The wind blows. Chills run down your spine. Even if it hasn’t arrived yet, you get the sense that snow might start falling soon. It’s officially winter.
On the top of your checklist of things to do in preparation, add “make lip balm.”
Even if you aren’t typically a do-it-yourself fanatic, you will want to get on board. Lip balm is super easy to make at home and is much healthier when you get to control* the ingredients added to the simple, but essential, product.
Use these easy recipes to get started:
1. Basic Winter-Ready Lip Balm
Recipe from Soap Queen
- 3 oz Candelilla Wax
- 4 oz Meadowfoam
- 2 oz Olive Oil
- 5 oz Avocado Butter
- .7 oz Dulse Extract
- .4 oz Acai Lip Flavor
Process: Melt the wax and the Meadowfoam with olive oil. When it is completely melted, blend in the avocado butter. Mix the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined. Pour in the remaining extract and flavoring and stir one more time. Then, transfer the balm into containers and allow to cool. Once cool, your balm is ready to use.
2. Versatile, Organic Lip Chap Balm
Recipe from Wellness Mama
- 1 part beeswax (example- 1 tablespoon)
- 2 parts shea, cocoa or mango butter (example-2 tablespoons)
- 2 parts coconut oil (example-2 tablespoons)
- 20 drops of essential oil of choice
Process: Using a double boiler, heat your beeswax, the butter of your choice, and the coconut oil. Heat the ingredients until they are completely melted. Turn off the heat and slowly add the essential oil(s) you have chosen to the warm mixture. Move the finished mixture into push tubes or your choice of container and allow to cool.
3. Holiday-Perfect Peppermint Lip Balm
Recipe from BeautyLish
- 8 Drops peppermint oil
- 2 Tbsp carrier oil
- 1 Tbsp beeswax pellets
Process: For this simple, festive recipe just put the carrier oil and beeswax pellets into a jar. Seal the jar and heat it until the ingredients inside have melted and can be stirred easily. Then, remove* the jar from the heat and add peppermint oil. You can shave in small amounts of lipstick to color the balm if you would prefer. Allow to cool and then enjoy.
4. Nutrient-Rich Lip Balm
Recipe from Instructables
- Yellow beeswax
- Coconut oil (I recommend Dr. Bronner’s – it smells the best!)
- Vitamin E oil
Process: Doubling as hand salve and lip balm, this recipe calls for the mild flavoring of coconut. You make it by simply heating the beeswax and oil together until melted. A double boiler is recommended. Once melted, add in drops of the Vitamin E oil and let cool. Experiment with quantities to create the texture you prefer most.
5. Yummy Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
Recipe from Not Martha
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
- Almond Oil
- Vitamin E Drops
- Peppermint Oil
Process: Giving you a basic tutorial on making lip balm, this collection of ingredients allows you to make your own lip balm as desired. Simply perform the basic steps of balm making. Heat wax and butter until melted. While still warm but not melting, add in oils for flavoring and preservation. Mix and allow to cool in containers.
6. Pumpkin Spiced Lip Balm
Recipe from Hello Natural
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Process: An extremely simple recipe, just combine these ingredients. Once mixed thoroughly, you’ll have a sticky, silky lip gloss that should be stored somewhere cool if you want it to last for long.
7. Better-Tasting Vaseline Lip Balm
Recipe from Wikihow
- Petroleum Jelly
- Flavoring (like almond oil, peppermint oil)
Process: In a glass container, heat petroleum jelly in the microwave until it is melted enough to be like a liquid. Stir in a few drops of a flavoring oil, mixing thoroughly. Allow to cool and then use as a lip balm.
8. Homemade Lip Balm for Kids
Recipe from Herbal Academy of NE
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles
- 1 tablespoon butter (shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon hemp seed oil
- 1 teaspoon castor oil
- ¼ teaspoon vitamin E
- ½ teaspoon mica powder
- Essential oils for flavoring (like orange, mango, etc.)
Process: Kids can help you make this recipe because it’s simple. Just slowly heat the coconut oil, beeswax, butter, and hemp seed and castor oil until the mixture is melted. Stir and then mix in vitamin E drops. Next blend in mica powder for color and essential oils of your choice for flavoring. Mix different powder and oils for a variety of kid-approved flavors and colors.
9. Healthier Homemade Lip Gloss
Recipe from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- 2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1.5 tsp Vitamin E Essential Oil
- 2 oz Beeswax
- 25 drops vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil
- A slice of colored lipstick
Process: Heat all ingredients except for colored lipstick and essential oil. When they are melted and can be stirred until smooth, then add the lipstick and essential oil for flavor and color. Mix well and allow to cool completely before use.
10. DIY Liquid Lip Gloss
Recipe from Common Scents Mom
- 3 T. Sweet almond oil
- 1.5 T. liquid vegetable glycerin
- Vitamin E
- 1/4 tsp. pure lanolin
- 4 drops essential oils (like cinnamon, peppermint, or orange)
Process: In a glass jar or bowl, double boil all ingredients except for the essential oils. Once the ingredients are melted and smooth, whisk together with essential oils of your own choosing. Set aside to cool in containers.
A Few Tips for Making Lip Balm and Gloss During the Winter
When you have chosen one (or a few!) of these recipes to test out yourself, use the following tips to ensure that the process goes smoothly. You’ll end up with a lip balm that is so enjoyable and healthy you come back to it time and time again.
1. Make Large Batches
Mixing up just enough lip balm for one person is tricky. It’s best to make large batches instead. Fortunately, the product is worth sharing.
2. Store It
You can store many homemade lip balm recipes in the freezer in order to preserve them. Adding vitamin E drops to the recipe can also add time to its shelf life.
3. Give It as a Gift
Pour your lip balm creation into cute tubes, trays, and containers. Decorate and give as a cute, unique, and affordable gift for anyone.
Have you ever prepared homemade natural lip balm and gloss by your own? Try these lip balm recipes and feel the difference! Share your experience with us…