A while ago I started the process of making my own lip balm. It fits right in with all of my bath and beauty product being natural and organic and I love that it can so easily be handmade. After experimenting with a few variations, I have come up with my personal favorite blend. Of course you can adjust to make it fit your preferences. I do add just a little color to mine with a natural color stick. You can also use pure mineral powder blush or a touch of your favorite lipstick color. Remember that the yellow of the olive oil will change the color a bit. If you replaced the olive oil with all coconut oil, you would be able to get a clearer pink. I like the added olive oil so I don’t mind. Another option for those who are allergic to coco butter is lanolin. I will be trying this in the next batch and will report how I like it.
I have also prepared these kraft paper style labels just for this project. Just download them onto your computer. Install the free font Quicksand Bold and open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat. You can change the flavor if you need and add your own “made by” and ingredients list. Print these onto full sheet label paper and trim rounds with a 1.5 inch circle punch and the squares with a craft knife. Important note: When printing the PDF make sure you print FULL SIZE rather than the default FIT PAGE. This will make your labels too small. Enjoy your silky lips! ~ Lia
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Instead of using 1 1/2 teaspoons of cocoa butter, could I replace it with shea butter? ie 1 1/2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon of shea butter = 2 1/2 teaspoons of shea butter? I don’t like the smell of cocoa butter.
I haven’t tried that so can’t say for sure what the results would be, but if you’re up for experimenting you can skip the cocoa butter and add jut a bit more beeswax to balance out the liquid versus solid. Make a small test batch first 😉
I would like to know about the labels for the lip balm. I see that I can fill in some information on the labels, wonderful, but I cannot “save” my changed copy. It reverts back to your original. And, what adhesive paper do you suggest I print those onto? Please advise. Thank you!
Make sure you save the PDF to your desktop, then open, make your changes, and save again. The edits will not save if you try to edit in the browser window. There’s a link in the post to the label paper we used, but any full sheet label paper will work!
I just became a member for this recipe, yet, I don’t see it anywhere. Am I missing something?
There was a glitch with the recipe template we use– check it now!
How long is the shelf life for the Ginger and honey scrub? Only because of the fresh ginger you use, do I need to keep it in the fridge
Thank you, love your recipes X
Hi Jenny! Yes I keep it in the fridge and try to use it within a week.
Hi Lia, do the tubes and pots require sterilizing first?, also, do you add sunscreen?. Thank you.
I rinsed mine out but you could certainly sterilize. I didn’t add sunscreen to these.
Just tried your recipe. It’s fantastic. Perfect silky texture and doesn’t wear off in minutes. Thank-you for sharing!
I’m so glad you like it Andrea!!
Hi, I recently made this and to say I LOVE IT is an understatment.
Just wondering can this be used for a certain amount of time/will it go off?
I want to add these to a gift set present and I want to check so I can advise.
Thank you for the recipe 😀
I’m so happy to hear you love it! I sure love this one, too 🙂 The typical shelf life of oils and butters in this recipe are around 1 year from the time they’re opened and first used– so if you want them to last a long time, I’d start with brand new, fresh ingredients.
I really do not like the taste of the beeswax in my lips :(. It is possible to add somethig sweet in the recipe?, like honey or something more likely?
I have tried recipes like this one, but those used to taste greasy! not so nice like the commercials.
I haven’t tried any alternatives, but have heard candelilla wax or soy wax are good replacements!
The color in your pictures looks like a tan not a pink like the blush you picked, how did you get the tan color?
Hi Ellen, I just left the natural color out of some for a basic lip balm.
How much does the recipe make? I noticed that you had a lot of lip balm in your pictures.
For this post I made 3 pots and 2 tubes. I am thinking since the tubes take a lot less you could get at least 8 from a batch.
Hi Lia! Love love love your website! I was wondering, could you provide the measurements of the ingredients by weight rather than volume? I think it might be easier to measure out that way. Thanks!
Thanks Susan! I’m planning to make a tinted lip balm soon and will keep in mind your suggestion to weigh ingredients!
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Hi can I substitute the Shea butter for more cocoa butter or something else? Will the consistency be similar? I don’t have any and it is extremely expensive here. Do you find this recipe liquifies in the heat? Thanks 🙂
I haven’t tried that substitution but think the shea butter is important to give it the buttery consistency that lip balm needs. I would keep it in a cool, dry place as it could get too soft if left in the heat. 🙂
Hi, at what point did you put the peppermint oil in? I know you aren’t supposed to heat the oils very hot so just wondering. Thanks!
I put it in at the very end right before I pour it into the tubes 🙂
Can you tell me the exact stores on amazon hat you buy your products from? I bought some Shea butter that smelled horrible and don’t want to make that mistake twice.
This was the last shea butter that I ordered, and love it! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D9NV2D4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
thanks i wonder how it last organic makeup in general ? wish you add more diy .
I would say this lip balm lasts about 6 months. If you have any suggestions for posts you would like to see, we would love to hear from you!
