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Homemade Lip Balm with Beeswax and Shea Butter

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This is a simple highly moisturizing recipe that creates a wonderful feeling healthy lip balm. The high quality ingredients of this homemade lip balm is hydrating, moisturizing, protective, and healing.

This lip balm recipe uses 3 main ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. This is the base of my homemade lip care products.  I like to add peppermint essential oil for the refreshing minty tingle, and beet root powder for a natural lip stain.

It’s fun and rewarding to make your own stuff, especially when it works out. Making your own stuff generally has a lot of failures before you figure it out. This is recipe I have used for several years.

It is smooth, feels good on lips, and is healing. It has a nice non-sticky feeling. If you don’t want pigment then leave out the beet powder. 

Before we dive into the homemade lip balm recipe here is the magic of the 3 base ingredients:

Shea Butter

Shea Butter from the tree of life, contains vitamin A, E, F, essential fatty acids, and has numerous medicinal properties. The Shea Butter Institute describes shea butter as your skins best friend with healing properties that promote healing in wounds, eczema, frost bite, sunburns, skin allergies, insect bites, repair wrinkles, and more.

Shea butter produces the same oil produced by the glands in our skin, making it incredibly moisturizing and protective. A study found shea butter softened and reduced the severity of eczema, and helps prevent waterloss from the skin.

Shea butter lasts about 8 hours, but was most effective for the 1st hour [3]. Shea butter effectively reduces inflammation and even has cancer fighting abilities [4].

Studies found that shea butter boosts collagen and elastin production in skin. Collagen and elastin are the major structural proteins of skin.

This ability also makes shea butter effective at reducing wrinkles and repairing sun damage [6]. Shea butter’s unsaponifiable fraction has substances that effectively absorb UV radiation, giving shea butter sun protective abilities.

Skin benefits of Shea butter:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reparative: Boosts collagen and elastin in skin (making it great for healing & wrinkles)
  • UV protectant

Quality matters:

If you want to benefit from the magic of shea butter. Shea butter should be grade A raw and the Shea Butter Institute recommends no older than 18 months, because as it ages the healing abilities begin to fade. This nut butter has a characteristic earthy smell, its beige in color and at room temperature feels like butter.

It has a long list of uses for skin conditions, it's moisturizes, reduces swelling, and heals. All these properties make it an excellent choice for lip care, and is an all-around excellent oil to have in your mama pantry.

Note: This is a nut butter, so if there is a nut allergy in the family this is something you may want to consider before using.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is mostly made of medium chain saturated fatty acids. It has been a health craze used both internally and topically for many years now, and for good reason.

Studies have proven coconut oil is effective anti-oxidant with anti-aging properties [7]. It is a very effective anti-microbial and effective at reducing swelling [9][10][11]. An excellent ingredient for chapped lips.

Skin Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Reparative: Boosts collagen
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory

Quality Matters

As with everything quality matters. Organic virgin first cold pressed coconut oil, can be found here. Oils will lose their headlining abilities when they are chemically or heat extracted.


Beeswax improves skin hydration, because it is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains water. This is a great quality for lip care products.

It’s also high in vitamin A which is great for keeping skin young and looking rejuvenated. Beeswax is naturally antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and provides mild pain relief.

Since it is a wax, it creates a protective barrier but still allows the skin to breathe. This is unlike petroleum products which provides a barrier, but doesn’t allow the skin to breathe.

It's proven to be effective at healing sores and relieving itching [3]. This is an excellent ingredient for keeping the lips protected and hydrated.

Skin Benefits of Beeswax

  • Antiaging
  • Humectant
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-microbial
  • Protective
  • Anti-inflammatory

 Quality Matters

I use organic beeswax. Organic beeswax smells amazing it has a mild earthy honey smell. I prefer the pastilles, these are little pellets of beeswax that are easy to work with.

Homemade Lip Balm with Beeswax and Shea Butter

Yield: 3 tubes of chapstick

Supplies needed

Ingredients for homemade lip balm

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Directions for homemade lip balm

This recipe will yield 3 tubes of chapstick. Before you start, unwind the chapstick tubes so that the push plate is completely lowered.

I like to use measure ingredients in grams, because it’s a small increment making it easy to work with small batches. Fill a small pan 1/3 full with water and bring to a simmer.

This small pocket scale I love for making all my diy beauty products. It is very precise, maxes out a 1000g, and measures to a 10th of a gram. It can be switched to ounces also.


Weigh the empty container you will be using to mix ingredients. I like to use a pint size mason jar. Weigh the empty mason jar and write down its weight. This is tip will save a lot of frustration if your digital scales goes off in the middle of weighing out your ingredients.

Then add coconut oil into the jar until you reach the desired weight, and write down this number. Then add beet powder capsules.

Stir them together, if the coconut oil is still solid, then place the jar in the simmering water to melt the oil. The coconut oil melts very quickly. The beet powder mixes easiest in the coconut oil.

Then return jar to scale and add the remaining ingredients. Return the jar to the simmering water and let everything melt. Light stirring will speed up the melting. It generally takes 2-3 minutes for everything to melt. Then turn off heat, and add essential oil.

You must work quickly because the oil begins to harden rather quickly. Using a syringe to fill the chapstick tubes is easiest, or you can simply pour the oil directly into the tubes.

This can be a little messy. If it does harden before you are done, just return to simmering water and re-melt. Then let it cool, and enjoy!

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