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Lip balm can be whatever you want it to be, but most successful recipes have two main ingredients: a wax base and a food-grade carrier oil. The wax is melted down and oil is added to the liquid wax along with flavorings and/or healing ingredients to make the lip balm taste good. It is going on your mouth, after all. If it’s edible, it’s wearable, and you need is a little imagination and lots of practice.

Here are some common ingredients to get you started:

Each ingredient has its own properties, so be sure to work with small amounts at first and experiment to find the right combinations and consistencies for you. Also, be aware of allergies and food sensitivities before working with unfamiliar ingredients. Dangerous skin and respiratory reactions can occur if you carry an allergy to certain additives, so be careful!



Wax jelly

Paraffin wax

Ozokerite wax

Soy wax

Candelilla wax


Sunflower oil

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Grapeseed oil

Soybean oil

Castor seed oil



Shea butter

Cocoa butter



Citric acid



Cocoa powder

Peppermint oil

Cherry oil

Rosemary oil

Almond oil/extract

Vanilla extract

Ingredient Guide

lucky chap 

A lucky tube of relief to carry around for badly chapped lips: 

  • 5 Tbsp. lemon oil

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

  • 2 tsp. tamanu oil

  • 2 tsp. castor oil

  • 2½ Tbsp. beeswax

  • 1½  Tbsp. mango butter

  • 15 drops tea tree oil

  • 25 drops of peppermint oil

  • 2 drops of clove bud oil (opt.)

Lip Service

Make dry, cracked lips whole again with this basic balm: 

  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp. beeswax

  • 3 Tbsp. shea butter (opt.)

  • 6 drops rosemary oil (opt.)

mint condition 

Freshen up your lips with this mint-tinted formula: 

  • 2 Tbsp. sweet almond oil

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

  • 1 Tbsp. castor oil

  • 1 Tbsp. candelilla wax

  • 2 Tbsp. shea butter

  • 25 drops of mint essential oil

kiss fixer 

Is your kiss on the list? Fix those lips with this recipe: 

  • 5 Tbsp. chamomile-infused oil

  • 8 tsp. castor oil

  • 8 tsp. beeswax

  • 2 tsp. shea butter

  • 15 drops mint oil

  • 15 drops cherry/rose infused oil

  • A pinch of powdered alkanet root (opt.)

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