Easy Lip Balm Recipes

  1. Beeswax & Essential Oil
  2. Vegan Lip Balm With Shea Butter
  3. Hydrating Cocoa Butter
  4. Coconut & Honey
  5. Hemp & Honey
  6. Sweet Petroleum Jelly
  7. Maple Syrup
  8. Flavored Glycerin With Vitamin E
  9. Avocado
  10. Kool-Aid
  11. Fresh Fruit

Are you looking for a fun weekend project? Is it a rainy day, and you’ve got nothing exciting to do? Well, you’re in luck! You can make your own lip balm right at home, and there are plenty of recipes to try.

The process doesn’t require a ton of time and effort. Plus, you have a chance to be creative! DIY lip balm won’t cost you a ton of money, and it’s something you can even do with the kiddos!

Ready to get going? Here are 11 easy recipes for making homemade lip balm right in your kitchen at home.

Recipe #1: Beeswax & Essential Oils

Time:  30 to 40 minutes


  • 2 tbsp. of grated beeswax
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. of sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil in any flavor

How to make lip balm with beeswax:

Step One: Get Out the Supplies

You’ll need a heat-resistant glass bowl, cheese grater, tablespoons, teaspoons, stirring spoon, and a cooking pan or pot. Keep in mind, you shouldn’t use this kitchenware for cooking in the future once you use it for DIY lip balm.

Step Two: Grate the Beeswax

Stretch your arms first because this will be a workout, and then proceed to grate the beeswax into a tablespoon. Repeat this twice so you’ll have two tablespoons of beeswax inside of your glass bowl.

Step Three: Pour in the Coconut Oil

Measure 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to the bowl with the grated beeswax.

Step Four: Pour in the Almond Oil

The next step is to add 2 teaspoons of almond oil into the bowl. Note: It’s teaspoons and NOT tablespoons.

Step Five: Double Boil the Recipe

You will now need to double boil the recipe. To do so, first boil a pot of water. Place the glass bowl on top of the pot, making sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water. This is why your bowl should be heat-resistant!

Step Six: Stir Around the Ingredients

Stir the ingredients around in the bowl and make sure that it doesn’t end up boiling. Everything should be creamy and melted after 5 to 10 minutes, at which point you’ll want to remove the bowl from the heat. Be sure that the beeswax is totally melted before removing.

Step Seven: Add in Essential Oil

Choose an essential oil in any flavor of your choice, whether it’s raspberry, vanilla, orange, or some other tasty flavor. Add 10 drops into the bowl and stir it around. You can use more if you want the scent or flavor to be particularly strong. Stir it around a few more times.

Step Eight: Transfer Into a Container

Before the recipe cools, transfer it over into a heat-resistant container. You can use a mason jar, a stainless steel container, or even an old mint tin.

Step Nine: Allow it to Cool

Place the container in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. At the end, your lip balm should be ready to go!

This is a fun lip balm recipe to try at home and can yield some pretty stylish and fun favors for your wedding or baby shower. Give it a whirl and make sure to be careful while handling the hot lip balm.  

Recipe #2: Vegan Lip Balm with Shea Butter

Time: 20 to 30 minutes


  • 1 tbsp. shea butter
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 to 2 drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil

Here’s how to make lip balm without beeswax:

Step One: Melt the Shea Butter

Your first step is to melt the shea butter in the microwave. You can also do it on the stove by double boiling the recipe, which calls for placing a heat-resistant bowl on top of a boiling pot of water.

Step Two: Add in the Other Ingredients

Add the olive oil, Vitamin E (if you want that health boost), and essential oils. This recipe recommends orange and peppermint, but you can use any flavor you want such as coconut, lavender, or lemon! You can also substitute the olive oil for honey if you’re not worried about it being vegan.

Step Three: Stir the Mixture

Use a whisk or a spatula to stir the mixture around the bowl. Be thorough so everything is blended together.

Step Four: Pour Into Containers

Pour the lip balm into metal tins or containers. You can also use glass jars, whatever works best for you.

Step Five: Let the Lip Balm Sit

You’re done! Wait until the balm completely sets, and then you’re good to use it on your lips.

Shea butter is an excellent substitute for beeswax if you want to create a totally vegan natural lip balm. It’s also an easy ingredient to find and can be reused to make DIY lotion, hair conditioner, and face moisturizer.

Recipe #3: Smooth & Hydrating Cocoa Butter

Time:  30 to 40 minutes


  • 2 tbsp. of cocoa butter
  • 1 g. candelilla wax
  • 2 tbsp. of jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp. of almond oil
  • 2 drops of Vitamin E
  • 8 to 10 drops of vanilla, orange, or mint essential oil

Here is how to make lip balm with cocoa butter:

Step One: Double Boil the Cocoa Butter & Candelilla Wax

Boil a pot of water and place the cocoa butter and candelilla wax in a heat-resistant bowl on top. Make sure the bowl isn’t touching the water and wait for the ingredients to melt.

