How To Make Lip Balm: Best Australian Lip Balm Recipe

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Want to know how to make easy lip balm? I’ve got you covered. In this guide, I share exactly how I make two awesome all natural best homemade lip balm recipes in my Melbourne home.

If you’ve ever had dry lips, you’ll know that the only thing worse is when you have dry lips without a good lip balm!

Dry lips are annoying especially when they turn into sore, cracked lips. It’s hard to concentrate and go on like normal when your lips are killing you! I know because I seem to have dry lips a lot. I hate them!

Because of this, I have tried many store bought lip balms. This has taught me two things:

  1. Many bought lip balms just don’t work. They may put a slight coating on my lips but that is all
  2. They often have far too many chemicals in them

I try to go as chemical free as possible when it comes to what I put on mine and the kids’ bodies and, honestly, the average lip balm just doesn’t cut it.

After a friend mentioned that I should try making my own, I started searching for how to make your own lip balm at home. I was surprised when I learned just how easy it is.

Add in multiple lockdowns where I’m trying to keep me and the kids entertained and making lip balm with beeswax and a vegan alternative, candelilla wax, became my new hobby.

It doesn’t just give me a better quality lip balm which is all natural with no chemicals, but I found it’s also a lot of fun to make and is easy and straightforward. Now, I wonder why I didn’t start making it years ago!

If this sounds like something you want to do too, keep reading for more details about why I learned how to make a lip balm and exactly how to make DIY lip balm including my two top recipes – one is for people who are looking for beeswax lip balm recipes, the other is for people who want a homemade vegan lip balm so this one is without beeswax. Both recipes are for homemade lip balm with coconut oil.

I also share how to get ingredients to make lip balm in Australia as I know when I first started making lip balm, I had no idea where I could buy things like beeswax or the vegan alternative, candelilla wax.

Finally, I answer lots of questions so you can make the exact DIY chapstick you want, like how to make DIY vaseline lip balm as well as a chocolatey cocoa butter lip balm recipe.

One thing is for sure, by the time you finish this article, you’ll know everything you need to know about how to make homemade lip balm.

Why Make Homemade Lip Balm?

While I was initially drawn to the world of DIY natural lip balm because I wanted an effective lip balm for dry and cracked lips which wasn’t full of chemicals, I kept making my own lip balm for many reasons. Perhaps some of these resonate with you.

I make homemade lip balm with essential oils because…

  1. They are effective at protecting lips and soothing and healing dry and cracked lips
  2. They are chemical free and all natural
  3. They are fun to make – I like trying a new all natural lip balm recipe and altering it to make it perfect
  4. It’s a fun activity with my daughter
  5. It’s cost effective
  6. It’s quick and easy
  7. They make great gifts

Honestly, I see no drawback to making my own DIY flavored lip balm. It only takes about ten minutes and gives me so benefits.

How To Make Lip Balm At Home

Sold on the idea? Let’s talk about exactly how to make a chapstick. Below, I give you the perfect answers to exactly how to make lip balm with beeswax or without, but first, I talk more generally about what ingredients you need, what purpose they have in the lip balm base recipe, where you can get them in Australia and how to store your finished product.

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A double boiler is handy to purchase to make lip balm. I bought this on eBay

If you just want to skip right to the beeswax lip balm recipe or the candelilla wax lip balm recipe, you can keep scrolling as you don’t need to read the next sections if you don’t want.

It is important to have everything ready before you start cooking your lip balm. It can set fast once you take it off the heat so ensure you are all set to go.

If you want to make your own lip gloss for kids, keep reading as well. I make these best DIY lip balm recipe options with my 11 year old and for her friends all of the time.

Ingredients For Lip Balm

Here, I describe the lip balm ingredients DIY’ers need including why they help make your lip balm awesome. Not all ingredients are essential in every lip balm and there are some differences in my recipes below.

