Introduction: Easy Homemade Coconut and Beeswax Lip Balm!

The easiest lip balm ever. Great for chapped lips and even as a hand salve! I've been using it as a lip balm all day, and on my hands at night.

And because it's made with coconut oil and beeswax, it tastes like honey and fresh coconut - you don't need any other flavorings!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • containers for lip balm - you can use tubes or pots, or even reused tins, like Altoid's Minis
  • glass measuring cup
  • small grater
  • yellow beeswax
  • coconut oil (I really recommend Dr. Bronner's - it smells the best!)
  • vitamin E oil
  • measuring spoons
  • chopstick or something similar for stirring
  • microwave
Keep in mind that the grater you use on the beeswax is going to get pretty messed up. You can get rid of most of the beeswax by pouring boiling water over the grater, but it's good to have a little one just for beeswax.

Also make sure that your hands and tools are clean before starting - you don't want to get any nasties in the balm.

Step 2: The Basic Formula

You can do any measurement you like, but I chose a teaspoon because it makes just enough for a tube of balm or a small pot.

Basic ratio:
  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part beeswax
  • a few drops of vitamin E

Step 3: The Vitamin E Oil.

Add a few drops of oil to the bottom of the measuring cup. Not only is it good for your skin, it will also help prolong the shelf life of the balm!

Step 4: The Coconut Oil.

Measure out two teaspoons or coconut oil, pressing it into and leveling the spoon. Scrape it all into the measuring cup.

Step 5: The Beeswax!

You'll need a teaspoon full of beeswax. I prefer to grate it on a sheet of parchment or freezer paper so that I can transfer it easily to the spoon.

Press the beeswax into the spoon until it's full. Make sure to really pack it in there! If you don't get the full amount, the balm will be softer and oilier. Which is not necessarily bad, and it makes a great hand cream... I learned a lot during my trial runs with this. :P

Step 6: Stir Everything Up and Microwave!

I tend to microwave 30 seconds as a time, take it out and stir, and then microwave again. Heat the mixture until the beeswax melts completely and the oil looks nice and golden.

Pour it into your container before it has time to set up!

Step 7: Down Time.

It'll take your balm a little while to set up - no more than a couple hours. Leave it out somewhere that no one will bother it and let it harden. The first two pictures are a few minutes in, the last two are an hour or so after.

Just make sure you can't feel any heat and that the balm is a nice cream color.

Step 8: Use It!

Works great on dry skin, lips, and the dreaded "tissue nose" that comes along with winter. When I was very sick a few weeks ago, it really helped heal my lips and nose without the burning you might get from other lip balms.

I can't vouch for how long it'll last, but I'm about a month in on my first batch and it's still wonderful and I'm getting low. As long as you use only oils and the vitamin E, you should have a decent shelf life. Just don't mix any water in there, because it can lead to mold and other gross things. :D

Comments

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IceQueen1981 (author)2014-04-16

I was wondering has anyone tried adding some essential oils?? I was thinking of adding a little bit but not sure how much to add!! Any ideas??

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Yep. You can use whatever you want, really. Just be careful because citrus scents increase your liklihood of getting sunburnt in that area. So use a small amount. In my lip balms I've used lemon and in others i've used peppermint. Peppermint should be used in small amounts too because it leaves a tingly sensation on your lips. A few drops usually does the trick!

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dsantil71 (author)thegoldolive2014-12-13

Peppermint or mint essential oil or extract can be added ingredients to plumping lipglosses & such.

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Ekincaidaz (author)dsantil712017-06-05

isn't cinnamon a natural plumper as well?

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PerryM1 (author)2015-08-13

I know this article is a bit old, but people may still end up here. One thing I wanted to pass on is that if you do add essential oils or flavour oil make sure that you add these after the mixture is finished heating. It is good to experiment with the amount of beeswax because you need different consistently for tubes vs pots. A balm too soft in a tube will not last very long and balm too stiff in a pot will not melt onto the finger you use to apply it to your lips. I modified the recipe to use cocoa powder and cocoa butter that gave me a lovely chocolate balm that was amazing with mint or peanut butter flavour oil. It is also great without any flavour oils. Unfortunately I am the kind of Cook that wings everything so I do not have a recipe to pass on. Besides using this as a hand salve it can also be modified to make solid perfume. One last idea. . . I usually make a good sized batch of the base and make what I need, then I put the remainder in silicone muffin tins until they harden, pop them out and wrap them in tin foil to save time on additional projects. I use a double boiler insert so I can make this on a stovetop which gives me a chance to eyeball the mixture and add extra beeswax or coconut oil to get the consistency I want. Making stocking gifts and shower or wedding favours are a snap with balm tube trays and no worries about the tubes falling over. Let your imagination run wild and have fun!

