How To Make Coconut Oil Lip Balm + Using Essential Oil

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The very first time I made my own beauty product it was a coconut oil DIY lip balm and since then, I haven’t stopped.

I’ve always been someone prone to dry lips. A change in weather or a flight and BAM, dry lips. So lip balm has always been a close friend. However, I’ve been continually disappointed by lip balms I buy. Some work, some don’t. Some are too hard; some seem more like a candy than something to help.

Then I started opening my eyes to all the chemicals in these types of products and I was concerned. Before I knew it, I had learned how to make homemade lip balm with coconut oil and I never looked back.

What I make is just such better quality than I was getting in paid products. It’s also quick and easy to make and is fun!

If this sounds good to you, keep reading because below, I go through everything you need to know about how to make lip balm with coconut oil including why making a DIY coconut oil based lip balm is a great idea, my exact coconut oil for lip balm recipe, how to store your lip balm and what essential oils you can use to make your lip balm perfect for you.

Let’s start!

Why You Should Start Making Your Own DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balm – It’s Easy!

As mentioned above, my top two reasons why I started making my own organic coconut oil lip balm are because:

  1. I wanted a lip balm that works. I didn’t want a cosmetic. I wanted to ease my dry lips
  2. I didn’t like all the chemicals that are in most commercial lip balms.

And making homemade coconut oil lip balm met these needs perfectly. I was able to make lip balm that was perfect for my lips completely chemical free.

DIY lip balm coconut oil

However, it actually turned out even better than I expected, and I soon had many more reasons why I love making my own lip balm:

  1. It’s cheap and easy
  2. It’s fun
  3. It’s a great activity for my daughter and I to do together
  4. It makes a great gift

More recently, my daughter has fallen in love with making lip balms too and not only is it something fun we get to do together but she loves giving it away as gifts for her friends.

We love it!

Why Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil

So sold on making your own lip balm but wondering what the coconut oil lip balm benefits are? Why do you need to use coconut oil?

First of all, you don’t have to use coconut oil. You could substitute it for olive or jojoba oil in this recipe. However, coconut oil does have many benefits.

Coconut oil feels great on lips. Not just this, but it is moisturizing and helps remove dry, flaky skin. It helps lips feel soft and look good.

It’s a great ingredient in lip balm.

Can You Use Coconut Oil As Lip Balm?

So could you just make a pure coconut oil lip balm? Yes, you could just use coconut oil on your lips with nothing else. It would help your lips.

However, I recommend you follow the full beeswax and coconut oil lip balm recipe below as your lip balm will work and feel better with the addition of some other ingredients which also have benefits for your lips.

How To Store Coconut Oil Lip Balm DIY

Before you start mixing up your lip balm, you need a handy place to store it.

I recommend you use proper lip balm tubes or lip gloss tins. These are cheap and easy to buy or, even better, you can clean out your old containers and re-use them.

lip balm tubes
I prefer using lip balm tubes

Re-Using Old Containers

If you have an old container to use, you need to ensure you clean it out fully. This is relatively straightforward.

  1. Remove all old lip balm from the container. A toothpick or the end of a knife can help as well as a cloth
  2. Heat water in a pot to almost boiling point. Soak the containers in here for a few minutes to help melt off any old oils
  3. Clean with soap and water
  4. Allow to fully dry

You are set to go.

Buying New Lip Balm Containers

Buying new ones is perfect if you want to give away your lip balm as gifts or if you don’t have any old ones. You can always clean them as above after you use them to re-use again. Here are your options…

Lip Balm Tubes

Perfect if you want your lip balm to look like a professional chapstick.

Click here to buy some now.

Lip Gloss Tins

Perfect if prefer your lip balm to be applied by finger. These tubs can also be used to store other DIY beauty items like eye moisturizer and more.

Click here to buy some now.

Exactly How To Make Coconut Oil Lip Balm

All you have to do to learn how to make lip balm from coconut oil is follow the recipe below exactly.

Make sure you have everything laid out ready to go before you start. Once your lip balm is melted and mixed, you need to transfer it quickly into the containers or it can set before you have the chance. If this does happen, you can melt it again.

