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With just 3 ingredients and a microwave, you can whip up this easy, indulgent 5-Minute DIY Lip Balm recipe. It’s an affordable, all-natural, homemade gift for you or your loved ones!

A small round metal tin of homemade lip balm, shown with fresh mint leaves.
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients for Homemade Lip Balm
  2. Best Containers for Homemade Lip Balm
  3. Tips for Homemade Lip Balm
  4. 5-Minute Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
  5. More Gift Ideas You’ll Love

Whether you’re looking for a special Mother’s Day gift for that lady in your life, an end-of-school teacher’s treat, or a fun stocking stuffer for the Christmas holiday, this easy homemade lip balm recipe is the perfect solution!

Since it’s made with just 3 all-natural ingredients, it’s also safe for kids!

Ingredients for Homemade Lip Balm

I kid you not — this homemade DIY lip balm only requires 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of hands-on time.

You just need:

A jar of coconut oil, a small bottle of Peppermint essential oil, and a bar of organic beeswax - the main ingredients needed to make homemade lip balm.

Best Containers for Homemade Lip Balm

You can store your DIY lip balm in any type of container that you prefer. You might like:

I like to make my lip balm in 2-ounce round metal tins since the shallow, wide tins allow me to use the balm as cuticle oil, too.

Homemade lip balm in small round metal tins. One tin has the lid removed, revealing the light yellow colored lip balm. Fresh mint leaves sit beside the tins.

Tips for Homemade Lip Balm

  • I love the refreshing scent of mint-flavored lip balms, so I opted to use peppermint essential oil. If you want a bright flavor to perk you up, a citrus flavor (like lemon) would be perfect. Want a nighttime, soothing balm? Lavender essential oil is your best bet!
  • Have all of your supplies set up and ready to go before you start working. You don’t want to be messing around looking for anything once you start melting the wax.
  • Work over a towel, paper towels, or old rags. You don’t want wax to drip on your nice countertops!

These lip balms would be the perfect addition to a Mother’s Day care package, or a great way to show your girlfriends that you’re thinking of them. During the winter holidays, they make a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or teacher appreciation treat.

Homemade lip balm is practical, indulgent, easy, and affordable. The perfect gift!

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4.88 from 16 votes

5-Minute Homemade Lip Balm

Make this easy homemade lip balm with only 3 ingredients! This DIY lip balm is perfect for gifting and can be made with your favorite essential oil.
Cook Time5 minutes
Cooling Time3 hours
Total Time5 minutes
Keyword: DIY lip balm, homemade lip balm, lip balm recipe
Author: Blair Lonergan




  • Melt coconut oil and beeswax in a pourable glass measuring cup in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • Add approximately 12 drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Pour the liquid lip balm into your container of choice and let cool until hardened, at least 3 hours.


This recipe makes about 15-20 tubes of lip balm, or 4 (2-ounce) containers of lip balm.
  • I love the refreshing scent of mint-flavored lip balms, so I opted to use peppermint essential oil. If you want a bright flavor to perk you up, a citrus flavor (like lemon) would be perfect. Want a nighttime, soothing balm? Lavender essential oil is your best bet!
  • Have all of your supplies set up and ready to go before you start working. You don’t want to be messing around looking for anything once you start melting the wax.
  • Work over a towel, paper towels, or old rags. You don’t want wax to drip on your nice countertops!

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  1. Jenny says:

    I could use some of this right now! I bet it smells amazing too!

    1. Blair says:

      It definitely does, Jenny! Thanks! 🙂

      1. Ally says:

        How long does it last? Will it go bad?

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Ally! I honestly don’t know! It lasts quite a long time — many months — but I’ve never kept it around long enough to watch it go bad. 🙂

          1. Sammi says:

            Also, I prefer to work over a cookie sheet so I can scrape up what I spill & reuse the spillages. ????

        2. Clarice says:

          It keeps for Over a year. You can seal oil you have left and just take out cupboard (dark) and use to make more as in when. Merry Christmas x

  2. Lily Lau says:

    5 stars
    I’m addicted to lip balms, I have like hundreds! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Me too, Lily! Love ’em! 🙂

      1. Rachael says:

        Appeiciate it dear

  3. Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes says:

    Looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

  4. Anna @ Sunny Side Ups says:

    I am so doing this!! Essential Oil chapstick is my favorite, but it can be expensive, and this looks so easy to make! 🙂 Love it!

    1. Blair says:

      Do it, Anna! You’ll love it! 🙂

      1. Josh says:

        So the photo shows refined coconut oil, but the Amazon link is for virgin. Does it matter?

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Josh! I don’t think that it matters. 🙂

          1. Melissa says:

            Hi there- can I use unrefined coconut oil?

