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Homemade Natural Lip Balm

There is so much that I love about this little project of Homemade Natural Lip Balm!

~It is easy

~It is natural

~Can be made with no artificial ingredients, colors, preservatives

~It really works!

~It feels great on the lips

~It can be made all organic if you so desire

~It made my girls think I was mom of the year!


The recipe is very simple:


Homemade Natural Lip Balm
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3 tablespoons Coconut Oil

3 tablespoon Shea Butter

3 tablespoons Cocoa Butter 

3 tablespoons Beeswax 


~If you want color, add a bit of your favorite lipstick to the mix.

~If you want flavor, add a bit of candy flavoring to the mix.

Put all ingredients into a pan.  Melt on low.  Spoon into containers.  Let set.  It takes just minutes, depending on the size of your container, to set up.


I found all the ingredients at one of our local health food stores.

I found our containers at Hobby Lobby.

I found the candy flavoring at Walmart, but I am sure they have it at Hobby Lobby, too.



The containers were found in the art supply section of Hobby Lobby.  I was super excited to find the little square containers, but super disappointed when we brought them home.  I didn’t realize they were stackables, so we only had 4 lids because I bought 2 packages, there were 2 stacks in each package.   That was disappointing, since I thought I was getting about 12 containers with 12 lids.  Instead, we have a bunch of leftover, empty containers that stack.  Grr.



I am SUPER pleased with how it turned out.  I can’t stand paying what health food stores charge for natural lip balm, so I love that I can make it myself.

My girls really got into this and kept saying what a fun project it was.  Next time, I will order some containers Amazon, like this Lip Balm Container, and I will skip the flavoring/coloring.  The cocoa butter/coconut oil gives such a nice scent, and I like the idea of keeping it super natural.  Also, by keeping it natural, you can talk the man in your life out of his yucky Chapstick an into this awesome Natural Lip Balm, minus the girly embellishment on top, of course.

 This recipe made quite a bit of lip balm.  It makes 12 tablespoons, so if each container contains a tablespoon, that is 12 whole containers of lip balm!

I am planning on storing the lip balm we are not using in the refrigerator.  I am not sure if that is necessary, but it may help prolong the life of the lip balm since it is all natural ingredients and no preservatives.

We found cute little embellishments for the tops of our containers and used a glue gun to glue them on.  You can also use stickers.


This would be a great fun at a little girls birthday party or a dress up party!


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  • Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Thanks for sharing your idea☺

  • Katie Benson
    August 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I tried it and it works! I didn’t have some of the ingredients but it turned out really well thanks for sharing your creation with the world.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      August 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      So glad you liked it! I need to make another batch. Love this lip balm.

  • Julie Clark
    March 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Do you think this recipe would work in a lipstick tube container or is it not stiff enough for that?

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      March 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      nope…not stiff enough.

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  • krystal
    April 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I’m allergic to cocoa butter, is there any thing I can replace it with?

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  • La
    June 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    How long would this last?
    Would it go off?

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      July 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I’ve had mine for over a year and it has not gone bad. I’ve been pleasantly surprised!

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  • Anonymous
    December 25, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Thank you so much for your recipe! I’m making little organic lip gloss pots for Christmas happies. 🙂 This stuff smells and feels fantastic!

  • time2livelife
    December 11, 2013 at 5:53 am

    You can buy a 3 pack of little jars at Target for about $1! 🙂

  • Bailey Londagin
    September 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I would be adding some peppermint oil to this for a Burt’s Bees-type balm. Leave the cheap floral attaches and bead crap off the containers please.

  • Charlene Santos
    May 23, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hi! I save my Altoids tin containers because I knew somehow they would come in reuseable! Reuse, repurpose, recycle! I’m glad I have something natural for my family to use! I would use this balm also as a cuticle balm with tea tree oil and peppermint oil or lemon oil. Even 100% argon oil! Fabulous!

  • Stephanie Hunt
    April 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I have a favorite lip balm that has a pink shimmer to it. How would you do that?

  • Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Amy did you use shea butter and cocoa butter creams or natural? I have found both but are pricey so I would liek to be ure before I purchase hte items. I have found all of the other items at reasonable prices. Thanks

  • Anonymous
    February 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Where can I buy beeswax? Can’t find anywhere.

    • Patricia
      August 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

      You can buy beeswax at Bulk Apothecary.

  • Ashlymay
    January 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I thought of an idea for your stackable square containers. You could make a tower of three or how ever many you want of different shades and scents and put the decorative lid on the top and once the top container is empty put it underneath the tower and use it’s lid to cover the next lip balm in the tower. Just an idea, it would make use of the multiple containers you have without lids to cover them.

  • Anonymous
    December 29, 2012 at 4:51 am

    can you put this lip balm into the tubes that you screw up from the bottom or is to soft

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      I make mine in containers that do that. I buy them through Amazon.

  • Anonymous
    December 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Love the recipe…I will try… girls will love the proyecto.

  • Leslie Borody
    December 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What about using lansinoh instead of coconut oil? I used to use it on it’s own but im not sure of it will mix well with the other ingredients.

