Homemade Natural Lip Balm

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Making your own homemade natural lip balm is an excellent way to avoid all the junk in store bought brands, and lip balm is actually one of the easiest things to DIY.

I usually make about a dozen of these at a time and stockpile them both for myself and for gifts throughout the year.

This project can be done in about 30 mins with just a few ingredients (see links below for some product recommendations), a Pyrex measuring cup, and a microwave...​

Homemade Natural Lip Balm Recipe

This is my go-to homemade natural lip balm recipe.  It's super simple to make, and it can be adapted to make just a few lip balms or dozens at a time.

  • 1 part coconut oil (Canada | US)
  • 1 part shea butter (Canada | US)
  • 1 part beeswax (Canada | US) (can substitute 1/2 part candelilla wax [Canada | US])
  • essential oil to preference (I use 10-30 drops with 2 tablespoons of each of the above)
  • lip balm tubes (Canada | US) or lip balm pots to store your finished product

Optional: add a pinch of vitamin E (Canada | US) and/or zinc oxide (Canada | US) to your homemade natural lip balm. You can also add mica, oxides, or other colourants to make tinted lip balm.  

(I ♥ my rosewood scented pink tinted lip balm, and my cinnamon scented red tinted lip balm.)

Adding vitamin E will help nourish your lips and adding zinc oxide will protect your lips from sun damage.

Steps to DIYing your own homemade natural lip balm....

  1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax or candelilla wax in a double boiler on the stove, or in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave.
  2. Mix in essential oils and any extras like zinc oxide, vitamin E, or colourants.
  3. Pour into lip balm tubes or lip balm pots.
  4. Let cool.  Use liberally on yourself.  Give gifts to all your friends.  ♥♥
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Best Essential Oils + Blends to Use

Here are some of my favourite essential oils & blends to use in homemade natural lip balm.

  • peppermint
  • peppermint + lavender
  • peppermint + citrus (see below about using citrus in your homemade lip balm)
  • rosewood
  • cinnamon (use just a pinch of this - too much will cause your lips to burn!)
  • grapefruit 
  • vanilla + rose geranium
  • lavender + clary sage

A note about citrus....

Some citrus essential oils are phototoxic, meaning that they can cause burns if you apply them to your skin and then are exposed to the sun.

If you want to be extra sure that your lips are super safe, then maybe skip the citrus altogether.  However, some citrus oils are safer than others to use.

Safe Citrus Essential Oils

  • Mandarin (green or cold pressed) Citrus reticulata
  • Lime (steam distilled) Citrus aurantifolia
  • Orange (sweet) Citrus sinensis
  • Tangerine (cold pressed) Citrus reticulate, Citrus nobilis, Citrus tangerine
  • Lemon (steam distilled) Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum
  • Bergamot (bergaptene-free) Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium
  • Grapefruit Citrus x paradisi

Learn more about citrus essential oils and phototoxicity here.

No time for DIY?

Let's face it.  DIY isn't for everyone.  If you'd rather have someone else make your products, here are some of my fave natural and organic lip balms.

Organic mint lip balm from 100% Pure. (Contains peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary.)

Or check out their Lysine & Herbs blend for preventing cold sores.

natural organic lip balm

Certified organic lip creme from Miessence. (Comes in melon, cinnamon, and shimmer berry.)

Miessence also makes a Jaffa lip balm that is made with sustainably harvested beeswax and fair trade shea butter sourced from a women's co-op in Ghana.

certified organic lip balm
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I am a Ph.D. candidate at McMaster University, a twin mommy, and a health and wellness entrepreneur. I am in the process of building a sustainable online business to support my family, and helping others to build sustainable businesses themselves. Find me on Google+.

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