Step Two: Add the Jojoba & Almond Oil

Once the cocoa butter and wax are totally melted, add in your jojoba oil and almond oil. Stir thoroughly.

Step Three: Remove From Heat

Carefully remove the bowl from the stove. At this point, you want to mix in the vitamin E and drops of essential oil.

Step Four: Pour Into Tins

The lip balm is almost ready to go! Transfer is to heat-resistant tins or containers of your choice.

Step Five: Allow it to Cool

Allow your lip balm to cool for at least 30 minutes. You can speed up this process by placing it in the refrigerator.

This lip balm recipe is another vegan alternative to beeswax. With the cocoa butter, it also has the added bonus of tasting like chocolate cake!

Recipe #4: Coconut & Honey

Time:  30 to 40 minutes


  • ½ cup of beeswax pellets
  • 1 tbsp. of shea butter
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. of almond oil
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 10 to 15 drops of flavored essential oil (optional)

Here’s how to make lip balm with coconut oil and honey:

Step One: Boil Water

Fill a pot with 2 to 3 cups of water and wait for it to come to a boil.

Step Two: Mix the Ingredients

Mix the beeswax, coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, and honey in a heat-resistant bowl. Place it on top of the boiling water.

Step Three: Remove From Heat

Make sure all of the ingredients are completely melted and then remove the bowl from the heat. Add in the essential oil if you want a flavored lip balm. Stir thoroughly.

Step Four: Pour Into Containers

You’re going to need something to put your lip balm inside. Luckily, you can find mini containers or jars at most hobby stores!

Step Five: Wait for Them to Cool

Once your lip balm is in containers, place them on the counter to cool. You can also put them in the refrigerator.

This homemade lip balm calls for beeswax, honey, and shea butter, which means it will be extra nourishing. The flavor is basically like having your cake, without eating it too! Do you want to make these lip balm favors for a kid’s birthday party? Turn the jars into bumblebees, complete with pipe cleaner antennae and googly eyes.

Recipe #5: Hemp & Honey

Time:  30 to 40 minutes


  • 10 g. of cocoa butter
  • 10 g. of beeswax
  • 15 g. of shea butter
  • 1 tsp. of hemp oil
  • 4 tsp. of almond oil
  • 2 tsp. of honey

Here’s how to make hemp lip balm:

Step One: Melt the Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, & Shea Butter

Use a double boiler to melt the cocoa butter, beeswax, and shea butter. Are you not sure how to double boil a recipe? Simply place a heat-resistant bowl on top of a boiling pot of water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.

Step Two: Add the Hemp Oil, Almond Oil, & Honey

Wait until the butter and beeswax from Step One are close to melted. Next, add in the hemp oil, almond oil, and honey. Stir until everything turns into a liquid consistency.

Step Three: Blend the Ingredients

Remove the bowl from the heat and continue to stir. You can use a spatula if the mixture is too thick.

Step Four: Transfer the Mixture Into Jars

The final step is transferring the mixture into mini jars or containers. Feel free to be creative with the containers, especially if you’re using them as gifts or favors.

Step Five: Allow to Cool

Wait for everything to cool and your lip balm is good to go!

The cannabis industry continues to grow every year, with ingredients like CBD and hemp becoming more and more popular. Hemp oil is said to contribute to strong heart health, weight loss, pain relief, and a better immune system. It’s also an excellent moisturizer, which is why it’s perfect to use in homemade lip balm.

Recipe #6: Sweet Petroleum Jelly

Time:  30 to 40 minutes


  • 1 tsp. of petroleum jelly (Vaseline is a popular brand)
  • 4 drops of vanilla essential oil
  • 5 drops of almond oil
  • 1 tsp. of coconut oil

Here’s how to make lip balm with Vaseline:

Step One: Heat the Petroleum Jelly

Start by boiling a pot of water and placing a heat-resistant bowl on top. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water, and then pour the teaspoon of petroleum jelly inside. Turn the stove down to a lower heat. You can also melt the petroleum jelly in the microwave if that’s easier.

Step Two: Add the Oil

Add the vanilla oil, almond oil, and coconut oil. Stir until everything is blended together.

Step Three: Remove From Heat

Remove the bowl from the heat and wait for it to cool.

Step Four: Pour Into Containers

After the mixture is cool, transfer it to mini jars or containers. Try to choose something stylish since these will hold your lip balm.

