I have a confession.  I have dry lips.  It has nothing to do with the weather or how much water I drink, my lips are just dry.  I have used may different types of lip balms and most of them make the problem worse.  For the last year or so, I have been using Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm and it has been okay.  And by “okay” I mean at least it hasn’t made things worse.

Now that I am at the bottom of the tube, I thought I might try something else.  I want a completely natural lip balm with a few simple ingredients that do not include beeswax or petroleum jelly/vaseline.  There are a million online recipes for homemade lip balm, but very few fit my criteria AND could be made for a tube.  So my thought is that the natural skin care ingredients I use should work for my lips too.  It IS all skin, just thinner & more sensitive.  So, I decided to just rub some cocoa butter and coconut oil on my lips and see how it feels.

It feels great.  Except that cocoa butter is super hard.

Enter my homemade lip balm!


  • cocoa butter – because it has lots of vitamins and smells like chocolate
  • coconut oil – because it is super moisturizing and has a little spf benefit
  • hemp oil – because it’s hemp.

I kinda wanted to add honey but didn’t for fear that it would not “stand up” to being in a tube meant for solid balm. Maybe next time I’ll try it.  Also, I had a tiny bit of the Burt’s Bees left in the tube so I just scraped that right on in too.

Anyway, this was a very quick & dirty (and lazy) method I used, but it worked.

Create a double boiler with a glass bowl over simmering water.  Clearly I did not use a bowl but a plate that I used to cover my breakfast boiling in the pot.  I’m all about efficiency.

Add equal, very small amounts of each ingredient and melt stirring constantly.  Once melted, allow it to cool enough to handle then use a small funnel to pour into the tube.

Put the cap on the tube, walk away, and eat the breakfast that you “cooked” while you were making this.  The whole mixture just needs to cool so that it becomes semi-solid.  If you’re in a hurry, pop it in the fridge or freezer.  Just be aware that it will be super solid when you take it out but will normalize after a while.

And that’s it – DONE!  All natural lip balm with no harsh ingredients, beeswax, or vaseline!

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