DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm - Perfect for Mother's Day! - Everyday Essentials

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DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm – Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Get your lips ready for a sweet springtime smile!

This DIY lip balm is a quick and easy way to keep your lips healthy and soft with all natural, nourishing products! Also, it’s another great way to say “Thank you” to the special mom of your life this Mother’s Day!

This recipe calls for our Love Vanilla Synergy. It is an exceptionally sensual blend of Vanilla Oleoresin and Ylang Ylang Complete. The warm and inviting scent of Vanilla mixed with the sweet and exotic aroma of Ylang-Ylang makes for a very enticing treat for your lips!

Just a quick note – Love Vanilla is not a KidSafe synergy. If you’re interested in making a wonderful kid-friendly lip balm, check out this blog!

DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Place beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water {double boiler}
  2. Heat until melted
  3. Once melted, stir in essential oils
  4. Pour into tins or tubes
  5. Allow to cool before capping

This is a great project to do with a friend, so they can hold your lip balm tubes. This recipe cools quickly, so once you’re ready to pour, move quickly and have your friend tap the lip balm tubes to settle the mixture as you pour.

*Recipe makes enough for 3 tubes or 1 circular tin. To make more than that, please multiply by number of items you want to make.


63 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm – Perfect for Mother’s Day!”

  • Hi, I just ordered this and now just saw on a review that you should not use this oil on skin since it contains ylang ylang, Is that true? Should I use a different oil, I really wanted to make the lip balms with vanilla
    Thank you

    1. While that reviewer is partially correct as Ylang Ylang can be sensitizing when used at a higher dilution than what we recommend, when following the dilution guidelines, you can safely use this oil in a lip balm DIY. Just be sure to not use over a 1% dilution.

    1. Hi Judy, a hydrosol may not be your best choice as it’s water-based and will require a preservative. But you can swap out the essential oils for something else you prefer!

  • I want to substitute coconut oil to replace cocoa butter in a lip balm recipe, do you have that information? The recipe calls for 10 grams of cocoa butter. What amount would I use to make 50 lip balm tubes? I will be using coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax, and vitamin E oil.

    1. Hi Rebecca, since we haven’t tested this recipe with coconut oil, we can’t say for sure on the substitution. But they would likely be a direct substitution. Once you try it, be sure to let us know how it turns out!

  • This recipe made 2.5 tubes for me. I also added a small pinch of pink mica powder for some color.

  • I measured all ingredients with measuring spoons and it turned out very soft. Anyone know what the melting point is for this recipe? I’m in Arizona

    1. Hi Breanna! We don’t know the melting point for the recipe since the geographic location can have such a big effect on it. If it’s coming out too soft, you can melt it down again and add more beeswax until you get the consistency you need.

  • Please develop receipes using something other than beeswax for us vegans. I’d love some lip balm – either purchased from your website (preferred) or something I can make at home. Thank you for considering!

  • I’ve been saving the tube from store bought chapstick for this purpose. I go through a lot of chapstick. I just used this recipe, substituting half of the coconut oil with Hempstead oil. I also used a peppermint, speaking and frankincense oil instead of the suggested vanilla. This made 3 tubes of lip balm. This lip balm glides on so smooth! This was super quick and easy to make!

  • Thank you for this recipe. My 6 year old just received a lipstick kit for her birthday with really cool tubes. I’m not okay with the ingredients in the present and won’t let her wear it. Of course that’s a problem. This recipe saves the day. She can have her cute little tubes and I know she is using something safe! Plus we get to do it together ❤️

  • This recipe is so easy to follow! I didn’t have Love Vanilla but I used regular vanilla for one batch and spearmint for another. Is there a way to make the more moisturizing? I’ve noticed they seem moisturizing when you first put it on but within a half an hour or so my lips feel a little dry.

  • I absolutely LOVE this DIY recipe!! I just made two different batches, one with 2 drops of Frankincense Frereana and 1 drop of Blue Tansy and the other with 2 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Rose Otto (technically 10 drops since I used the 10% diluted oil). I immediately tried the first one and fell in love; my lips are so moisturized and soothed with a slight sheen, and the balms smell so good. I’ve always hated store-bought lip balms because I really don’t know what gets put in them – they always end up drying my lips out more so I have to keep reapplying. This lip balm is different; I will definitely be making more when I run out of this batch. Thank you sooo much, Plant Therapy!

