Basic DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm Recipe

I recently had extremely chapped lips and my daughter kept reminding me that I needed some lip balm. Chapped lips can be so miserable with the burning and redness that accompanies. Once I finally got around to using some good quality lip balm, my lips healed so quickly!


Many of the common lip balms contain questionable ingredients such as parabens and petrolatum. [1] I much prefer to buy a safer alternative, or better yet – make my own!

Making lip balm is so very simple. It literally takes 15 minutes or so. You just dump the ingredients (minus the essential oils) into a pot to slowly melt together, remove from heat and shake a few drops of essential oils, pour the liquid mixture into containers, and you’re done! There something satisfying about making your own lip balms and herbal medicines. Your kids will feel accomplished too so make sure you include them! This DIY lip balm provides a great opportunity to be a fun lesson as part of your school day.

Below is the ingredients in the lip balm so you can go over them with your kids and teach them about these healing ingredients that are good for them.

  • Coconut oil – Coconut oil has many surprising benefits to it and is so good for the skin! It is great for the lips because of its moisturizing and exfoliating abilities! [2]
  • Shea butter or Cocoa butter – Shea butter and cocoa butter have similar properties so you can really use either to make lip balm. Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa beans, and Shea butter comes from the nuts of a Shea tree. They both have moisturizing and healing properties. Use whichever one you wish![3]
  • Beeswax is the ingredient that holds it all together and helps your project become a solid lip balm so you don’t have a huge mess on your hands!
  • And of course essential oils are added to give it a beautiful scent, and also to add more healing properties! You can add any scent that you like, or try combining a few different ones to create a unique scent you’ll enjoy all winter long! Some of the more popular scents for lip balm are: peppermint, wintergreen, orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit and lavender. [4] This set has many of the oils listed included in the set.

DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm

A Basic DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm Recipe
Serves: 2 small lip balm tins
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter or shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 12 drops essential oil(s) of choice
  1. In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax.
  2. Add the 12 drops of essential oils.
  3. Pour into tins, tubes or small jars.
  4. Let it sit on the counter until set.

This recipe calls for just enough mix to fill 2 small lip balm tins, but you can double, triple, etc. the recipe to make more to share with family members and friends. You can even print out cute labels to place on the lip balms and give them away as gifts for birthdays or the upcoming holidays. Labels with printing instructions can typically be found in stores like Wal-Mart or Office Max.

I think you will be amazed at how healing and moisturizing these ingredients are to your lips. Enjoy making your DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm!


  1. What’s In Your Lip Balm? 6 Scary Ingredients to Avoid. (2016, February 11). Retrieved September 25, 2017, from http://live-clear.com/whats-in-your-lipbalm-6-ingredients-avoid/
  2. This Is The Best Natural Moisturizer For Chapped Lips. (2017, August 18). Retrieved September 25, 2017, from https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/best-moisturizer-for-chapped-lips
  3. Shea Butter vs Cocoa Butter – What’s The Difference? (2017, July 11). Retrieved September 25, 2017, from https://bettersheabutter.com/shea-butter-vs-cocoa-butter/
  4. The Best Essential Oils for Lip Balm. (n.d.). Retrieved September 25, 2017, from http://www.ranker.com/list/best-essential-oils-for-lip-balm/bunny-brinkman

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  1. This is a great recipe, thank you Jill. I like to put citrus oils in mine, my kids prefer it more minty.
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    1. Thank you, Deborah! I too LOVE the citrus, but sometimes am in the mood for minty. For me, it probably depends on the time of year! 🙂 I really love that I can make my own according to what mood I’m currently in. haha

  2. I never use any other lip balm than the ones I make myself. You’re right – it really is easy and quick. My favorite is peppermint but I also make orange/tangerine and sometimes others. I’ve done it long enough to recognize a good recipe and this one looks great!

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