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Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

Makes approximately six .15 ounce tubes – the ones I use come in packs of 50.


  • 2 tablespoons grated, packed cocoa butter (where to buy cocoa butter)

  • 2 tablespoons tightly packed grated beeswax (where to buy beeswax)

  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon coconut, olive, sweet almond, or jojoba oil (where to buy olive oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil)

  • up to 30 drops essential oil (optional – spearmint, peppermint, sweet orange and tangerine are good options)*

  • 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E (optional – where to buy naturally derived vitamin E)

* Not all essential oils are recommended for lip balm. Certain ones are phototoxic, while others may cause reactions such as irritation or sensitization. When selecting an essential oil for this recipe, I recommend sticking with ones that are known to be gentle.


  1. In a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water), melt cocoa butter and beeswax.

  2. Add in the olive/almond, or jojoba oil and stir until thoroughly melted.

  3. Remove from heat and – if you are using them – stir in essential oils and vitamin E.

  4. Pour liquid into lip balm tubes or tins and allow to cool. (Tip: Transferring the liquid to a measuring cup with a spout makes pouring much easier.)

Suggested Expiration Date

One year from the time it is produced.


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