needs and the ingredients that you have on hand, so feel free to play around with it!
What You’ll Need:
- 3 Tbsp. Beeswax Pellets
- 2 Tbsp. Shea Butter
- 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or other liquid oil such as Almond Oil, Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil
- Essential Oil (10-20 drops) or Flavor Oil (1/2 gram)
- In a microwave-safe container (I use a glass Pyrex measuring cup), melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in 30-second increments, stirring well after each one.
- Stir in the essential oil or flavor oil.
Homemade lip balm
Experiment with your favorite flavor and color combinations! Essential oils are a great way to add flavor along with additional health benefits (try peppermint, wild orange, lemon, lavender, citrus bliss, and more!) or if you prefer to use a traditional flavoring oil, you can enjoy every flavor from watermelon to cheesecake to tropical punch and root beer (and about a thousand other flavors in between!).
A rainbow of different colors can be achieved with mica cosmetic coloring powders or you can simply melt down an old lipstick along with the lip balm ingredients to give it a colorful tint. Cosmetic powders will also allow you to add a bit of pearl shimmer or full-on glittery sparkle!
There are SO many ways that you can play around with this recipe to make it your own, and I hope you have as much fun creating your customized lip balms and glosses as I do!
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Patricia Workman says
I make my own lip balm too. I love it. Thanks for your recipe. I add a more ingredients to mine.
This looks so good! What a great gift to make for family and friends!
Hello, I’m excited to try this. So if I want a more glossier version. Instead of 3TBSP how much should I use of the beeswax? And should I keep everything else the same?
Thank you so much!
I can’t wait to try this! Can I make any other flavors?
This looks so good! What a great gift to make for friends or to enjoy yourself!
Maggie Price says
I don’t like the scent of shea butter, and to me it’s overpowering the lip balm flavor. Is there a suitable substitute for that ingredient?
Hi Maggie, you can substitute other butters like cocoa butter, mango butter, etc., but it really does work best with a butter of some sort there to keep it the proper consistency. 🙂
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?
This looks so good! What a fun gift to make for friends for the holidays!
Davon B says
Thank you for sharing your Lip Balm recipe. I have been searching for a simple one to try. I am especially grateful that you suggested FLAVOR oils and where to get them, as an option. I just did not feel comfortable with using essential oils. Thanks again
Thanks so much for posting this! I just made a batch and it feels so nice I’m my lips. Since I usually carry like 5 different lip balms on me at all times this is definitely a handy recipe to have!
Do you use refined or unrefined shea butter please?
We use unrefined shea butter. Thanks!
Annie Rostron says
How many lip balms do this make and what ml pot do you use ?
Hi Annie! This recipe yields approximately fifteen of the 10 ml sized pots of lip balm. 🙂
Can I leave the shea butter out?
Hi Sarah, I have never tested the recipe without shea butter, so I can’t say for sure, but I would think that you could omit it. Since you are essentially removing one of the solids components from the recipe, I would suggest increasing the beeswax by 1 Tbsp so that the consistency isn’t altered as much and it will still firm up properly. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!
Abut how many pots or tubes does this recipe make?
This recipe yields approximately fifteen of the 10 ml sized pots of lip balm. 🙂
This recipe yields approximately 15 of the 10 ml sized pots of lip balm. 🙂
I don’t like my balm to have any flavor to it. Can I just not put in any essential type oil and will that then be flavorless?
Yes! You may still have a very slight honey-ish flavor from the beeswax, but there won’t be any strong flavor if you omit the oil.
How long do you put it in the microwave?
Every microwave is going to be different, Juliette, depending on wattage and other factors, so I would recommend using 20-30 second sessions and stirring in between each of them until you reach the proper consistency.
Kariman Farouq says
Hello can i please know the lip balm’s expiry time?
Hi there! The shelf life of DIY lip balm can vary depending on the freshness of the ingredients that you use, but it will generally last at least 6-12 months.