          2. Blair Lonergan says:

            Hi, Melissa! Yes, that should be fine!

        2. Jen says:

          Refined coconut oil will not smell like coconuts and virgin will. It’s your personal preference as to which you choose, either will work. If you accidentally use fractionated coconut oil, you’ll need to experiment by adding a bit more beeswax until you get the right consistency. Fractionated coconut oil is processed so that it stays liquid at room temp, whereas normal coconut oil is a soft solid at room temp.

  5. Sarah J says:

    Popping over from Merry Monday =) I love homemade gifts! This has been on my to do list for a bit now… just gotta go get the beeswax. Thanks for inspiring! Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 8pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Sarah! Definitely give it a try!!

  6. M says:

    How do you measure 3 tablespoons of beeswax if it comes in a bar? Do you melt it first? Can you reuse the wax you melted but didn’t use if you accidentally melt more than 3T? Just wondering how that works. Thanks!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, M! I don’t know if there’s a “correct” way to do it, but I eyeballed 1 tablespoon (kind of like when I’m slicing off 1 tablespoon of butter from a stick). I then melted it, measured it, and discarded any extra. By eyeballing the measurement, I didn’t have too much leftover, so I didn’t try to save it. I honestly don’t know if you can reuse the wax once it cools and hardens again. I would think so (kind of like reusing coconut oil), but I’m no expert! 🙂

      1. Sammi says:

        Yes you can save the extra melted wax. Just let it cool & harden then keep with the rest of your beeswax until ready to use.

      2. Rita says:

        You can buy beeswax pastilles Blair and I was wondering when done is it hard to the touch or soft applicable. Usually I add Shea butter.

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Rita! It’s pretty hard — not soft like Vaseline. 🙂

    2. Pam Cook says:

      Hi. You can shave it like cheese, or buy it already in small bead form. I used that because it’s so easy if it’s already shaven or shred. Hope this helps. By the way, the wax just seems to harden the same as it was in whatever shape your dish is.

      1. Blair says:

        Great tips! Thanks, Pam!

  7. Bobbie Williams says:

    I have honey combs how do I get the wax out ?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Bobbie! I have no idea! 🙂 I’ve never worked with honey combs…I just buy the wax in blocks.

    2. Sammi says:

      Once you have removed as much honey as you can from the honeycomb (beekeepers use a spinner to spin the honey out) melt the remaining honeycomb. I like to use a cast iron pan on low heat. As the wax melts, the impurities will settle to the bottom. You can the use the clean wax off the top or pour the clean wax into muffin tins for later use. Discard the “dirty” wax by pouring onto newspaper to let it harden then toss into the trash.

      1. Sammi says:

        Once the wax is poured into muffin tins, you may need to heat the tin slightly to remove the wax muffins.

  8. Coda says:

    5 stars
    Can you tell me how long the balm will last?

    1. Blair says:

      At least a few months, but maybe even more Coda! 🙂

  9. Maddy says:

    Approximately how much does it cost to get everything needed to make it?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Maddy! I’m not sure — if you just buy the bottle of peppermint oil it can cost anywhere from $10-30 but it lasts FOREVER and can be used for zillions of other things. The beeswax is about $6 (for a lot of it) and the coconut oil is about $10 for a lot of it. That gives you way more of those ingredients than you need for just the lip gloss, though. You can use a variety of different containers, but the version that I bought and linked to in the post is about $14 for 8 tins. Hope that helps!

  10. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Hi. I was just wondering if you could use an extract instead of an essential oil?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Jennifer! I’m honestly not sure how that would work since I have never tried it myself. It might be fine, since I know that extract is a fine replacement for the oil in some recipes. BUT, since the products are very different in composition (oil versus a liquid with alcohol), it might affect the consistency of the lip balm in this particular project. I’ve just never experimented. 🙂

  11. Jessica says:

    I don’t have a microwave. Could I make this on the stove?

    1. Blair says:

      Definitely! You just need to melt the ingredients, so any heat source should work! 🙂

      1. Jennifer says:

        5 stars
        After making today, I would upt for a pourable container, such as a metal measuring cup? I opted for a 2:1 ratio and added some vitamin E. I think next time, I’ll try a 3:1 ratio or add more Vitamin E, but am in love with this recipe! It was super easy. Thanks!

        1. Blair says:

          Great suggestions, Jennifer! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  12. Sharon says:

    4 stars
    Tis recipe is nice and solid. Thanks!

    1. Sharon says:

      4 stars
      *This! And I also wanted to say, thanks for the links even if some are affiliate, they’re useful!

      1. Blair says:

        Thanks, Sharon!

