How to Make Lip Balm with Essential Oils

How to Make Your Own Lip Balm with Essential OilsLooking for a recipe to make your own lip balm with essential oils? Read on for this great recipe you can do at home. It’s simple, quick and only takes a few ingredients, which I always love! It is so frustrating to find what looks to be a great recipe but then you’re spending half your grocery bill on the ingredients to make it.

Whether you’re a guy or a girl, lip balm is a product that is common to both.  My husband and I both use lip balm, but usually different scents that match our preferences.  It is a must have in the winter. Having dry lips is the worst!

Like most beauty products out there, lip balms can contain a long list of chemicals to preserve the look and texture.  Unfortunately, this seems to be a common theme these days with cosmetics!

Why Make Your Own Lip Balm?

I have been wanting to make my own lip balm for quite some time now but wasn’t sure what recipe to use.  As much as I wanted to switch to another more natural, chemical-free product, the lip balm I was use to buying was effective, smooth and inexpensive.  That’s always the issue isn’t it?  We are so use to the look and feel of a product we grew up on, that if we try something natural that isn’t almost exactly the same we are quick to write it off.  At least that’s how I am!

That’s why I try every DIY recipe I post to Bridge to Nature’s website.  But enough about me already…let’s get to this awesome recipe I want to share with you!

I like a lip balm that is soft and smooth going on the lips, keeps them moisturized and has a pleasant or neutral aroma.  For this recipe you can make it more or less smooth depending on how much you put in of each carrier oil. The more beeswax or shea butter, the more firm; the more coconut oil the softer it will be.

The same goes for the essential oils. Below is a guide, but you could use a little more or less essential oil depending on how strong the aroma you prefer. And remember, it may be wise to steer clear of any of the photosensitive oils, especially if you plan on using lip balm several times a day and may be exposed to sunlight.


Lip balm tubes

Plastic pipettes

Equal parts of :

beeswax pastilles

shea butter

coconut oil

5 drops essential oil per tube (As always, this can be adjusted based on your preference for strength of aroma)

*Use 3 tbsp total of carrier oils to yield 6 tubes of lip balm

  1. Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax. Once that is melted, add the shea butter until liquified. Then add the coconut oil until the mixture is the same consistency throughout.
  2. Remove pan from the stovetop but keep it over the hot water to keep the mixture from solidifying.
  3. Add essential oils according to your preference. For my recipe I divided it into 3 parts and added Lime and Vanilla to one, Orange to the second and Peppermint to the third.
  4. Once you’ve added the essential oils, use the pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. Make sure to transfer quickly to the tubes as it will harden within 1-2 minutes.
  5. Allow the tubes to cool at room temperature for a few minutes before capping.
  6. Once you cap them, let them harden, which will take about an hour. You will know they’ve completely hardened because the color of the lip balm will lighten up. Similar to the color of wax on a candle when it hardens.
  7. Once the lip balm has completely dried, You’re ready to put a label on it!

The combinations of essential oils are endless and they are so easy to make. Have fun with this one! This recipe is so timeless and customizable to what you want. You can make such a range of products based on the essential oils you use.

Notes on labeling your homemade lip balm:

Call it whatever you want. Something creative is always fun. If you’re making them with kids you can call it something like “Their Name‘s Lip Balm” or name it by the flavor. They can add little stickers or even draw their own pictures on the label. Just another part of the creative process! Be sure to label with the essential oils contained in each tube so you know what is in it.

Some of my Favorite Combinations

My preference of lip balm flavors is usually fruity or minty. In the recipe above I used Lime and Vanilla in one set of lip balm tubes, which totally reminds me of vacation! It’s like a mixture of a margarita and a pina colada. So relaxing! You can use single oils too like I did in my second set, which was Orange. Then in my last set I used Peppermint, which I feel like is a classic scent for lip balms that can totally stand on its own.

These are some other great singles and combinations that would make for great lip balm scents:



Lemon + Lime


Orange + Vanilla


Vanilla + Coffee

Vanilla + Ylang ylang


Rose + Lavender

Tangerine + Jasmine

Rosewood + Juniper Berry

Ylang ylang + Geranium


Sandalwood + Spruce

Cedarwood + Peppermint

Copaiba + Frankincense


Lemon + Eucalyptus

Lemon + Rosemary


Lemon + Peppermint + Lavender


Bergamot + Peppermint


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