How to Make Natural Lip Balm

Last updated 11/6/2020 |

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This homemade, natural lip balm is ready in minutes and uses just three simple ingredients. Nourish and heal your dry lips with this easy and fast DIY lip balm recipe!

tins of lip balm and beeswax pastilles on wood table

Our family uses a lot of lip balm. Hubby carries a tube in his jeans pocket every day, and I have some in my purse at all times. Our daughter is 9, and shiny, sparkly lip gloss is just about her favorite thing.

However, all the weird ingredients in store-bought lip balms are definitely NOT my favorite thing. Here are the ingredients in Strawberry Chap Stick:

tube of strawberry chap stick


Recognize the active ingredient? Petrolatum (which is sold as Vaseline) is made from crude oil, and is an industrial lubricant. While petrolatum does lock in moisture, if your lips are already dry that's not going to do much good.

Instead of slathering your lips with multisyllabic mystery chemicals, let's take a look at the only 3 ingredients you need to make nourishing, natural lip balm.

tins of lip balm on table

Natural Lip Balm Ingredients

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is moisturizing and has natural healing properties. I don't like the smell of coconut, so I use organic refined coconut oil.

Avocado oil or sweet almond oil

Both of these liquid oils are soothing and moisturizing. I use avocado oil since I already have it in the house for cooking.


Beeswax is the ingredient that solidifies the lip balm and gives it the right "slip" on your lips. I use white beeswax pastilles, which are naturally filtered to remove the golden yellow color.

beeswax pastilles in a glass bowl

Optional Ingredients

Castor oil

If you'd like your lip balm to be extra-glossy, replace a bit of the avocado oil with castor oil.

Essential oils

Customize your lip balm with a few drops of a single oil (like Peppermint) or a combination of oils (I like Lemon & Rosemary).

Alkanet or Beet root powder

These natural powders can give your lip balm a bit of color. A bit of Beet root powder will make pink lip balm; Alkanet root plus Beet root will make dark red.

beet root powder in glass bowl on table


2-cup or larger Pyrex measuring cup

Lip balm tubes and funnel kit or Lip balm tins

Labels--I use square labels for lip balm tubes and these round labels for lip balm tins (check the size of your tins first).

tins of lip balm on table

Lip balm in tins

How to Make Lip Balm

Yield: about 15 tubes or 5 tins
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This homemade, natural lip balm is ready in minutes and uses just three simple ingredients. Nourish and heal your dry lips with this easy and fast DIY lip balm recipe!


Prep your lip balm tubes or tins on a tray or paper towel.

Place the coconut oil, avocado oil, and beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup.

Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat, stirring every time, until the beeswax is completely melted.

Add essential oils or color powders, if using, and stir in thoroughly.

Pour into tubes or tins and allow to cool for about an hour.

Label and enjoy!


For glossy lip balm, replace the avocado oil with 1 Tablespoon of avocado oil and ½ teaspoon of castor oil.

Use a little more beeswax if you prefer a thicker lip balm, or slightly less if you prefer a softer lip balm.

Before filling the tubes or tins, you can re-melt the lip balm and adjust ingredients until you get the exact texture you want.

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  1. Rosalie on February 27, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I bought a cup sized piece of beeswax from the health store, so I will just grate it on the largest hole.

  2. Caitlin on August 25, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    How many tubes does this recipe make?

  3. Gayle Davidson on March 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I made mine with lanolin, sweet almond oil and beeswax.

  4. Dawn Carson on February 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Can you use anything else other than coconut oil. My fiancé is allergic to coconut.

    • cheryl sanders on March 20, 2015 at 9:51 am

      shea butter or cocoa butter it would taste like chocolate orange….yummy

  5. joy on June 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    How big is a beeswax pastille? I have beeswax but I need to chop it and measure it. How many ounces or grams in a pastille?


  6. Mel Dixon on May 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Thanks I was looking for more recipes to see what oils work better 🙂

  7. Rachelle on January 30, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Lip balm is one of the items on the Christmas list I want to make this year for gifts! Thanks for this post!

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