Small Batch Homemade Lip Balm

posted in: make it | 57

lip balmHomemade lip balm is something that I have wanted to try for quite some time but it seemed like I had to purchase too many things to get started.  Surely, it is just easier to just throw the 99 cent tube into my cart as I wait in line to check out.  I decided to give it a try because even though I thought it might be difficult, I thought it might be fun to make my own lip balm and use it as little gifts during the holiday.

As it turns out, lots of other people think it is fun too.  I searched for a recipe that sounded easy and included ingredients I could pronounce and likely had around.  I probably looked at 50 recipes.  Some used makeup to tint.  Others used candy flavoring for taste.  I decided that this recipe from Our Best Bites sounded easy and it only uses a few ingredients.  I made a couple of modifications to the recipe to make it work for me.

I had the coconut oil in my pantry.  I ordered the beeswax pellets off of Amazon as well as the lip balm tubes and essential oils. 

I cut down the recipe because I wanted to try it out and see if I liked it before I wasted all of my ingredients.  I used peppermint essential oil so that I could use them as little gifts during the holidays.  

The whole process only took a few minutes.  First, you melt the coconut oil and the beeswax.  You can then add your essential oils or extract for flavoring and scent.  You can also add coloring in this step.  I decided not to since it was going to be flavored with peppermint.  Now that I have made a batch, I might use some red coloring to go with the peppermint theme.  

Adding the essential oils is a trial and error thing.  I ended up using about 35 drops of peppermint oil with this batch.  As the recipe I used suggested, I tested it on my lips to decide if it was enough.  Be careful though…it is hot!  I took a dab off of the spoon and let it cool before testing it.

The verdict?

The whole family loves it.  I think my kids love it because mom made it.  Since moving to Colorado, my lips have been constantly chapped.  My son has been using Carmex to heal chapped and broken lips.  I am hoping this will help. I applied it only once earlier today and my lips are no longer as chapped and are on their way to silky smooth!  I don’t imagine it would take too many days of using this lip balm to heal chapped lips. 

Would I do anything differently next time?  I think as long as I use the lip balm tubes, rather than the post, I will make small batches at a time.  It made the project manageable.  I didn’t have to keep reheating the ingredients.  Use an eye/ear dropper that is only for lip balm making to transfer the ingredients to the tubes.  I would like to try some different essential oils and extracts next time as well as give it some flavor.

Have you made your own lip balm?

Now, I just need to come up with a name for my homemade lip balm!

 

Small Batch Homemade Lip Balm
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 tbsp and 1tsp of beeswax
  3. essential oils or extract of your choice
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together.
  2. Add the essential oils or extract of your choice.
  3. Using an eye dropper, drop into container of your choice and allow to cool.
Notes
  1. The recipe I adapted this from used a capsule of Vitamin E. We didn't have any, so I left it out. I am not sure if it made much of a difference.
Adapted from Our Best Bites
Adapted from Our Best Bites
Threaded Together http://threadedtogether.com/

57 Responses

  1. Daria @ Mom in Management
    | Reply

    Very cool! Was it worth the time and mess or is the $0.99 cent tube still the go-to?

    • Jen
      | Reply

      I think it was worth it. It made more than a dozen and I still have enough ingredients left over to make 100+ more. The actual process was quick and not a lot of work. I will probably continue making my own, at least until I run out of ingredients.

  2. Laura @ Housewife Hellraiser
    | Reply

    These are so rad. I’ve always wanted to try something like this!

  3. Barb
    | Reply

    So lucky to have you give me one of these. Except now I am addicted. SO good. Need to make some over Christmas break

  4. Kailene
    | Reply

    Hi! I was just wondering if these would hold up in a pocket or if body heat would melt it? Any problems so far? Super cute idea! ;)

    • Jen
      | Reply

      Thanks for your question! I keep mine in my pocket on a regular basis but we live in Denver so it is cold right now! I left it in the car on a warmer day and it was melted a little so I don’t recommend it though with this recipe. I am going to make another batch with less coconut oil to see if it will make a difference.

  5. misty
    | Reply

    Just made some! Added the vit E oil and a litle vanilla extract and some old lip stick for color. Made 6, 3 colored and 3 clear. Love! I bought the glass jars on amazon!

  6. Kristina
    | Reply

    Would the consistency work in a tin or only the tubes? Thanks for the recipe! I found your page from pinterest and will link back to you when I make this.

    • Jen
      | Reply

      I think the consistency should work in the tins as well but I haven’t tried. I am hoping to when I make the next batch. The tins will probably be better since the tubes do have a tendency to get a little mushy if they are kept in the pocket too long!

  7. […] I wanna point out that I got the original recipe we used came from Threaded Together and we tweaked it a little bit (due to the coconut oil […]

  8. […] the lip balm. Last winter my friend Jennifer from Threaded Together came over with some amazing Peppermint Lip Balm she had made. The stuff was awesome. Then in the summer she made Strawberry Lemonade Lip […]

  9. Ashley
    | Reply

    can you use the cold compressed coconut oil?

