The Easiest DIY Lip Balm Recipes

The Easiest DIY Lip Balm Recipes

Because of the festive Christmas season coming ahead my head and refrigerator door is filled with lists and checklist  of gifts for friends, family, the kids’ school teacher. So while brainstorming for DIY stuff for the goodie bags, I stumbled upon lip balms. DIY lip balms fit in perfectly; its useful for everyone (kids and adults), lip balms are quick and easy to make, there is plenty of room to get creative, and DIY lip balms are pocket-friendly. You can make a large batch in one go, it doesn’t cost a lot. Dive right into these crazy mamas venture of DIY lip balm recipes.

The Basic DIY Lip Balm Recipe

The Basic DIY Lip Balm Recipe

We’ll start with the basic recipe for lip balm, all other variations of lip balms such as different flavors, tints, and essential oils follows this recipe with minute additions. The basic recipe calls for;

  • Emollients; Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Vaseline, Paraffin, Lanolin
  • Base oil: Coconut oil, Olive oil, almond oil, Jojoba oil
  • Essential oil (optional); Lemon, Peppermint, carrot seed, Rose, Cinnamon, Clove, Lavender
  • Lip tint(optional); Scrapings from favorite lipstick or eyeshadow. You can also opt for natural colorants like beetroot powder.
  • Lip balm tubes or containers
  • Double boiler
  • Glass bowl and spatula

Basic Lip Balm Formula:

  • Carrier oil 3 parts
  • Emollient 1 part (slightly more than that)
  • Essential oil not more than 2 to 3 drops
  • Solid Butter 1part (optional)

Directions:

  • In a double boiler melt Solid butter and Emollient.
  • Once completely melted, take off from flame and add the carrier oil. Add lip tint at this stage. Mix well using a spatula or a spoon.
  • Add Essential oil to the lip balm in the end because essential oils are extremely sensitive to heat and sunlight.
  • Before adding essential oil and pouring the lip balm in lip balm tubes, I like to do the spoon test to make sure it is of desired consistency. Take a stainless steel spoon and dip the tip into the lip balm.
  • Leave the spoon on the kitchen counter for a few minutes. Scrape off the lip balm from the spoon when it hardens ad apply it on your skin to check for a smooth application. It should neither be too runny, not too hard.
  • If the lip balm is too hard, add more carrier oil and lightly heat the mixture on a double boiler while stirring constantly.
  • If the mixture is too runny add some more scrapings of emollient or solid butter, again gently heat on the double boiler while stirring constantly.

Crazy mama tip:

  • Use castor oil; it gives an added glossy shine to your lips.
  • Here is a list of the best ingredients for lip balms. These ingredients are sure to resolve chapped lips, leaving them soft and hydrated. Each ingredient has healing, rejuvenating, and hydrating properties attached to it.

Coconut oil

Vitamin E capsule

Cocoa butter

Essential oils

How to Use a Lip Balm:

how to use a lip balm

  • Cleanse your lips thoroughly. Then gently exfoliate using a lip scrub. Try DIY lip scrub recipes for a quick, easy and pocket friendly lip scrub, and if you are a bit uncertain if you should use one or not then go through our ultimate guide to lip scrubs to get an insight into their  benefits and how lip scrubs are made.
  • Once you are done exfoliating your lips for a good 5 to 7 minutes, wash off the scrub with water and at dry the lips. 
  • Apply your favorite DIY lip balm and you are good to go! Bye bye chapped dry lips.
  • Do not exfoliate your lips more than twice in a day. However, a home made lip balm can be used several times during the day.

Top 13 DIY Lip Balm Recipes

Top 13 DIY Lip Balm Recipes

So using this basic formula of lip balm recipe, we move on to different variations of lip balms. For now, I’ll be sharing my most trusted and appreciated top lip balm recipes, and you’ll get to know how to make lip balm at home with natural ingredients. Dive right in.