  13. Lori says:

    How long does this take to set up or harden after it is poured?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Lori! Not too long. Maybe an hour or so?

  14. Renee says:

    I just have a stick of beeswax. How do I know how much 3 tablespoons is?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Renee! It will depend on how big your stick is. It’s kind of like butter — sometimes there are little markers on the solid stick (or wrapper) to tell you how much it is. If not, I would go ahead and melt the stick and then measure the melted wax with a tablespoon measure, just as if you were measuring melted butter or oil. 🙂

  15. Madi says:

    Hey Blair,
    This is a Lovely idea.

    I’ve been looking for something to do with the coconut oil I have. Thanks for the inspiration

    Also i’m enjoying reading the content on your site, your recipes are amazing.


  16. Madi says:

    Hey Blair,
    This is a Lovely idea.

    I’ve been looking for something to do with the coconut oil I have. Thanks for the inspiration

    Also i’m enjoying reading the content on your site, your recipes are amazing.


  17. Madi says:

    Hi Blair,
    This is a wonderful idea.

    I’ve been looking for something to do with my leftover coconut oil. Thanks for the inspiration

    Also i’m enjoying reading the content on your site, your recipes are amazing.


    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Madi! Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy that lip balm! 🙂

  18. Michelle ` says:

    5 stars
    My friend an I just made this recipe almost exactly. We read the comments and answers prior… we seen a question asking about using vanilla extract instead instead of essential oils. Like I said we followed this exact recipe… we tried it with 100% pure vanilla extract and an essential oil. The results with both are the same.
    This is an amazing recipe! My lips were chapped when we made the balms… as soon as I applied the balm to my lips I could feel the instant results. As well… it stays on after taking a drink too!
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    Michelle and Cindy

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome! Such a great tip to use the vanilla extract, Michelle. Now I want to try it! 🙂

      1. Teresa says:


        If I wanted to make a Lavender Vanilla balm, would you recommend 6 drops of Lavender oil and 6 drops of vanilla extract?

  19. Teresa says:

    I read a comment that vanilla extract worked. Was thinking of a vanilla lavender balm. Would you suggest 6 drops of each?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Teresa! I haven’t tried the vanilla extract myself, so I have no idea how much would work. I think that 6 drops is a safe bet, though. I also think that you can use anywhere from 6-12 drops of lavender, depending on how strong you want that flavor to be. If you just want a mild lavender, then I would go with 6. Increase from there, as you like! 🙂

      1. Teresa says:

        Thanks Blair! And sorry! I scrolled through and couldn’t find my post so I asked again ????

        1. Blair says:

          No worries — I hope that it works well for you! 🙂

  20. Lillian says:

    I have a question about the coconut in the lip balm. My niece is allergic to coconut can you use a different kind of oil in place of it?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Lillian! I wouldn’t know what to suggest instead of the coconut oil. The coconut oil is solid at room temp, which helps the lip balm solidify. I’m not sure what the texture would be like if you used a different oil.

  21. Chenden Chee says:

    Hi Blair, just at the right moment. The hamattan here has subsided so I might not need it as much. But This will definitely be useful when it comes back around.

  22. Alexandra says:

    5 stars
    Do you melt the beeswax and coconut oil first and then measure for their respective quantities? How do you measure out the beeswax when it’s in it’s solid form (same with coconut oil)?


    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Alexandra! You could do it either way, depending on what’s easiest with your ingredients.

      I do not melt the ingredients in order to measure them. I scoop the coconut oil with a tablespoon measure, as though measuring shortening or butter for a recipe. It can still be spooned when it’s in solid form.

      The beeswax that I use is sold in little 1 ounce bars. That makes it easy to measure before melting, because a 1-ounce bar is equal to 2 tablespoons melted (so I need 1.5 bars for 3 tablespoons melted).

      Hope that helps, and enjoy!

    2. Nancy says:

      Hi could you possibly half the recipe to make less? If so how much of each ingredient please?

      1. Blair says:

        Sure! You would need 2.5 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1.5 tablespoons of beeswax, and 6 drops of essential oil. 🙂

  23. Morgan says:

    Hi! I don’t have beeswax bars, I have beeswax pastilles (tiny pellet things, ha). What would be the equivalent amount to use for this recipe? Thank you!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Morgan! I haven’t used the pellets myself, but I would just try measuring them with a tablespoon measure. Once melted, just make sure that it’s equal to 3 tablespoons, and then melt more (if necessary) to get it to the right amount.

  24. Jennifer Duke says:

    Looks great and I’ve never thought of it doubling as a cuticle oil too.Interesting.

  25. Erica says:

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing.