I also give you some suggestions here of what you could use instead if you can’t source an ingredient or you don’t like one for any reason.

Coconut Oil

I’m a great fan of making lip balm with coconut oil so it’s an ingredient in both my lip balms below. Coconut oil is a win because of its moisturising and healing properties. It is great for both protecting your lips from becoming dry and helping them if they are.

It’s also easy to source, but you can substitute it for olive or jojoba oils.

Click here to read more about coconut oil.

white beeswax
White beeswax

Beeswax

Using beeswax for lip balm making is important because it keeps the lip balm solid at room temperature which is how you are able to make it a solid stick all set to apply.

Beeswax lip balm ingredients also help to coat the lips which help the lip balm last on your lips as well as protecting them. It also attracts moisture to your lips which really does make it a perfect lip balm ingredient.

If you want to colour your lip balms, I recommend you buy white beeswax so it doesn’t interfere with it. Otherwise, you might prefer the colour of the yellow beeswax in your balm.

It also adds a slight honey scent to your lip balm.

Homemade lip balm recipes with beeswax do well and I think this is a slightly easier wax to work with than candelilla. It melts more easily and the finished product is a little softer. However, if you want a vegan lip balm recipe, beeswax won’t cut it, so you’ll want to use the coconut lip balm recipe below with no beeswax.

Click here to see more about beeswax.

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla wax comes from the leaves of the candelilla shrub and is a pure vegetable wax. Like beeswax, it keeps the lip balm solid and helps protect the lips as well as helps the lip balm stay on your lips for longer. Although unlike beeswax, it soaks into the lips more easily and doesn’t protect as well.

It is a little harder than beeswax so it takes a little longer to melt and the finished product will be a little harder. I prefer to use it, however, as I like to use vegan products where possible.

A downside is that it does have a yellow colour so it is hard to colour candelilla lip balms how you would like. It’s best for lip balms where you don’t want to add colour. It does provides a better gloss though.

You can use either candelilla wax or beeswax in any moisturising lip balm recipe. So if you want to switch them in the recipes below, you can. There is no need to adjust the quantity if you switch between them.

Click here for more information about candelilla wax.

Candelilla Wax
Candelilla Wax

Shea Butter

Shea butter is the fat extracted from nuts from the shea tree, natively found in West Africa. It’s a solid at room temperature and is an ivory/pale yellow colour.

It is frequently used in beauty products thanks to being full of antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins. It’s smooth to spread and is great for skin and lips as it softens, soothes and conditions. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which especially helps heal and prevent chapped lips.

This makes homemade lip balm with shea butter is a great product especially as it also helps keep the lip balm solid and helps to form a protective layer on the lips.

Click here for more information about shea butter.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is another oil that works great in a DIY chapstick. It helps hydrate lips and retain moisture on them. It’s also a moisturiser and works especially well on dry or cracked lips.

You can replace almond oil with olive or avocado oil or use more coconut oil if you don’t have it.

Click here to see more about almond oil.

Essential Oils

It’s not necessary to have essential oils in your lip balm and you can leave them out of the recipes below if you like. However, if you want a flavoured lip balm recipe, you’ll want some essential oils. This is how you add DIY lip balm flavours.

Plus, essential oils don’t just give some flavour and aroma to your lip balm, but they can also add extra benefits. Below, I go through some of my favourite essential oils for lip balms.

Do note that essential oils are concentrated so they can be powerful additions in an essential oil lip balm recipe. So use with care. You don’t need much.

Click here to buy essential oils.

lemon essential oil

Which Essential Oils Are Good For Natural DIY Lip Balm?

Every essential oil is different so whether it is good for lip balm differs too. Your particular needs and preferences for your lip balm are likely to differ too.

Do you like strong smells and flavours?

Do you want a DIY moisturising lip balm that’s as soothing as possible?

Do you want essential oils that can help keep you alert?

There are some that are worth avoiding (I’m looking at you, eucalyptus) and some that you will no doubt love.