Soothing Chamomile Lip balm

Soothing Chamomile Lip balm

Chamomile has a soothing impact on the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

What you need:

Chamomile Tea                      1tea bag

 (grind it into a fine powder)

Castor oil                                 ½ tbsp

Coconut oil                              ½ tbsp

Bees Wax                                3 tbsp

Directions:

  1. Grind the chamomile tea into fine powder in an electric grinder.
  2. In a double boiler melt beeswax and stir in coconut oil plus castor oil.
  3. Take off from the flame and add the fine chamomile powder. Mix well and pour into lip balm tubes or containers.

Tinted Rosy Lip Balm

DIY Lip Mask for Red Lips

Rose essential oil is an excellent emollient; it works wonders by keeping dry skin hydrated and moisturized.

What you need:

Dried rose petals         1tsp

(powdered)     

Rose essential oil        10 drops

Castor oil                     2tbsp

Beetroot powder         ¼ tsp

Bees Wax                    2Tbsp

Vitamin E capsule       3

Directions:

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler, add dried rose petal powder, stir. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in castor oil, beetroot powder, rose essential oil and empty the vitamin E capsule into this mixture.
  3. Pour the rose lip balm into lip balm tubes.

Honey and Lavender Lip Balm

Honey and Lavender Lip Balm

Lavender and honey lip balm is an ideal choice for sunburned lips due to its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. The aroma from lavender helps relieve stress, migraines, and restlessness too.

Ingredients:

Coconut oil                   3tbsp

Honey                            ½ tsp

Almond oil                   1Tbsp

Beeswax                       2Tbsp

Lavender Essential oil 5 drops

Lip balm tubes or containers

Direction:

  1. Secure the lip balm tubes collectively in an upright position using a rubber band. This makes it easy to fill up.
  2. Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  3. Stir honey and almond oil into the mixture.
  4. Add essential oil and mix well.
  5. Pour the lip balm into lip balm tubes.

Easy Peppermint Lip Balm

Easy Peppermint Lip Balm

Peppermint has a cooling impact hence soothes chapped irritated lips. Furthermore, the aroma of peppermint helps with clearing congestion, incase you are looking for a lip balm for dry, chapped lips with a sore throat.

What you need:

White bees Wax                                 4Tbsp

Coconut oil                                         4Tbsp

Sweet Almond oil                             6Tbsp

Peppermint essential oil                 7drops

Lip tint Scrapings from your favorite lip color.

Directions:

  1. Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in Lip tint, almond oil, and peppermint essential oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into pre-set lip balm tubes or lip balm containers.

Raspberry lip balm

Raspberry lip balm

Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, raspberries lightens dark lips. It also shields your lips from ultraviolet rays. The red color of raspberries adds a tint to lip balm, resulting in rosy pink lips.

What you need:

Raspberries (freeze-dried)      1/3 c

Coconut oil                                 2Tbsp

Bees Wax                                   1Tbsp

Lemon Essential oil                 4drops

Lip balm tubes

Directions:

  1. Crush raspberries and strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  3. Stir in crushed raspberries and lemon essential oil.
  4. Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes. Seal the tube and turn it upside down to set. The raspberries tend to set down in the tube, this turning over distributes it evenly in the lip balm.
  5. If you prefer not to turn over the lip balm tube, it creates a beautiful gradient ombre effect.

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

Mint not only adds flavor but also has a soothing effect, whereas chocolate is packed with antioxidants and protects your lips from sunburn.

What you need:

Bees Wax                               2Tbsp

Coconut oil                            2Tbsp

Cocoa Powder                      1tsp

Sweet Almond oil                2tsp

Peppermint Essential oil    4drops

Direction:

  1. Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in cocoa powder, sweet almond oil, and peppermint essential oil.
  3. Pour the minty mixture into lip balm tubes or containers.

Beeswax Lip Balm

Beeswax Lip Balm

Rich in Vitamin A, beeswax rejuvenates your skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties; it is also used to heal wounds such as cracked feet with deep cuts, hence ideal for treating chapped lips

What you need:

Beeswax         2Tbsp

Coconut Oil     2Tbsp

Fine Glitter

(optional)

The essential oil of choice

Lip tint

(optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in lip tint; you can use scrapings from your favorite lip color or eye shadow, or you can use natural colorants like beetroot powder.
  3. Mix in Essential oil of your choice and add fine glitter or shimmer powder to up the lip balm game.