  10. Joyce Wheeler
    | Reply

    the vitamin E acts as a preservative (besides its good for your skin).

  11. Kelly
    | Reply

    How many drops of the essential oil are needed per batch?

    • Jen
      | Reply

      Hi Kelly. The amount of essential oil is up to you. I used about 10 drops of essential oil but when I used extracts I had to use much more. I would start with 5-10 drops and see if you feel as if that is enough. I did a test by letting it cool for a bit on a spoon or toothpick and then applied it to my lips to see if it needed more oils. Just be careful to let it cool because it is HOT!

  12. Jacynda
    | Reply

    Hi! I made some for Christmas presents as well! Wish I had seen your site earlier, you’re proportions are awesome! I’m just wondering if you have a special way to clean up. The beeswax is so hard to get out of my bowl. I used a funnel first & that’s still a little waxy. Now I’ve moved to a disposable spoon to transfer it into my hard. Any tips on cleaning the utinsils??

    • Jen
      | Reply

      Hi Jacynda! I am still trying to figure out how to clean it out! I used hot water and some patience to get it all cleaned off but I don’t use the items for cooking anymore. I think one of the keys is to clean it right away so it doesn’t have time to sit.

    • Tracy
      | Reply

      As soon as I finish I put the bowl (I use a glass measuring cup since it has a spout) in the sink and pour the hot water from the pan I had the cup in to melt ingredients into it. I dump it out and run a little more hot water from the sink in it the wipe with a paper towel to remove residue. Then I just throw it in the dishwasher as usual. No residue problems.

    • jennifer
      | Reply

      I use a paper towel or old rag, and wipe the wax out while it’s still melted, using water actually hardens it faster, if the bowl is to hot, use tongs to hold the rag to wipe it clean.

    • Christina
      | Reply

      Not sure if this trick will work for this but I learned a trick about getting candle wax out of an old glass candle (like the bath and body works candles) and it worked like a charm. They said to put it in the freezer. Let the wax harden. Then take a knife or sharp object to crack the wax it and it just breaks off in chunks. Then you just have the residue to worry about which was super easy. It worked really well so maybe it would work for this too?

    • Kat
      | Reply

      You can put them in the freezer and that should do the trick. I too live in Denver and I put things outside for a bit in the winter.

  13. zoie
    | Reply

    Can you substitute the coconut oil

    • Jen
      | Reply

      I am sure that you can substitute but to be honest I am not sure what I would sub with.

  14. Danielle
    | Reply

    I made some of these a month ago. The one I have been using looks like it now has spots around the edges and one in the middle. Any thoughts on this? Could it be mold? I used all fresh ingredients and I even used vitamin E.
    Thanks!

    • Jen
      | Reply

      Hi, Danielle. I am not sure if it is mold or something else. I checked some of the ones I made a few months ago and I don’t see any of these same signs. I would probably start over again.

      • Angela's Artistry
        | Reply

        If there is mold, while using a double boiler, if you happen to get any water in the mix by transferring the wax into the tubes or washing out pipettes in between filling tubes or jars – this can cause mold. Also, if you use any water in any recipe that is with natural oils, waxes etc… and you want a natural preservative (besides vit E) to stop mold growth. A great one is Neo-Defend. It’s an all natural preservative that is not genetically modified, no parabens, no other nasty unpronounceable ingredients that are bad for you. Its awesome!! But sometimes when working quickly with waxes, oils etc and double boilers if your not doing the microwave method , just a little bit of water can transfer, and it just happens. Hope this help! If you need conversions, or info on the neo defend just message me :)

        • Angela's Artistry
          | Reply

          btw…love this recipe easy and feels great!!

        • Jen
          | Reply

          Thanks for the tips on what might be causing mold. Glad to here it is a fairly easy fix.

  15. Mae
    | Reply

    What method did you use to melt the ingredients?

    • Jen
      | Reply

      Hi, Mae. To melt the ingredients I used a glass bowl and the microwave. Afterwards, I added the bowl to my crafting ingredients so that I won’t use it to cook with again!

  16. Julie
    | Reply

    I just made a batch of these lovely little lip balms. Super easy. Simple ingredients. Quick. But I almost wasn’t quick enough with filling the lip balms at the end it started to get hard. I ordered the 25 pack of lip balm tubes from amazon thinking that would more than plenty to start with. No, but it filled every single one and i had to put the extra in a blixtex type container. Thanks for sharing the recipe though. I don’t think I will be buying from the store for a very long time!!! And my family members are all getting a chap stick from me!!

  17. Beth
    | Reply

    I halved this recipe as a “trial” since this was my first batch. It made seven tubes. It was softer than the homemade tube I has previous bought and was a bit soft in trying to apply to my lips. I actually ended up removing the balm from the tubes and melted those back down a second time and added a teaspoon more of beeswax. This was much better, soft but not mushy when pressed. I may even add more beeswax next time. Regardless, for those of you asking if it’s worth making? There is no comparing this to what you can buy at the store. It’s so simple! Takes 10 minutes tops. I may have to tweek some recipes to my satisfaction but this stuff is amazing!