If you would prefer a homemade lip balm coconut oil recipe with shea butter, I also share another lip balm recipe here which has coconut oil.

pink lemonade lip balm

Beeswax Coconut Oil Lip Balm Recipe - Best Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This will make around 6 small lip balm tubes – a little goes a long way with lip balm! This is a pink coconut oil beeswax lip balm recipe - if want it pink too, you can add a pinch of pink mica or I discuss alternative coloring below.

Instructions

  1. Get everything out and ready to go including any lip balm tubes/containers open and ready
  2. Set up your double boiler with a couple of inches of water on low-medium heat.
  3. Add the coconut oil and beeswax. Keep stirring gently until it melts
  4. Add the almond oil, essential oil and a pinch of coloring (optional)
  5. Mix
  6. If the color is too subtle, you can add more but be careful. It’s easy to add too much
  7. Turn off heat but keep in hot pot – this can set quickly
  8. Use the dropper/syringe or measuring cup with spout to carefully pour the mixture into the lip balm containers
  9. Cool completely. This will take about an hour if using tins to store your lip balm. Otherwise, wait at least six hours.

The lip balm is then ready to use!

If you are using tubes for your lip balm, be weary about using it before it’s all fully hardened. This can cause the lip balm to break apart in the tub and stop it winding up and down correctly.

melting the beeswax lip balm recipe
Melting the white beeswax lip balm recipe

About The Ingredients In My Natural Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Coconut Oil

As stated above, coconut oil is a great addition in lip balm thanks to it being great for moisturizing and healing. It’s also great at protecting lips from the elements so it works well in lip balm.

It can be substituted for some other oils like jojoba or olive oil.

Beeswax

white beeswax
White beeswax

Beeswax is an important ingredient in lip balm because it is solid at room temperature which is what helps this lip balm turn into a solid stick ready to apply.

Beeswax also helps coats your lips to protect them and helps it last while attracting moisture to your lips. Perfect properties for a lip balm! It also has a light, honey scent.

The white option of beeswax is preferred if you are going be adding color to your lip balm so it doesn’t interfere with it.

Click here for more details on beeswax.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is great for hydrating lips and helping them retain moisture. It’ll moisturize your lips and is especially beneficial for dry or cracked lips.

Click here for more details on almond oil.

Essential Oils

It’s not essential to add essential oils to your lip balm but they do give it a great smell and a subtle taste. They can also add extra benefits depending on the oil you use (more about this below).

They can be very powerful and concentrated though so don’t go overboard with how much you add.

Coloring

mixing the color into the lip balm
Mixing the color into the lip balm

Adding color to your lip balm is completely optional. It can be easier (and better) to just leave it out all together unless you have the right natural ingredients that work.

However, colors do make lip balm more fun and look better.

You need to be careful what you use to color your lip balm if you want an all natural lip balm with no chemicals. Many coloring ideas in blogger lip balm recipes contain chemicals or are just not good choices for people who are making lip balm because they want a better product than they can buy.

An example is mica powder (like this here). It’s ground from stone and can be natural. However, if you want the bright colors often pictured on Pinterest lip balm and other beauty product recipe images, you’ll need to use dyed mica.

I have mixed feelings about mica. I try to avoid it because I know the dyes in it can be exactly what I am trying to avoid when making my own natural products. However, it just works and I have spent a fair bit of money trying natural powders that other bloggers suggest just to find it does not color the lip balms at all.

So I mostly avoid but when I want to make something like a pink lemonade lip balm (recipe below!), I haven’t found a viable option.

brazilian purple clay
Brazilian purple clay

An example of something you can use for natural coloring if you want to know how to make natural lip balm with coconut oil is Brazilian purple clay. You can see it in our lip balm pictured here, although note that was made with candelilla wax which is a yellow color, so the lip balm produced is a purplish brown.

You only need to add a tiny pinch. There are also other colors of Brazilian clay you can use.

To add the clay, infuse it into the almond oil before adding it to the lip balm recipe for best results. This means heating it with the oil and without the other ingredients first. Then add it to the recipe when it instructs to add the almond oil.

You do need to be careful of some of the natural colors talked about in other lip balm recipes, like beet root powder and alkanet root powder. This just doesn’t color oils and waxes and I was very disappointed when I tried them in lip balm – all they did was stay in powder form with no color added to the liquid. Very disappointing.

I discuss more natural coloring choices in my bath bomb article here.

Be careful when adding any coloring. A tiny little bit goes a long way.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lip Balm Without Beeswax?

If you are looking for a DIY coconut oil lip balm without beeswax, this is very easy.

