DIY: Essential Lip Balm

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Everyone understands the frustration that comes from peeling, dry, cracked lips. Lip balm is one of the most common products we use to prevent this frustration and maintain soft and healthy lips, but did you know that many of them contain chemicals, artificial fragrances, alcohol, and salicylic acid that can actually irritate lips and cause dryness.

Say goodbye to commercial lip balms and go natural, your lips deserve it! These easy DIY lip balms are not only moisturizing, but healthy for your lips and your wallet!

What you need:

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1 ounce beeswax (around 3 tablespoons)
1 ounce coconut oil (around 2 tablespoons)
1/2 ounce shea butter (around 1 tablespoon)
1/2 ounce cocoa butter (around 1 tablespoon)
20 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
Large skillet/saucepan with water
Glass jar
Lip balm containers (some different containers are here, here, or here).

Optional: To add a tint of color to your lip balm, add a pinch of colored mineral makeup.

Note: If you want a harder lip balm, add an additional 1/2 ounce of beeswax. For an even softer lip balm, add an additional 1/2 ounce of coconut oil.


1- Line up empty containers on counter. If you are using a lip balm stick, make sure it is twisted down to the bottom of the tube.

Note: This recipe makes 3 oz. of lip balm. Make sure you have enough containers to hold all of it. This recipe will make 20 lip balm tubes, 12 small containers, or 3 large ones. You can always reduce the batch size by cutting the recipe in half.


2- Measure all butters and oils in the glass jar until you have the right amount.


3- Fill a large skillet/saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan to melt and combine ingredients.


4- Stir every few minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. (10-15 minutes)

Tip: Use a Popsicle stick to stir for easy cleanup.


5- Once all wax is melted, remove from heat and let sit for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes, add essential oils.


6- Pour mixture into lip balm containers. It’s okay if you spill, wax easily comes off plastic and counter-tops. Let the mixture cool and you’re done!

Note: If you would like to make tinted lip balm, save some of the mixture and move to step 7.


7- Add a pinch of colored mineral makeup until you get your desired color. Stir until combined.

Note: If the wax is too cool and begins to harden, put the glass jar back into the hot water and remelt the mixture. 


8- Pour the tinted lip balm into containers. Let cool and you’re done!

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This lip balm makes a great gift and can easily be customized. Change the color or the scent by using a variety of mineral makeup and essential oils.

If you don’t have time to make your own lip balm then dōTERRA’s Natural Lip Balm with Peppermint and Wild Orange essential oil is a fabulous alternative!

We want to see your results! Take a photo of your homemade creations using dōTERRA products and post on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #doterradiy for a chance to be featured!
dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Wellness Advocates. If you would like to locate a Wellness Advocate in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. Not a fan of peppermint, might want to exclude that. I wonder though…cinnamon essential oil, would it have a temporary plumping effect if added to a lip balm?

  2. Just wondering if you can pour directly from the measuring cup into the lip balm containers or is there another way to get it durectly into the container without spilling down the side??

  3. Also how about adding vegetable glycerin to keep the lips hydrated??? if so how much do you think would be good

  4. My recipe includes beeswax, coconut oil, and we have been playing with the use of jojoba, avocado, and sesame oils as the third oil. We also add vitamin e and that really makes a great lip balm. My friends and I have also played with oil blends, on-guard lip balm is great, another one that people seem to enjoy is peppermint, cilantro and lemon. Just have to play with it until you find what you like. We picked the additional third oil by what had some natural SPF properties in it since we all work outside.

  5. I used to make Lipbalm using sweet almond oil, beeswax and cake flavoring. I my kids loved it! I could not make enough of it when they were in school. I will be making some for my grandchildren . I have 8 so I will be making a whole lot!

  6. I made this, and it didn’t make the full 20 sticks, just 18. I measured every ounce, and it was all done correctly. Just sad to have 2 extra tubes and no chap stick in them..

  7. This recipe is wonderful, WOW, how great is this lip balm!

    I halved the recipe and had over 10 tubes of lip balm. Have received so many accolades on this.

  8. Make your own tray out of an upside down egg carton. Cut x’s in the bottom just big enough to fit your lip tubes. Press tubes down in. It holds them tight and makes them easier to fill. I did this with a cardboard egg carton and it worked great. Not sure how it would work with the Styrofoam. :)

  9. Just clarifying the recipe, is that liquid coconut oil or the solid version? I know it would make a difference in how hard/soft the mixture is.

  10. Katie: based on the first picture shown above (in the beginning of the blog post), I’m going to guess that this recipe uses extra virgin coconut oil, rather than fractionated coconut oil.

  11. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial. Can you recommend a substitute for the coconut oil please? I know it’s a miracle ingredient but I just can’t stand the smell of coconut. I know, go figure hey? Your advice would be appreciated. Cheers, Jane

  12. Hi, can you cut the recipe for only 2 tube of lip balm? Also what’s kind of oils for dry and chapped lip? Thanks

  13. I use zinc oxide powder for spf, and coconut oil is also a natural sunscreen. I also use mica mineral powders for coloring and additional spf protection. :-)

  14. I’ve just made these today and I absolutely love it. They smell and taste great, very moisturising too :-) Didn’t add any colouring this time, but might do next time, but did add a little bit of organic vitamin E to the recipe :-)

  15. Love this recipe! I use a special jar for each the products I make, lip balm, lotion bars etc. No clean up required that way. Simplify all areas of life!!

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