Recipe for Homemade Lip Balm

by Merissa on July 9, 2012

in Featured, Make Your Own

Recipe for Homemade Lip Balm - Little House Living

Recipe for Homemade Lip Balm

I love not having chapped lips in the winter, but I don't like regular lip balm from the store. I know there are a lot of natural choices out there, but unfortunately for me most of them have sunflower oil (and I just happen to be allergic).

It turns out that it's really easy to make your own though! It only takes a few ingredients with this simple recipe for homemade Lip Balm and you can "flavor" it with any scent you want! I love vanilla scented anything so I was happy to find a vanilla oil on Amazon to use. It didn't mix in as well as I wanted, but it still scented the lip balm. (Vanilla isn't truly an essential oil, but it's much better for you to use in homemade goods than a fragrance oil since the oil is at least made from real vanilla.)

So here's all you need to make a batch of at least 6-8 lip balms depending on the size of the containers you have to put them in.

Vanilla Homemade Lip Balm

Step One: Melt together the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil.

Step Two: Add in the drops of essential oil depending on how strongly you want it flavored (or you don't have to add any). I added about 12 drops to mine.

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Step Three: Use an eye dropper (or an old clean medicine dispenser will work) while the liquid is still hot and fill your containers. If it starts to cool before you finish just heat it back up to the liquid state. This batch makes about 12 small containers or tubes. I also purchase my empty containers on Amazon because I can find them for around $0.20 per tube. (And they are reusable of course so they pay for themselves many times over!) Set the tubes aside and let them cool without being disturbed.

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Remember that in warm temperatures this lip balm might melt so keep it in a cool place or in the fridge if you have to. Enjoy!

Looking for some other fun DIY projects to try? You might love our Homemade Vaseline, Coconut Oil Lotion, or another project on our Make Your Own page.

Have you ever made your own recipe for homemade Lip Balm? How did it turn out? What flavors do you like to add?

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1 Melody July 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Having allergies must be the mother of all invention! :) They sure make finding all sorts of items a pain, and reading labels a new past-time… Cool ideas.

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2 LaJea Cooper January 14, 2014 at 12:14 am

Im allergic to coconut. What can I use instead??

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3 AisLynn May 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I use olive oil.

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4 Rita May 23, 2015 at 4:32 am

Well, if we all had Pure Organic diets, allergies would mostly be a thing of the past. I’ve never in my entire life, except in the last 10-25 yrs., heard of So Many people getting allergies!!! its because of a lot more artificial substances in our life; via furniture etc etc!!

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5 Pat July 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

This sounds good.
I’ve been getting chapped lips this summer! I think I lick my lips when I’m in the pool or when outside working… sweating, you know?
So…you get the vanilla essential oils from amazon. I’m guess the little jars too?

where does one buy beeswax or shea butter? Do you have to buy them online or are these items carried in stores?

thanks in advance, Pat

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6 Merissa July 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

I added the links in the post above to Amazon where I got my ingredients. And yes, I also purchased the jars on Amazon.

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7 Jessica November 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

You can buy beeswax locally most of the time….if you can find local honey then chances are you can also get bees wax there.

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8 Brenda January 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

Mountainroseherbs.com sells all kinds of glass containers, herbs, essentials oils, teas. Just basically natural stuff. I use them for herbs and sometimes henna for my hair. I believe they carry lip balm containers.

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9 Judy brandt December 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

I found a local place here in silverdale wa called steadman’s I bought 1 1/2 pound block of beeswax and tried 8 different flavors of honey was fun for my kids and I bought some blackberry honey as well. Check michaels for containers as well. I love amazon.

I have most of my stuff to make things now just have to buy pan at dollar store to melt stuff in and start making gifts.

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10 Rachel Tri July 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

did this same balm last winter – those little jars work well.

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11 Brenda Slye July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hi,
I can’t wait to try to make this. Thank you,
Brenda

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12 Sarah H. July 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I am going to have to try this. My teenage daughter is on a lip balm kick! I have never seen anyone with so many lip balms at one time. My question is what do you, or did you put your balm in once you made it? Thank you for posting this. :)

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13 The Backyard Farmwife July 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

It’s so easy and fun! I love making it!

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14 channon July 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This sounds great! It would make lovely gifts, and my girls would enjoy it, too! Thanks for all of your great tips.

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15 Hattie V Eva V July 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Wonderful :) we made some a few years ago,,,guess it’s time again :) have a great & Godly day :) ~eva

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16 Mae July 31, 2012 at 9:03 am

Can you tell me what size these little jars are? I’m having alot of trouble finding small CLEAR ones for some reason…are they called “Pots or jars?”

Thanks!

