DIY Lip Balm

Buying beauty products is just as confusing as buying food.

Burt's Bees lip balms, as just one example, claim to be sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and petrochemical-free. That sounds pretty good, right? Well, guess what else is in it? Some ingredients that I can't pronounce. Oh, and both soybean oil and canola oil. Gross. Those are not healthy oils at all. Just because you aren't eating them doesn't mean they aren't absorbed into your body. To make your own lip balm you only need:

5 tsp. sweet almond oil
7 tsp. coconut oil
3 tsp. beeswax
8 drops essential oil

2 1-oz. tins/containers
1 mini dropper (optional, but recommended)

Put the almond oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a small saucepan and heat it over low just until the beeswax melts. Turn off the heat and add the essential oil of your choice. Pour the liquid into the lip balm tins; the mini dropper makes this much easier. Set the lip balms aside to cool before putting on the lids.


Cost of one stick of Burt's Bees lip balm (0.15 oz.): $3.00
Cost of two tins of homemade lip balm (2 oz.): $1.28
You would need to buy 13 tubes of Burt's Bees to equal the 2 ounces that I made. That would cost $39 compared to $1.28 for homemade!


  1. Great recipe, Cristina! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Can't wait to try! Where did you buy your beeswax and tins?

  3. I got the beeswax from my local food co-op but you can usually get it at most health food stores or farmers markets.
    The tins, as well as the sweet almond oil and mini dropper, are from Mountain Rose Herbs (

  4. Thanks so much!! Love your blog!

  5. What a price difference! I usually end up losing my stick of lip balm so it probably costs more. Definitely going make this.

  6. Have you tried putting this in chapstick tubes? I made my own chapstick with coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax (and love it) and just wondered how solid this is in comparison...

  7. I wondered how firm this is as well. I'm looking for a recipe that holds up well in a tube. I have tried a few in tins, and love them, but would like to try tubes next.

  8. Awesome post. Thanks so much for sharing. I found you on Frugal Days Linky Party.

  9. Can you leave out the essential oil...or would it not taste good?

  10. @Janel, you can leave out the essential oil. It will be fine.

  11. Love this idea. Going to give it try. I am so pleased that I found this page through Crafty Gemini.

  12. Any ideas on how to add sun protection? I live in Florida and really need some protection. Thanks. I really look forward to making my own lip balm.


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