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SusanneT10 (author)PerryM12017-01-25

I would like to add to the idea of using a double boiler instead of a microwave to heat/melt your ingredients. A microwave is going to destroy all of the natural goodness in your beautiful natural oils & waxes!! Do NOT use a microwave to heat your ingredients please!

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RimbeyF (author)PerryM12015-10-28

Thank you for this! I look forward to using your advice when I make these!

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NadhirahS (author)2015-09-02

Hi, I have some problems with my DIY Lipbalm,, it won't harden after 10 hours.. I made no-beeswax lipbalm using this recipe:
- 2 tsp cocoa butter
- 1 tsp shea butter
- 1/4 ml Vit E Oil
- 1 ml Argan Oil
- 1 ml Rosehip Oil
Is there some ingredients I should not missed or something I could do to fix this?
Thank you so much..

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JamieT44 (author)NadhirahS2016-06-01

Beeswax will harden it.

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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mrblue96 (author)NadhirahS2016-03-28

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

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jessyratfink (author)NadhirahS2015-09-02

Sadly, the beeswax is needed for it to firm up.

Right now you have so much oil mixed with the butters that it will never harden if left alone. You may be able to double the butters and get it a little firmer, but it will always melt very easily!

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NadhirahS (author)jessyratfink2015-09-02

Thank you so much jessyratfink for the answer, I'm desperate to know why is it not harden..

There are no other wax available on my local store in indonesia, I could only get the organic beeswax for the best option.. So, how much beeswax should I put into my recipe to fix it?

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JLuong0802 (author)NadhirahS2015-12-25

Try about 3 tsp

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ClareM7 (author)NadhirahS2015-11-12

Try a ratio of about 1:1 oils/butters to wax and experiment from there!

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bb38106 (author)NadhirahS2015-11-27

A vegan alternative to beeswax would be Candelilla wax. It is made from the leaves of a shrub, so there are no animal origins to worry about.

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PerryM1 (author)NadhirahS2015-10-08

One thing to keep in mind is the oil (liquid) to solid (waxy) ratio. I am not sure what the reason to choose to craft without beeswax is, but the other ingredients are great. With the current ingredients you will get a wonderful lip GLOSS. Balm needs the stability of wax to set up. There are two other types of wax that come to mind, neither of which I would recommend (personal preference only). Paraffin wax: food grade but petroleum based. Candlelilla wax is a vegetable wax which some prefer to use instead of beeswax. Candelilla wax is very firm so getting the proportions correct is challenging,best estimate would be to use a little under 1/3 of the above recipe requirement for beeswax, because Shea and Cocoa butters have a stability to them as well. If 1/3 of the proportion is still not setting up, I would slowly increase the Candlelilla wax and not the butters. To test the stability I usually take a drop of my mixture and put it on a piece of foil and pop it into the freezer then swipe the solid sample across my lips to test the "feel". I also feel the container being used is important. Firmer balm is great for tubes and softer balm is better in a pot or jar container. Now I am off to make a small batch for the girls in my Dr.'s office! Happy Balming!

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SadinSa (author)NadhirahS2015-09-13

Different materials harden (become solid) at different temperatures. You can find out the melting point of all these materials you have used and might find that beeswax will have a melting point much higher than say cocoa butter or shea butter that is why beeswax helps harden the lip balm at room temperature. A simple study of ingredients' melting points will be a good start to determine what's the issue with your particular lip balm

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kela4 (author)2016-03-22

Lovely lip balm simple and great texture , wish I knew years ago how easy this is too make .

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espiricueta97 (author)2015-10-11

What if i use a mixture of
2oz Jojoba oil
2 oz emu oil
2oz vitamin e oil
4 oz coconut oil
How much beeswax should i use for the entire mixture ?

