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Homemade Honey Lip Balm

Soothe and protect lips with this easy to make homemade honey lip balm recipe!

Learning how to make lip balm is truly nothing more than heating together some oil, beeswax, and honey. It’s a simple process that is also frugal and allows the user to know and understand every ingredient being applied to the body.

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Type of Oils

When making lip balm an oil of some kind is required. Regular old olive oil will work just fine. Use that if you have it in your kitchen.

Almond oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, etc. can all be used equally well. Experiment and see what you like best for your particular lips and weather conditions.

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Herbal infused oils can also be used for added layer of healing and soothing.


Beeswax is what makes the oil harden into a smooth, spreadable consistently that won’t spill out of your tubes or tins.

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Beeswax can often be purchased in pellet style pastilles or blocks. If you buy the block kind, simply grate a bit to get the desired amount. Pastilles are certainly easy to just scoop and measure.

White beeswax gives a whiter color to the final product while the yellow beeswax will give a yellow color. This is a personal choice and doesn’t truly matter for effectiveness of the lip balm.


Honey serves a couple of purposes in DIY lip balm recipes. First, it sweetens it up a little making it nice for spreading and flavor on the lips.

Second honey is very soothing to the skin making it for sun or wind burned lips.

If you happen to have crystallized honey, this is good project to use it in since the ingredients will be heated up and the heat will decrystallize the honey.

Use whatever honey happens to be in the pantry. For an extra healing punch try something like Manuka honey which has been studied extensively for its medicinal qualities.

Essential Oils

The addition of essential oils is completely optional. Some essential oils do have extra healing power, lavender for burns as an example, however in lip balm they’re mostly used for flavor.

Pick whatever flavor you’d like to add or feel free to skip it if desired and just use the flavor from the honey.

Storage Containers

Lip balm obviously needs some kind of container. The choices are truly endless.

Feel free to pour the lip balm into old candy tins (like the ones Altoids come in).

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Reuse old tins from purchased lip balms. Simply clean those out well with some boiling water to get rid of old beeswax and other bits.

Tins and tubes are easy to buy in craft supply stores and online. The tins tend to be easier to clean and reuse in the future but use whatever is easiest and makes the most sense for yourself.

Great for Gifts

Lip balm makes for great gifts. Make a big batch and simply label to stick into care packages, stockings, gift baskets, and more.

It truly doesn’t take much longer to make a big batch than it does to make a small batch so go for it all in one sitting.

Storage of Lip Balm

Keep the lip balm stored at room temperature. All oils can go rancid so use up lip balm within a year.

Yield: approximately 1.5 ounces

Honey Lip Balm

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Soothe and soften chapped lips with a simple homemade lip balm full of nourishing oils and honey.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10




  1. In a double boiler, warm oil, beeswax, and honey until the wax is just melted.
  2. Remove from heat.  Add the essential oil.  Using a whisk or fork, stir rapidly for 30-60 seconds until everything is completely incorporated.
  3. Pour into storage container. Let cool and harden before capping.

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