You can also combine essential oils to get a combination of positive benefits. It’s really up to you.

Here are some you may want to consider:

  • Lavender – I love this one and I use it in my recipe pictured here for a DIY lip balm no beeswax. Lavender doesn’t just smell great but it’s good for your skin as well as being relaxing.
  • Rose – This isn’t just a pretty smell but it’s also recommended for skin imperfections and can stimulate the mind
  • Lemon – This is another favourite. It’s very refreshing and uplifting. It’s also known for being good for attention and focus as well as being cleansing.
  • Orange – Likewise, orange is also uplifting and considered good for depression
  • Vanilla – Not just a great smell, vanilla is a mood lifter, good for depression
  • Chamomile – This is a soothing and relaxing choice, good for anxiety
  • Peppermint – This may be the most popular choice for lip balm. It has a great cooling effect when applied so it’s great for sore lips. It’s also good for inflammation and can help focus the mind
  • Spearmint – Another essential oil that has a great cooling effect, the smell isn’t quite as strong as peppermint which may appeal to some people. Spearmint is also good for stress.

It’s important to point out that some citrus oils, like lemon and grapefruit, are photosensitive. Photosensitive oils can intensify the effects of the sun. This means it’s more likely your lips can be burned if you are putting on a lot of it and going out in the sun.

However, in tiny amounts like this, I haven’t had a problem but it is something to be aware of and your situation may be different.

When it comes to oils to avoid, the so-called “hot oils” are on the top of the list. They are called this because they give a burning sensation when applied to the skin. Lips are sensitive so this is not recommended. Hot oils include clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus.

Colouring

Colouring your lip balm is completely optional. In fact, deciding not to colour your lip balm can make life a lot easier as it can be overly complicated wading through the colour options if you want a DIY coloured lip balm that has all natural ingredients that aren’t harmful. This is especially so if you want to make your own lip balm for kids that is completely safe.

So many DIY all natural lip balm recipes out there are not thanks to the colouring they use.

For example, the most popular colouring choice I see in recipes is mica powder. Mica is ground from stone and it is natural initially.

However, the bright mica powders you see for sale generally have been dyed and these dyes often contain the exact ingredients you are trying to avoid by making your own homemade lip treatment.

I have mixed feelings about using mica because of this and try to avoid it where possible. However, my daughter and her friends love pink lemonade lip balm and I have only been able to make it pink by using mica powder so I do use it for this recipe. You can find a recipe specifically for pink lemonade DIY lip balm here.

This is also a lemon lip balm recipe – you could just remove the mica powder and use yellow beeswax to give it a yellow colour.

Brazilian purple clay
Brazilian purple clay

In my pictures in this guide, I have used pink mica powder to get pink lip balm and Brazilian purple clay to get purple/brown shade of lip balm with candelilla wax. Brazilian clay comes in other colours as well.

Brazilian clay works well and is natural without anything to worry about. It works best if you infuse it into almond oil before adding it to the lip balm recipe. This means heating it in your double boiler with the almond oil until it mixes in (note some powder will remain – you can strain this out but I don’t find it noticeable in the finished product).

You then put the infused almond oil to the side and add it to the recipe as normal.

Note many online guides to natural lip balms recommend beet root powder or alkanet root powder for colouring. I tried both of these in my lip balms and could not get them to work whether I added it at the end, during or tried to infuse it in oil first. They did not colour any of the ingredients in this recipe and I had to throw out all of my attempts so I do not recommend it.

Buying Ingredients In Australia

If there is one gripe I have from when I started looking at DIY homemade lip balm, it’s that all the information I could find was American. While this doesn’t matter in some ways, in others, like sourcing ingredients, it was annoying.

I didn’t have any idea where to find ingredients like beeswax, candelilla wax and shea butter, especially since I started making lip balm in lockdown.

