Several weeks ago I posted about my DIY lip balm on my Instastories and a few of you commented with questions, so I decided to make it again and make the instructions more clear. Don’t worry, I’m not turning Gracefulface into a DIY blog, this was just a fun little side project that is VERY easy and anyone can do it. I archived the full Instagram Story in my profile (only viewable on mobile) under the highlights, so if you want to see exactly what I did to make this batch through pictures and video, please go check it out!
These balms are wonderfully emollient, all-natural, and not to toot my own horn, but I really think they’re superior to what you can buy at the drugstore. One recipe makes 12 tubes, and with the size of the raw materials, you can make a LOT, so it’s very economical too. These make great gifts and people are always really interested in hearing about what’s in them.
I used a Bite Beauty lipstick (a new unused one for hygienic purposes) to lightly color the lip balm but you don’t have to color it at all. If you want to add your own colors, you’ll need to buy specific pigments for this that are oil-soluble, so using a lipstick is much easier. I used a half-pea size amount and it gives a pretty tint to the lip balm in the tube, but not enough that it shows up on the lips.
There’s no water in this recipe, so these lip balms should be self stable, but you probably shouldn’t keep these lip balms longer than about a year, or the oils in them may go rancid. Check what the expiration dates are on the raw butters and oils you used, and don’t use the lip balm any longer than the shortest expiration date.
What You Need
I’m linking to the exact products I ended up using. This is just a fun hobby for me, so I didn’t buy huge sizes – just what I could find that was reasonably priced on Amazon.
For the essential oils, I just bought what was accessible and inexpensive, but some people will tell you that you should only go through organic and extremely reputable essential oil brands for anything that could potentially end up in your mouth. While I haven’t purchased through them, Rose Mountain Herbs has a good reputation and reasonable prices.
Note: Below, these are affiliate links to Amazon, which means I get a small commission if you buy through these links, at no additional cost to you.
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 2 tbsp beeswax pellets
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil
- 1 tiny piece of lipstick (I used a Bite Beauty lip crayon)
- 10-20 drops of food safe essential oils (I used lavender and peppermint)
- 12 lip balm tubes (the listing I used isn’t available anymore but these seem identical)
DIY Lip Balm Instructions
- Add all the ingredients except lipstick and essential oils into the glass measuring cup. Stir until melted.
- Add the tiny piece of lipstick and stir until melted. Turn off heat.
- Add essential oils and stir gently to combine. I used 6-7 drops of each for a light tingly feeling from the peppermint and a light scent.
- Pour into lip balm tubes (I used a baby Tylenol syringe to do this). Work quickly because due to the beeswax, it solidifies quickly. (Don’t worry you can melt it again over gentle heat if needed).
- Wait until it hardens. Tadaa! So dang easy!
Once it solidifies, you can smooth out the top of the lip balm, which might be a bit bumpy, by running the back of a knife over the top of the tube. But if you don’t need it to be perfect looking, it works fine as-is!