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17 Merissa July 31, 2012 at 9:18 am
18 Mrs Wheeler August 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I have never heard of anyone other than myself and one of my daughters being allergic to sunflower. It’s wonderful to be able to make great natural alternatives to the natural alternatives! :)

Blessings!

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19 Merissa August 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Yes, it’s a frustrating little uncommon allergy isn’t it?

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20 Debby May 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I also have a sunflower allergy in addition to celery. Super fun to deal with when nobody believes you. :-(

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21 Merissa May 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Seems like it’s that way for many allergies! For some reason I’ve found that people find the corn and carrot allergies hardest to believe, but I’m not sure why!

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22 Mira Born October 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I just tried this recipe last night, and love it. The lip balm is truly the best stuff I’ve ever tried. Perfect consistency and moisture level. I used peppermint oil instead of vanilla as the beeswax & shea butter have a fairly strong scent that I wanted to cover up a little. But it was really quick and easy to do. Grating the beeswax was the hardest step…pastilles next time! The recipe is simple and easily adjustable. I’m so glad I found you Merissa – yeah for Pinterest!

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23 Merissa October 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Woohoo! I’m glad the recipe worked great for you, enjoy! :)

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24 Becky November 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

Instead of the vanilla essential oil do you think you could use a vanilla bean in the melting process?

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25 Merissa November 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

You could try it, I’m not sure how it would work!

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26 AisLynn May 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

It does not infuse as well if you do it during the process but you can infuse it into just the oil over low heat for 3 hours.

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27 Robin November 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

Is the shea butter absolutely necessary? Would just beeswax and coconut oil suffice? I have plenty of those two ingredients and was wondering if I could just substitute the shea with extra coconut. Thanks!

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28 Merissa November 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I haven’t made it that way before but you can sure try it and tell us how it comes out!

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29 Neldan May 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

You can easily make this without Shea butter, just use more coconut butter. I start with a 4:1 ratio of coconut butter to beeswax (4 T coconut oil to 1 T beeswax). This makes a soft balm, but still firm enough for use in a tube. You can also increase the wax for more firmness and lasting power. The more beeswax, the longer it will last on the lips.
Also try less, the balm becomes more like a healing salve. I have use 12:1 ratio of cocnut oil to beeswax to make a substitute for vasolene.
You could also substitute cocoa butter for the Shea butter which increases the smoothness and emollient power. It imparts a wonderful chocolate small, and mixes well with orange essential oil. Just add about the same as the beeswax and gradually crease as desired.

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30 makalove November 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Yeah, I do equal parts coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax for my lip balm. I am extremely chemically sensitive and even a lot of essential oils trigger migraines and other problems for me. But even fragrances that don’t actually make me sick are often overwhelming to me because I keep everything in my home and on my body completely unscented. I find that the cocoa butter’s chocolatey smell is subtle enough not to overwhelm me but yummy enough to feel like I have a decadent-smelling lip balm on. :)

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31 PrepperBabe.com November 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

sharing! I have had my eye on beeswax and now I will buy some cause I love coconut oil too!

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32 Christin November 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I love making my own products as well! I bought that same vanilla oil from amazon and have had so much trouble with it…it all tends to settle in the middle bottom of the lip balm. I have used a few other oils from them and have had no problem. I think maybe I’ll use some pure vanilla extract the next time.

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33 vicky January 2, 2013 at 5:00 am

hello! i really really liked your recipe! i bet it tastes so good too 😛
i have cocoa butter, do you think i could use it instead of shea butter?
thank you :)

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34 Merissa January 2, 2013 at 6:35 am

You could try it, I think it would work!

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35 vicky January 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

thank you!

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36 AisLynn May 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I use the cocoa butter and it works great. Plus the chocolate scent in the house with the honey scent from the bees wax is amazing!

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37 Lisa Palmer January 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

You had mentioned using around 12 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil. So in your opinion would you consider the vanilla smell afterwards to be more light, or heavier? I love scented chap sticks but most I find give off very little scent. I’ve read on several sites to “just add the essential oil to your liking” so I guess my 2nd question would be does it smell the same while you are making it as it does once it’s solidifies? Thanks!!!

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38 Merissa January 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

In this recipe the vanilla scent was still very light. It does not smell as strong as it solidifies.

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39 Sherry May 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I would love to try this, but I am sensitive to coconut oil. Any ideas for a substitute?

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40 Merissa May 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

Maybe try adding cocoa butter instead?

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41 Verneta December 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I too am allergic to cocomotoprophynl betane – made from coconut oil so am wondering the same? I love how the coconut oilk feels on my skin – unti the reactions begin. I am going to try to experiment. Now the next challenge is to find a suppliet that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg to ship to Alaska!!! Thanks for your site…I LOVE it!

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42 Cathy T. February 25, 2014 at 8:14 am

What about Jojoba oil?

