Balm Squad: DIY Lip Balm

January 2024 - Natural Home

Moisturizing, nourishing lip balm that can be made easily and inexpensively at home? Ummm…yes please! This simple lip balm requires just a few basic ingredients, absolutely no special tools and can be whipped up in less than a half hour. Dry, chapped lips won’t stand a chance this winter!

If you have a collection of tiny jars, cosmetic pots and tins squirrelled away in a closet because they’re too good to recycle, this is the perfect time to reuse them. Just be sure they’re clean and dry—a cycle through the dishwasher will do the trick!

Make Lip Balm
Makes 2 to 5 pots of lip balm

  • 3 tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 drops vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops essential oil (optional)
  • just enough beetroot power, natural food dye or natural lipstick to add a little colour (optional)
  1. MELT
    Add a couple of centimetres of water to the bottom of a saucepan. Measure the cocoa butter and coconut oil to a spouted heat-safe dish. If you’re adding colour to your lip balm, add that too. Place the spouted dish inside the saucepan and warm over medium heat. Stir frequently until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Scent Stir in a couple of drops of vitamin E oil and any essential oils if you choose.
    Carefully pour into your containers. Refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes to set, then remove to room temperature and put the lids on securely.
  4. ENJOY
    It sounds too easy to be true, but that’s it! Apply to your lips liberally when needed.
    Because of the ingredients, this lip balm’s texture and consistency may change depending on the temperature around you. With enough heat (like when stored in a hot car!), it may even liquify, so just be mindful of that. At room temperature or lower, however, it’ll be perfect. 

Essential oil isn’t essential! Cocoa butter smells ah-mazing on its own, so there’s no need to add essential oils if you’d prefer not to. Your lip balm will smell delicious and chocolatey without it.

Jen Kossowan is a kindergarten and grade one teacher and a mom to two gorgeous kids. She’s passionate about education, loves a good DIY project, and can often be found in the kitchen whipping up something delicious. She started Mama.Papa.Bubba. on a whim while living in the Middle East and has been sharing recipes, activities and travels online ever since.

Learn more: | IG: @mamapapabubba

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