You guys, you have to do this. I can’t even believe how easy this is to make. It literally took me 10 minutes. Remember how easy it was to make your own deodorant? This is even easier! I’m going to show you how to make your own lip balm, which I’m sure many of you in colder climates (and you ski & snowboard bums) need right about now. It’s Orange Peppermint Lip Balm, to be exact, and it smells divine!
Orange Peppermint Lip Balm Ingredients
Here is what you’re going to need to get started. You’ll notice that the ingredients are the same as my homemade deodorant recipe, but without the baking soda and arrowroot (and different essential oils). In fact, you could probably make both at the same time, just separate the mix after melting and put the rest of your ingredients in accordingly.
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (this one is a good deal from Amazon for a big container, but Trader Joe’s and Costco also have good prices).
- 1 teaspoon beeswax (vegans can try using carnauba wax instead).
- Essential oils (I used orange and peppermint, but use what you like).
- Tins of some sort or empty lip balm tubes. I got a free tin in a box of Sleepytime Tea (score!) so that’s what I used. It’s a little big, but it was free and it works. If you use smaller tins or empty tubes you will need more than one.
How to Make Lip Balm
Alright, you’re going to start by making a double boiler. Put a small amount of water in a pot and bring to a simmer, then put a heat proof bowl on top of that. Add your coconut oil and beeswax to the bowl.
Stir it around as it heats until all of the beeswax is melted.
Once it’s melted take the bowl off the heat (careful, it’s hot!) and stir in your essential oils. I used 3 drops of peppermint and 4 drops of orange. Peppermint can be strong, so I wouldn’t do any more than 3 drops.
Then pour it into your tin/tins/tubes (might need a little funnel if you’re using tubes).
And then wait for it to set up for a couple of hours. Then put it on your lips. That is it! So simple!
It works really well and smells amazing. People might even ask you why you smell so good and you can say, “it’s my lip balm” and they’ll be super impressed.
The more I make things at home instead of running to the store whenever I need something the more self sufficient I feel. No, the world’s not going to end if you don’t have lip balm, but it sure is nice to have when you need it. And if you keep the ingredients on hand (things you should have anyways) you can whip it up faster than driving to the store to buy it. Plus, it will last a long time, save you money, and give you peace of mind that you aren’t putting weird ingredients on or in your body. Sounds good to me!
Looking for more DIY herbal lip balms? Try our Vanilla Lavender Lip Balm and Rose Hip Lip Balm to soothe your dry lips.
Homemade Lip Balm
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon beeswax, or carnauba wax
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops orange essential oil
- Make a double boiler and put a small amount of water in a pot. Bring to a simmer, then put a heat proof bowl on top of that.
- Add your coconut oil and beeswax to the bowl.
- Stir it around as it heats until all of the beeswax is melted.
- Once it’s melted take the bowl off the heat (careful, it’s hot!) and stir in your essential oils.
- Then pour it into your tins/tubes.
- It may take a couple hours for this lip balm to cool and set up before use.
Hi, i have a question: does this product have an ‘expiry date’? Aka. Will it go bad if not used within, say, a few months? Thanks. :) Love your site!
Colleen @ Grow For Cook Ferm says
Because there is no water in this recipe, it will last for quite a long time without going bad. Years, I would say! The beeswax and the essential oils are natural preservatives as well, so they help.
Thank you for sharing. I love a good lip balm and can’t wait to try it.
Glad you like it! Try it for sure, it literally took me less than 10 minutes to make!
What a great idea and sounds easy too.. I just might try this. It would be so much more economical than buying the organic lip balm I now buy. Visiting from Homestead Blog Hop!
You should definitely try it, it’s incredibly easy!
Saw this post of simple living on reddit and it’s actually just what I’ve needed.
The winter weathers had my lips cracking, peeling and stinging. I’m usually not one for lip balm, but I’ve been able to make 2 rather nice lip balms, one banana and one peppermint.
And it works out quite well on price, the more you make the cheaper it becomes, so I might make some for family and friends.
Thanks for the post!
Thank you, glad you like it!