  • Love this recipe. We made it with the free birthday oil, lemon cupcake. So yummy! Turned out perfect.

    1. Sammi, refined is a more popular choice for lip balm, but you can also use crude 🙂 It’s completely a matter of personal preference ~

    2. Refined shea moisture has been processed to remove the nutty smell, so it may mix better with your oils. if you are going for more of the cocoa and nutty smell, then use the unrefined, but some unrefined may have different colors.

  • I’m looking for a way to incorporate the healing balm. Can I substitute either the shea butter or the coconut oil for the healing balm?

    1. Paula, you can absolutely give it a try and let us know how it turns out! Since the Healing Balm includes a variety of different ingredients, the overall texture and aroma may be slightly different. Try replacing the Coconut with the balm and see how you like that 🙂

  • Im off to buy supplies tomorrow to make some lip balm – Im very much looking forward to giving this a go! I like that its a small reciepe so i can practise 🙂 Thank you!!

  • I made my 1st set of lip balms…It only made 2 tubes…I added 4- 5 drops of EO…can not really tell the difference in tastes…I think I need more EO…next time I will add 10 drops of EO for this recipe…I love the feel of it!

  • Just made these with chocolate truffles. So easy and absolutely smells heavenly. Thanks for another great DIY!

  • I made this the other day, but used avocado oil and added vitamin e oil. And I used Lucky synergy for the little, and coffee eo for me! Love it so much!

    1. You sure can, Tamika! However, Cocoa Butter has a bit of a stronger aroma and a slightly different consistency, so you may have to play around with it a bit to get it how you like 🙂

  • Great recipe! I found that I prefer using small lip balm tins vs the tubes-I made this one twice and even with tapping the tubes they all had air pockets.

  • What is a good substitute for the coconut oil? It needs to be nut/seed free. Would jojoba oil work? I am concerned because I realize the coconut oil does harden and jojoba will not

  • In reading through the reviews I see someone already said what I was going to say. I made the recipe but substituted candililla wax for the beeswax. I also used Bergamont for essential oil. They came out great. Now it’s easy for me to make cruelty free and vegan lip balm.

  • I’ve never used either, so I’m not sure…should this shea butter be refined, or crude? Thank you!

  • Do you have any suggestions on a good natural way of tinting lip balm? I’ve heard of Mica, but not sure of how good/bad it is…

  • I just wanted to add that candelila wax, which is derived from a shrub, is a great vegan sub for the beeswax!

    1. I too will be using candelilla wax, I read that it is dense so you would use half of what recipe calls for of beeswax. Have you tried it yet?

    1. Solid coconut oils stays solid in cooler temperatures. Plant Therapy carries fractionated coconut oil which remains in a liquid form even in cooler temperatures. I hope this helps!

    1. Aly, you could use a liquid carrier oil like jojoba or almond but you may also need to adjust the amount of beeswax and shea butter since you would be replacing a solid ingredient with a liquid one. I hope this helps!

  • Would it work to add a little bit of unused ground coffee to make an gentle exfoliating balm? Or is there another ingredient that would work better?

    1. That’s definitely an option if you wanted to give it a try. Let us know how it turns out!

  • Can I add color? I would love to make these for my God-Daughter and nieces. They are still pretty young and I think color would make this great for them. Any suggestions? P.S. My guys and I are gonna make them for Mother’s Day as our project together!

    1. I don’t see why you couldn’t give that a try. 🙂 I’ve never used colorant in a lip balm, so I don’t have much to offer on that front. 🙁 Let us know what you find out and how it turns out!

  • Thanks for this great recipe! I adore the Love Vanilla synergy and this is another great way to use it.

  • This is a great recipe doing a lip-balm class monday for mothers day. perfect!!!!!

        1. Can you add concentrated flavor? I have some blueberry, but don’t know if I need to change other ingredient amounts?

          1. Rhonda, you’ll have to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] and I’m sure they’ll help point you in the right direction! I am not personally aware of how the addition of concentrated flavor will affect the recipe 🙂 Thank you so much!

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