Super Easy DIY Lip Balm (less than 10 minutes)

shea butter lip balm

Making your own lip balm isn’t complicated…at all. I’ve been meaning to start making my own beauty products like soap and lotions, but have always felt a bit overwhelmed. If that also sounds like you, then trust me this is the easiest thing to start with. All you need is a few ingredients and around 10-15 minutes.

Before we get to the recipe, let’s briefly recap why natural lip balm is in your best interest.

3 Reasons to Make Your Own Lip Balm

  1. It’s WAY cheaper. I’m pretty sure I just spent a few cents on making a 30ml container.
  2. You can use the best ingredients. Keep in mind that brands like Chapstick contain artificial dyes, fragrances and more. In fact, here’s the entire list (items in bold are known to be harmful):Arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, menthol, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, red 6 lake, saccharin, white wax. (1) 
  3. You’ll feel like a self-sufficient DIY badass every time you use your lip balm. Yep, pretty soon you’re going to be churning your own butter.

Basic Natural Lip Balm Formula

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a newbie so I’ll be experimenting with different ratios and proportions of ingredients in the near future. But for now, I stuck to this simple method:

Hard butter (1 part) + carrier oil (1 part) + beeswax (1 part) = lip balm*
*optional: add in scents with an essential oil

The formula above is adjustable based on your preference for a soft or hard lip balm. If it turns out too hard, melt it again and add more oil. If it turns out too soft, add more butter or beeswax.

Here are the 3 ingredients I used:
shea butter lip balm ideas

  1. Beeswax – you’ll be familiar with this product if you’ve ever bought or seen a beeswax candle. It’s essentially the cleanest natural wax on the market, and its often used in beauty products like lotions, salves and cosmetics. It’s role is to help  bind and emulsify, while also increasing moisture in the skin due to its hydrating properties.
  2. Shea butter – this product is well-known for its moisturizing properties, especially during the winter or fall when skin starts drying out. This is because it’s naturally rich in vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids.
  3. Coconut oil – also rich in Vitamin E and popular for its moisturizing benefits, this adds a nice coconut scent to the lip balm as well

Homemade Shea Butter Lip Balm Recipe

Note: when it comes to DIY and cooking, my general approach is to be as lazy as possible without sacrificing quality or taste 🙂 So while many blog posts will tell you to buy 20 chapstick tubes to fill with pipettes and to make a giant batch, I prefer to make just enough for one and pour it into a cute little screw top jar that I can throw into my purse or backpack.

P.S. I was recently sent these glass jars to try out and if I become a DIY cosmetic junkie I’ll probably get a bunch of these. The jars are made from deep violet glass which protects it from light and heat, so you’ll never end up in a mushy chapstick situation.

You will need:

1/2 Tbsp. each:

  • Beeswax pellets (I chopped up a bar)
  • Shea butter
  • Unrefined coconut oil
  • Essential oil of choice: lavender (4-5 drops)
  • 1 x small glass container (mine was 15ml)


  1. You will be using a double boiler method. If you don’t know what that is, watch this 3-minute video.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil
  3. Add the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil to a large glass bowl; place it on top of the saucepan
  4. Melt the ingredients
  5. Stir ingredients with a spatula and turn off the stove
  6. Add in a few drops of essential oil
  7. Pour directly into glass jar
  8. Keep it in a cool place and let it harden for a few hours, or place it the fridge for 15 minutes.


About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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