Lip Balm Recipe: Get smoother, less wrinkled lips

by Linda Robison

This Lip balm recipe is chemical-free and loaded with line erasing antioxidants to make your lips feel smoother, less wrinkly, and happy!

When your lips feel good, you feel good! 

Making your own lip balm is not a new concept. In fact, homemade lip balms date as far back as 40 B.C., when Cleopatra used ingredients like animal fat to hydrate and help prevent upper lip wrinkles…Yeah, animal fat. Yuck!

Benefits of making your lip balms

Benefits of making your own lip balm are endless, but here are a few good reasons to take the time and make it yourself.

  • Creating balms at home gives you control over the type and amount of ingredients used. 
  • Unlike commercial lip balms, you can avoid perfumes, dyes, or preservatives – which do nothing to help prevent your lips from aging.
  • Balms are excellent for healing damaged lips, and you can create different balms for different seasons or specific needs.

Read these tips before you create your masterpiece lip balm

Make sure you pick high-quality ingredients and pamper your lips. High quality lip balm ingredients become eco-friendly when you use local and sustainably produced items. Don’t forget the reusable containers too! 

  1. Use organic oils: Create your own recipe using organic oils (see a list of oils below) and beeswax or soy wax. Every ingredient should be safe for your skin and labeled “for cosmetic use.” Remember, oils with a lesser rating can irritate or go rancid.
  2. Use oils with high SPF: Try to include oils with the highest SPF protection like carrot, raspberry, and wheat germ. Other oils like coconut, almond, hemp, sesame seed, and jojoba oil have half the SPF protection but can still help protect against UV rays.
  3. Use natural preservatives: To naturally preserve your lip balm, extend the shelf life, consider adding a protective anti-oxidant like Vitamin E. It absorbs well and provides essential nutrients. A small soft gel capsule of Vitamin E easily breaks and blends well. 
  4. Use cosmetic grade beeswax: Use a small amount of finely shaved cosmetic grade beeswax to help firm-up your lip balm if the oils make it runny. Add the wax while your balm is still warm. 

The remainder of your recipe is entirely up to you so have fun!

Add oils that have healing properties or mint for a fun tingle. Don’t forget that your lips can also smell great too.

A lip balm with coconut oil infused with lime or mint can remind you of a tropical drink and warm climates.

Simple mint lip balm recipe

Here is a simple recipe to get you started:

Classic Mint Balm 

  • 1 capsule Vitamin E 
  • 3 tbs of Carrot Oil 
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs of cosmetic Beeswax 
  • 1-4 drops essential peppermint oil

What oils can you use for lip balms

Generally, you want use two types of oils: Solid (which harden at room temperature) and liquid (which stay liquid at room temperature).

A good mixture of both types of oils will ensure your balm is not too runny/liquidy and not too hard that you can't apply it with your finger.

Solid oils include:

  • coconut oil
  • mango butter
  • cocoa butter
  • shea butter

Liquid oils include:

  • carrot
  • olive
  • sesame
  • hemp
  • jojoba oils
  • pomegranate seed oil
  • apricot kernel oil
  • castor oil
  • sunflower

Note: carrot avocado oil, sunflower oil, apricot kernel oil are especially great for wrinkles.

Basic lip balm recipe measurements

Here is a simple measurement breakdown for a typical lip balm recipe:

  • 3 parts liquid oil
  • 1 part solid oil
  • 1 part beeswax or soy wax
  • few drops of essential oils (optional)

How to make your lip balm - Directions

Have your solid and liquid oils measured out along with your shaved beeswax. Add a few inches of water in a saucepan, place on the stove and turn heat to medium-low.

  1. Place both oils (not the beeswax yet) in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or canning jar.
  2. Place jar/cup inside a saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Heat water on medium-low until oils melts.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add a few drops of essential oil (if using).
  4. Use oven mitts to move jar from the pan and wipe away any dripping water.
  5. Then pour the melted oil into your selected lip pots or tins.

That's it! Have fun with lip balm recipes and play around with different oils and scents. Let us know how you like these balms and feel free to share your favorite recipes!