DIY Burt's Beeswax Lip Balm




In looking for the perfect project that uses wax, we became strong bee-lievers in a money saving rendition on a classic favorite: Burt's Bees Lip Balm! At an average of $3-4 a tube, that stuff adds up to be pretty costly! So, as DIY beauty lovers and avid savers, we decided that creating a make-at-home lip balm that mimics Burt's Bees would be a fun way to save a little money and save a winter of chapped lips!

Step 1: Gather and Measure the Ingredients

Begin by gathering and measuring out all of your materials. We find measuring easier to do before because it gives you time to focus in mixing the ingredients later. We bought all of our ingredients off of, but if there is a cheaper option use that (and be sure to let us know in the comments)! Also, you can use any kitchen tools for this project that you want because if it's safe enough to put on your lips, it's safe enough to use the dishes after washing them!

- 3oz Coconut Oil
- 2oz Beeswax (we used the pellet form, but any form will do)
- 3/4oz Pure Shea Butter
- 1/4oz Pure Lanolin
- Rosemary Essential Oil (about 10-15 drops)
- Peppermint Essential Oil (about 25 drops)

- Lip Balm Containers/ Tubes (about 50)
- Pot or Pan (to melt the ingredients)
- Scale (to weigh ingredients)

Step 2: Melt the Ingredients Together

Begin by adding your beeswax to your pot or pan on medium high heat. Stir the beeswax until it's completely melted.

After the beeswax is melted, add the shea butter, coconut oil, and lanolin. When all of the ingredients are combined and melted add the essential oils.

To mask the scent of the lanolin, add the essential oils to the amount of your liking. Add more essential oils for a stronger taste and scent (because the essential oils are derived directly from the plant, the taste becomes stronger as the scent gets stronger).

Continue to mix the ingredients until the essential oils are evenly distributed.

Step 3: Pour Into Containers

Empty the contents of the pot into a smaller measuring cup that is easy to poor from. Another good option is to use an old medicine dropper, but be sure to work quickly as the lip balm hardens as it cools.

Fill the containers to the brim and allow them to cool before you cap it.

Step 4: Finish and Enjoy!

Your Burt's Bees Lip Balm is now ready to use, gift, or sell!

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    15 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I am looking forward to trying this. Thank you DIY for sharing this Lip Balm Instructions.


    2 years ago

    Please remember that beeswax does not keep outside of the freezer. It can go rancid. I had that happen to me and I didn't know it had gone bad as the smell nor taste doesn't change. My lips were getting all infected and puffy and then cracked during the day. I could barely speak and it was so painful. I didn't think my natural diy lip balm was the culprit. Then I found out from a health food store I should always keep the beeswax in the freezer and thaw out what I need the night before.


    2 years ago

    I have all the ingredients already at home except beswax...lanolin is a skin protected and Shea b utter works fast on dry skin...this should work very well.


    2 years ago

    What is the use of lanolin in this?


    2 years ago

    How much did this cost?


    3 years ago on Step 4

    Hey lovelies!

    I love this recipe - Very user friendly and basic for when you're just starting out.

    Quick question- What ended up being the consistency of your lip balm e.g oily, glossy, easy to spread etc?

    One last thing - For cheaper options than stinky Amazon, please go to It is what I use , and it is AMAZINGLY cheap, and has a huge range of stuff to choose from :)


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I love that you showed the process in details. I have this problem that when something isn't explained thoroughly my imagination goes wild and fills out the gaps with nonsense.

    this is a lovely idea! I am curious though as where were the lip balm containers purchased


    3 years ago

    Cool! Good job! Did you know you can also use this as skin cream and hair pomade? I made another instructable about this too!

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