Essential Oils for Lip Balm: Which Are Best + How to DIY

Essential Oils for Lip Balm: Which Are Best + How to DIY

The lips are one of the most sensitive areas of skin on the body. As the weather transitions from warmer to cooler, they crack. As the cold, dry winter settles in, they shrivel up. Protecting your lips with high quality products is key - what better way to ensure good ingrestients than to make your own lip balm? In this blog, we’ll go over the benefits of using essential oils for lip balm, plus a couple of DIY lip balm recipes. 

Are Essential Oils Good for Lips?

In short, yes! Essential oils for lip balm are great for your lips. As long as you get a high quality, pure essential oil, it will contain dynamic components that work with your body’s chemistry to heal chapped lips. Not to mention you also get the additional benefits of whichever essential oils you select. Although you’ll be diluting the essential oils, applying them to your lips will allow you to inhale their scent and enjoy all aspects of the plant therapy.

What Are the Best Essential Oils for Lip Balm?

You can use almost any essential oils for lip balms, although its best to avoid or dramatically dilute “hot” essential oils. These essential oils aren’t actually hot, but when they interact with your skin they can leave it feeling a bit burned. It’s similar to how your lips feel after eating a spicy meal. That’s definitely not what you want when you’re trying to soothe the lips. These include oregano, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and cassia.

While you can use any essential oils, the following will aid in healing, moisturizing, and calming irritated lips the most quickly:

Although not an essential oil, a few drops of Almond oil can also be a great addition to your lip balm is it’s super moisturizing.


Skintox oil

DIY Lip Balm Recipe Essential Oils

There are several ways to make your DIY lip balm recipe essential oils, depending on what you have on hand. We’re sharing two different recipes that both work great. Whichever combination of ingredients you use, the method is the same.

Natural lip balm recipe #1

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil (can sub part of this for almond oil)
  • 3 tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 1 tsp essential oil of choice

Natural lip balm recipe #2

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea or mango butter
  • 3 tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 1 tsp essential oil of choice


  • Glass measuring cup with a spout OR a double boiler, preferably with a bowl with a spout
  • Measuring spoons
  • 3-4 metal spoons
  • Lip balm containers (clean used lip balm containers, glass pots, or small tin pots)


  1. Put some of the metal spoons in the freezer and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. If using a double boiler, add 2 inches of water to the pot and heat, avoid boiling. Add bowl with a spout on top.
  3. Add coconut oil, beeswax, and shea or mango butter (if using) to your double boiler OR to a glass measuring cup. If using the measuring cup, microwave until ingredients are melted, then stir with a room temperature spoon. If using a double boiler, stir ingredients until melted.
  4. When thoroughly melted, test your mixture with a frozen spoon. The mixture will harden on the spoon. If you want it to be thicker, add more beeswax. If you want it to be thinner or silkier, add more oil or butter.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
  6. Pour into lip balm containers.
  7. Let cool for an hour.
  8. Store in a cool, dry place. Lasts for about 6 months.

There you have it - your very own DIY recipe for lip balm with essential oils. It can serve as a great gift around the holidays, or you can keep it all for yourself! We won’t tell.