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DIY: Lip Balm

By Elaine Elliott

It’s the middle of winter and you know what that means… dry and cracked lips. This season keep your lips moisturized and smooth with simple and creative DIY recipes.

Say no to expensive store balms when you can easily make quality lip salves at home.
We’ve listed a very easy recipe to whip up at home, or organize a DIY lip balm craft event during a sleepover, birthday party, or girls night in. You can add more ingredients to the recipe (which we recommend!) or keep it simple and budget-friendly.


3 Ingredient Balm Recipe:

All you need is beeswax pastille, sweet almond oil, and optional essential oil to make a quality homemade lip balm.


  1. Add 1 tablespoon beeswax pastille and 2 tablespoons organic sweet almond oil into a microwavable bowl and heat until melted
  2. Add 2-3 drops of your preferred essential oil
  3. Add edible color dye or a small chunk of your favorite tinted lipstick
  4. Pour into small beauty containers or lip balm tubes while still hot


Full Recipe


If you’re looking for a lip balm with a little more umph, you can also add shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. We’ve broken down each ingredient’s benefits below.


Shea Butter – uses fatty acids and vitamins to moisturize skin and reduce inflammation

Cocoa Butter – contains antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and nourish skin, plus an irresistible chocolate aroma

Jojoba Oil – controls sebum production to prevent acne and oily skin

Vitamin E – uses antioxidants to restore skin, block sun rays, and soothe

Sweet Almond Oil – naturally hydrates skin and blocks sun rays

Beeswax – thickens cosmetics and creates a creamy structure for balms


Each natural ingredient contains these perks along with so many other supportive properties. You really can’t go wrong with using any (or a combination) of these skin must-haves.


Essential Oil Tips:

There are so many essential oils to choose from, so how do you decide which ones are best for lip balms? Popular options include peppermint, vanilla, and lavender.


If your lips are sensitive and usually cracked, avoid hot oils such as cinnamon, eucalyptus, and clove. They could cause an uncomfortable burning sensation.


Citrus oils like grapefruit, bergamot, lemon, and lime are photosensitive and can amplify the sun’s effects if you are outside all day. Either put a small amount in the balm, or avoid it altogether during outside excursions. Keep in mind, sweet orange oil is not photosensitive and it smells amazing!


Add Fun Flavors

If you’re crafting your lip balms with kids, they’re going to want flavors you can’t find anywhere else! Here are a few ideas for sweetening up your balms:


Oreo – melt the crème to the other balm ingredients and sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies at the end

Candy – find a popular powder candy like Bottle Pops or Fun Dip and stir the sweet dust into your balm mixture

Lemonade – just like the candy, mix a powdered lemonade packet into your balm mix

Chocolate – add cocoa powder, hazelnut extract, and cocoa butter to your balm blend


Now that you have all the ingredients and pointers for the perfect lip balm, it’s time to let your creativity run wild!

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