Make your own lip balm or lip gloss in just ten minutes! This is a fantastic DIY homemade gift idea with unlimited flavor and color options!
I’m one of those people who can never have enough lip balm – seriously, I just went digging through my purse and discovered that I have NINE of them in there! With the harsh and dry winter weather starting to settle in, it’s especially important to keep your lips hydrated so that they don’t get chapped and irritated. Lip balm also makes a quick and easy DIY holiday gift idea, and trust me, once you start to make your own, you’re going to want to make about a zillion different versions!
This basic recipe will create a lip balm that is firm to the touch, but that softens upon contact with your lips – perfect for filling tubes or pots. If you want a softer and glossier version, reduce the amount of beeswax by 1/3 and add a tiny bit more of the liquid oil. This recipe is VERY easy to alter to suit your needs and the ingredients that you have on hand, so feel free to play around with it!
10-Minute DIY Lip Balm
- 3 Tbsp. Beeswax Pellets
- 2 Tbsp. Shea Butter
- 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil (or other liquid oil such as Almond Oil, Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil)
- Essential Oil (10-20 drops) or Flavor Oil (1/2 dram)
- In a microwave-safe container (I use a glass Pyrex measuring cup), melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in 30-second increments, stirring well after each one.
- Stir in the essential oil or flavor oil.
- Carefully pour into pots or tubes and allow to cool before using.
Experiment with your favorite flavor and color combinations! Essential oils are a great way to add flavor along with additional health benefits (try peppermint, wild orange, lemon, lavender, citrus bliss, and more!) or if you prefer to use a traditional flavoring oil, you can enjoy every flavor from watermelon to cheesecake to tropical punch and root beer (and about a thousand other flavors in between!).
A rainbow of different colors can be achieved with mica cosmetic coloring powders or you can simply melt down an old lipstick along with the lip balm ingredients to give it a colorful tint. Cosmetic powders will also allow you to add a bit of pearl shimmer or full-on glittery sparkle!