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Homemade Lip Balm

how to make lip balm

This homemade and natural lip balm is so good that you might want to eat it – my children tell me it tastes delicious.

Homemade Lip Balm


  1. Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a beaker placed in a small pot of simmering water
  2. When beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, remove beaker from heat and stir in almond oil and vanilla
  3. Pour liquid into stainless steel lip balm tins and allow to cool until solid (20 minutes)

vanilla lip balm glass beaker

Store in a cool dry place. This homemade lip balm makes a great Christmas gift!

posted on January 20, 2007, 27 comments

  1. Great! Thanks for all of the ideas….hope your Chanukah was wonderful : )

  2. VLM

    What a nice idea! Thanks for sharing, Elana!

  3. Aubrie

    How many does this make? Fantastic idea!

  4. KellyBelly

    I’m still waiting for my local honey guy to have his beeswax available, so I can make this and the foot balm. very nice.

  5. Can we use another oil other than almond. The very smell of it makes me sick. That is strange as I love almonds, but not the oil or flavoring. Conversely, I don’t like hazelnuts, but love the flavor. Who’s odd?

  6. Kenna

    I made this last night! It is amazing! My husband was impressed with it as well. We noticed that is has very little flavor or scent (so I don’t want to eat it!) and it lasts for hours…really! Even after eating and a few glasses of water, my lips and my husbands were still moist. My husband also mentioned that his lips had been chapped all day and this put an end to it!
    I doubled the batch and poured a few little containers of the recipe as is, then with the other half of the recipe I added beet powder (I had dried them in a dehydrator the night before). About one tablespoon gives it a really great tint!
    Between this and the delicious-smelling-I-want-to-eat-it foot balm, my Christmas gifts are done…and I have a recipe that I know I will use often (for me)! Silky soft hands, feet, and lips! Yay!
    Thanks Elana!!

  7. Deborah H.

    Thank you so much for sharing all these great diy present ideas~they would make nice gifts all through the year!

  8. laura lee

    This sounds awesome ~ for the person who doesn’t like almond oil maybe try peppermint oil…with the vanilla it would give it a nice holiday flavor:)

  9. Robby

    I tried making this, had a hard time measuring the beeswax and cocoa butter before melting them, but that’s just a logistical problem. The real issue was the vanilla. It wouldn’t mix in properly, no matter how hard I tried to mix it in, it predictably settled at the bottom of the little containers I poured the mixture into. I’m really interested in experimenting further with things like lip balms, lotions and other such things so I would really like to know what I have to do to make this recipe work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • nakedsweetshop @ nakedsweetshop.com

      The reason it would not mix is because your vanilla is an oleoresin not an essential oil. The oleoresin is mainly used in perfumes or food. It dissolves easily in alcohol but as you saw does not mix with oil.
      I am in the process of making a vanilla oil but most likely won’t be available for 6 months.
      You could always make your own but it takes 4-5 months to make a good quality oil.

  10. Hi Robby,

    Thanks for your comment. I had an error in this recipe for lip balm and that is why you had trouble with the vanilla settling on the bottom. I have edited the recipe to list the correct type of vanilla –essential oil, rather than extract.

    I am so sorry for this error, and thanks again for your comment which helped me to rectify the mistake!


  11. Laura

    How could I make it without a beaker?

  12. Crystal

    How many tins does this recipe make? I need to make 60 1 oz containers. Should I triple or quadrouple this recipe?

  13. Catherine Colbran

    Is there something similar to beeswax that you can use? Maybe lard, or cold butter??

  14. Carolyn. (massage therapist)

    The almond oil isn’t flavored or scented like almonds it’s a carrier oil VERY different then essential oil or extract that you would use for Massage therapists use this for massage. There is no scent to it really. You can use jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil (sometimes actually does smell like almonds though) olive oil, etc. If you tried using a tablespoon of essential oil of any kind you will extremely over do it! DONT substitute an essential oil only substitute carrier oils! So the peppermint idea could be a nice addition and swapped out with some of the vanilla instead. One drop of essential oil is equal to 30 cups of strong tea. It’s extremely concentrated! This is very important to know the difference. You can find carrier oils with massage oils in
    the nutritional area at stores. Olive oil or coconut oil is fine too the scents will cover up the smell of the olive.

  15. Jolene

    Hi There
    Can you use vanilla essence instead of essence oil?

  16. Vee

    Does anyone have any suggestions beside the essential oil of vanilla? I want to try this but the essential oil is pretty pricey, only found it at Wholefoods. Any other oil ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

  17. Kelley

    I clicked the link for the tins but there aren’t any tins on the website. Are these safe to use since they’re metal?

  18. Sharon Ulam @ Yahoo

    Hi Elana, I am wondering where you find the Vanilla. I make my own with a healthy ingredince but wondering if you are speaking about essential oil. YL and DT don’t have a vanilla. The lip balm turns our fabulous even with my own vanilla extract. Just wondering what the other is and where to get it.

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