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43 teresa mccluskey May 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

Oh wow! I love lip balm! I am going to try this out! I will let you know how I do!

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44 Chloe Jewel July 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hi, I would really love to use this recipe, but I am severely allergic to coconut oil, and I was just wondering if there were any other alternatives you know of that would produce the same result… thanks so much!

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45 AisLynn May 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I’ve used olive and apricot oils and they both worked really well.

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46 Brenda November 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Hi! I’ve really enjoyed your homemade recipes…thank you! I have tried two other lip balm recipes and because I live in the hot desert…have been frustrated that they turn liquid if I don’t keep them in the fridge. That does not work if I’m trying to make a balm to keep in my purse! They even turn to liquid just at room temperature! Before I try this recipe, do you know if it will stay solid at 70 degrees or so? I’ve wondered if that problem could be solved by just adding more beeswax, but I’ve not done this making of beauty products enough to know if that would work. I have lip tubes to fill rather than small jars. Could you offer any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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47 Merissa November 3, 2013 at 6:20 am

It won’t stay solid because coconut oil’s melting point in somewhere in the upper 70’s. You could try adding more beeswax and you can also use tubes, that’s what I used last time to make these with good success.

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48 Shanda November 12, 2014 at 1:12 am

About how much more beeswax should I add? Georgia Springs & Summers can be HECK! :-p

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49 Merissa November 12, 2014 at 6:27 am

You could add another Tablespoon and see how it is.

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50 Shanda November 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

I made a batch and used chapstick tubes. I ended up with 20 tubes! I made some lemon, some orange, some peppermint and some lemon-peppermint! What an awesome recipe, Merissa! Thank you so much for sharing. If I bag them and put them in the fridge, how long is the shelf-life?

51 Tracey December 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I found a box of 25 of the little clear containers at Joann’s for $10 and I used a 50% off coupon – $5. They are in the jewelry making department. Etsy.com has heart, star and daisy shaped clear containers. They are adorable.

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52 Renee December 6, 2013 at 6:26 am

I live in the desert, too! I haven’t tried this recipe, but I have found that beeswax mixed with coconut oil will stay solid even in warmer climates.

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53 Allison December 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

Vanilla essential oil is a water soluble EO. Other oils may work better because they are fat soluble (which all the ingredients are fats). This would explain why many people have said it doesn’t mix in well– you know what they say about oil and water!

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54 Stephanie December 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thank you for this recipe! Instead of vanilla EO, I used peppermint. It is wonderful!!! The recipe is so easy, I made the lip balm while my supper was cooking.
My lips had cracked due to a cold and I put some lip balm on before I went to bed and when I woke up the next morning, my lips were healed up. I am handing them out as Christmas happy’s!

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55 Peg December 18, 2013 at 4:42 am

Hi! Great recipe! Shea butter has natural SPF of 6. I’ve used it in my lip balm for over 20 years and have yet to have burnt lips. :)

Just remember, if you sub an oil, you’ll get a different product, because each oil/butter has different properties and shelf life. Maybe try sesame in place of coconut, but you’d need a bit more shea or beeswax because it is a bit softer.

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56 kim December 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Can you melt in the microwave? Or in a double boiler?

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57 Merissa December 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

I wouldn’t do it in the microwave but a double boiler would work.

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58 Betsy December 31, 2013 at 2:48 am

I’ve made the lip balm and also some lotion bars and both worked but were oily. How do I get away from that?

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59 Merissa December 31, 2013 at 6:28 am

They are always going to have some oily properties because of the coconut oil in them. You could add more beeswax but the oil won’t go away completely.

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60 June January 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Can’t wait to make this lip balm with my kids! Four daughters who go through a lot of lip balm, it would be great to make it ourselves.

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61 Therese January 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Found this recipe for your lip balm on Pinterest, and tried a reduced version. Cut everything in half. I didn’t have vanilla essential oil so I used vanilla extract and even added ground Cardamom . My lips feel luscious and smell wonderful! This is my first winter in Washington State and my dry chapped lips are giving me the fits. Hoping this keeps the chapping away. Thanks!!

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62 Lauren Ann January 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

this looks easy enough that I could probably even do it! Thank you!

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63 Angela January 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Approx how many of the containers does this recipe make? I would love to make a batch for friends.

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64 Merissa January 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

It depends on the size of containers used. I made this is little lip balm pots and it made about 8.

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65 Staci January 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I’m really excited to try this recipe!! I want to start using essential oils, but I’m having a hard time deciding on which ones to buy! Young Living, Do Terra, etc… Can you tell me a little bit about Edens Garden? I’ve never heard of them. Thank you!

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66 Staci January 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I’m really excited to try this recipe!! I want to start using essential oils, but I’m having a hard time deciding on which ones to buy! Young Living, Do Terra, etc… Can you tell me a little bit about Edens Garden? I’ve never heard of them. Thank you!

