Make: Lip Balm

When an idea pops into my head, I find it really difficult to let it go. This homemade lip balm recipe is a prime example of what happens when I get fixated on an idea. It wasn’t in an effort to save money or have more lip balm—I’m already a lip product junkie—but rather to challenge myself.

It took some playing around before I was satisfied with the finished product. I quickly learned that beeswax is a complimentary ingredient and should be used sparingly. Next time I try this recipe I’ll use Shea butter, which I truthfully had trouble finding. It must have been in one of the three stores I combed through to get the ingredients; I’m sure you could find it at your local health food store.

Homemade Lip Balm | Yarn, Things, Etc.

I enhanced my lip balm with a bit of lipstick that I was finished with, creating more of a lip tint. This step is completely optional, but I found it a great way to use up colours that I found to be a bit too bold.

Homemade Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Balm | Yarn, Things, Etc.

Total Time: 15-20mins


  • Coconut Oil or Shea Butter
  • Beeswax
  • Spearmint or flavoured essential oil
  • Lipstick (optional)

Other Materials:

  • A small, shallow container to hold the lip balm


  • Combine 2 parts coconut oil/Shea butter and 1 part beeswax in a microwave safe container (a small Pyrex measuring cup works best)
  • Microwave the coconut oil/Shea butter and beeswax mixture in 20 second intervals until melted
  • Add a drop of essential oil to the mixture
  • Optional: Add a small piece of lipstick to tint the mixture (you may have to re-melt at this point)
  • Pour into your container of choice

*Note: If you feel uncomfortable using a microwave, the mixture can also be melted in a small saucepan on medium heat—however I found that method to be extremely messy.

Happy making!


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