But I didn’t need to worry. It’s easy to find everything you need on Amazon or eBay and I link to all ingredients you need throughout this article.

It’s also possible to find coconut oil, and sometimes almond oil, in your local supermarket.

I prefer Amazon where I can since delivery is relatively quick and easy.

eBay is great because it tends to have a bigger range with more options – like it’s easier to get just a tiny amount of some of the ingredients. However, I don’t like the lack of postage tracking on smaller items.

Whichever option you choose, it easy to buy all these ingredients and have them delivered to your home within a week or two.

Shop on Amazon Australia here.

Shop on eBay here.

pink lemonade lip balm
Our pink lemonade lip balm

Storage For DIY Lip Balm

Before you start making our creamy lip balm recipe, you need to have somewhere to store it. This needs to be a container that’ll make it easy to transport and use your lip balm.

The best containers to use are those purposefully made for a homemade chapstick.

If you already have some empty lip balm or gloss containers, you can clean them out and reuse them. Just make sure you remove everything inside them first, fully clean and dry before starting to follow my homemade lip balm recipe.

If you don’t have any, that’s fine. They are easy and cheap to buy. You can then clean them out once you use them and re-use. Buying new ones is also a great idea if you want to give your lip balm away as gifts.

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I like to use lip balm tubes for my lip balm

DIY Lip Balm Containers

You have two choices – tubes and tins.

Lip Balm Tubes

These lip balm tubes are perfect if you like to easily apply your lip balm without using your fingers and like a professional look.

Click here to see them on Amazon now. These also come with printed labels.

Lip Gloss Tins

Lip gloss tins are perfect if you like to carry around more lip balm (they hold about three times more than the tube) and like to apply with a finger.

Click here to see them on Amazon now.

DIY Lip Balm Labels

Labels are definitely not an essential part of how to make lip gloss from scratch. However, they do make the end product look great and more professional, especially if you want to use your lip balm as gifts.

You can buy either plain labels that you print or write on yourself or already printed ones.

Find plain labels here or printed ones here.

If you want to take your DIY easy lip balm making to another level, you can also get your own personalised labels made easily on Etsy. That’s what we did when we got more serious about it!

Lip Balm Recipes With Beeswax/Shea Butter

Lip Balm Recipes With Beeswax/Shea Butter

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This recipe for how to make coconut oil lip balm will make around six small lip balm tubes. It's the perfect choice if you are looking for a DIY lip balm with shea butter.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Have everything out and ready including all lip balm containers upright with lids off
  2. Set up your double boiler or pan and heat-safe bowl with water on a low heat
  3. Add the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil
  4. Stir gently until everything is melted and well mixed. This usually takes a few minutes
  5. Turn off the heat and mix in the essential oils and colouring (optional). Always add any colour very slowly using the smallest amount you can and mixing through before adding more (if necessary)
  6. Use the dropper/syringe to carefully pour the mixture into your containers. It can set quickly so do it while it’s still hot and liquid. If it does set, you can melt again
  7. Let your new lip balms completely cool. I recommend leaving them at least six hours if they are in tubes. You can carefully move them to the fridge to speed this up

The lip balm is then ready to use!

Melting the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil to make lip balm
Melting the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil

Best Lip Balm Recipe Without Beeswax/DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balm

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Melting the candelilla wax and coconut oil in the double boiler

This easy lip balm recipe without beeswax is the way to go if you are looking for a DIY vegan lip balm. It’s really effective on dry lips and is very nourishing thanks to the coconut and almond oils.

This almond oil lip balm recipe will turn out a natural yellow colour. You can add colouring if you wish, but it is hard to make it work as effectively with candelilla wax.

