Are you, or somebody you know, one of those people that is applying lip balm throughout the day. It’s a fact that there are people addicted to Chapstick!
If this is the case, then it only makes sense to be putting something natural on your lips. Even better if it is something homemade.
Our DIY lip balm recipe is tried and true. It is so easy to make and works like a charm.
Whether it is for yourself or being given as a DIY gift for men for your husband, Dad or any other man in your life, this is a great way to take care of yourself or a loved one.
In this article I will go over the several ways you can make homemade lip balm for a natural alternative to Chapstick.
Should you use a kit?
There are a lot of DIY lip balm kits that you can choose from that have all the ingredients and tools you need to get started. If this is the first time you are making your own then you may want to go for a kit.
These DIY lip balm kits also make great gifts on their own for the DIYer in your life.
Burning Wick Candles DIY Lip Balm Making Kit
Having a neat little DIY lip balm kit like this is great to use for the first time you make your own chapstick.
This way, you can see if you like to make homemade lip balm at home or if it just isn’t for you. You get the oils and wax you will need plus a few flavorings. It has enough to make either 24 sticks or small jars. Or, you can divide it up and make 12 of each or any combination you like.
- Sweet Almond Oil – This is a great moisturizer that mimics sebum which is your body’s natural oil. It doesn’t get produced on your lips as they don’t have pores, but it will naturally clear away the dry skin and dead skin cells from your lips. It is an emollient so it will smooth and hydrate them too.
- Shea Butter – For very dry and chapped lips you need a powerful moisturizer like Shea butter. It will not only provide excellent moisture back into your lips, but Vitamins E and A will repair the cells and help lock that moisture in so they don’t dry out as fast. You’ll end up using a lot less lip balm when Shea butter is an ingredient.
- Flavors – For a bit of variety you get four different flavors. Pina Colada, Strawberry Kiwi, Peppermint and Black Cherry. None of which are overtly feminine or masculine, just neutral that can work for either gender.
- Beeswax – This wax gives the lip balm its body and consistency so it holds its shape. It also keeps bacteria from getting in so it will last a long time.
- 12 empty tubes, Stir sticks and 12 container jars – The size of the tubes are the same as you would get from an ordinary Chapstick lip balm so they can be thrown in a pocket or backpack. And the jars are also just the right size for portability. There are labels to personalize and indicate what the flavor is.
- Easy Instructions – Making your own cosmetics is surprisingly simple. And homemade lip balm is one of the easiest so it’s no surprise the instructions are easy to follow. In just a few minutes, you’ll be pouring your balm into containers.
How is the quality from this DIY lip balm kit?
This isn’t a gimmick party favor. It may be fun to make and a good rainy day project for the kids, but it makes an excellent lip balm that will get your lips back in kissing order in no time.
How to make lip balm
There are a ton of different types of lip balm you can make yourself. I’ll go over the basics of how to make it and give you a few DIY lip balm recipes, but the sky is really the limit on how you can personalize your homemade lip balm.
But, there are two types of applications to consider.
Tube vs Tin
Some people love the Chapstick method of having a stick in a tube that you can twist to apply. It’s mess free and easy to throw into a pocket. It is a bit more of a challenge getting the consistency right so it goes on easily. In the recipe further down in the article I put the ratio of beeswax if you want to make in stick form.
Others like more of a balm that is poured into a tin or jar and is applied by scooping out a tiny bit and rubbing it onto your lips with your fingers.
Either way works but for this article we made a balm that goes in a tin. In our case it was a mini glass Mason jar.
Whichever route you go, you’ll need a few things to get started on your homemade Chapstick making journey.
If you opt to not use a kit so you can really lock in on your own personal favorite recipe, then you’re going to need a few things before you get melting and mixing:
- Mini Ball or Mason Jars about 4 oz each from Amazon.com
- Beeswax pastilles from Amazon.com (there are other forms for the beeswax but these little nibs will make your life easy as they are easier to measure and melt)
- Shea Butter from Amazon.com or cocoa butter also from Amazon.com
- Small digital scale with grams and ounces from Amazon.com
- Wooden sticks from Amazon.com
The rest you probably already have, like either a large jar to mix everything in or a glass bowl and a large pot.
