How to Make Lip Balm at Home with Natural Ingredients

Lip balm is one of the most versatile cosmetics. It helps soothe chapped lips to leave them feeling smooth and soft, so it makes sense why tons of people can’t go without it.

Making lip balm at home just takes a few basic ingredients and you can customize your recipes. But the best thing about homemade lip balm is that it’s made with all-natural ingredients, so you avoid the chemicals and preservatives found in the store-bought stuff. Read on for the benefits of DIY lip balm and how to start making your own at home!

Basic DIY Lip Balm Recipe

All you need to make a good lip balm is a solid butter like shea or coconut butter, a wax like beeswax or candelilla wax, a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Here’s our favorite basic lip balm recipe that can be adjusted to your liking with different ingredients:


  • 2 parts solid butter
  • 1 part wax
  • 1 part carrier oil
  • A few drops of essential oil


  1. Add the butter and wax to a glass measuring cup or any other glass jar that allows you to pour easily.
  2. Place the measuring cup in a pot filled with 2 inches of water – this is known as a double boiler and can help you melt the ingredients more evenly.
  3. Melt over medium heat for around 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add the carrier oil and stir well.
  5. Remove from heat and add the essential oil.
  6. Carefully pour into lip balm tubes or any other type of container you want to use.
  7. Allow the mixture to cool and solidify for about 30 minutes before using.

What ingredients should you use?

You need solid butter, wax, carrier oils, and essential oils to make a basic lip balm. But which type of each should you use? Here’s our breakdown:

Solid Butter

The fats found in solid butter firm up the lip balm while hydrating your lips. The most popular types of solid butter used in lip balms are cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa beans and has a delicious chocolate aroma. It’s soft and silky, which helps create a protective barrier to retain moisture in your lips.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is extracted from shea tree nuts and has a soft, creamy consistency that easily spreads across your skin and lips.

Mango Butter

Mango butter is derived from mango seeds and is soft to the touch. It’s also packed with nutrients which makes it perfect for healing and protecting your lips.


Cosmetic-grade wax helps solidify your lip balm by keeping the liquid ingredients together. The most popular type of wax to use in lip balms is beeswax, but there are several different alternatives for people who are sensitive to beeswax or prefer a more environmentally sustainable option.


Beeswax is secreted by honeybees and is found in most DIY lip balm recipes. It naturally hardens lip balms without becoming waxy and stiff.

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla wax comes from the leaves of the Candelilla shrub found in Mexico. It’s the most frequently used alternative to beeswax since it gives lip balms gloss and hardness without being too sticky.

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax is derived from the leaves of Carnauba palm trees and has a high melting point, which helps harden your lip balm.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is extracted from soybeans and naturally hardens while being cheaper than other beeswax alternatives.

Carrier Oil

Carrier oils are full of vitamins and nutrients and provide most of the moisturizing properties of lip balm. Some of the common oils used in lip balms are coconut oil and jojoba oil.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extracted from coconuts and works as a protective layer for your lips to help them retain their natural moisture.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the Jojoba plant and has hydrating and antioxidant properties, so it can help heal chapped lips.

Essential Oil

Essential oils are used in small amounts to add fragrance and extra health benefits to your lip balm. Some common types of essential oils used in lip balms are:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Orange Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Try mixing and matching essential oils to create fun, unique lip balms that keep your lips soft and smell great!

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About the Author: Jenni Mac

Hi, I’m Jenni! I am a health and beauty blogger that loves making homemade beauty products. I have been blogging for over five years now about natural products, DIY skin care, inner beauty, and anything else to do with natural living.

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