Agave Vanilla Lip Balm

Agave Vanilla Lip Balm

Known for its anti-aging properties, agave soothes irritations on the skin, heals wounds and keeps your skin hydrated.

What you need:

Shea butter                     1 ½ Tbsp

Walnut oil                       ½ tsp

Agave Syrup                   1tsp

Ginger Essential oil      2 drops

Coconut oil                     1Tbsp

Vanilla extract               5 drops

Directions:

  1. Melt Shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame and add walnut oil.
  2. Stir in Vanilla extract, agave syrup, and ginger essential oil.
  3. Pour the agave lip balm into lip balm tubes or containers.

Kool-Aid Lip balm

If you are looking for a fun craft project for the kids to pass long summer afternoons in peace, then you just found one. 

What you need:

Vaseline                   4Tbsp

Kool-aid                    1 Packet

Caster Sugar            1tsp

Lip balm containers

Directions:

  1. Scoop Vaseline out into a double boiler and melt it.
  2. Empty a Kool-aid sachet of your choice into the Vaseline and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add sugar while stirring constantly. Make sure the mixture is smooth and not grainy; this might take a while, though.
  4. Once the mixture is smooth, pour it into lip balm containers and place the sealed containers in the refrigerator to set for 5 to 10 hours.

Note: It is best to store Kool-Aid lip balm in a cool and dry place. This lip balm does not have a very long shelf life.

Tropical Citrus Lip balm

Tropical Citrus Lip balm

Citrus in grapefruits, lemon, orange, and lime improves your skin elasticity and lightens dark lips. Besides, the delicious aroma grapefruits prevent photosensitivity of skin hence reducing the chances of skin cancer.

What you need:

Sweet Almond oil                         2Tbsp

Shea Butter                                    2Tbsp

Mango Butter                                2Tbsp

Orange essential oil                     7 drops

Grapefruit seed essential oil     10 drops

Lemon essential oil                    10 drops

Lime Essential Oil                       3 drops

Directions:

  1. Melt Shea butter and mango butter in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in sweet almond oil and all the essential oils mentioned.
  3. Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or containers.

Plumping Lip balm

Plumping Lip balm

Clove essential oil helps breakdown dead cell and improves blood circulation. Clove, cinnamon, and peppermint essential oil collectively cause the lips to appear plump.

What you need:

Coconut oil                                   4Tbsp

Shea butter                                  4Tbsp

Clove essential oil                      5drops

Cinnamon essential oil             7drops

Peppermint essential oil          4drops

Directions:

  1. Melt Shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in clove, cinnamon, and peppermint essential oil.
  3. Pour the plumping lip balm into lip balm tubes.
  4. Use this along with other DIY lip plumpers to get fuller, plump lips.

Note: The plumping lip balm might cause slight irritation.

Essential Oil Lip Balm

Essential Oil Lip Balm

With essential oils, you have endless possibilities and combinations. Essential oils have a wide array of properties ranging from anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory to protection from UV rays and retaining moisture in the skin.

What you need:

Cocoa butter    1Tbsp                         

Beeswax           1Tbsp

Castor oil         1Tbsp

Essential oil     10 to 15 drops

(of your choice)

Lip tint as required

Directions:

  1. Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in castor oil, lip tint and essential oil of your choice.
  3. Empty the essential oil lip balm into lip balm tubes or containers.

Burt’s Bees Knock Out Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Knock Out Lip Balm

Before I dived into the world of DIY lip balms, I was (and still am) a huge fan of Burt’s bee lip balm. How could I not try out a DIY version of my favorite lip balm? This DIY of Burt’s Bees gurned out too be as close to the original one as possible.

What you need:

Beeswax          2Tbsp

Shea Butter     2Tbsp

Coconut oil      2Tbsp

Peppermint     15 drops

(essential oil)

Directions:

  1. Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the flame.
  2. Stir in peppermint essential oil.
  3. Empty the DIY Burt Bees lip balm into lip balm tubes.

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