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Easy homemade coconut and beeswax lip balm!

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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!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

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Measure out two teaspoons or coconut oil, pressing it into and leveling the spoon. Scrape it all into the measuring cup.
IceQueen19813 months ago

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??

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!

ssaeed61 month ago

What a wonderful recipe. I followed it to a T and got some truly amazing lip balm. I had tried one before with honey and beeswax but could never get the honey to be incorporated with the wax. THIS one is perfect...thanks for sharing.

emagin2 months ago

Thanks for this simple and effective recipe. Well done.

BEESWAX

I would only advise folks to carefully check the source of your beeswax and try to get it from a local beekeeper AFTER YOU ASK:
Do you treat your bees in any way with fungicides or other pest control methods?

Many commercial beeks put all kinds of junk in their hives to control pests (varroa and other nasties) which gets into the wax. Now, to be fair, bees will bring some things back to the hive from where they forage, and those things can get into the wax. But you had might as well get wax from naturally maintained hives.

lcolón shao4 months ago

Definitely going to give this recipe a try, especially since everyone seems to be using Beeswax. I use sheep wool wax (lanolin) and cocoa butter in mine.

Just did a quick DIY vid that shows the recipe and some nice container ideas at

For anyone looking for "recycled" containers, I think mint tins and empty skincare containers (like the small glass jars that eye and face cream sometimes come in) work well and are easily washable.

homemadejunky6 months ago
Does anyone have a line on recycled packaging materials for lip balm? I did check a previously posted link but unable to find anything recycled.

I was looking for a place to get lip balm tubes and came across this site while looking for a lip balm recipe.

https://www.thesage.com/catalog/LipBalmContainers.html The black containers state they are made from 100% recycled plastics. Pretty decent pricing as well.

reem2152 years ago
Where did you get the beeswax from?
I know you posted this a long time ago but...try your local farmers market. Search out local bee keepers. They are your best source for the best wax.
jessyratfink (author)  reem2152 years ago
I found a pound at Hobby Lobby, but there are lots of great places to get it online. Ive heard ebeehoney.com is good. :)
spylock8 months ago
I use the vitamin E gel caps,just clip the ends and squeeze it into your mixture.
Great recipe: clear and easy - thanks for that! I might give it a try this weekend.

I wonder if it would help to store the lip balms (if I go through all this trouble, I might want to make more than one at the same time) in the fridge?

Also: do you think essential oils like lavender can be added?
4sc4n101 year ago
What a great idea. I just clicked on the "add" button to my projects list :-). BTW, playing with wax (which has almost countless uses) I accidentally spilled melted wax in a Teflon pan, and it was a pain to remove safely, I mean without ruining the Teflon coating. So I heated waste vegetable oil inside it until wax melted and mixed in with the oil. Wax doesn't mix readily with a lot of things, except oil. So I could pour the mix in another container and simply wash the pan with water and a sponge to get rid of the rest of oil and wax.
Completely different topic, but do you know that Teflon is not that safe as a material to use on pans? Recently we got ourselves two new, ceramic pans to fry the eggs in. This was after DH read some scary reports online about Teflon being found in the bloodstream of people. Brrrrrrrr.
momoluv1 year ago
Cool
dallbrett1 year ago
Thanks so much! This is as easy as mac and cheese-out of a box! I just tried it with a few variations, and the end product is lovely!
megmaine2 years ago
You're a woman after my own heart. I actually make this, too, with a few differences. Never even thought of making an Instructable of it. Since mine is similar, but different in the details, maybe I will!

I love your fantastic food ideas, great photos, and the seeming synchronicity of ideas.
ristaupe2 years ago
I used to make my own lip balm and you can use Crayola crayons (they are non-toxic) to color your lip balm too. You need to add a little more oil to account for the extra wax.
If you have an empty childrens paste (glue) stick you can clean it out and fill it up with this balm recipe for easy application. ;-)
Coconut makes it all better. This site offers small containers and seem to have free samples.    http://www.containerandpackaging.com/item.asp?item=J002&gclid=CNCqwd-FvawCFcLAKgod6SuYpA     Hope that helps some folks.
jessyratfink (author)  MissouriVillian2 years ago
Thanks for linking to that! They seem to have good prices on all sorts of things I might need later. :D
Always happy to help. Thank you for so many good 'ibles.
BJCKidsX42 years ago
I might have to try this out! Seeing how I'd have to start from scratch with all the ingredients, any idea how much it might cost? A general estimate would be nice. Also, is there any way to put a slight blush or tint in?
jessyratfink (author)  BJCKidsX42 years ago
I would say around $25 for the beeswax, vitamin E and coconut oil - but the supplies will last a long time!

And I'll hopefully be posting more things to do with them. :)

If you want a bit of color, put a tiny bit of lipstick into the hot oil and stir it around.
ChrysN2 years ago
Nice and simple, I like that it doesn't have too many hard to find (or pronounce) ingredients.
jessyratfink (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Yep, me too! I wanted to be able to make it without using a scale and ten ingredients. :)
This is great. I actually have these ingredients at home right now! I never thought of using the coconut oil & was actually waiting to make balm until I had almond oil. Can't wait to try this now. AND brilliant idea using Altoid minis. I have had such a hard time finding good containers for this.
jessyratfink (author)  copycatfilms2 years ago
Thank you! The mini tins are just the right size. :)
Libahunt2 years ago
Those things have much longer shelflife than people tend to think. I made too many before last christmas. My ingrediens was beeswax and linseed (i think...) oil. Two small containers which were in the fridge are still fine. One that I have carried with me all this time - almost a year - the traces of the good thing that are left also smell fine. Of course northen european summer is not particulary hot. Only one that was kept in a bathroom that is bit warmer than normal roomtemperature, that started to smell bad. Old oil and fresh oil have distinctively different smells, you will know when it's not okay anymore. Probably it wouln't harm you anyway, just isn't so yummy.
jessyratfink (author)  Libahunt2 years ago
Oh, I never would have thought to keep it in the fridge. I might do that to prepare for the always occurring cooking burns. :)