Step Five: Place in the Refrigerator

Finally, place your lip balm containers in the refrigerator. This allows the petroleum jelly to harden. After about 20 minutes, your lip balm will be ready to use!

Petroleum jelly has been a popular moisturizer since the late 19th century. In fact, Vaseline is often used as an alternative to traditional lip balm. This lip balm recipe makes the jelly tastier and more stylish. After all, do you really want to carry a big tub of Vaseline around in your bag all the time?

Recipe #7: Maple Syrup Lip Balm

Ingredients: 20 to 30 minutes

  • 5 g. of beeswax
  • 4 g. of cocoa butter
  • 2 g. of soy lecithin (available at stores like GNC, Kroger, or on Amazon)
  • 3 g. of coconut oil
  • 4 g. of sweet almond oil
  • 4 g. of maple syrup

Here’s how to make lip balm with maple syrup:

Step One: Add the Ingredients

Put the beeswax, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil into a heat-resistant bowl.

Step Two: Double Boil on a Medium Heat

Fill up a pot of water and crank up the stove to a medium heat. Boil the water and place the bowl on top, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.

Step Three: Whisk the Mixture

Use a whisk to mix all of the ingredients together once they’re removed from the heat. Everything should be completely melted.

Step Four: Let it Cool in Jars or Tins

Finally, pour the mixture into individual tins or jars. Set them on the counter in the kitchen so they can cool at room temperature.

Maple syrup is a unique flavor that will make you think of pancakes and waffles every time you use it. Just be careful not to go overboard with the syrup as it can make your lip balm too thick to use.

Recipe #8: Flavored Glycerin with Vitamin E

Time:  30 to 40 minutes


  • 1 tbsp. of beeswax
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable glycerin
  • 6 drops of Vitamin E
  • 5 to 10 drops of essential oil in your choice of flavor

Here’s how to make lip balm with glycerin:

Step One: Mix the Ingredients

Mix the beeswax, coconut oil, and vegetable glycerin in a heat-resistant glass bowl.

Step Two: Boil a Pot of Water

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn the stove to a low to medium heat and carefully place the glass from Step One over the water. Make sure the bottom of the glass isn’t touching the water.

Step Three: Add the Essential Oil

After it’s all melted, you can add the Vitamin E and essential oil into the mixture. The more drops of oil you add, the more flavorful the balm. It’s important that you do this step after the bowl is removed from the stove as the heat could affect the flavor. Stir thoroughly.

Step Four: Pour it Into Containers

The next step is pouring the lip balm into individual containers or jars. You can DIY these jars with a little bit of glitter or stickers.

Step Five: Allow it to Cool

Give your lip balm about 20 to 30 minutes to cool. You can use the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Glycerin is a good substitute for shea butter or petroleum jelly. It keeps your lips looking healthy and is gentle and safe to use. You can also use glycerin to make hand sanitizer, lotion, and soap!

Recipe #9: Avocado Lip Balm

Time:  20 to 30 minutes


  • 1/8 cup of shea butter
  • 1 oz. of grated beeswax
  • 1/8 cup of cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup of avocado oil
  • 10 to 15 drops of essential oil in your choice of flavor

Here’s how to make lip balm with avocado oil:

Step One: Boil Water

If you want to DIY lip balm, it’s important to learn how to double boil. To do so, bring a pot of water to a boil. Place a heat-resistant bowl on the top, keeping the bottom of the bowl off the water.

Step Two: Add in the Ingredients

Once your double boiler is all set up, add in the shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, and avocado oil. Note: The beeswax should already be grated, which you can buy prepackaged, or do on your own using a cheese grater.

Step Three: Melt the Ingredients

Turn your stove to a low or medium heat and wait for all the ingredients to melt.

Step Four: Drop in Essential Oil

Now that your ingredients are all mixed up and melted, you can remove the bowl from the heat and add in your essential oils. Vanilla, eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary, and lemon will all work well with the avocado.

Step Five: Cool & Pour

Allow your mixture to get to the point where it’s fairly cool and then start pouring it into individual containers or jars. You should wait until it’s completely cool before using.

Avocado has become a super trendy food lately, which is why this natural lip balm is sure to be a huge hit. Give them out as gifts and wrap a tag around them with a cute message like “You’re all I’ve AVO Wanted” or “Bravocado!”  

Recipe #10: Kool-Aid Lip Balm

Time:  10 to 15 minutes


  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid in your choice of flavor
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of water
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil

Here’s how to make lip balm with Kool-Aid:  

Step One: Empty the Kool-Aid in a Glass Bowl

Dump the contents of the Kool-Aid packet into a glass bowl. If you’re feeling really frisky, you can add two flavors!

Step Two: Pour Some Sugar

Stir the sugar into the bowl. Keep in mind, Kool-Aid is already pretty sweet so you only need the amount specified in the recipe.

