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Published on December 22nd, 2014 | by Andrea Bertoli


Homemade Lip Balm: Get ready for some Kisses!

For years now I’ve been making my own homemade lip balm, and it’s helped me reduce waste, eliminate chemicals in my body care and keep my lips super happy!

Homemade Lip Balm: Get ready for some Kisses!

homemade is the best

Homemade lip balm might seem complicated, but it is much easier than you think, and it’s some of the best lippy I’ve ever tried. It’s smooth and chocolate scented, just a little glossy- perfect for ladies and gents. This nourishing balm can also be used as a salve during the cold dry months of winter for hands, feet and more! It’s a perfect fit into our Homemade Living series.

Most lip balms is made with gross stuff: mineral oil, which is derived from fossil fuels, lanolin taken from wool, and sometimes even dead bugs (aka carmine or cochineal). But the added benefit of homemade lip balm is that it’s customizable. One recipe also lasts a long time, and you can reuse all your old balm containers, so there is much less waste too! Let’s get started!

Cocoa-Honey Homemade Lip Balm


– 3 Tablespoons chopped (edible) cocoa butter
– 2 Tablespoons finely chopped beeswax
– 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
– 20+ drops vanilla, orange, peppermint, or other organic essential oil (if using peppermint, start with just a few drops!)


  1. Have empty lip balm containers, small glass jars or lip balm pots available and cleaned before starting. Reuse the ones you have or shop online for glass or steel containers.
  2. Add cacao butter and beeswax into a small glass bowl. Place over a pot of boiling water, reduce heat, and let melt until liquified.
  3. Add the coconut oil and the essential oil and stir to combine.
  4. Immediately pour the liquid into your pots, tubes, or jars. Set in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set, and then remove. Please note that it will remain stable at warm, but not very hot, temperatures. Makes about 2 ounces lip balm total.

Some notes about ingredients:

  • Cacao butter is the yummy stuff that comes right from the cacao beans. Use pure, food-grade cacao butter (Navitas Naturals, Artisana and Pacari are all good choices); avoid cacao butter mixtures, as they probably has other ingredients besides cacao butter and might not set properly. You can also use cacao butter to make homemade chocolate!
  • Beeswax can be found at your local health food store, usually sold in small bricks.
  • Coconut oil is my favorite and works the best as it helps the lip balm set, but olive oil will probably also work.
  • Play with the flavors of the essential oils: try peppermint, orange, lemon or other delicious flavors, but always use a very small amount of anything spicy (cinnamon, clove, mints); use only a few drops of these strong flavors, adding more after you’ve tested it!

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About the Author

A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in San Francisco, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at AndreaBertoli.com, Vibrant Wellness Journal, Green Living Ideas and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram

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