How can I measure 1.5 tsp of coco butter when the product is solid? How about beeswax?
I let my ingredients soften at room temperature so it’s easier to scoop and measure 🙂
Absolutely love this! Was wondering who makes the label paper you’re talking about and where can I get it?
Hi! We buy our label paper from WorldLabel.com 🙂
Where do you get the cocoa butter, Shea butter and beeswax from as I am struggling to find it? Thanks. X
I find them all on Amazon! 🙂
Where do you get the cocoa butter, Shea butter and beeswax from as I am struggling to find it? Thanks.
I buy them all on Amazon. My favorite shop. 😉
Where do you get the beeswax, cocoa butter and Shea butter from as I can’t find it any where? Thanks.
I think this was already answered but just in case. . . try Amazon. I find everything I need there.
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Hey there Lia! Love this recipe so so much! I think it’s the best I’ve ever used…store bought included. Even my husband loves it and also agrees it’s the best yet. I want to make this as a gift for my sister but she’s allergic to coconut…what could I substitute for it? Also I saw another recipe for a pumpkin pie lip balm that uses honey and pumpkin pie spice, and I would love to incorporate that into your recipe…any ideas how I can do that? Thankyou Lia!!
Thank you so much!! You can definitely substitute the coconut oil. You can really use any oil you would like, I would suggest olive oil. Because olive oil doesn’t solidify the way that coconut oil does, you should use less olive oil and more beeswax to balance it out. I wish I could give you exact ratios but I’m not quite sure since I always make mine with the coconut oil! If you end up making a batch but accidentally use too much olive oil (aka if it is not solidifying correctly), no need to waste it! You can just re-melt the batch and add more beeswax 🙂 As for the honey and pumpkin pie spice, I’m sure you could add small amount of that with no issue! I have never tried it so I won’t be able to give you exact amounts, but I think it would be great to play around with it 🙂
Love this! And it stays on better than anything else that I have tried! Only thing I would do next time, is add some color!
I use labels from Staples – Avery Kids Self-Laminating – they come in 2 choices of multi colored labels with 48 in a pack – they work really well for all my homemade products!
Thanks for a great lip balm!
Thank you, I’m so glad you like it Judy! Adding some color is definitely a good idea for next time 😉
Hello, My family really enjoyed the lip balm I made using your recipe. Turned out great! From your recipe, I read essential oils is an option. Is there a certain amount of essential oil “drops” that must be added to this lip balm recipe? Would 8 drops be too much? Thank you.
I guess it depends on how strong you like the fragrance and how pure the oil. I add about 4-6 drops of mint oil to give that soft minty feel.
where can I buy these little tin pots? I’ve been looking all over
I bought them on Etsy. However, I am liking the tubes better.
I just made a batch of the lip balm and love it! Now… What kind of (sticky) label paper do I use to print the labels? I haven’t found any that has both circular and rectangular labels on one sheet, so do you actually cut and glue every single label?? Thanks!
Also, I found a tube filling tray at Bulk Apothekary that makes filling up to 50 tubes a breeze. I got 8 tubes out of the recipe. 🙂
How fun! I love mine too! I print on a regular sheet of label paper and cut it. I can never precut labels to align properly:-)
Hi! I found your label printable and was wondering if it’d be okay to link to your post for the label tutorial?
Yes thank you!!
How many tubes of lip balms will this fill? And do you know the shelf life?
(I’m using my phone to read your blog and my screen is small, sorry)
Honestly, I have no idea:) I do know that I am using still using mine after 6 months and I love it!!!
Hi Lia, I ran into your blog while trying to track down ingredients to make my own lip balm for the first time. I love how simple and pure your recipe is with out the artificial stuff which others use. I actually had couple questions for you.
I saw this blend for lip balm somewhere for shea butter, an essence oil, avocado oil, and pumpkin seed oil. I was wondering if you knew and if I can somehow mix it into your blend without the essence oil. There are so many different types of oils to use and is olive oil better?
The reason I am asking this is that I’m allergic to bees wax, sensitive skin, and have really chapped lips to the point of cracking. It started to crack couple years ago and have not found a solution for it. Do you have something to substitute beeswax or can I eliminate it out of the recipe.
I found this shea butter and was wondering if you’ve used this one of heard of it:
My apologies for the long email and all these questions! I would love to hear back from you!
Hi Joanne! There are sooo many wonderful natural ingredients out there and I love shea butter and avocado oils. I have yet to try pummpkin seed, but am sure it has wonderful qualities. I think you could mix your favorites in for sure. I love olive oil but equally love coconut and other oils. For the lip balm I feel the coconut is the magic ingredient. As far as the bees wax, certainly don’t use it if you are allergic. The reason for it is to hold the shape of a lip balm stick. If you can use little lip balm pots rather than sticks you could get away with no bees wax. Shea butter is not quite as stiff, but with the right mix you could have a nice soft balm.
