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DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm Recipe

diy essential oil lip balm

A good lip balm can be pretty pricey in the store, and while you can read the ingredients on the package, you never know what quality those ingredients are. Making your own DIY essential oil lip balm not only saves you a lot of money, it ensures you know what’s in your lip balm!

Homemade lip balm makes great gifts and stocking stuffers. We make a batch of 50 or more at a time and keep on hand to give to people. When I tuck a few extras into my purse I put my name on mine so I know which I’ve used, then I always have the extras to giveaway when someone needs one.

Yummy Lip Balm


Have you ever made lip balm before? If you make mine, I’d love to hear how you liked it!

DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm Recipe
This recipe is super quick and easy to make, and you can modify it using your own favorite oils. Sometimes we leave out the peppermint and use grapefruit instead!
  1. Set a glass measuring cup or a jar into a sauce pan with an inch of water in it to create a double boiler. Melt the wax, coconut oil and shea butter in the jar over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the Vitamin E and essential oils.
  3. Carefully pour into tubes or small tins.
  4. Let cool.
* No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

If you are allergic to beeswax, try Candelilla Wax or Bayberry Wax



This post currently has 12 comments.

  1. Michelle Andrae
    January 11, 2017

    I have made several batches and love this recipe. I am considering more flavors. I love the EOs but you don’t really taste them. Have you used any flavors (like the ones bulk apothecary carries) and how much flavor should be added to a batch? Thanks!

  2. Nancy Fleming
    December 15, 2016

    I am new to all this, i am in school studying alternative medicine. Do you need a special machine to fill the tubes. Iam lucky i can buy empty tubes at a local apothecary. I am looking forward to learning more.

  3. Cindy
    December 10, 2016

    Which coconut oil is better to use, fractionated or the solid? It’s always confusing unless stated specifically one or the other.

    • Dr. Z
      December 10, 2016

      Hi Cindy,

      It’s not that one is “better” than the oil. It’s a matter of preference. Each carrier oil (almond, jojoba, coconut, fractionated coconut) all have their strengths.

  4. Frank Cetta
    October 22, 2016

    Can This be tinted? and how?

    • Customer Support
      November 23, 2016

      Frank, I see you found the tinted lip balm recipe. 🙂 Let us know how you like it!

  5. Rebeka
    June 20, 2016

    Will this recipe work without beeswax? Love to try this but allergic to the wax and propolis

    • Customer Support
      June 21, 2016

      If you keep it in the refrigerator, yes. The coconut oil will stay hard that way. At room temperature, coconut oil melts so you’d have a liquid without the beeswax.

  6. Rita
    June 19, 2016

    Oh my goodness! This is the best recipe. It has the same texture as store bought lip balm. I split the batch and made half peppermint and half lemon.

    • Dr. Z
      June 20, 2016

      Awesome, thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Yanee Nelson
    May 28, 2016

    Where can I purchase tubes?


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