I am never without lip balm on my lips! Not for one second. Since I learned to make my own over 15 years ago I’ve become absolutely addicted. I love the feeling of moist and plump lips, and I absolutely hate the feeling of dry or chapped lips. The feeling of dry skin being stretched as you move drives me insane in general, but it’s especially the case when I feel it on my lip area. This DIY lip balm recipe with beeswax is the only one you’ll need for soft, plump, yet protected lips.
Why is it the only lip balm recipe you'll need?
The first version of this lip balm I tried all those years ago only included beeswax and olive oil, but over the years I’ve perfected it.
I no longer remember where I got it from – some kind of beauty website. It always felt kind of watery to me, so I played around with the ratio and added different amounts of cocoa butter. No matter how many other lip balms I try (DIY or commercial) this lip balm recipe with beeswax is still my absolute favorite one!
It feels perfect on the lips: moist but not watery, protective but not waxy. I don’t know about you, but I hate the feeling of having a dried up coat of something on my lips, or feeling like I need to reapply 5 minutes after having put on lip balm.
I’ve made this recipe for a few people over the years and everyone so far has loved the result. I’ve also been told by a friend that while using this lip balm her herpes sores dried up much quicker.
For myself I’ve always loved the feeling of extra heat and boosted circulation I get on my lips when I’m wearing it.
I don’t usually put any essential oils in it, but nevertheless the mixture does seem to “warm up” the area. I’m not sure if the vitamin E naturally present in the olive oil is boosting circulation, or if maybe that fatty barrier is keeping the natural warmth emanating from my body from escaping as easily. Maybe it’s a mixture of both.
Whatever the reason, it works for me! My lips feel plump and smooth.
A few notes on the ingredients
This lip balm recipe has only 3 basic ingredients – olive oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter.
If you can afford it, always get the organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, purest ingredients. I usually do this regardless of the DIY recipe I’m trying – I like to know I’m getting the full medicinal and/or beauty punch any ingredient has to offer. But sometimes you have to make concessions due to budget, availability, etc.
I would argue however that in beauty DIYs like this it’s particularly important to get quality ingredients. While products will penetrate your skin to varying degrees, if anything at all, a lip balm will go straight on your lips – you’ll be licking it or otherwise “eating” all day. Especially if you’re like me and you wear them 24/7 – get the good stuff!
Also, this is something that you’ll be making in small batches that will last a long time. I’m telling you, I wear it all day and night – a small ounce jar lasts me well over a month!
All the ingredients in it are by nature long-lasting and will not go rancid on you easily. Beeswax, in fact, does not go rancid at all, unlike other types of waxes. And in all my years consuming extra virgin olive oil (my entire life) I have never seen or heard of it go bad – it can happen but not easily.
So, what makes these ingredients great?
- Beeswax: occlusive (locks in moisture and provides a protective barrier), emollient (skin softener, also protective), rich in vitamin A, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.
- Olive Oil: loaded with antioxidants, vitamin K and E, emollient (skin softening, and protective), very stable oil.
- Cocoa Butter: high in antioxidants, emollient (skin softening), high in stearic acid (very protective and provides a very strong protective barrier), very stable fat.
You can usually get them all in a good health food store, otherwise they are easily found online.
Optional ingredients for your lip balm recipe with beeswax:
Essential oils. You can try adding essential oils if you like. Keep in mind that they are very strong and might be too much on such a sensitive part of your skin.
Also, if you’re out and about, getting sunlight, know that certain essential oils can trigger photosensitivity and cause a rash – for instance, citrus based essential oils.
It is best to do a patch test somewhere else before using it on your lips and to start with just a couple of drops. If you find that a couple is not enough, than try adding more in the next batch.
- Peppermint and cinnamon are very good common choices for lip balms because they give you an extra plumping effect. They both boost circulation. Mint is cooling (very high in menthol) and so might be too much in cold weather – it is for me. While cinnamon is warming and spicy. Both are antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
- Lavender is another popular choice for lip balms that has all the properties mentioned above and is usually safe and milder.
Honey. I’ve made this recipe with a bit of honey on a few occasions. Honey is a bit tricky to use in that it does not mix that well in an oil base. I’ve had times when it blends perfectly and other times when it just sinks to the bottom of the jar.
- To increase the chances of a well-mixed batch keep stirring frequently as the mixture cools down and don’t use too much honey.
- Raw honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.
The Only Lip Balm Recipe You'll Ever Need!
Ingredients (1 oz / 30 ml jar):
Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and olive oil together in a water bath. Make sure the water bath is always just under the boiling point.
Once liquid, stir it all well.
Pour into whatever container you want to use and let it cool with the lid off until hard and cold.
If using honey, keep stirring frequently as the mixture cools.
If using essential oil, let the mixture cool as much as possible before it hardens completely. It should feel a bit over hand-temperature when you touch the side of the container, and the mixture should still be fluid enough to stir. Add a couple of drops of essential oil(s) and mix it in.
I have tried other oils and fats along the years, depending on what I had at hand at the time. However, I always keep coming back to this particular blend. The olive oil is a bit thick on its own and therefore feels more protective than any other vegetable oils I’ve tried.
Likewise for the cocoa butter. I’ve tried replacing it with coconut oil and shea butter, but the results were always a bit disappointing. The coconut always seems to make my lips feel dry after a while, and the Shea does not seem to linger that much either. For my money the cocoa butter offers the best combination of slip and protection.
Of course, this is my personal preference. You can always play around with the ingredient ratio or add other stuff to fit your own taste. That’s the fun of a DIY!
This lip balm recipe with beeswax has proven excellent in both very cold (Sweden in winter) and very hot weather (Southern Portugal in summer). Nevertheless, adjust the ratio of olive oil to beeswax if you feel you want it more or less fluid.
And happy lips!!