  26. Marilyn says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this!!! What can you use to add some color for the tube lip balm??? Thanks!!!!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Marilyn! I’m so glad that you’ll try it! Unfortunately, I’ve never experimented with adding color to the lip balm, so I have no idea what to suggest. 🙂

    2. Kelly Jackson says:

      Marilyn in regards to your question about adding color to the lip balm, I found some lip powder at Hobby Lobby by Life of the Party. You only have to add a little bit & it comes in a pack of two for $2.99. I found this in the aisle with the lip balm containers & beeswax. Hope this helps.

  27. Roy says:

    Measuring Beeswax
    Usually there is a great difference between the liquid volume of an ingredient and its dry weight. This is not true of beeswax. Example: 1 ounce weight of solid beeswax is equal to 1 ounce liquid measurement of melted wax. The following chart can be used to measure beeswax as a solid or as a liquid.

    Melted beeswax or liquid measure= Solid wax or Dry Weight
    1 Tablespoon melted beeswax or liquid measure=1/2 ounce solid wax or dry weight
    2 Tablespoons or 1 ounce= 1 ounce
    1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons = 2 ounces
    1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons= 4 ounces or 1/4 pound
    1 cup or 16 tablespoons = 8 ounces or 1/2 pound
    2 cups or 16 ounces= 1 pound or 16 ounces

    The liquid displacement formula

    Solid beeswax can be measured by displacing liquid. For example, to measure 1 Tablespoon beeswax use the following method.

    Since 4 tablespoons of liquid equal 1/4 cup, add 3 tablespoons of water to a clear measuring cup. Add lumps of solid wax until the water reaches the 1/4 cup line. Pour off the water. The remaining wax equals 1 tablespoon. Set the wax aside to dry before using it in any formula.

    I hope you find this information as useful as I did.

  28. Lisa says:

    WOW ! Thanks for the amazing tips.

  29. Elaine says:

    How does this lip balm hold up in warmer temperatures? I’d like to make it and give it away but I know that people are prone to leaving it in cars and/or purses and it gets hot. Is there an ingredient to stabilize it so it doesn’t melt easily?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Elaine! I haven’t tested it in extreme heat (like a hot car in the summer), but I would compare it to similar beeswax-based lip balms. There’s nothing special in there to stabilize it, so it will melt if it gets hot enough, but it’s very firm at room temperature (so it won’t turn into a melted mess right away). Hope that helps!

  30. Petunia says:

    5 stars
    This is so cool! I love bees wax crafts! Is it ok to use a plastic container?

    1. Blair says:

      Yes, the plastic container should be fine — as long as it’s thick and sturdy to withstand the heat of the wax at first. 🙂

  31. Faruk says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great tips

  32. Adam says:

    5 stars
    I really liked it, perfect little DIY to do at home!

  33. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    I tried this with my sons the other night and it was so easy to do. The first scent of essential oil we tried was sweet orange, but unfortunately the scent is not strong so it doesn’t really smell like anything. I also made a lavender one which the scent is much stronger but I added a few more drops of essential oil than the recipe called for. I would keep making this because it’s so simple and it really moisturizes your lips with a very thin layer and lasts a while.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Jessica! I’m so glad that you like it!

  34. angeles mtz says:

    5 stars
    me encantó, y a mi hija de 4 años también 😀

  35. Giovanna says:

    Hi, I am just wondering if I have to use Young Living essential oil? Or is it any 100% pure essential oil is fine? Thanks 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Giovanna! Any pure essential oil will work! 🙂

  36. Giovanna says:

    Thanks Blair! I made the lip balm and it is amazing! Perfect gift for friends!!!

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! 🙂

  37. Sue says:

    I wonder if food coloring would work for coloring the wax.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Sue! I don’t know — I haven’t tested that.

  38. Patricia says:

    This looks like a fun project to do with my daughter. How long will the balm last if stored at room temperature? We made a face wash with coconut oil that went bad after a few months.But that stayed in a moist bathroom. Any hints on keeping it fresh? Thanks.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Patricia! I’m not sure when this balm expires. I’ve stored it in my kitchen drawer and it lasted many, many months, though.

      1. Marisa says:

        Can I use beeswax pellets? Would I just literally measure 3 Tbsp of the pellets and then melt?

        1. Blair Lonergan says:

          Hi, Marisa! I haven’t worked with the pellets, but yes — I think that would work fine!

  39. Sarah Hamilton says:

    5 stars
    Lovely lip balm

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thanks, Sarah!

  40. Nicole says:

    What labels do you use for each kind of container? And how do you keep the ink from bleeding or dissapearing?

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Hi, Nicole! You might try the labels that are made for canning jars. Just use a fine-tip Sharpie and the ink shouldn’t bleed.