DIY Beeswax Lip Balm

DIY lip balm

Soothing lip balm is easier to make that you may think, and it makes a great stocking stuffer. You can even make it in a slow cooker! Here’s how.

Every year around this time, as the temperature drops and the wind picks up, I get chapped lips. I know you do, too. And then I start scrounging around in the bottom of my purse and my bathroom cabinets to find the myriad tins of lip balm I’ve bought over the years. You know, the amazing-smelling stuff that costs $10 a pop? This year, I found that I’d run out, and instead of buying more, I decided to make my own instead. I was amazed at how easy it was, and more importantly, that I could use a slow cooker to do it. Yes, a slow cooker! As part of my foray into the world of slow cooker crafts, I found out that a slow cooker is the perfect vessel for melting the wax needed for DIY beeswax lip balm.

This recipe for lip balm uses beeswax, coconut oil, almond oil and peppermint oil. You could change up the recipe by using apricot kernel oil instead of almond oil, and lavender or orange oil instead of peppermint, but I think this recipe makes a nice, cooling lip balm for winter. I really like the consistency and texture, too. It’s not goopy or gloppy like some gel balms, but instead gives your lips a thin, smooth protective layer that actually stays put during the day.

In the interest of fully tested projects, I gave containers to some fellow bloggers and here’s what they had to say about it. Hannah said, “It’s not as a soft (oily?) as other lip balms, but feels great once it’s on.” And Deanne loves that “It smells like Christmas.” Michele gave a winning recommendation: “I like it. I’m a freak and I put my lips IN the container. How about that for a review?”

So go ahead, try making your own beeswax lip balm. And check stocking stuffers for your friends, coworkers, mom, mother-in-law, sisters and sisters-in-law off your list.

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Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm beeswax block for craftsFind some beeswax. I had a large, locally purchased chunk left over from previous candle-making adventures. Look for someone selling honey at your local farmers market and ask them about buying beeswax. Or you can buy a block at some natural foods stores; I found this one on the shelves in the Health and Beauty department at Earth Fare. You can also order beeswax pearls (also called pastilles or beads) online, and these may be easier to work with. I warmed my beeswax in the microwave for a minute so that it would be easier to cut off a few pieces.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm weigh beeswax

Using a kitchen scale, weigh your wax until you have about 3 ounces. Measuring would be easier with the beeswax pearls.

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm melting beeswax

Melt beeswax in the slow cooker over low to medium heat. After the wax has melted, add the coconut oil and almond oil. Use your metal spoon to mix the oils together or pick up the pot (wearing oven mitts) and swirl them together.

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm add peppermint oilAdd drops of peppermint oil to the mixture and mix or swirl again. Now you’re ready to transfer the mixture to containers where it will cool and harden into a balm.

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm glass containers

I used tiny glass containers found at a craft store. Next time, I’d like to find or order smaller metal tins, but I do like the hexagonal shape of these glass ones, which is reminiscent of a honeycomb.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm containersCarefully fill each container with the melted mixture. I used a small metal spoon to dip and fill. The wax will coat the spoon, but it’s better to use metal than a porous material like wood. You could also try pouring it through a small funnel, but you might need a helper for that method. The mixture will start to harden up quickly.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm waxMy filling wasn’t perfect and yours probably won’t be either. See the drips? Just let them harden and then remove them later after the containers are cool.

Step 8

 Open GalleryDIY lip balm containersAfter they’re cool, close up the containers and add decorative labels if desired. I wanted labels I could write on, but as I planned on giving the balms away for holiday presents, these festive ones were just too good to pass up.

Materials

  • 3 ounces beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • 12 drops peppermint oil
  • glass or metal containers with lids

Tools

  • kitchen scale
  • slow cooker for crafts
  • small metal spoon or funnel
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18 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    I don't want to sound silly or anything but does it have an expiration date? :)

  2. Great idea Kelly. I published this in my post regarding 10+ mothers day slow cooker gift ideas.

  3. Diane says:

    Is the measurement for the coconut oil for it's solid or melted state?

  4. analohrmann says:

    The pictures make the balm look just delicious. Is it more hygenic to use tubes or pots? I've been using tubes from http://www.etsy.com/chesapeakeskincare where do you get the pots?

  5. Lora says:

    1/2 cup of oil (sweet almond, grape seed, olive oil, apricot, jojoba oil, herbal infused olive oil….either/or.) if you are allergic to peanuts do not use sweet almond oil

    1oz of beeswax ( 4 tablespoons)

    20 drops of pure essential oils

    You can add some Shea butter, mango or cocoa butter remember you might have to add some more wax..

    At the very end add the pure essential oils…if you add to mixture when hot the essential oils will evaporate

    You can test the balm consistency by taking a spoon and taking a little bit of the liquid and put it in the fridge for a few minutes…if you don't like the texture fix to your own liking…if you don't have patience you can drop some on your hand it will harden within seconds remember the liquid is hot :)

    Add your lip balm to containers of your choice, you can use a Pyrex cup with a spout to carefully pour the liquid or use a pipette..

    This will make around 30 lip balm tubes….my favorite sites to order from http://www.thesage.com or http://www.bulkapothecary.com

    Hope thus helps

  6. Patti says:

    For the flavouring part, could you use different flavoured EXTRACTS instead of the Peppermint OIL? Or, do you have to use only OILS? I'm wondering if the Extract would affect the consistency in any way.Thanks!

  7. Rainy says:

    Could you use Shea butter instead of either oil?

  8. Tyler says:

    My batch isn't very easy to apply… It seems mostly wax still. Maybe more coconut oil?

  9. Nancy says:

    How do you clean your slow cooker afterwards?

  10. Jula says:

    The materials are on the right side of the picture 'bee wax'. They tell how much to use.

  11. Kimberly says:

    How much coconut oil and almond oil do you use with 3 oz of beeswax? How many total ounces produced?

  12. Jenn Pierson says:

    What a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing! I was wondering if you
    Can you use the chap stick holders the tube style with the wheel at the bottom?

  13. Melanie says:

    How much coconut oil and almond oil do you use with the 3 ounces of beeswax?

  14. rebeccaw053 says:

    I love making lip balm. My daughters and I made a bunch last year. They gave them to their friends as gifts. I used usually add food colors http://www.hortonspicemills.com/listing.php?pid=8… to Vaseline. Have to give that a go this year!

  15. Leah says:

    Love this, it seems so easy to do, or at least easier than I imagined. Thanks for posting!

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