    • Jen
      | Reply

      Thanks for giving us your thoughts, Beth! I have tweaked the recipe a bit since posting as well. I need to come back and do an update on what I have done.

  18. […] followed a recipe I found on Pinterest by Threaded Together and made a tiny change to […]

  19. Kristen
    | Reply

    Hey Ladies! I am attempting to make some young living essential oils lip balm with their fabulous smelling Lemongrass! Also A tangerine flavor! So Excited:) If your interested in the Young Living Essential oils hit me up on Pintrest! I also LOVE making natural body scrubs with Lavendar and Lemon! Great gift ideas!!

  20. Jenn
    | Reply

    Hi! This recipe sounds super easy! Can you tell me how many tubes it made? I’m looking to make several hundred for gifts and I’m trying to figure out how much coconut oil and beeswax I need.
    Thanks!
    Jenn

    • Jen
      | Reply

      If I am remembering correctly, this recipe made about 15 tubes. I had a ton of ingredients leftover.

  21. The Nova Studio
    | Reply

    We are TOTALLY addicted to natural lip balm. Love this recipe. We would suggest melting your beeswax in a double boiler, though, it would not be fun for your beeswax to reach flash point in your microwave!

  22. […] to come by, so I pinned some salsa recipes. Lip balm? I don’t know why, but I recently made home-made lip balm just to prove that I could do it if I needed. It’s like a modern girl’s survival skill, […]

  23. Ashley
    | Reply

    Has anyone tried using real lime juice?

    • Marissa
      | Reply

      Not that I know of Ashley, but it would be worth a try! Maybe an essential oil would do better though for consistency sake?

  24. Jenny
    | Reply

    I have coconut butter at home right now. Can I use that instead?

    • Marissa
      | Reply

      I would not recommend substituting the butter. Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the meat of the coconut. Coconut butter is made out of the actual meat of the coconut, as if you were to just stick it into a blender until creamy. The consistency is not the same.

  25. Diana
    | Reply

    I’ve been making homemade lip balm for several years now. Better than anything on the market. Heals your lips and you do not have to keep applying throughout the day like store bought lip balms. Very similar recipe…I use coconut oil, bees wax pellets and vitamin E. Just melt in the microwave in a glass measuring cup and pour into the tubes. Will never buy store bought lip balm again. This works so much better and is less expensive.

  26. […] Three Ingredient Lip Balm by Threadedtogether.com […]

  27. tanya
    | Reply

    I wish I’d read your notes before trying to use a small funnel to put the oil into the lip gloss tubes :) Typically how long do they take to harden? Thanks.

  28. Wendy
    | Reply

    is there any way to make the oil scent stronger? It seems like I’m putting a lot of oil so the wax isn’t as strong and it’s not working.

    • Marissa
      | Reply

      Wendy, make sure you are using quality essential oils. You usually need to order them through a company like doTerra or Young Living. Store bought essential oils are usually not actually essential oils, just scented, and these won’t quite do the trick.

  29. Fiona
    | Reply

    I made this to the recipe and it was great. It made 20 tubes. Next time I am going to up the ratio of beeswax though as it tended to melt on warm days.

    • Marissa
      | Reply

      Thanks for the input Fiona! So happy it worked out for you!

  30. […] DIY Lip Balm takes only three ingredients to make: Coconut oil, beeswax, and essential […]

  31. […] Lip balm: recipe here […]

  32. Shelley
    | Reply

    I make a salve and I use as the main oil Extra Virgin olive oil. I use the same oil and make chapstick with it. I use the same ratio oil and 2 tsp of beeswax and capsule of vitamin E. It works great. So far can keep in my pocket all day and no melting. (Plantain, calendula and yarrow infused oil)

  33. Lori
    | Reply

    Could you use candy flavoring with these? Want to try this so much, but don’t want to waste. Thanks in advance.

  34. […] This is my DIY lip balm.  It has lasted forever, so no need for plastic store-bought tubes.  Sometimes it will last all day, which is great because this container doesn’t fit in my small purse!  Recipe from Threaded Together. […]

  35. Nadine
    | Reply

    This is my favourite lip balm to date! It has lasted me forever, and I love the simple ingredients. Super effective for dry lips!

  36. Sara
    | Reply

    I may try this as it has no Shea butter. The recipe I have also calls for Shea butter. I buy vitamin e oil in a little bottle that has a dropper. Softens lips. I also buy cheap pipettes to put it in the tubes. I use a low glass mason jar and put it in water in a little sauce pan for melting. I love making these! Lavender, lavendar-mint, lavendar-Rosemary, citrus blend. All awesome! My friends all want them.

Leave a Reply