Lip Balm Recipes

Wondering how to make lip balm? I've got over 30 recipes to get you started, from plain to tinted to vegan, and everything inbetween!

Making Substitutions

Don’t have the oil or butter called for in the recipe? Here’s a guide on how to choose a good alternative from what you do have.

What's with the waxes?

Beeswax, carnauba wax, candelilla wax, bayberry wax—how are they different? Can you use one instead of another?

Help, I made a mess!

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Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask

Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask

Back in December I picked up Laniege’s Lip Sleeping Mask at San Francisco’s Duty Free shop during a rather long stop-over on my way to New Zealand. I’d read about the product working wonders for super dry lips and was intrigued by those claims and also by the idea of...

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Lemon Rose Tinted Lip Balm

Lemon Rose Tinted Lip Balm

After returning from a week in Toronto earlier this month my lips were a mess. Toronto is wonderfully humid whilst Calgary is... not... and my lips had been spoilt with all that decadent, skin-loving humidity. The return to Calgary saw my lips pitching a very...

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Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm

Vanilla Spice Vegan Lip Balm

Most of the vegan lip balms I've tried share the characteristic of being quite glassy and thin—they lack that rich creaminess of beeswax lip balms. With a beeswax lip balm you can really schmear it on and it'll stay there and lock in moisture for ages (especially this...

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Chocolate Macadamia Nut Vegan Lip Balm

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Vegan Lip Balm

If you have ever dreamed of living in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, or figure the best superpower ever would be the ability to eat as much chocolate as possible without it having any calories, I think this lip balm is for you. Decadent, super-fragrant cocoa butter...

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Chamomile Citrus Vegan Lip Balm

Chamomile Citrus Vegan Lip Balm

The consistency I look for in a lip balm is almost entirely dictated by how my lips are feeling. If I'm feeling extra parched and lizard-like I'll reach for something sticky (like this or this) that has the power to stubbornly cling to my lips and really lock in...

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Tinted Coal Lip Balm

Tinted Coal Lip Balm

I thought I'd mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something dark...

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Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Vegan Citrus Lip Butter

Ever since I made my Chocolate Lip Butter I've been completely smitten with it, so naturally I want more of it in all kinds of different variations. I've been wishing for a citrussy lip treat for ages, but since citrus essential oils are photosensitizing, I've never...

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Chocolate Lip Butter

Chocolate Lip Butter

Out of all the things I've made that I have to frequently remind myself not to eat, this Chocolate Lip Butter is pretty high up that list. It smells downright delicious, and leaves my lips oh-so wonderfully soft and hydrated. And did I mention that it smells exactly...

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Blushing Rosehip Lip Balm

Blushing Rosehip Lip Balm

A few years ago I acquired a bag of bright pink rosehip botanical extract in my quest for something that would make an awesome lip stain (and I've heard from many readers who did the same, for lip stain or other projects). Rosehip powder was a resounding failure in...

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Sticky Coconut Lip Balm

Sticky Coconut Lip Balm

'Tis the season for horrible lizard lips, and this lip balm is my lizard lip savior. This super simple, wonderfully effective Sticky Coconut Lip Balm came about thanks to Susan, who commented on my Quick Guide to Coconut Oil & Beeswax Ratios back in 2014 to tell...

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Maple Syrup Lip Balm

Maple Syrup Lip Balm

As a Canadian it is my patriotic duty to try to incorporate maple syrup into as many things as I can manage. Today's thing is lip balm, and it is lovely. This taffy coloured maple syrup lip balm is creamy, hydrating, and lightly maple scented. Please don't eat it,...

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Scottish Rose Salve

Scottish Rose Salve

In honour of Robbie Burn's day, I'm sharing this recipe for a Scottish Rose Salve today ("O my Luve is like a red, red rose"). It was inspired by a recipe request from Jade, who wrote "I love this [rosebud] lip salve. I've been using it for 9 years and it's a staple....

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