Homemade Lip Balm Recipe & Printable Labels {DIY Gift}

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe on EverythingEtsy.com #DIY

Homemade lip balm is a fabulous DIY gift that can be made it minutes!  These little tins of lip balm fit easily in your pocket and will help keep your lips super soft during the cold winter months or days at the beach.

I love the way these turned out.  I always knew making lip balm would be easy, but I didn’t know it was THIS easy.  I don’t think I’ll ever go without homemade lip balm again!

Homemade Lip Balm - DIY Gifts - Everything Etsy

I made two different types of lip balm…Sweet Lemon and Orange Kiss.

Homemade Lip Balm Ingredients - EverythingEtsy

Homemade Lip Balm

Supplies (w/ links to buy on Amazon):

This should make about 8 little tins of lip balm.  If you use the links you’ll see exactly the product I used to make mine.

Homemade Lip Balm - In process - EverythingEtsy

Here’s just how easy it really is…

  • Melt your beeswax, almond oil and shea butter together in a glass container in the microwave.  Check it every 30 seconds or so and stir.
  • Add your essential oils and any extra colorant {like lipstick shavings}.
  • Pour it slowly into your tins and let them cool.

Homemade Lip Balm - Waiting to dry - EverythingEtsy

It starts to harden quickly so work fast once you’ve melted your mixture.

Homemade Lip Balm - Dry - EverythingEtsy

This is what it looks like in about 10 minutes.

Homemade Lip Balm - Tinted - EverythingEtsy

For the last batch I shaved a little lipstick into the mixture for color.  It hardly changed it so maybe I should have added more.  It seems like a great way to use the last of a pretty shade of lipstick…just use more than you would think.  It dries so much lighter.

Homemade Lip Balm - drying - EverythingEtsy

You can see a slightly different shade in some of these.  I made all of them in about 30 minutes…three batches!

Homemade Lip Balm - Printables - EverythingEtsy

I’ve included a simple set of  little homemade lip balm printable labels to top of your tins.  There are three designs …Orange Kiss, Sweet Lemon and one you can write on.

They can be printed on a single sticker sheet and cut out by hand or with a circle punch.

Homemade Lip Balm - Finished and ready to give - EverythingEtsy

Download the printable labels here!

Lip Balm Stickers (PDF – for printing on 1.25″ Circle Labels)

Lip Balm Stickers – with circles (PDF – for printing on full sheet labels and cutting out circles)

Have you made lip balm before??  I’d love to hear what kind of essential oils you used!

If you’re looking for a quick DIY gift…this is it!  You can even make little sets of them…wouldn’t that be cute?!

I’m all about handmade gifts!  These are some of my favorites…

Handmade gift rock! 



    • says

      Hi Jill!

      They are perfect, aren’t they?! I love them!
      You can find the exact tins by clicking on the link where the supplies are listed. I ended up using a whole box of tins because it was so fast and easy. I need to order more for myself before the holidays. Have fun with it!


  1. says

    I am beyond excited to try these! I ordered a number of different essential oils such as basil, grapefruit, peppermint, ginger as well as a few others. Can’t wait!

  2. JoAnne says

    I would like to make some of theses in Vanilla! I checked the Amazon site for the tins and they are all out and not sure if/or when they would be available. I’ll check at a craft store tomorrow!
    Love your posts!

    • Shelly says

      I have not tried this recipe yet but there are many similar ones online. You can substitute many natural oils for the almond oil. I often use Coconut oil, reducing the beeswax by just a little. You might also try jojoba oil, castor oil or even a nice, pure olive oil. Almond oil is the consistency of olive oil or vegetable oil (don’t use veggie oil though). If you use something semi-solid, like coconut oil, you will need less beeswax to keep the finished product solid when in warmer temps or when the tin is in a pocket.

  3. Jennifer says

    I am new to all of the homemade things. Can I use orange extract for these? I ask because I already have that on hand. Thanks for the great idea :).

  4. Vera De Block says


    I don’t have a microwave, because I don’t use it.
    Is there an alternative way to melt beeswax, almond oil and shea butter together?

    I look forward to your help.

    Thanks and greetings from Belgium


    • Jamie says

      Yes actually using a double boiler is the commonly recommended way to melt oil and beeswax together when making many DIY beauty or health products. A microwave isnt the best idea. You can make one by placing a glass bowl over a small pot with about an inch of simmering water in the pot. Make sure the water doesnt touch the bowl.

  5. Cat says

    Hi Kim!

    I tried your recipe and it’s true, it’s so easy to make!
    But I have some questions: I put 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil and it turned out that it still smell like beeswax… Also, I use food coloring and it did’nt mix with the rest of the ingrédients, it stayed in the bottom of my bol.

