ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm

Updated on February 16, 2014
Homemade lipbalm
Homemade lipbalm | Source

Making Lip Balm

Making your own natural lip balm is a fun and easy project. It doesn't take that much time and it is less expensive than buying the commercial stuff. It is also way healthier. Most store bought lip balms and glosses contain unnecessary chemicals and artificial colors. Some of them even contain ingredients that dry out your lips in the long run instead of moisturizing. When you make your own using natural ingredients you know what you are putting on your lips and you choose the best ingredients for you.

common lip balm making supplies
common lip balm making supplies | Source

What You Need to Make Lip Balm

There are many different natural ingredients and recipes you can use to make your own lip balm. I think the best way to find the right combination is to create it yourself. To make your own lip balm there are a few things you will need no matter the recipe they are listed below.

  • A Base such as Beeswax
  • A Butter like shea butter
  • Essential oils like grape seed
  • Containers these can be tubes tins

Another little thing you can add is pigment by adding ingredients like cocoa. These are not necessary but they look cute, smell good and taste great.

Beeswax pearls
Beeswax pearls | Source
cocoa butter
cocoa butter | Source

Bases and Butters

When choosing any ingredients it is important to take into consideration things like taste, texture and smell. Since lip balm goes on your lips you will be wearing smelling and probably tasting it to so make sure you add the ingredients you like the most. A list of solid bases you can use are listed below.

  • Beeswax
  • Olive wax

Butters some commonly used butters are listed below.

  • Coconut butter
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Mango butter

These are some common favorites but don't be afraid to explore more options if you want to.

Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil | Source

Essential Oils

These oils keep the lip balm from being to hard. They infuse you lip balm with vitamins scent and flavor. Keep in mind your personal tastes when choosing oils. Some different kinds of oils used in lip balm are listed below.

  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Spearmint
  • Almond
  • Olive
  • Vanilla
  • Coconut

This is a list of commonly used oils when making lip balms but don't be afraid to pick one that is not on the list there are so many to choose from.

Cocoa powder
Cocoa powder | Source

Adding Pigment

I love to add a little color to my lip balm. Adding a little cocoa will give a nice warm color and tastes great. If you are looking for something a little more traditional or fruity tasting you can always use some drink mix. This is not all natural but it is still safer than the drugstore stuff. I like adding a little cherry Kool aid drink mix to my lip balm. You don't need a lot just a spoonful goes a long way. You can use other drink mixes like crystal light or any other powdered drink mixes you can find. You can even pick out a blue drink mix if you are looking for something more wild or if you just like the flavoring of blue raspberry. You also use a little bit of left over lipstick or maybe some eyeshadow you never use.

Lip balm containers
Lip balm containers | Source


You can using just about anything from an old baby food jar to an old Altoids tin. You can even use an old empty chapstick tube. I really like using tins this is because they are small enough to throw in my purse and there are plenty available so I don't have to go out and spend money on containers . Baby food jars work great if you just want to make one batch and store it in only one or two containers. You can purchase brand new tubes online and these are great if you are making lip balm for gifts.

Melting down ingredients
Melting down ingredients | Source

How to Make It

The very first thing you need to do is pick out your ingredients. For example I will make mine with beeswax, shea butter, peppermint and cocoa. Then you will need containers. I will use some old tins I have laying around. Now that you have your main ingredients and supplies we can get started.

  • Take one or two tablespoons of beeswax. (Or the base you chose)
  • Put in a small pot on the stove on low heat to melt.
  • Add a tablespoon of shea butter.(Or what ever butter you chose)
  • Add five or six drops of the essential oil I chose peppermint.
  • Stir in any pigment like the cocoa.
  • Remove from heat and pour into containers.(I like to use a funnel but spoons work also)
  • Put the full containers into the fridge for tow or three hours.
  • Take them out of the fridge and test your creation.

Some more info

Making lip balm is not really an exact science. There are more things you can add to personalize and perfect your creation but this basic break down was just to help get you started. For example you can always add things like vitamin E oil or honey these are both great at keeping you lips soft. There are even pigments you can purchase online especially for making lip balm. If you are looking for some premade recipes I have always really liked the ones I have found on Soap Queen and there is a link under related pages if you want to check them out.

I Would Love to Hear What You Think Leave a Comment

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Lady_E profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Nice to know that we can make our own natural lip balm.

      Pure and healthy. I Love it. Thanks. :-)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)