Lip Balm Recipes: Honey Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Mint and Sweet Almond.

Lip Balm CollageMost commercial lip balms contain petroleum products, artificial colors and flavours, and are loaded with preservatives.  Applying these to your lips is as good as eating these ingredients.  Thankfully, lip balm is simple and cheap to make.  You can make it with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, or at the very least, that you can find fairly easily in natural foods stores.  With pure, all natural ingredients these lip balms are effective and safe, and they make fantastic little gifts!

Choosing your oils

You can use any cooking oil you like.  Some have better qualities than others.  Choose one with little or no fragrance unless you love the fragrance.  Good ones include olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oil etc.  You can use any of these oils instead of the ones in the recipe.  They will all work well.  You can also use herb-infused oils such as chamomile or calendula to create a very soothing, calming product.

Choosing your butters

Butters are oils that are solid at room temperature.  (Except coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature but classified as an oil, not a butter).  Butters are loaded with enriching qualities.  Cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter are great choices for lip balms and other body products.  Cocoa butter is probably the easiest to find.  You can substitute any of the butters with each other.


Beeswax is necessary to solidify the product.  If you are vegan you can try substituting carnauba wax for beeswax, but you will need some kind of wax in the balm.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is moisturizing and has antioxidant qualities.  It is also added as a natural preservative.  It helps prevent rancidity, and extends the shelf life of the product.  No natural preservatives are as effective as synthetic ones, so use up your products in a matter of months, not years.  Store any products you aren’t currently using in a freezer in a sealed container.  If you don’t want to use vitamin E you can substitute it for rosemary essential oil, which also has natural preservation properties.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be substituted for others, or left out entirely.  They do have a bit of a natural preservative effect, but if you don’t want fragrance they can be left out.  Do not use citrus essential oils.  Most citrus (and a few others… worth checking out the link) are photo-toxic and should not be worn when you are exposed to the sun.  Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, a natural analgestic which soothes sore, chapped skin.

Extras, such as honey or chocolate chips.

Again, these can be left out entirely.  Honey is great in body products because it attracts moisture.  It is also naturally antibacterial and… it tastes good…  The chocolate chips are added for color and flavour.  I choose organic, all natural ones to maintain the purity of the product.  Do not add ingredients that are water based such as aloe, or rosewater etc.  Introducing water to your product will allow a bacteria-growing medium into your product which you don’t want, and is completely unnecessary for lip balms.

Choose your recipe below, and follow these directions. 


  1. Combine all ingredients except essential oil in a small sauce pan or double boiler and melt, on low heat.   Stir just until melted.  Do not allow the ingredients to boil!
  2. Stir in essential oil.
  3. Pour immediately into lip balm container.
  4. Allow to cool before moving.  Cap and use!  Or gift!

Here are three “tasty” recipes to choose from.

Chocolate Chip Mint

Honey Vanilla

Sweet Almond

Mountain Rose Herbs has exceptional quality, certified organic herbs, spices, essential oils and more.  They maintain a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture.  I highly recommend them for outstanding quality and service.


  • Each recipe fills 2-3 tubes or tubs.
  • You can purchase the lip balm containers at Mountain Rose Herbs.  Search “lip balm containers”.
  • Use up in a few months to avoid the oil from going rancid.

This post has been linked to Homestead Abundance #1Waste Not Want Not #9 and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #57.

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  1. I can’t wait to try these. How long do you think these would keep? In other words, do you think they would go rancid? Would you keep them in the fridge? Great post thanks!

  2. Thank you for these smaller-sized recipes! I’m going to try the chocolate one.

  3. These look wonderful, and must smell fantastic. I’m definitely going to start collecting some ingredients for this :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on today’s Waste Not Want Not Wednesday!

  4. What great recipes thank you. I love that you have provided small amounts for the recipe too. I think I have ingredients for one of the recipes so I just need a spare moment to give this a try. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for linking up to Homestead Abundance this week. Fantastic recipes. Love the chocolate one especially. I never thought of putting chocolate chips in my lip balms. Thanks for the great idea. Sharing this on my Facebook page this morning.

  6. Hello from Portugal! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I made the sweet almond oil lip balm this week and I’m SO happy! I’m changing my life to a healthier one and you have been a very good help!
    I’ve just share my experience in my blog and track in back for your blog
    xx Ana

  7. Michelle Ives Linder says:

    I tried the chocolate mint and it did not solidify. You do not state to use beeswax. Is that a mistake? I guess I will try with .2 oz beeswax.

  8. I tried the chocolate mint one but it did not solidify. You do not state to use beeswax in it. Is it supposed to? I guess I will try with .2 oz of beeswax.. Please let me know if that would work. Thanks

  9. Mountain Rose Herb’s website says that their vanilla oil is not to be ingested. Can I use vanilla extract?

  10. I am going to try to make a Lemon one with honey and lemon blam so it will smell Lemony

  11. Excellent tutorial! Thank you for including so much background information, the process is much more understandable now <3 You are fabulous!

  12. I’d like abut more guidance re: honey vanilla balm – the vanilla essential oil is terribly expensive. I’m wondering if you can substitute vanilla extract or fragrance?

    Also, did you use raw honey in the recipe?


    • Hi! Yes I used raw honey. No you can’t use vanilla extract because it separates from the oils. YOu could use vanilla fragrance, although it is a chemical, and not a natural ingredient. Good luck!

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