All you have to do is substitute candelilla wax for the beeswax. This makes this recipe vegan.

Candelilla wax is a pure vegetable wax which comes from the leaves of the candelilla shrub.

It is a little harder than beeswax so it can take a little longer to melt and can lead to a little harder product. However, there is plenty of oil in this recipe so it’ll still turn out fantastic.

candelilla wax
Candelilla wax

The downside is that the wax is a yellow color which makes it harder to change the color of the lip balm in the way you want. It also soaks into the lips faster which feels good but means it doesn’t protect quite as well as beeswax. It does provide a better gloss, however.

These days, I usually make this coconut oil lip balm recipe without beeswax as I prefer to be vegan wherever possible. You can also read my lip balm recipe here which has no beeswax.

Best Essential Oils For DIY Lip Balm

Picking great essential oils for your lip balm is the way to elevate it up from being great to fantastic. However, picking the wrong ones can send it in the opposite direction. Different essential oils have different pros and cons when it comes to adding them to your lip balm recipe.

The good news is that there are lots of great choices. For example, a coconut oil peppermint lip balm is great for someone who loves having a cooling effect on their lips when they are sore. Peppermint oil also helps focus the mind and is good for inflammations.

Whereas if you pick a “hot oil” like eucalyptus, this can give an unpleasant burning effect when applied and is best avoided. Hot oils are called hot oils because of this sensation and they also include oils such as clove and cinammon.

Below are some recommended essential oils. You can also combine them to multiply their effects, smells and flavors.

You can, of course, combine essential oils in your lip balm as well so you don’t need to pick just one.

Some good options:

  • Lavender – my personal favorite. Lavender is great for skin and smells beautiful. It’s known for being relaxing and helping you be alert
  • Lemon – is uplifting, refreshing and is good for attention and focus. It’s also good for cleansing
  • Orange – is also uplifting and good for depression
  • Peppermint – is good for inflammation and the cooling effect it has feels great on sore lips. It can also help focus the mind
  • Spearmint – also has a cooling effect with a sweeter smell than peppermint. It’s also good for stress
  • Vanilla – is a mood lifter and good for depression
  • Rose – doesn’t just smell great but is also good for skin imperfections and stimulates the mind
  • Chamomile – is soothing and relaxing which makes it good for anxiety

Some citrus oils are photosensitive. This includes lemon, lime and grapefruit. This means that they intensify the effects of the sun. However, I use a little lemon essential oil regularly in my lip balm, and I haven’t had a problem. It is something to be aware of though.

My Pink Lemonade Lip Balm Recipe

My daughter’s favorite lip balm is pink lemonade so we often make this with the coconut oil and beeswax lip balm recipe above. Her friend’s love it as gifts. You can see it pictured in this article.

The exact ingredients we use are:

The equipment required and the method is exactly the same as above.

pink lemonade lip balm
Some freshly poured pink lemonade lip balm

How To Make Lip Balm With Vaseline And Coconut Oil

If you want a very easy lip balm solution, you can make homemade lip balm with coconut oil and vaseline.

While it doesn’t work as well as the recipe above, it is easy to make. However, vaseline is best only for lips that aren’t damaged yet. It works to protect lips but it’s not as good at fixing dry and cracked lips – it’s not good at restoring moisture.

The bigger problem, however, is that vaseline is a by-product of petroleum. This is not eco-friendly and there is a link between using these types of products and skin inflammation. There are just better products to use (like the ones in the recipe above).

However, if you are stuck with only vaseline and coconut oil, you can do the following:

  • Add equal parts vaseline and coconut oil in your double boiler
  • Stir until all melted and mixed
  • You can store this in your lip balm containers as described above

Presto, you have vaseline and coconut oil lip balm!

What are Some More DIY Products I Can Make?

If you liked this, I highly recommend you try some of our other great DIY recipes:

Conclusion

Homemade lip balm with coconut oil and beeswax is just so easy to make, feels great on your lips and is effective and affordable. There is no reason not to start making this awesome lip balm.

I hope you found this guide to how to make lip balm out of coconut oil as useful as I would have before I started making lip balm.

Click here to read how to make your own bath bombs and here for all our DIY beauty and kid recipes.

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By Sarah James

Sarah James is a mom of three who loves sharing her family friendly DIY beauty, hair and skin care here.