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How to make natural lip balm

Learn how to make natural lip balm with Emilie Woodger-Smith's beeswax free tutorial!

natural lip balm

We all need a refreshing pamper sometimes and with refreshing peppermint, Emilie Woodger-Smith’s natural how to make lip balm project will invigorate your senses. Plus this natural, beeswax free lip balm is budget-friendly and good for the planet. It’s an easy way to kick off those sustainable New Year’s resolutions and make something that you’ll use every day.

There’s plenty of ways you can tweak her how to make lip balm recipes to suit you. Add different essential oils or add more wax to create an extra-solid lip balm that won’t melt in your pocket. Or, for a glossier finish, add in extra coconut oil. The possibilities are endless! Once you’ve learnt how to make lip balm without beeswax check out our other sustainable beauty tutorials like how to make a bath bomb or how to make soap projects.

This project was created by Emilie for Mollie Makes magazine – for more easy-make craft projects and creative inspiration, subscribe to Mollie or click here to find out more.

Here’s how to make lip balm without beeswax!

natural lip balm

For the lip balm:

How to make natural lip balm without beeswax


You Will Need

  • Shea butter (1⁄2 tsp)
  • Coconut Oil (2 tsp)
  • Soya wax (1 tsp)
  • Peppermint essential oil (4-7 drops)
  • Small metal tin

Total time:

Step 1

How to make lip balm - Step 1
First, put half a pan of water on to boil. While the water heats, measure out the shea butter, soya wax and coconut oil, and place into an old glass jar.

Step 2

How to make lip balm - Step 2

Bring the water to a simmer, then carefully place the glass jar into the pan, making sure no water splashes inside the jar – this will prevent the ingredients from melting together smoothly.

Step 3

Once fully melted, carefully remove the jar from the pan and leave to cool for a couple of minutes, until slightly set.


Step 4

How to make lip balm - Step 3

Add between four to seven drops of peppermint essential oil to the mixture – the more drops you add, the more minty the lip balm’s flavour will be.

Step 5

How to make lip balm - Step 4
To finish, pour the mixture into the lip balm tin, transferring it into a jug first if you prefer. Pop the lid on and leave to cool overnight. To speed up the process, put the tin into the fridge for an hour.

Step 6

How to make lip balm - Step 5

Your lip balm is complete. You’ve officially learnt how to make lip balm without beeswax, congrats!

How to make lip balm - Step 6

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make natural lip balm! We’ve got plenty of sustainable crafts here on Gathered for you to try next. Why not learn how to do visible mending or have a go at making our 12 sea glass crafts?

Meet the Maker

Emilie’s experience in the waste industry inspired her to be more eco-conscious by making her own home and beauty products. Visit her blog for more easy makes, or to check out her workshops.