    Can you help me to figure it out what happen? :) Oh, I changed the almond oil for coconut oil because this was what I had at home. Otherwise, I did’nt change anything to your recipe.


    • says

      Hi Cat!

      I’m so happy your tried it!

      Here’s some tips…

      I don’t think you can use food coloring to color your lip balm. I used shaved lipstick to give the lip balm some color.

      The lip balm will dry a much lighter color, so go darker pink or red to get the look you want.

      I would just add more grapefruit essential oil to get the right smell. Some people only want a hint, so you’ll have to test it to get it the way you like it.

      Have fun!!! :)


    • Hollie says

      After the balm has set, you may find the scent of the essential oil becomes stronger. I did peppermint orange and I could b early smell either until after the balm had completely set and rested.
      Because food coloring is water based, you would need an emulsifier to incorporate it into the oils.

      • says

        You really will have a hard time if you try to use regular food coloring. That’s why I used some shaved pieces of lipstick for color…I’m sure you have a few of those around. :)


        • Bee says

          Hi, using lipstick to add colour is a good idea as the ingredients will be skin safe BUT only use an unused lipstick, otherwise you will be adding bacteria along with colour.

  6. Tracey says

    Can u use fragrance oil instead of essential oil? I’m new to making this and not sure what’s the difference.

    • Barbara says

      I know this is a late answer, but it might help someone else, or maybe still help you! A fragrance oil must be certified as lip safe, regular fo’s may cause irritation or worse. Also, not every essential oil is safe to use on lips. There are a number of on line businesses that sell lip safe flavoring oils, as well as free information regarding lip-safe essential oils and sweeteners. Finally, extracts won’t work because they are water or alcohol based and therefore don’t mix with oils or waxes.

  7. Marie says

    I used a mint essential oil and it worked fantastic, I also added half the amount of sweet almond oil so I could add the other half in coconut oil and they smell amazing! This recipe was perfect!

  8. Rachelle says

    Hi Kim,
    I’m trying to download the pdf files for the lip balm labels (with circles) to make with my young girls group. The file is failing at each download attempt — would you email the file to me?

    I’ve got 30 fourth and fifth grade girls really excited to try their hand at making lip balm!


  9. says

    I’ve seen some good prices on raw shea butter, would it affect the recipe at all if I used that instead of the shea butter you used?

  10. Terry says

    Excited to try this recipe.
    If I want my lip balm to smell like a particular flavor like orange or lemon, can I exclude the almond oil and just use the orange or lemon oil? I guess I thought the almond in addition to the other scent, wouldn’t give the balm the true fruity smell.

  11. Beth says

    Terry, you couldn’t because essential oil is very different from a carrier oil like sweet almond. The sweet almond doesn’t have a scent though.

    Keep in mind, essential oils like lemon, and grapefruit are photo toxic meaning they can make it much more easy to sunburn, so they might not be the best oils for lip balm. Orange is ok, as is mint, spearmint, lavender and the like. It is best to research essential oils before using them, as some can be toxic (wintergreen, camphor) or cause irritation (clove, oregano) so you definitely would not want to use those.

  12. Annette says

    Thank you, Thank you Kim for your post. The info on the Lip Balm and your printables help save my daughters spa party. She soooooo wanted to make assorted lip balms for all her guests. Were all set she is gonna flip YAYYYYYY.
    Blessings your way.

  13. Erin says

    Hi Kim! I hope you see this as I know this thread hasnt been posted on in a little while. I am having a bit of a dilemma! I Cannot for the life of me find sweet almond oil or any almond oil for that matter! :( ive looked at Michaels, AC Moore, Joanns… those kind of craft stores and none of them have it. do you know if there is a substitute for the almond oil? Would almond extract work? im pretty new at this DIY projects, so please bare with me 😉 Thank you for your help! look forward to your reply! :) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    -Erin M.
    baltimore, maryland

    • Erin says

      I read above (which would have been smart) and see that almond extract wont work. I actually did some research and found a VitaminShoppe by me that has this types of oils. Going to check it out soon today and hope they have an orange and lemon- I am sure they will :) I am also making a Lavander Vanilla salt scrub too and it calls for Lavander oil. Thanx for the awesome receipes! So excited to make a batch! :)

  14. says

    Has anyone tried to add honey? I have seen many recipes where it is added. I tried it today and it separated to the bottom. I am wondering what I am doing wrong.

  15. Clara says

    Can you please make a sheet of printable labels that are all blank? I want to try your recipe using different essential oils. I don’t own a printer, and will have to pay to get them printed, and would rather not have most of the labels useless to me. I would appreciate it so much!!! Thanks!

  16. Elizabeth says

    These sound like great flavors, but I wonder about the photosensitive nature of the citrus oils. Have you had any problems with it?

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