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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

DIY: Make Your Own Natural Organic Lipbalm

Lipbalm seems to be one of those things that people hoard, myself included. I can never resist a pretty pot or unusual smell. That’s probably why i’ve wanted to make my own for so long. Here’s an incredibly simple recipe and method. These will last up to 2 years so make up a batch and keep them on hand for quick gifts, party favours, stocking fillers, teacher gifts, fundraising, anything you like!

Makes: 20 (easily halved or quartered)


  1. 28g beeswax
  2. 20g solid cocoa butter
  3. 50ml almond oil
  4. 50 drops flavour essence (I used 25 drops lime and 25 drops coconut)

You can find all of these ingredients online really easily. This is a great website, they even sell their own pre-packaged kits.


  1. Heatproof or stainless steel bowl
  2. Saucepan
  3. Measuring jug / scales
  4. Pipette (optional)
  5. Containers of your choice, mine are 4.5ml


  1. Measure out all ingredients, except flavouring
  2. Melt together in a bain marie
  3. Take off the heat and drop in your flavour essence
  4. Transfer mixture to a jug or container with a pouring spout, if needed
  5. Pour carefully into your chosen containers
  6. The mixture will solidify very quickly so it’s ok to re-melt if needed
  7. For accuracy top up with a pipette, I didn’t have one and made a mess with a few!
  8. Leave to stand for a few minutes before putting the lids on, and 24hrs before using them.

Quick warning: You’re free to use these lipbalms yourself (obviously!) or gift to other people, but if you’re hoping to sell them, as with all cosmetics, you need to have a safety certificate. Some companies sell pre-certified mixtures that you can melt down and re-package to sell, but I think that kind of takes all the fun out of it.

How easy was that? Have fun mixing up crazy flavours!

  1. Sarah G. says: 18 August 20122:21 am

    You mention that you use 4.5ml containers but how many did you fill with this recipe?

    • Jess says: 18 August 20129:52 am

      Hi Sarah, the recipe makes 20 tubes if they’re 4.5ml, but it’s easily halved or quartered if you don’t need that many.

  2. Chelsea says: 22 September 20127:15 pm

    This is gorgeous, what a great diy project!

    • Jess says: 25 September 201210:12 am

      Thank you, Chelsea!

  3. Apple says: 26 September 20129:44 pm

    Do you need to add preservatives? Does it expire?

    • Jess says: 26 September 201210:29 pm

      Hi Apple, no you don’t need any preservatives. The balms will last up to 2 years.

  4. Becky Sizemore says: 1 June 20137:39 pm

    Lip balm or lip salve is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips of the mouth to relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis, or cold sores. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petrolatum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, menthol, phenol, salicylic acid, and sunscreens.*,….

    Kind regards

  5. Siah C. says: 23 January 20152:19 am

    Can you convert the amounts to tablespoons and teaspoons, please? I don’t have a scale…

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