Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Lip Balm

By kristinabjornbak | Category: Healthy Living, It Worked 4 Me, Recipes & Kitchen Tips

I want to thank Kristina for this great guest post on how to make your own homemade lip balm!  ~Heather

After having some trouble finding an all natural lip balm that I liked, I started looking around at lip balm recipes.  I was floored by the amount of ingredients in some of them.  Five ingredients?  Ten???  The cost just to set up was staggering.  Not only that, many of the ingredients I would use only for the lip balm, making the cost seem even more dizzyingly high.  I just wanted something easy, something simple, something natural.  That’s why I was delighted when I stumbled upon Green Bee‘s recipe for homemade lip balm.  Super quick, super easy, and only three natural ingredients!

Of course, like most recipes I find, I modify them just a bit as I see fit.  Below you find my slightly modified recipe for a nice mildly minty lip balm.


  • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
  • 2 and 3/4  teaspoons sweet almond oil (not bitter almond oil!)
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Materials needed:

  • 2-3 lip balm tubes
  • small pot
  • Pyrex or heat resistant 1 cup measuring cup

Step one:

Grate the beeswax, then measure out 2 tsps.  Place in your measuring cup along with the oil.  Mix together.

The original recipe called for melting the wax mixture in a double boiler.  I don’t have one, so I get around it the same way I do when I make lotion: add water to the small pot, then place the whole measuring cup carrying the wax and oil mixture into the pot.  There should be enough water on the outside of the measuring cup in the pot to go a little above the wax/oil mixture line.  Place pot with measuring cup on the stove and heat on medium/low until melted, stirring occassionally.

Step two:

Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and add 5 drops peppermint essential oil.  Stir.  Now you are going to fill the tubes, but be very careful!  Remember you are handling hot oil and melted wax!  I suggest holding the lip balm tubes with pliers so you don’t spill on your hand.  My husband was kind enough to make me an impromptu holder out of a piece of scrap wood.  Pour melted mixture into lip balm tubes most of the way, but don’t fill all the way yet.  Allow to sit for a minute or two because as it cools, a divot will form in the center.  After a few moments, fill the rest of the way.  This will give you a nice smooth top.

filled most of the way up

filled the rest of the way up after a short settling time

Step four:

Allow to cool for 20 minutes or so, then you’re done!

Don’t want to take the time to make your own lip balm but love the idea of having something natural to put on your lips?

The Peppermint Lip Balm that Heather offers on Mom 4 Life is affordable at just $2.99 with free shipping and consistently gets great feedback from moms (just check out the reviews in the product listing).

The ingredient list has the following natural and safe items:

Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Peppermint Oil

Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012

13 Responses to “Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Lip Balm”

  1. Is there a way to substitute the almond oil?


  2. i would assume you could use coconut oil?


  3. The original recipe said you could pretty much use whatever oil you wanted. http://greenbeesbees.blogspot.com/2008/09/homemade-lip-balm.html


  4. Where can you get the lip balm tubes?


  5. I bought them from Mountain Rose Herbs http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/supply/misc.html
    They are 30 cents each. The recipe makes 2-3 tubes.


  6. Wow thank you for this super simple how-to! I have to say that I’m also in love with the Mom 4 Life Peppermint Lip Balm as in my early weeks of pregnancy I often got it out and sniffed it to help ease my queasiness.


  7. Gotta say, I love Mom4Life’s lip balm as well!

    That looks like a fun project to do with my girls.


    Kristina B. Reply:

    @Kendra, So we’re clear, this isn’t the exact same as the M4L lip balm, but it is very similar. :)


  8. Nice one! I think that it is good that you made your own lip balm. Other cosmetics causes allergic reactions, I’m gonna follow your recipe and make one right now! For coloring what would you recommend?



    Kristina B. Reply:

    @Madeline, I’ve never experimented with colors, but left un-colored, it makes a nice creamy shade.


  9. I like the home-made lip balms. I hope I would be able to create one. I just usually wear the usual lip gloss or lipstick from the store. Around how much does it cost you to make 1 lip balm at home?

    Thanks for the info!


    Kristina B. Reply:

    @Dannilyn Bratt, It’s hard to say exactly, as I buy these particular ingredients in larger quantities because I use them for other things besides lip balm. But, I’d say if I did the math, under $1, but keep in mind that you probably won’t be able to buy *only* the amount needed for one (i.e., you probably can’t buy 5 drops of peppermint or 2tsp of beeswax).


  10. I love this recipe. I wasn’t aware that I can make my own lip balm. I really appreciate the thought that you’ve shared. I’ll definitely make one.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Anya Ty


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