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DIY Lip Balm

Amanda Sugden

Posted on July 02 2019

best lip balm recipe DIY


It is certainly the season for dry, cracked lips! The colder weather, howling winds and the fact that we drink less water when it is cold leaves your lips requiring a little more care during winter. Not only necessary for winter....I use this all year round! I keep one in each bag, in the bathroom, office, by the bedside and in my car. 


This lip balm recipe is not only good for the lips though, it is fantastic to condition your nail cuticles and for soothing dry skin patches too. It has SPF and if you add in some lavender essential oil you can use it on bruises, sores and bumps too! When my daughter fell at kindy and got a fat lip we put on this lavender lip balm to help reduce the bump and was completely gone 24 hours later.


Over the last few weeks I have had so many people asking for a good DIY lip balm recipe. There are literally a million out there on the internet and many of them have got funny ratios which produce a lip balm that is too hard or just not nourishing enough. This recipe has been my favourite go-to, golden recipe since I created it in 2016. I like to change the essential oils and carrier oils in it but never the ratio. I sell four different varieties of this hand crafted lip balm for My Essential Alchemy, which are available to purchase here. But for the die hard DIYers this recipe is my gift to you! 


The recipe below does make around 10 of my 20g pots (filled to the brim it holds 35g) so you might need to halve the ingredients, give a few away as gifts or make it with a few friends for a fun DIY day!


Luscious Lip Balm 

(Makes 10 x 20g pots of lip balm)


What you need:

15g natural raw beeswax

5g unrefined raw shea butter

40g sweet almond oil unrefined, cold pressed

20g macadamia oil unrefined, cold pressed

20g pure argan oil

1/2 teaspoon rosehip oil

1/2 teaspoon natural pure vitamin e oil

5 drops carrot seed oil

7 drops peppermint essential oil

4 drops rosemary essential oil (I choose to use doTERRA essential oils)

What you do: 

  1. Add the beeswax, shea butter, sweet almond, macadamia and argan oils into a double boiler and slowly heat till all ingredients are melted together. Do not allow water to boil or for any water to get into your bowl.
  1. Take your bowl off the heat and add rosehip oil, vitamin e oil, carrot seed oil and essential oils.

  1. Give the mixture a stir and pour into your storage pots. If the mixture starts to harden before you get a chance to pour them all, or you have excess balm around the outside of your bowl, put it back onto the boiler to gently heat until it is melted together again.

  2.  Leave pots of lip balm to set with lids off (It doesn't take long!)


*Your lip balms will last for a long time. I have never had any go bad before I've used them up and that is over 12 months! I find balms with coconut oil tend to go rancid quicker. 



* I usually make double this batch size. To measure the smaller quantities you will need a good set of kitchen scales which will come in very handy for all of your DIY projects.

* If you want your balm to look white, or don't like the honey smell of raw beeswax then you can just swap it for beeswax beads.

* The 80g of liquid oils can be made up of as many or few liquid oils as you like! Consider oils that are good for your skin type and purpose such as apricot kernel, hemp, almond, flaxseed, argan, macadamia, olive, rosehip, avocado, jojoba, kukui nut.....

* I find a blend of at least 3 or more liquid oils is a nice combination, but you could make this recipe using only one oil such as almond oil.

* Vitamin e oil is important because it acts as a preservative for the lip balm as well as being excellent for your skin.

* Carrot seed oil is not essential but it does give the lip balm a sun protection factor and it assists with anti-aging.

* You can add whichever essential oils you feel like to this lip balm. Peppermint and rosemary are my favourite but you can replace these with lavender or spearmint. We have made a cinnamon and honey lip balm for my niece on request!

* Don't have/or like essential oils? Then just leave them out! It is still a beautiful balm. I like to add a touch of raw honey to my essential oil free lip balms. I found manuka honey will settle on the bottom of the pot.

* Feel free to let your creative juices flow and add some cacao powder to make a chocolate lip balm, red clay or mica powders for a coloured gloss or even beetroot powder!

* If you want to make your lip balms in a tube then just add a little more beeswax, or a little less liquid oils so that the final result will be more solid and suit the wind up tubes.



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