DIY Lip Balm

This time of year dry lips can become a bit of a problem. I have been looking for an alternative to commercial lip balms which so often contain parabens (endocrine disruptors) and petrochemicals such as parrafin. This year, with essential oils in hand I decided to give it a go. My recipe is below and is made with ingredients easy to obtain. I got the beeswax at the markets from our local apiarist, the coconut oil lives in my cupboard and I had some shea nut butter laying around from experiments in making sunscreen over the summer.

Essential oil lip balm

2 Tablespoons beeswax chopped into small pieces (I would use 1 tablespoon in the winter so that your balm is not so hard)

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

2 Tablespoons Shea Nut Butter

Essential oil of your choice


Combine the beeswax, she butter and coconut oil in a pot or bowl. You need to melt this slowly over a double boiler, but I just hooked a pyrex jug like the one below, over the edge of a large saucepan. Then I added an inch of water to the saucepan and lightly simmered it until the oils in the pyrex jug were melted. Those of you with a double boiler can just use that. I like the pyrex jug method because it allows for easy pouring into the containers.


When these are melted you need to act quickly or it will set.

Put 2 drops of your favorite doTERRA essential oil into the clean empty lip balm container, do this to all of your containers before you start pouring. Then quickly pour into each container. It will begin to set immediately so I give it a quick stir with a wooden skewer to mix the essential oil through (be careful to use a fresh wooden skewer for different oils so as not to mix scents).

Pop the lid on and allow to set.

These make great gifts and are a great way to:

  • Reduce exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Add in nourishing elements to your lips – your lips will love you for it


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