Step Three: Dissolve the Mixture

Use the water to completely dissolve the mixture. If it’s still grainy, you can add more water.

Step Four: Add the Coconut Oil

Add the coconut oil to the mixture and continue stirring until everything is blended.

Step Five: Transfer Into Jars

Last but not least, transfer the mixture into mini jars or containers. Store them in the refrigerator until the lip balm sets.

This homemade lip balm is better suited for kids since it isn’t as moisturizing as recipes that contain shea butter, beeswax, glycerin, or petroleum jelly. Choose the craziest flavors and have fun!

Recipe #11: Fresh Fruit Lip Balm

Time:  45 minutes to 1 hour


  • ½ oz. of beeswax pellets
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • ½ tbsp. of cocoa butter
  • ½ tbsp. of shea butter
  • 15 to 20 drops of orange or grapefruit essential oil
  • ½ tbsp. of ground freeze-dried fruit (you can use mangos, blueberries, cherries, bananas, or strawberries)

Here’s how to make lip balm with fruit:

Step One: Double Boil

Combine the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a heat-resistant bowl. Place it on top of a boiling pot of water, keeping it on a low or medium heat setting.

Step Two: Grind the Fruit Into Powder

While you’re waiting on the mixture in Step One to melt, use a mortar and pestle to grind the freeze-dried fruits into powder.

Step Three: Turn Off the Heat

Remove the bowl from the heat and give it about 5 to 10 minutes to cool down.

Step Four: Add the Essential Oil & Fruit Powder

Next, combine the essential oil and fruit powder into the bowl. You’ll have the best taste if you use a fruity essential oil like grapefruit or orange. Mix all the ingredients together.

Step Five: Pour Into Containers

If everything is nice and mixed together, you can now transfer the balm into little containers or jars.

Step Six: Place in the Refrigerator

Begin the cooling process by placing your lip balm in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. You can start using the balm once it’s hardened.

This DIY lip balm is fun to make and tastes great, but keep in mind the fruit won’t keep as well as other recipes. Only try this project if you plan on using the lip balm immediately afterward.

How to Make Lip Balm Sweet

You can add the following ingredients to your lip balm recipes to make them taste even sweeter:

  • Essential oils
  • Mango butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Raspberry gelatin
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown or white sugar
  • Crystal Light
  • Lime or lemon
  • Green tea bag

Essential Oils

Try a variety of tasty essential oils like peppermint, orange, grapefruit, lavender, or rose. They’re an easy way to make your homemade lip balm more flavorful.

Try With Recipe #1, #2, #3, #4, #8, or #9

Mango Butter

For any lip balm recipe that calls for cocoa butter, try to substitute it with mango butter instead. It’ll be a sweet kiss of paradise every time you use it!

Try With Recipe #3, #5, #7, #9, or #11

Cocoa Powder

Mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to get a chocolatey taste. You can make it taste like mint chocolate by using peppermint oil.

Try With Recipe #3 or #7

Raspberry Gelatin

Instead of making Jell-O, use raspberry gelatin to create delicious lip balm. This pairs especially well with lemon essential oils.

Try With Recipe #3, #6, #8, or #11

Vanilla Extract

A few drops of vanilla will turn your DIY lip balm into pure deliciousness. Just be careful not to go overboard with the flavor, or you could strip the balm of its moisturizing properties.

Try With Recipe #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, or #8


Taste cinnamon rolls on your lips! 1 sprinkle of cinnamon is all you need to add a ton of flavor to your favorite homemade lip balm. Plus, the spice will make your lips naturally plumper.

Try With Recipe #1, #3, #4, #5, #6, or #8

Brown or White Sugar

You can create a delicious lip scrub by mixing 1 teaspoon of honey with a ½ teaspoon of olive oil and brown or white sugar.

Try With Recipe #4 or #5

Crystal Light

Mix packets of Crystal Light with Vaseline for a tasty lip balm.

Try With Recipe #6

Lime or Lemon

Squeeze a few drops of lemon or lime into your natural lip balm.

Try With Recipe #2, #3, #6, #8, #9, #10, or #11

Green Tea Bag

Seep one green tea bag in the hot water while the lip balm is double boiling. This will add a unique flavor.

Try with Recipe #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, or #8

Does DIY Lip Balm Work?

Your health, wellness, and ultimately happiness starts with self-care. A good DIY lip balm is a step in the right direction and can be just as effective as popular brands like Chapstick or Burt’s Bees.

So give any of the recipes featured above a try next time you’re feeling bored! Better yet, make a ton of them and give them out in bulk as personalized gifts around the holidays, or as custom favors for your wedding or birthday party. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to create something awesome!


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