Let's Talk Lip Balm

Last weekend this homemade lip balm post was stumbled upon.

My resident technical director tried to explain what happened and I kind of understand (I have a hard time processing what I can't put my hands on). But what I do understand is this - that lip balm post, written over 2 years ago, generated some serious traffic on the blog this week.

My lip "balmed" lips. Up close and personal.

The high point was Sunday with nearly 4,000 visits to the blog. Of course, things have let up a bit and traffic has steadily dropped since then but I am still well above my average for daily visitors. If you are one of these new visitors WELCOME! 

The irony is that I am too busy right now with moving to make lip balm! The good thing is I make large batches that last a long time. So currently we're using up dibs and dabs from months long past until after we move and I'm able to make another batch.  

Things you might like to know about my lip balm recipe:

  • I designed this recipe by tweaking others. Feel free to do the same to mine. In fact, I encourage you to. 
  • Feel free to share my recipe, but if you do so on a blog or website please link back here. You may use my photos also, just provide a link back here. Contact me if you have any questions about that. 
  • In my experience the essential oil does not mix well with the other ingredients. You must keep stirring the mixture while pouring. Kind of tricky. For this reason I don't recommend making a smaller batch than the recipe I've shared. At those quantities it gets really hard to measure and mix. 
  • My recipe produces approximately 6 - 1 oz tins. The most recent batch, with my usual recipe produced 2.3 oz total. (What's up with that?) So, let's take the average: you can expect around 3 oz of lip balm from this recipe.
  • My friend Spring has used this recipe as inspiration to make her own lip balm in a couple different flavors. Both as Christmas gifts (great stocking stuffers) and as a fundraiser for adoption costs. I love empowering people to reach their goals (homemade gift giving, diy thriftiness, earning extra income) and add beauty to their everyday with something as simple as a lip balm recipe. 
  • My husband took this lip balm with him during a weeklong backpacking trip through the Teton Mountains last fall. Where, quite literally, the sun shone all day, everyday. This lip balm did not protect his lips from the sun (ie: they got burned) but it was still moisturizing. My next big experiment will be to make a sun blocking variety for outdoorsy types. 
  • When I tuck my kids in at night it's usually after I've had a shower, brushed my teeth and applied lip balm. My youngest likes a good smooch to get all that yummy goodness on her lips before falling asleep.

Questions you've asked about my lip balm:

  • What is hard honey? We eat raw, unpasteurized Maine honey. It's not liquid. If you are using liquid honey I recommend less or your recipe might be too runny. Your own local honey and beeswax will give it a unique color and flavor.
  • Where do you buy the supplies? I buy all my supplies at our local health food store or grocery store. Here are a few places you buy lip balm supplies online: Voyageur Soap and Candle, New Directions Aromatics, Elements Bath & Body, Mountain Rose Herbs, eBee Honey.
  • Will the lip balm melt if left in your car on a warm day or in your pocket? If it gets warm enough, yes. Keep upright and be careful when opening on a hot day.
  • Is Vitamin E the same as Vitamin E oil? Yes. 
  • Can you use other essential oils? Yes, but some essential oils are irritating to the skin, especially for sensitive skinned folks. I'd be careful with cinnamon and orange for example. 
  • Will it work in a tube? Absolutely. See supply notes above for where to buy tubes in bulk.
  • Does it go bad? Hasn't happened yet. I make large batches and they keep for months, sometimes years later I'll find a tin half used and still good. If you are concerned, keep unused tubes/tins in the fridge till you are ready to give or use them. 

Seriously, if you've never made lip balm before you really should try, at least once. It's super easy and inexpensive (per unit). It makes great gifts and is appreciated by a lot of people.

Do you have any questions or experience with making lip balm? I would love to hear it. 

And if you are new here, again, Welcome. I don't usually post so many close up photos of my lips. I hope you'll decide to stick around a bit. And if you're here just for how-to body care tutorials be sure to check out my Homemade Soap, Body Care & Herbal Remedies resource page.

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  • Spring

    Spring on April 15, 2011, 12:23 a.m.

    I was surprised at how easy it was to make something so useful, lovely and fun! (Except getting that essential oil to mix in, like you said). Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration! (Hooked on the lotion making now, too, thanks to your blog- this last batch was a lime-shea-coconut cream... mmm. smells so good, and very moisturizing!) :)


  • Kimberly

    Kimberly on April 15, 2011, 4:27 a.m.

    Yes! I love making lip balm. So yummy. I do add cinnamon, clove and lavender essential oils to mine--different recipe so I've not had trouble blending it. I LOVE to see others making these things as well. It's so fun and so much better!


  • Pam

    Pam on April 15, 2011, 3:15 p.m.

    I LOVE your lip balm recipe!! It's so nice to actually KNOW and be able to PRONOUNCE the ingredients in this lip balm. I first made it this past fall and gave samples to most of our friends and family. They ALL agree that it's a wonderful lip balm! One thing I did different in a few of the tubes I made was add some clove essential oil to the recipe. It seems to help some people who suffer from frequent fever blisters because of it's natural antiseptic and pain relieving properties. I really need to get one of those lip balm fill trays from Elements (I get my lip balm tubes and labels from them) because I have had a huge demand for this lip balm since giving out all those samples. I haven't had any problems with the essential oils not mixing well but my liquid honey doesn't mix in well at all (it puddles up at the bottom of my measuring cup when I'm pouring). It looks like I'll be buying some raw honey soon to remedy that problem :) Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!!


  • Kika

    Kika on April 15, 2011, 6:57 p.m.

    My daughter and I made lip balm this fall with a different recipe (only beeswax, coconut oil, raw honey and peppermint essential oil). It was super easy and we love it. Tastes great too :) The downside will be melting in the summer - but that is the case with any natural lipbalms we've bought from small companies too. I was primarily buying Burts Bees before (about $4/tube !!!) and my lipbalm cost about .35/a tin... except that really, I already had everything but the litte tins at home. I am a total lip balm addict and have adapted easily to the homemade recipe.


  • Kim

    Kim on Oct. 21, 2011, 12:11 a.m.

    Love the recipe, thanks! Do you have a source for round label templates? I have tried creating my own, but I'm not enough of a whiz to make a nice label. Thanks!


    • renee

      renee on Oct. 21, 2011, 12:24 a.m.

      I made my own using the computer. You can see a sample in this post from last year's Christmas gifting. I recommend a google search. 


  • Carolyn Manns

    Carolyn Manns on April 25, 2013, 7:37 p.m.

    I can't find anything called 'hard honey'. I've found 'whipped honey'. Will that work?  Thanks so much for all you share with us. I'm so excited to get to try this!




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