I recommend using a scale and measure in grams to be more accurate. It isn’t building a rocket so precision isn’t super important, but doing things by weight instead of cups and tablespoons is way easier to do.
Think of it this way. If you need a ¼ of say shea butter, you have to grate it to get it to where you can fit it in the cup, and since there will be air pockets then you don’t really know how much you’re using.
Going by weight is a lot more sure than trying to measure things out.
Our DIY Lip Balm Recipe with Beeswax
I’ll stress again that this is a balm recipe and not a Chapstick recipe. I’ll add an adjustment later in case you want to make this recipe into a stick.
Here are the base ingredients you will need to make the balm:
- Sweet Almond Oil – 1 Cup or 236 ml
- 30 g or ⅓ to ½ cup of grated shea butter or cacao butter
- 30 g or ¼ cup of beeswax pastilles
- 10 ml or 2 teaspoons of rosehip seed oil
- 5 g or 1 teaspoon of lanolin
This is the base mix without any added flavorings as yet.
It is specifically mixed for healing, hydrating and repairing dry, cracked lips. The combination of sweet almond oil and shea butter mimics the body’s natural oils to repair skin and leave lips plump and soft.
Rosehip seed oil is packed with fatty acids which will help fend off the drying and cracking of the lips after you’ve applied it to keep them healthy for longer.
The lanolin and beeswax give the balm a very nice texture and consistency as well as an antibacterial environment.
How to make it
Take a glass jar big enough to hold all of the ingredients and add them to it. Then put the jar in a pot with water that is filled to about halfway up the side of the jar. Be very careful to not get any water into your mixture.
Put the heat on very low and let it slowly melt.
Alternatively, you could put all of the ingredients into a glass bowl and place the bowl over a pot of gently boiling water until it is melted.
Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon well so everything melts evenly. Continue to stir once it is all melted to make sure it is thoroughly mixed.
Then put a few drops onto a metal spoon to let cool so you can see the consistency. It should be spreadable with your finger once it is cooled. If it is too thick, add more oil or shea butter. If it is too runny, add a bit more beeswax. Be careful to not add too much beeswax as it will be harder to spread with your fingers as a balm.
If you want to make this a Chapstick recipe then add 10 more grams or so of beeswax to make it stiff enough to use in a tube or stick.
Add the flavors
While the mixture is still melted you can add your favorite flavors. This is highly personal so the sky’s the limit as to how you want to scent your lip balm.
You’ll need to add a few drops of essential oil at this point before it hardens.
Some popular ones are:
- Sweet Orange
Here is a link to a set with a lot of different essential oils on Amazon.com. There are a bunch of popular flavors plus some others.
Some of them really won’t be suited to use on your lips, but this recipe also makes an excellent beard balm so you could use some of the other oils in the set like sandalwood and cedar for other uses.
Before the mixture has had a chance to cool, you should pour it into the little jars that you hopefully have already purchased.
A 2 to 4 ounce size I think it about right for this recipe. You’ll get about 15 fluid ounces of balm so that should be up to 8, 2 ounce jars or 4, 4 ounce ones.
Leave them to cool and solidify and then place a lid and label on them.
If you opted for the stick version, use a medicine dropper like this one from Amazon.com to fill the tubes.
DIY lip balm without beeswax recipe
If you are a vegan then using beeswax is a no go. So, if you want to make DIY lip balm without beeswax, then your choices are a petroleum jelly or a vegetable based wax instead.
In place of the beeswax in the recipe above, try some candelilla wax from Amazon.com which is made from the leaves of a desert plant in the Southwest and Mexico. Use a little less than the recommended dosage of beeswax from the recipe as it sets a bit harder. You can also add a little bit of Goe oil from Amazon.com, which is a natural, plant based version of Vaseline to help soften it.
There is something so satisfying about making your own DIY lip balm and other grooming products. And receiving a DIY gift for men is also a great feeling.
Knowing that somebody took the time to make you something that is good for you is a lot better than getting something bought in a store.
Making your own DIY lip balm means you know exactly what is in it and that there are no hidden ingredients that are not actually good for your lips or skin.
Plus, it is fun! It only takes a few minutes to make and can be personalized in so many ways.
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