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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!

Round metal tin of homemade lip balm.

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!

HOW TO MAKE 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:

Coconut oil, essential oil and beeswax to make homemade DIY lip balm.

LIP BALM CONTAINERS:

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 like these, since the shallow wide tins allow me to use the balm as cuticle oil, too.

Homemade lip balm and a stack of metal lip balm containers with fresh mint.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • 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 best!
  • 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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5-Minute DIY Lip Balm

This easy homemade lip balm only requires 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep!
Cook Time5 mins
Cooling Time3 hrs
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: DIY lip balm, homemade lip balm, lip balm recipe
Author: Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax
  • 12 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil

Instructions

  • Melt coconut oil and beeswax in a pourable glass measuring cup in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • Add essential oil and pour into empty lip balm tubes or pots.

Notes

This recipe makes about 15-20 tubes of lip balm, or 4 (2-ounce) containers of lip balm.
HELPFUL TIPS:
  • 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 best!
  • 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!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

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    1. 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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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. 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.