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Easy DIY Lip Balm Recipe You Can Try At Home
Having dry AF lips is no joke. If there is one thing I would wish on my worst enemy, it’s permanently chapped lips — that’s how bad I think they are. If I also had a superpower, it would be having silky smooth lips at all times (and maybe telekinesis).
But you don’t actually need Avengers-level super skills to zap away your dry lips. Enter: lip balms, one of the best inventions known to mankind. I’d love it if one day I could wake up with a lifetime supply of lip balm products that never runs out. Not only are they necessary, but they’re affordable and very fun to collect.
I have at least four different kinds of lip balm-esque products with me on rotation: one that is just petroleum jelly (the OG lip moisturizer, fight me), another balm that’s tinted, and two other balm products with fun fruity flavors for good measure.
Since I’m cursed with chronically chafed lips, I go through tens of these little tubes of lip balm quite quickly. It’s not the best, money-wise or sustainability-wise (the more of them I throw out, the farther away I am from going zero-waste. Not cute). So when I discovered a basic recipe for homemade lip balm that works for me, I was more than happy to stick with it.
Why go for homemade lip balm?
If you’re someone who is particular about the ingredients of their beauty products, homemade recipes are a godsend. You’ll be using natural ingredients that you see yourself, so no worries about accidentally putting an allergen on a sensitive wound or unknowingly buying a recipe that’s not 100% vegan.
Is it cheaper to make your own lip balm?
The answer to this depends on how often you finish lip balm tubes. Since making natural lip balm at home means you’ll be concocting a large batch of the stuff at once, you’ll be able to save more if you actually use balm a lot. Otherwise, the recipe might go to waste. However, they do last an average of 6-12 months in shelf life.
Most chapstick brands cost around ₱150-200 a stick. This recipe makes 15 tubes and with the overall costs of the ingredients you’ll need, that lessens the price to ₱50 a stick. It’s like buying something in bulk, where you’ll get the most cost-efficient if you actually use everything. Otherwise, buying your regular lip balm in single packs is more convenient.
Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm With Just 4 Ingredients
Now, I know that plenty of “easy DIY recipes” aren’t actually so easy. But there’s a reason I’ve stuck with this for years. It’s a no-brainer DIY lip balm recipe that is not only super soft and soothing but keeps my lips soft throughout the day.
One thing I dislike about lip balm recipes I’ve tried, both commercial and homemade, is the sticky feeling that is supposed to feel “hydrating” but is actually just a bother. I’ve tried tweaking this recipe to find the right mix of moisturizing yet lightweight so you can eat, apply lipstick or tint, and do other things without a thick layer of lip balm sitting on top of your mouth.
My favorite part about this DIY lip balm recipe is how customizable it is. You can play around with different colors, flavors, and sizes to suit your mood. Below, we also showcase a few playful lip balm mixtures that you can experiment with.
Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to recreate this homemade lip balm recipe:
- 3 Tbsp. Beeswax Pellets
- 2 Tbsp. Shea Butter Oil
- 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or other liquid oil such as Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, or Grapeseed Oil.
- Your favorite Essential Oil (10-20 drops) or Flavor Oil (1/2 gram)
- Optional: Vitamin E oil & Raw Honey
Cosmetic-grade solid beeswax is also available, but it’s a bit of a hassle to make the ingredients melt yourself, and beeswax pellets dissolve so much easier.
For the equipment, we recommend using the following to make lip balm:
- Double boiler or Small Pot.
- Large metal spoon for stirring hot oils.
- Measuring spoons. To make lip balm, it helps to get the measurements down in order to perfect the final mixture and consistency.
- Lip balm tubes. You’ll need around 10-15 chapstick tubes for this recipe, which you can buy in bulk from an online store, grocery store, or repurpose old beauty products. It’s also important that your lip balm container can withstand heat, as you’ll be pouring hot liquid.
Step 1. Fill the glass bowl with around 2 inches of water. Heat it up, but don’t let it boil. Then, place the double boiler on top. Note: If you have solid coconut oil, heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds beforehand.
Step 2. Slowly melt the beeswax pellets, shea butter, and coconut oil (or sweet almond oil/olive oil/jojoba oil) with your metal spoon in 30-second intervals until they turn into a liquid state or are completely melted.
Step 3. Turn off the heat and remove your double boiler. Add in your essential oils or flavor oils, mixing well.
Step 4. Carefully pour the homemade lip balm mixture into your lip balm containers. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before using.
Fun DIY Lip Balm Recipes You Can Try
Once you’ve mastered the above recipe, you’ve unlocked a whole world of flavors and mixes you can try. The best part is they only need a tiny bit of tweaking, and the procedure pretty much remains the same.
DIY Rose Lip Balm
- Soy wax or beeswax
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
- Essential Oil of Choice
Minty Homemade Lip Balm
- Soy Wax or Beeswax
- Shea Butter
- Olive Oil/Coconut Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oils
Mango Butter Cocounut Oil DIY Lip Balm
- Soy Wax or Beeswax
- Shea Butter / Cocoa Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Peppermint Oil
Chocolate Chip DIY Lip Balm
- Shea Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Chocolate Chips
Coffee-Flavored DIY Lip Balm
- Almond Oil/Coconut Oil
- Coffee Essential Oils/Essence
- Vanilla Essential Oils
- Beeswax Pellets
Grapefruit Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
- Coconut Oil/Almond Extract
- Grapefruit Essential Oil Drops
- Beeswax or Soy Wax
There you have it! Now, achieving luscious lips just became a lot more fun. The best part of it all is that you get to make your own natural beauty products with natural ingredients: no additives, no alcohols, and no more chapped or dry lips. It’s a win-win situation.
Pro-tip: keep a small stock of your favorite oils and natural ingredients so you can make lip balm/s anytime. Bye forever, chapped lips. We won’t miss you.
Have a few tips yourself for making your own lip balms? Share them below! Also, do let us know if you want to read more content on DIY projects. We’d love to hear from you.
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Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.