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July 6, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

DIY Lip Balm: A Delicious Alternative

By Colleen Hammer More Blogs by This Author

I used to be a heavy consumer of brands like Lip Smacker and ChapStick, but now I feel as if I have turned over a new leaf. I recently discovered lip balm recipes that can be just as rewarding as buying those products, but without the added chemicals. 

Here are some lip balm recipes I found, that I definitely want to try. (And you should too!)

Lemon Zest Lip Balm

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2 oz olive oil

1.5 oz beeswax

4 tbsp lemon zest, dried

4 drops rosemary essential oil

1 Vitamin E tablet



  • Place the oil and tbsp lemon zest in a pan. Heat on medium and saute until the lemon turns brown. Strain the oil and repeat this step with 2 tbsp of lemon zest.

  • Place lemon oil and beeswax and melt together in a saucepan of boiling water. Gently melt together.

  • Add essential oil and pour in contents of Vitamin E tablet. Heat and stir until mixture is melted entirely.

  • Strain into containers of your choice and let cool.

Strawberry Lip Balm

 2 tbsp white beeswax pellets

4 tbsp sunflower oil

Few drops strawberry flavor oil

Lipstick shavings (any color you want)



  • First place the beeswax pellets and the sunflower oil in a microwavable bowl.

  • Heat low to medium until the beeswax pellets have melted and stir with a metal spoon.

  • Add a few drops of strawberry oil to the container. Gradually add lipstick shavings.

  • Stir mixture with a metal spoon and continue to slowly add shadings until you achieve the shade you desire.

  • Transfer lip balm to container of your choice.

I speak throughout these recipes about containers, and you may wonder where is the best place to buy them from. offers cheap solutions and varieties of containers and bottles for your lip balms.

Peppermint Lip Balm

 ½ cup coconut oil

1 oz beeswax

3-5 drops Vitamin E oil

3-5 drops Peppermint essential oil



  • Melt coconut oil and beeswax over heat (or microwave).

  • Add Vitamin E oil and Peppermint oil, and mix thoroughly.

  • Pour into containers, and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Try these homemade recipes, and if you are daring, try to make your own flavor! You may just find that you won't go back to buying products, and become a fan of your own customized lip balms. I know for sure I am excited to try some of these, they sound amazing!

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