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67 Merissa January 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I’ve really only bought the Vanilla Oil from them so I’m not sure about their other products, sorry! I usually use a brand called Nature’s Alchemy.

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68 Glenda February 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

I buy from Plant Therapy and Mountain Rose Herbs. Very happy with both.

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69 Glenda February 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

I just made a batch and used 2 TBS grated beeswax, 1 TBS each cocoa butter, Shea butter, 2 TBS coconut oil and 14 drops peppermint EO. Yummy. I’m not much of a balm or lipstick gal but my lips are painfully chapped. The peppermint oil kind of gives it a cooling sensation.

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70 Jaime March 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

I just made these. All I can say is thank you! They are awesome! For some that don’t know I melted my Shea Butter first then let it refirm up then remelted it into my batch it makes a smoother finished product. Thanks again!

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71 AisLynn May 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I use a simple recipe because my daughter is allergic to petroleum products including food coloring. To infuse the oil I scrape the pods into the oil and heat on low for 3 hours or let set for 3 weeks.

1T bees wax
1T cocoa butter
2T olive oil infused with vanilla bean.

I heat them together in the micro til they are liquid and pour them into containers.

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72 Donna May 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I also am allergic to all petroleum products. My doctor recommended I only use pure lanolin and it has been a godsend. I would love to be able to use this in a better form than straight out of the jar, as it is a little sticky and not a great smell. Any suggestions?

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73 Merissa May 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Donna, we have a lip balm recipe using lanolin here:

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74 Kendra @ www.joyinourhome,com June 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

I have to make these!! Love this natural recipe :)

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75 Theresa @DearCreatives June 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I made homemade lip balm last year but , didn’t make that much. I ‘d love to try your recipe and make more. It gets really windy here in the afternoons and we always use it. Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

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76 Merissa June 5, 2014 at 7:21 am

I hope you enjoy it when you try it Theresa!

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77 Samantha June 5, 2014 at 8:19 am

Awesome! I go through Chapstick like crazy! This should save me some $$ and they would be great gifts too! Thanks for sharing on Tips and Tricks!

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78 amber June 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Crazy question but could I use homemade vanilla extract? I have no vanilla oil . I know I could purchase some but I’d have to wait for a better time to purchase it. Thanks.

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79 Merissa June 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

You should be able to but keep in mind that most vanilla extract is made with alcohol so it can have a drying effect.

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80 Antionette Blake August 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Great share, thank you for visiting us at the #WWDParty.

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81 Shanda November 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I used chapstick containers, as it was what I had on hand at the time. Does anyone know where I can purchase labels for these? I made four varieties and don’t want to get them mixed up when I give them out to family and friends. Thanks!

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82 Merissa November 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

We just get the sticky labels (like for packages) and print a pretty label from the computer that we wrap around the tubes. They make some rectangular labels that are just the perfect size for these! I believe we found them at an office supply store.

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83 Lin December 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

How long does the lip balm last?

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84 Merissa December 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

At least one year if stored in a cool, dry place.

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85 tammy December 7, 2014 at 4:38 am

Does the recipe for the vanilla lip balm only make one lip balm?

thanks

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86 Merissa December 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

This recipe makes at least 10 lip balms.

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87 Charlotte December 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Can I use regular vanilla that I bake with or does it have to be essential oils?

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88 Merissa December 11, 2014 at 6:42 am

Regular vanilla won’t blend in as well and it also contains alcohol which can be drying to lips. You could use vanilla bean paste and try to blend it in to the mixture (although that may leave some pieces) or you can leave it our entirely too.

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89 hannah January 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Im allergic to the shea butter. Is there anything else I can use instead?

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90 Merissa January 4, 2015 at 9:21 am

You could try cocoa butter if you are able to use that instead. You may want to add a bit more beeswax though since cocoa butter will melt easier.

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91 Dona January 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

can you use mango butter instead of coconut oil?

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92 Merissa January 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

I haven’t tried it personally but I think it would work.

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93 Diana February 10, 2015 at 12:28 am

i made mine in a double boiler and once melted added 2tbsp of tea leaves, let sit for 15 minutes and then strained it. The strawberry rhubarb blend from David’s tea turned out amazingly!

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94 Roma March 19, 2015 at 12:55 am

A few drops of castor oil added to your favorite lip balm recipe is amazing. Gives a little bit of gloss and really makes the balm last longer on your lips. We recently retired after running a soap and skin care company and those balms literally flew off the shelves.

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95 The Nova Studio June 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

This looks like a great recipe! Almond Oil also does great thinks in lip balm :)

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96 Merissa November 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I’ve kept these for a long time…they last at least 1 to 2 years :)

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