Homemade Lip Balm Tutorial

Following my candle making success I thought I’d have a try at lip balm (my obsession with all things ‘wax’ continues).

So this is what I did…


The basic ratio I worked with is as follows:

  • 40% cosmetic grade oil which is liquid at room temperature (such as sweet almond, olive, apricot kernel etc)
  • 25% cosmetic grade oil which is solid at room temperature (such as coconut, palm, lanolin etc)
  • 20% cosmetic grade beeswax (white or yellow, pellets or solid block)
  • 15% cosmetic grade oil which is brittle at room temperature (cocoa butter, palm kernel etc)
  • Plus essential oils for fragrance/flavour

To make 10 small tins of lip balm (15ml tins like these) with a little left over, I used:

  • 40ml organic sweet almond oil
  • 40ml organic jojoba oil
  • 50g organic coconut oil (solid)
  • 40g organic yellow beeswax pellets
  • 30g organic cocoa butter (solid)
  • Approximately 2ml organic peppermint oil

You will also need:

  • 10 small containers (approximately 15ml each) for your lip balm.  You can purchase these online or recycle old cosmetic containers.  Either way, the containers should be sterilised
  • A saucepan
  • A heatproof container to melt your ingredients (ideally a jug)
  • Stickers to label your lip balm containers – available online

This is what I did…

Place your containers on some newspaper or a tea towel on a tray.  Your containers should be sterile.

Melt all ingredients together (except the peppermint oil – this is added later).  It is recommended that you melt everything in a ‘double boiler’.  To do this, I use an old, but very clean, metal jug that I don’t use in the kitchen any more (it is reserved for projects like this).  Any heatproof vessel will be fine but a jug is useful for pouring.

I place the ingredients in the jug then place the jug in a pan of kettle boiled water.  The pan does not need to be full – just a third full is fine.  Then pop the pan (with the jug in it) on a medium heat and gently boil the water which will melt the ingredients together.

Keep your eye on the contents of your jug as everything melts fairly quickly!

Ingredients before heating:

Once your ingredients are totally melted, add the peppermint oil and stir in.  I used a wooden skewer to stir the mixture.  How much peppermint oil you use is really up to you – I added a bit at a time and when it smelt quite minty I stopped.  I used roughly 2ml.  There is a little trial and error involved here…!

Pour the liquid into the prepared lip balm containers.  The liquid solidifies quickly so I poured liquid into each tin so it was nearly full, and then did a second pour to fill them right to the top.

Carefully place your lip balms in the fridge, leaving the lids off.  I let them solidify a little before I carried them to the fridge so I didn’t spill any.  Only put the lids on when the lip balm is totally cool and solid.

Your finished lip balm should look something like this:

The finishing touch is a label (I put one on the top and an ingredients label on the bottom).


Enjoy!  Please let me know if you give this a try.


6 Responses to “Homemade Lip Balm Tutorial”

  1. 1 Ceri 29/12/2010 at 4:10 pm

    This looks fantastic. I have a recipe which includes lemon balm leaves (apparently helpful for sore lips) with tea tree and wheatgerm oil. Obviously that’s better done in the summer when the leaves are fresh. I’ve been meaning to try it out myself, so perhaps with your handy tutorial I’ll find the pots I put to one side for the purpose and give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. 3 Julie 29/12/2010 at 8:38 pm

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. 5 Nicola Pengelly 06/01/2011 at 12:37 pm

    Opps gonna give these a go as well!

  4. 6 Linda 24/01/2011 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for this tutorial. I found it easy to make. I used an oil from Brazil called Gergelim Baru from Be Young (www.beyoungeo.com/7891) for the 40% cosmetic grade oil and flavored it with fennel essential oil from the same company. Oh my gosh! It was the most luxurious lip balm I have ever tried. The Gergelim Baru has vitamin A, E and Omega 3, 6 and 9 and of course they say fennel is good for the skin. I had no idea a lip balm could work so well. The proportions you gave were awesome! Thanks again for sharing!

    40% cosmetic grade oil-Gergelim Baru
    25% cosmetic grade oil which is solid at rm temperature-coconut
    20% cosmetic grade beeswax-yellow solid
    15% cosmetic grade oil which is brittle- shea butter

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