Holiday Gift Ideas - Lip Balms

Lip balms are a fun, easy project to make for your friends. With the proper adult supervision, kids can even make them for their friends. When selecting essential oils to use in lip balms, you need to consider the safety of the essential oils. You want to avoid oils that are phototoxic like lemon and grapefruit or skin irritating like cinnamon. Our basic lip balm recipe is below. The measurements are all by weight so you will want to use a kitchen scale to ensure the proper measurements. Always wear gloves when working with essential oils. 

You can purchase our Lip Balm Kit that has all the components you need!

Quick tips 

  • For easy pouring, a glass measuring cup can be used in place of the top part of the double boiler to melt the ingredients
  • To hold lip balm tubes upright for filling, rubber band them all together and sit them in a flat bottom baking dish
  • Pipettes are an easy way to fill the tubes if you are not steady enough to pour into small opening of the tubes
  • Allow tubes to completely cool before capping

Basic Lip Balm Recipe

  1. Stirring continuously, melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and beeswax until the beeswax is almost melted. It is best to do this in a double boiler so you do not overheat or scorch the mixture. 
  2. Remove from heat and continue to stir until the remaining beeswax melts. 
  3. Add essential oils and mix well. Do not add essential oils while still on the heat source.
  4. Immediately pour into lip balm tubes and allow to cool. 


You can replace the jojoba oil with Calendula Infused Oil for dry or chapped lips. For a sweet flavor, try substituting Vanilla Infused Oil for the jojoba oil. If you prefer lip balm in tins instead of tubes, you can reduce the beeswax to 9 grams. 

Suggested Essential Oil Blends for Lip Balms

20 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) with Vanilla Infused Oil

20 drops Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)*

15 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis), 5 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) or Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

20 drop Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) with Calendula Infused Oil

*Steam-distilled Lime is not phototoxic; you will want to avoid cold-pressed Lime because it is phototoxic.