Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

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Homemade lip balm is very quick and easy to make once you have all the ingredients on hand. Lip balm also makes a great holiday gift.  EZ Start Printed Packaging Tape makes labeling your homemade lip balm, quick, easy and festive!

A few years ago I decided I wanted to make my own lip balm.  My husband is a trumpet player so he’s super fussy about what goes on his lips.  My kids seem to spend the winter chewing on their lips which are in a constant state of chapped.   It just seemed like it would be really easy to make my own lip balm.

The hardest part about homemade lip balm is getting the ingredients together.  I actually ordered the shea butter, lip balm tubes and wax pellets from an online retailer a few years ago.  I discovered later that I can could get refined bees wax from a guy who sells honey at our farmers market, too, and it was cheaper.   I believe you may be able to find shea butter at a pharmacy.  Wherever you get it from, it’s worth it and will make you a ton of lip balm!

After we made our first batch, my daughter and I were trying to decide what to do for a label.  I happened to think of the holiday EZ Start® Printed Packaging Tape I had from mailing holiday packages. Wouldn’t you know – it fits perfectly around the lip balm tubes!  And so very appropriate for peppermint lip balm, too. I just rolled the tape around the tubes and used scissors to get a nice clean edge. I love how they turned out.

To make the lip balm, you basically melt all the ingredients in a glass jar placed in simmering water, like a double boiler.  You can really use whatever oil you have on hand to make the lip balm- almond, avocado, coconut, olive, etc. I used grapeseed oil.  You do not want to use canola or other man made oils.  Stick with the good stuff for this.

You can also make the lip balm any flavor. I like pepper mint essential oils for lip balm, but my kids don’t like the tingle so we used a mixture of lavender and peppermint.  Just make sure to get a nice, high grade oil.  I used Young Living, but DoTerra is also another good choice.  You’ll want to use around 4 drops of essential oils for this recipe.  Don’t use too much peppermint or it’ll burn instead of tingle.

I did play around with the oil and wax amounts because I felt like my first batch was a bit too oily.  I originally did a 1:1 ratio of oil to bees wax.  But the recipe below gave a firmer result. Feel free to play with the ratios get the consistency you like.

The recipe as written makes about 4-5 half ounce tubes of lip balm.  Double or triple if you need to make more.  If the lip balm starts to harden on you when pouring in to the containers, just warm it back up.


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Homemade Lip Balm


  • 1 Tablespoon shea butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon almond, olive, grapeseed, avocado or any other carrier oil
  • 2 teaspoons bees wax pellets
  • 4 drops essential oil


  1. Place a glass canning jar in a small pot of water. Add shea butter, oil, and bees wax.
  2. Bring the water to a simmer and melt ingredients together.
  3. Turn off heat and add in oils.
  4. Carefully pour the melted lip balm in to desired containers.
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  1. This is brilliant, I absolutely love it. Like to the point where I wish I had thought of it, LOL! I have this tape, and I LOVE making lip balm! Great work, Camille!!
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