Just a thought but you could always infuse some calendula in the oil (3-4 wks) before you make the balm for those with chapped lips and skin. Calendula is know to be a natural herb that helps speed healing and nourishes skin. It’s also gentle enough for babies and helps with inflammation.
Love Calendula. Great idea Kate!
Hi – you have a beautiful blog. I can’t wait to get on a desktop to look around more. What size labels do you use for your jars & lip balms & where do you buy your blank labrls.? I’m really struggling to find my label source. (Found all kinds of printable but need the blanks)
I also need to find a label design I like for my products – can you suggest a program/template I can use to design my own?
Hi Tina, thank you so much I am happy you found me:) I get my labels from World Label (Avery also has them) but I always print on a full sheet and then use a hole punch to cut them out. I can never get the pre-sized to line up and then my design end up being off-centered;-)
Where did you get your tubes for the lip balm?
I found them on Etsy, but don’t remember the sellers name.
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Hi, I was wondering what color you used for the Well People blush stick. 🙂
I can’t wait to try this lip balm!!
I used this one in #8. You can order a sample or two in different colors and try them out. I like them because they are chemical free.
Hiya! 🙂 I have a couple of questions, which color did you use for the blush stick? Also was it matte or luminous? One last question, how much of the color did you use to get the color that you got for your lip balms?
I used a color stick from Well People, but you can use any mineral powder or any other makeup to color your lip balm. I used about 1/4 tsp for a pale pink, and you can add as much as you like to get the color you desire.
Is there some additional oil or other product i can use in place of the cocoa butter? I am all out currently but have every other ingredient and i’m dying to try this recipe asap!! 🙂
I LOVE this lip balm! It is my favorite. You can skip the cocoa butter and add jut a bit more bees wax to balance out the liquid versus solid. Make a small test batch first. 🙂
Hi, Where did you get the “natural color”? It doesn’t have a link in the recipe and the picture is not clear enough to read the label.
It is a natural makeup line called Well People that sells a blush stick but you can use any natural mineral based blush or makeup.
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Hi Kia. I’m just about to make some lip balm as a giveaway to the new mums I hope to meet at a show I’m doing on Sunday. I make baby accessories using natural yarns. I hope you’ll let me use your labels but my own words?
You can use the labels here for sure. Of course I can’t offer custom on the freebies. Have a great event!
I LOVE this!!! I make my own Lavender lip balm and give it to friends and teachers. I have been looking for a file FOREVER that is classy. I also make a sugar scrub. I know it is asking a lot, but…. would you/Could you make a label just like this for the short half pint Ball “mason” jars? I would LOVE for my scrub and lip balm to match
I can do a custom label in my Etsy shop. Just send me a note over there. Also, I have the whole spa kit with matching labels, but it doesn’t say sugar scrub. Worth looking at though.
I have tried the Burt’s Bees brand lip balm, but cannot handle the taste. Is it the beeswax that has a taste to it? Also, i use a lip scrub from Mary Kay, which I love, but is so expensive. Do you have a recipe for something like that. I have very dry mouth problems, so it really helps exfoliate weekly.
I don’t care much for the Burt’s Bees anymore now that they sold to the big boys. I LOVE my lip balm but it does have a cocoa fragrance which you have to like. And I do. The texture is silky and smooth. . . a little glossy too. It seems since I started using it I have no lip dryness anymore. For the lip scrub I use my sea salt and coconut oil every week on my face and lips. I don’t mind the salty taste and know it helps pull out any extra toxins too.
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I have super chapped lips and try to use only the best stuff on them. This might just be the trick! Thanks for sharing all the info 🙂
I LOVE this blend for my lips and I am pretty picky about what I use. This is a little glossy (which I like) but you can add more of the hard oils if you prefer a less glossy look.
Lia, where can I buy the cocoa and shea butter ? I cannot seem to find them in my local stores. Thank you !
Hi Mary. If you click on the text link in the recipe (it is the green type in the body text), it will take you to the Amazon source where I bought mine.
Thank you so much !!
You are most welcome!
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At what step do you add the color?
It goes in with all the other ingredients.
what about the expiration date? for how long it works?
I am thinking that this should last a very long time… none of the ingredients need refrigeration or have expiration dates.
Love everything you do! Can you tell me where to find the pots?
I bought them on Etsy. Honestly, I am liking the tubes better though.
How many tubes or pots does your recipe make?
I made the 3 pots and two tubes. If you are doing just tubes I would guess at least 6 if not 8.
How many tubes needed per batch?
For this post I made 3 pots and 2 tubes. I am thinking since the tubes take a lot less you could get at least 8 from a batch. My next version will be tubes only, so I will keep you posted.
Love this! Where did you buy the tubes? Were they easy to fill?
These two were recycled from old tubes, but you can by them here too: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101509572/50-bulk-brand-new-empty-white-lip-balm?ref=shop_home_active_14
They were easy to fill. I used a plastic funnel. The trick is to pour slowly since they will fill quickly.