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DIY Lip Balm Recipe – Coconut Oil, Lavender & Peppermint

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This is currently my absolute favorite DIY lip balm recipe. It is nourishing, healing, practical and customizable. Better than anything you can find in a store…

During the winter months, keeping my lips soft, healthy and hydrated turned out to be quite of a challenge. Dry, chapped lips are not on the list of my ‘regular skin problems’. But, as soon as the cold, harsh winds start to blow, my lips become dry like a desert.

I gave up on commercial lip balms long time ago. Those things are either too expensive or they dry out my lips even more.

For a while, I used to simply coat my lips with a pure, natural oil. I’ve tried out olive, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter. And that actually helped quite a bit.

But then I learned I can make my own nourishing, 100 % natural lip balms. And my lip care game changed forever.

I’ve tried several lip balm recipes over the years, and a few of them I liked very much.

Today, I’d like to share with you my current favorite recipe for DIY lip balm with coconut oil and lavender and peppermint essential oils. It is super nourishing, moisturizing and protective, perfect for this time of year!

The Ingredients for Diy Lip Balm with Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is one of the most popular natural moisturizers. It can be too thick and comedogenic for some people to use on their face. But, since lips don’t have pores, you can safely use it as a natural lip balm.

Coconut oil traps the moisture into your lips and that way prevents drying out. It also soothes and replenishes the skin and even promotes healing of the cracked skin.

Jojoba oil is technically not a real oil, but a liquid wax that our skin loves very much. It is lightweight, but incredibly nourishing, healing and soothing. It also creates a protective barrier that protects the lips from the elements.

If you don’t want to use jojoba oil, you can replace it with any other natural oil (carrier, not essential). Especially if the oil you have is deep-moisturizing and rich in nutrients, such as olive, avocado, sweet almond, hazelnut, sesame, flaxseed…

Vaseline doesn’t actually hydrate the lips, but it does create a protective moisture barrier on top of your lips. That way, it prevents the water molecules from evaporating and leaving your lips dry.

I wouldn’t recommend using pure Vaseline as a lip balm. (Unless your lips are already well hydrated and you just want to protect them when going out on a cold, windy weather.)

However, I love adding it to my DIY lip balms, as it helps lock the oils into the skin. Plus, it gives a nice, creamy texture to my lip balm.

Essential oils – I’m using lavender and peppermint essential oils. I am obsessed with this combination at the moment – it is subtle but powerful, soothing, fresh and elevating at the same time.

But, you are, of course, free to replace the oils with your favorite combination. And, if the skin on your lips is very sensitive, you can even completely omit the essential oils.

This recipe doesn’t use beeswax or any kind of wax. I just prefer my lip balms to be without beeswax – the texture is lighter and creamier, and the lip balms are even easier and faster to make.

But, for the girls that like lip balms with beeswax, there’s an addition down in the recipe.

DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balm Recipe

An infographic showing a full recipe for DIY lip balm with coconut oil, jojoba oil and Vaseline
To make this DIY lip balm, you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vaseline
  • a couple of drops lavender essential oil
  • a couple of drops peppermint essential oil

First, melt the coconut oil on a low heat. Add the Vaseline, mix and remove from the heat. Then add the jojoba oil and essential oils of your choice and mix everything well together.

Transfer the mixture to a small glass or metal container. To prolong the shelf life of your lip balm, the container should be completely clean – in fact, it would be best to wipe the inside of the container and the lid with alcohol. Wait for it to dry before filling it with lip balm.

To use, just apply a small amount every time you feel your lips could use some extra care.

DIY Lip Balm Recipe – Variation with Beeswax:

As I mentioned, I don’t like to use beeswax in my lip balm. I don’t mind that the texture is not the typical lip-balm-thick; in fact, I like that it is soft and creamy.

But I understand that that wouldn’t be everyone’s preference. So, for those of you who like your lip balms to be very thick, you can add 1 – 2 teaspoons (the more you add, the thicker texture you get) of beeswax or soy wax to your mixture.

To do that, start by melting the wax in a double boiler. When it is completely liquid, add the coconut oil and wait for it to melt, too. Remove the mixture from the heat and mix in the jojoba oil, Vaseline and essential oils.

Whichever way you make it, I hope you’ll be as happy with it as I am. To me, this simple product is an irreplaceable part of my winter beauty regimen.

I carry a small jar of my DIY coconut oil lip balm around with me everywhere I go. I like to apply it every time my lips feel even slightly dry, and always after my DIY lip scrub with coconut oil (yup, they kind of match).

What’s your favorite DIY lip balm recipe? Share it in the comments…

(7) Comments

  1. Beauty says:

    I have had to deal with chapped lips since forever. I have tried several remedies with no improvement. I came across your article and tried some stuff here…been great so far. Thank you for this and please keep it up. I hope you read my comment.

    1. Jovana R. says:

      Thanks, glad my article helped you!

  2. jazmine says:

    Hi! Excited to try this, does the end result stay liquid or does it solidify?


    1. Jovana R. says:

      Hi Jazmine,
      It does get thicker but it doesn’t get as firm as lip balms with beeswax. You get a texture that is not liquid, but it is really soft.

      1. jazmine says:

        Thank you so much! One more question, is there a jojoba oil replacement I could use, or is it possible to omit entirely?

        1. Jovana R. says:

          Yup, you can omit it or you can replace it with any skin-friendly plant oil you have on hand.

          1. jazmine says:

            Awesome thank you so much! Excited to try it out tomorrow.

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