  • Miriam
    November 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Instead of candy flavoring, you can just use essential oils! We made some lip balm for my Mom and my MIL and used peppermint oil, it was so yummy!

  • Anonymous
    November 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Can i use vasaline shea butter or does it have to be raw shea butter

    • Amy Bowman
      November 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      I would use only raw to keep the consistency right.

  • adeline
    November 22, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Where did you get the shea butter and cocoa butter?

    • Amy Bowman
      November 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      in the ingredient list above the ingredient is linked to where you can get them. Or you can go to your local health food store…that is where I got mine.

  • Anonymous
    November 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I have some metal tins that I want to put this in. It has a sliding top. Is the lip balm hard enough to put in my tins

    • Amy Bowman
      November 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Yes, I think it would be great!

  • Whoopsie Daisy Doodle
    October 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I know this might be a silly question but how long do you heat it? Until it boils?

    • Amy Bowman
      November 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      just until it melts

  • Whoopsie Daisy Doodle
    October 28, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I know this might be a silly question but how long do you heat it? Until it boils?

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    This is so cool! Thanks for posting… Anyone have any suggestions on an acrylic fingernail friendly container? LOL

    • Wendy A
      November 18, 2012 at 4:57 am

      A flat rectangular type container would be good for long nails.

    • The Knitting Divas
      December 9, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Walmart carries plastic small (less than an ounce) jars3/$1 in their travel size section. Easy screw off tops.

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    September 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

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  • Anonymous
    September 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

    you said you might put leftover in refrig. I think if you add a little grape seed oil to your recipe, it will help it last longer.

  • rebecca marie
    May 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    oooh, duh… someone already said that 🙂 i was just excited!! see? lipgloss = exciting!!

  • rebecca marie
    May 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    for the stackable ones… put a teeny bit of different flavor in each one… a little girl would LOOOOVE stackable lip gloss!!!

    (i’m 38 and i would like it)

  • Anonymous
    April 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I would like to do this as well but I can’t find beeswax anywhere except michaels and it is a big block for 30.00. (I’m in canada)

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Try a local bee farm, they usually produce their own beeswax. Or a health food store or the internet? 🙂

  • Anonymous
    April 13, 2012 at 6:16 am


  • Stacy
    March 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    You could use different types of essential oils instead of candy flavorings in these.

    • Amy Bowman
      November 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Great idea!

  • Dreena M. Tischler
    March 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    You can use shortening instead of coconut oil. Rosemary essential oil makes for a yummy combo. Cocoa powder can be used for both flavor and to color it tan.

  • Amy Bowman
    March 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Yes, I could have used the stacks, but I had a bunch of little girls over from the neighborhood that needed to take their own little pot with a lid home. 🙂 It all worked out in the end. The stacks would be great for doing different shades and flavors!

  • Flowers
    March 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Oh my gosh..these look amazing! I would be ovet the moon to receive a homemade gift like this! I have been trying to think of some little gift idea for the guests on my friends hen party so I will definitely give this a go. Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    This is soooo awesome. I’m compiling DIY things like this for Christmas presents!!!!! This is so perfect!

    As far as the stacking containers, why not use the extra ones and stack the lip balms. The container on top acts as a lid. You could even do 3 different colors and or flavors. I’ve seen things like it on the market too.

  • Amy Bowman
    March 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    hmm, not sure if it would work without the coconut oil. Maybe google search for more homemade lip balm recipes to find one without? Too bad for the allergy..:(

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Love this idea! I am wondering if you think it can be made without the coconut oil. My husband is allergic. Thanks!

    • The Knitting Divas
      December 9, 2012 at 5:37 am

      Substitute Mango butter. If you use olive oil you may need a little more beeswax since its a soft (liquid) oil. One of the lighter ones will have less scent. Dee Yadasoaps

  • DestinationsHoliday
    March 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Fabulous idea. Thanks so much for the recipe. I’ll definitely try this!!!

  • Rachel
    March 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Did you find the coconut oil had an overpowering scent at all? I love using coconut oil but I really hate the smell for some reason.

    • Anonymous
      March 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      If you use regular coconut oil it has no scent or flavor at all. Virgin, and extra virgin have a coconut taste and smell and are healthier for you.

  • Anonymous
    March 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You can make different flavors in the extras and screw them all together so you have a choice. Just put the lid on the top one.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      That is exactly what I was going to say! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    March 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    How much did this cost you all together? So excited to try this!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sade Lancaster
      November 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      depends on where you get your product or if you already have it. Can get expensive if these items are not in your pantry and you cant get smaller quantities at your local health food store. I’d try online to get your supplies.

  • karen gerstenberger
    March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    That looks like a great combination craft, art and cooking project – what fun, and a useful product. Maybe a good Christmas or birthday gift project for the future. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    @Rachel–I didn’t think it was overpowering at all. I noticed the cocoa butter scent more.

    • Rachel
      March 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Oh ok, thats good. Thanks!

  • Kristin
    March 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love these little cuties! Will be giving this a whirl!

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