Ingredients:

Equipment:

  • Double Boiler (or you can use a regular pan of water with a heat-safe bowl on top)
  • Dropper (or a medicine syringe. I use an old Nurofen one!)
  • Lip Balm Containers (I prefer tubes)
  • OPTIONAL: Labels

Instructions:

  1. Have all ingredients and equipment out, ready to go. Open all lip balm containers so you can fill them quickly
  2. Set up your double boiler or pan and heat-safe bowl. Heat on low
  3. Add the candelilla wax and coconut oil, stirring until it melts. This can take up to ten minutes
  4. Add the almond oil and essential oil
  5. Mix
  6. Turn off heat and use the dropper/syringe to carefully pour the mixture into the lip balm containers. Be quick as it can set fast
  7. Cool until completely solid. You can cool it in the fridge to speed it up

Your homemade lip balm without beeswax is ready to use!

natural chapstick recipe transferring into tubes
Getting the lip balm into the tubes

If you put your lip balm in tubes, be particularly careful to let them fully harden before use. If you don’t do this, it can break apart within the tube, and it won’t work properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s A Wax Free Lip Balm Recipe?

Most chapstick DIY recipes are going to include a wax, like beeswax and candelilla wax above, as an essential ingredient to keep the lip balm as a solid. However, you can make a DIY lip balm without coconut oil or beeswax or other wax.

A quick and easy way is with homemade vaseline lip balm.

This is made combining equal parts vaseline and coconut oil while melting in your double bowler. You can then store in lip balm containers exactly the same as the DIY coconut lip balm recipes above.

If you don’t want coconut oil either, you could substitute this for coconut oil.

However, this lip balm just won’t be as good as the ones above. For a start, vaseline isn’t great for lips that are already dry and damaged that you want to fix as it’s not great at restoring moisture.

It’s also problematic that vaseline is a by-product of petroleum. It’s not eco-friendly and it’s not the best for your skin. You are much better off using the ingredients in the recipes above.

Pink lemonade lip balm
Some frshly poured pink lemonade lip balm made with the beeswax and shea butter recipe above using lemon essential oils and pink mica powder for colouring

How Can I Make DIY Strawberry Lip Balm?

It’s very easy to make strawberry lip balm. Simply follow my recipe for DIY lip balm without beeswax above and use strawberry essential oil for the essential oils. You can add red mica powder to get the colouring.

How Can I Make DIY Chocolate Lip Balm?

Organic, chocolate, all natural lip balm is surprisingly easy to make. In fact, you just have to make a small change to my beeswax lip gloss recipe above.

Instead of using shea butter, switch this to cocoa butter. This homemade cocoa butter lip balm will taste and smell like chocolate.

What’s A Lavender Lip Balm Recipe?

It’s easy to make lavender lip balm. It’s my favourite so I make it a lot. I use either of the recipes above with lavender essential oil and Brazilian purple clay for colouring. It’ll be a subtle colour and if you use it with candelilla wax, like I did in the picture just below, this is the colour you will turn out with (thanks to the yellow colour of the candelilla wax).

Likewise, if you want a homemade peppermint lip balm, use the recipes above with peppermint essential oil. For a DIY vanilla lip balm, use vanilla essential oil. For a rose lip balm recipe, use rose oil.

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My lavender homemade lip balm made with the recipe above

Can I Make Homemade Lip Balm Without Coconut Oil?

Yes, you can. If you are not a fan of homemade lip gloss with coconut oil or you don’t have any, you can switch coconut oil in the recipes above with olive or jojoba oil making it an olive oil lip balm recipe or jojoba oil lip balm recipe.

Final Words

lavender lip balm
Our lavender lip balm with a special label

I hope you found this guide to how do you make chapstick/lip balm very useful! It’s an activity I enjoy a lot which is why I couldn’t help myself but to write such a detailed guide. I hope you enjoy making this easy DIY lip balm as much as we do.

Another great DIY recipe is for DIY body glitter (learn how here) and bath bombs. Read how to make bath bombs here. You can find more fun guides to things to do at home here or my guide to making melt and pour soaps here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Travel addict, Melbourne lover, business builder and mum of three who's constantly trying to live simpler and smarter.