Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

Homemade Lip Balm

Making your own lip balm recipe is so much better than buying any tube of lip balm or chap stick from the store, and probably not near as natural as making your own beeswax lip balm.

There are a few companies that now make all natural lip balms, so you can find them in the stores, but you will more than likely pay a fair price for them when you can make your own for pennies.

I can tell you that it will cost you more for the containers than it will for the ingredients to make your own lip balm or lip gloss. Yes that is true, I estimate that the ingredients that go into a lip balm tube may cost you around 25 cents and the lip balm tube will cost about $1.00.

What you need to make lip balm

All the ingredients you will need can be found at any soap making supply store or your local health food store. To buy the lip gloss pots and lip balm tubes you will probably have to go to a soap supply store, you may be able to find them at a drug store as well. Just ask at the pharmacy, they do carry small pots for their creams etc.

bees wax for making your lip balm

The recipe that will follow is a guideline, when you adjust the recipe to suit yourself make sure to record the measurements you use. I’ve forgotten this once or twice and created an awesome product that I couldn’t reproduce to perfection.

Beeswax lip balm recipe

  • 2 tsp beeswax
  • 8 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp honey


Melt the beeswax in the carrier oil at a low temperature in a small pot (you could also use a microwave to do this)

Melting the beeswax will be faster and easier if it is in small pieces like shavings.

Once the beeswax and oil is melted blend them well and let cool down a bit, then add the honey and blend well, and pour into pots or tubes.

Peppermint Lip Gloss Recipe

  • 2 tsp beeswax
  • 8 tsp of a shiny oil such as castor or olive oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Vitamine E balm (just puncture a vitamin e capsule for this)


1. The above recipes suggest sweet almond, olive and castor oils, but
you can use other oils, such as jojoba, apricot kernel, and
sunflower (shiny).

2. You could also make up lip balms with solid
oils such as cocoa butter, Shea butter and coconut oil. To do this use the above
basic recipe, replace half of the sweet almond oil with a solid oil or
butter, then only half of the beeswax is needed.

3. You could also consider other essential oils such as spearmint, lavender, rose, (1 – 5 drops) or cinnamon (1 drop) and use them in your lip balms.

For a vegan recipe simply replace the beeswax with soy, carnauba or candellila wax

Helpful hints:

1. Buy clean beeswax, a cosmetic grade. White beeswax has been
bleached and therefore processed one more time. Aim for using
ingredients that are as natural as possible.

2. If you find that your beeswax lip balm recipe is too soft, reheat and add a little more
beeswax, let it melt, and return to balm pot.

3. There are other flavors out there, such as green apple, pumpkin pie, and strawberry,
but these are not natural. They may be ‘food grade’ but these flavors
are created in a lab with a base of petroleum oils.

4. When adding essential oils, allow the lip balm base to cool slightly.

5. The citrus essential oils such as orange, lime, and grapefruit are
great to smell and taste, but these essential oils, when in direct
sunlight, can lighten or darken that area, that is called

6. If you find that after your lip balm or
gloss is too thick or hard, add a little more carrier oil. Reheat base
and add, then return to balm pot.

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12 Responses to Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

  1. Brandon Pierce says:

    It’s getting that time of year where the cold weather starts to creep up on us and next thing you know, your lips are chapped.  I used to buy the Burt’s Bees sticks but they are really expensive, and then I just end up forgetting where I left it or washing it in my jeans.  Definitely going to consider just biting the bullet here and making my own.  Glad to have all these tips on how to get started.

  2. Brad says:

    Interesting topic and given how much waste and trash there is in the world today, I think making one’s own products could be a great solution to the trash/waste problem and even help with pollution. 

    My wife and daughter use a lot of lip gloss, but both being Vegans, I don’t think this would be viable for them. 

    Do you have any ideas on how a Vegan could do this?



    • Tes says:

      Hi Brad, a Vegan could use this recipe by replacing the beeswax with

      2 tablespoons of soy, carnauba or candellila wax.  I will update the recipe to include this.  

      Thanks for pointing this out to me.

  3. Jeff says:

    I agree that homemade lip balms are more healthy than store purchased one. I had no idea how easy they were to make. Thank you for explaining the process. 

    I know where to get essential oils and some of the carrier oils but where can I find bees wax?  Are there any specific brands you recommend?

    Also, are there any essential oils that may not be good candidates for lip balm?

    • Tes says:

      With the essential oils you can test a few and see what works for you, but I would be careful with oils such as Cinnamon which can be hot.  Typically these are some of the oils I use:

      Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Spearmint, Lavender, Lemon, Tangerine and Vanilla Absolute

      You can use Camphor, Clove and Tea Tree, but use in very small amounts – Camphor and Tea Tree are used for cold sores and meant only for short term use.

      I get my beeswax from a fellow up the road that has bees, but you could purchase bees wax from a soap supplier.

  4. Judy says:

    This is a very useful post especially as we are getting close to Christmas again. I think it would be a lovely idea for gifts and it is  more original and unique. 

    The recipes sound relatively easy and I have most of the ingredients listed at home.   I could use my Doterra oils .

    Do you know if you can buy the containers online?  That might be another niche to start as it seems to becoming popular to make your own cosmetics and soaps. 

    Thankyou for sharing all this valuable information. I am going to try some of your recipes. 

    • Tes says:

      Hi Judy, soaps and balms make excellent Christmas Gifts.  Containers can be bought by most soap suppliers on-line.  Here is a link below for the lip balm containers and a great tray to help when pouring.  I have one and it’s great!

      Lip Balm Kit

  5. Genesis says:

    I’ve always wanted to make my own lip products. In fact, I was looking at a kit for doing it the other day on Amazon, but it was a bit ridiculous and included a lot of chemicals, so this is a much better option. The containers are reusable, right? So I could just use up my lip balm and then make more in the same container? That way I think it’s worth the investment.

  6. Judy says:

    Wow!  rose hips, as a moisturizing oil sounds wonderful. I have plenty in my garden, do you know if it is possible  to extract the oil from them  at home?

    I was intrigued to read all the different applications and benefits of rose hip oil and I have to say it never ceases to amaze me how may wonderful products are right under our noses. We do not need to be running off to the drug store all the time. 

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information. I am keen to try rose hip all as an anti aging cream. 

    • Tes says:

      Hi Judy, I just got back from picking rosehips.  These ones will be used to make Rosehip Jelly I love what nature grows for us.  Rose Hip oil I and anti aging cream is really nice, I have been making a rosehip cream for years now and it is one of my best sellers.

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