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JLuong0802 (author)espiricueta972015-12-25

5 oz

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JLuong0802 (author)2015-12-24

I'm making a burts bees type lip balm with 1.2 oz beeswax 2.4 oz coconut oil 1 drop vanilla extract 2 drops sweet almond oil 0.5 teaspoon Shea butter 0.5 teaspoon cocoa butter and a little bit of royal jelly

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JLuong0802 (author)2015-12-18

Is it solid?

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JLuong0802 (author)JLuong08022015-12-18

Can you reply because I'm going to make it

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melanie1975 made it! (author)2015-12-13

really easy to make and a fantastic lip balm for dry chapping lips, I love it :)

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MidnightSon made it! (author)2015-11-26

Thanks for this! Here's mine (pen for scale).
The container is not ideal, but that's all I had.
The content shrunk when it dried (which took less than an hour), and unstuck itself from the sides, which wasn't a big deal, but wasn't ideal esthetically either. I think to prevent that, you need to leave the container open while it dries. My mistake.
Otherwise, it's great! Made for a cool present.

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Shaebelle07 (author)2015-09-12

I want to make 50 lip balms...do I need to do one cup beeswax to two cups coconut oil?

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JackO5 (author)2015-07-29

Awesome! One question: How do you properly pour it? I am worried certain ingredients would 'harden' earlier, and/or sink to the bottom; giving me an uneven lip balm. Any way to prevent against this?

Also when I pour it into my tube it eventually sinks down- how do you properly 'top it off'?

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jessyratfink (author)JackO52015-07-31

I've never had any issues with the balm separating as it cools - as long as you're not adding a load of other oils, you should be fine! If you're really worried about it stir it really well right before you pour.

I normally fill it VERY full, so it's slightly bubbling above the top. If you go slow and easy, you can keep it domed.

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dyannedea (author)2015-06-17

Very successful! I used 1 part olive oil (infused with dried comfrey and strained), 1 part coconut oil and 2+ parts beeswax. The "+" was to compensate for the liquidity of the olive oil. And of course vitamin e, and I used a few drops of peppermint oil to offset the slight comfrey smell. It set very nicely in tubes, and smells nice too!

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SandyG3 (author)2015-05-18

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cindy.roy.16 (author)2015-04-11

I used equal parts beeswax and coconut oil with Vit E oil and a bit of honey and it turned out perfectly!

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MakaylaS1 (author)2015-04-05

Thanks for sharing! I was wondering if ther is a substite for beeswax?

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pallc (author)2015-02-17

Thanks for sharing the recipe jessicaratfink. I am going to make up a batch of this. I just ordered some beeswax and already have the other ingredients. I am thinking (though the shelf life may not be as long) about adding hemp oil also. I'm thinking I'll have to use less coconut oil or more beeswax. Was wondering about using ascorbic acid also to help the hemp oil version keep longer and the Vitamin C is not bad for the lips. I was also thinking a Vitamin B2 version also as I know some people like my Mom for one, benefit from B2 since when they are deficient they have lip chapping/cracking problems.

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tabi (author)2015-02-17

I add some cocoa butter too and it smells and feels great!

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RoseanneS (author)2015-02-12

I like to add essential oils...I intend to use my Thieves Oil for placing near the nasal passages to ward off the viruses and bacterias that are taken in through the nose....it WORKS. having it in a chapstick form will make it easier to use! I will most likely need more wax in order to keep it from being too soft.

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nikop1 (author)2015-02-07

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nikop1 (author)2015-02-07

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nikop1 (author)2015-02-07

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nikop1 (author)2015-02-07

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csamtorto (author)2015-01-09

can You use beeswas organic pastilles instead f the bars?

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pearson8519 (author)2015-01-02

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PlumBlossomLane (author)2014-09-27

I think the recipe should read 2parts wax to 1 part oil. Mine didn't even set up. Still liquid after 6 hours.

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Just a thought
there is a liquid and a solid coconut oil
I mixed them up by accident as well

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dsantil71 (author)SparkySolar2014-12-13

thanks for that tip bout the coconut oil. I have never bought any before. I thought it looked odd for an oil in the pics. So I need to buy the coconut oil that is solid.

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