Growing up in Southern Ohio, fall has always been one of my favorite times of year. I love the cooler temperatures, changing colors and of course; all things pumpkin spice. When I moved to Texas, I no longer had the cool temps, but this DIY lip balm with pumpkin spice flavor was perfect for helping me tame the homesickness. Well okay, this homemade lip balm and my pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling recipe were what helped.
The great thing about making homemade lip balm is that they are so easily customized. You can use this recipe for DIY lip balm for any flavor.
Since it is fall right now though, I wanted to make sure we covered how to make DIY lip balm with a pumpkin spice or autumn spice flavor.
I mean PSL can’t be the only pumpkin spice in your life, right?
How to Make DIY Lip Balm
This could technically be called homemade Chapstick, but the truth is that I think it is far better than that.
It is all natural, while being moisturizing and healing with a great taste. I don’t personally think it gets much better than that!
In fact, when you make this recipe for lip balm using pumpkin spice flavor, it means you can have pumpkin spice anytime you want.
I know. Perfect, right?
Recipe for DIY Lip Balm
This homemade lip balm recipe uses essential oils to create the pumpkin spice flavor. Since you will be putting it on your lips and could potentially ingest it, do not use anything with artificial fragrance or flavorings.
Instead, be sure to only use 100% pure essential oils. This will ensure you are only using whole ingredients that won’t harm you.
A word about essential oils
Because there are currently no Federal grading systems for essential oils in the United States, anyone can use the phrase “therapeutic grade” on a bottle of essential oils. Despite what some would have you believe there is no such thing.
Price of the oil does not dictate purity.
You may use any brand of essential oils for this homemade lip balm provided the oils are not cut with anything. You should be able to smell if they are cut.
I personally prefer to use Plant Therapy essential oils. They are pure and far more budget friendly than the more expensive brands.
How to Make Homemade Lip Balm
Because this recipe for homemade lip balm does include clove essential oil, it does have a slight bit of heat to it. It shouldn’t be too hot though since the sweet orange essential oil balances things out while adding a hint of sweetness.
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You will need:
- 1.5 oz. beeswax
- 2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
- 2 tsp. sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or castor oil
- 3 drops clove essential oil
- 12 drops sweet orange essential oil
To prepare, line your lip balm containers up so they are ready to be filled.
To begin, fill your double broiler 1/2 way and heat over medium heat. If you don’t have a double broiler, fill a saucepan with water and sit a metal mixing bowl down on top of it. Do not sit the bowl in the water, it should rest on top of the pan. This will work in place of a double broiler.
Add the beeswax to the top half of your double broiler and begin to melt it over medium heat. If your beeswax is not in pellet form, chop is roughly so it melts easier.
While the beeswax is melting, use the measuring beakers to measure the coconut oil and whichever other carrier oil you are using.
Be sure to watch your beeswax carefully. It has amazing properties, but they are often lost when it becomes overheated.
Once your beeswax is fully melted (with no clumps), turn your heat down to low and stir in the coconut oil. Using a wire whisk, stir the coconut oil into the beeswax until it’s fully melted. Repeat the process with the sweet almond oil.
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
Once you’ve made sure that the beeswax and two carrier oils are melted well and blended well, remove from the heat and add in the essential oils carefully.
Both clove oil and orange oil tend to me a more watery oil than some so make sure that you’re careful when you pour.
If not, you may end up with a scrapped batch because it has too much oil in it.
Mix your oils well and you’re ready to pour.
It may be easier for you to use a plastic pipette but keep in mind that if you do, you’ll likely go through a few while you’re pouring since they will get gunky pretty quickly.
Fill slowly to just below the top of the container. The balm may start to set up a bit as you get to the last few. If it does, put it back over the hot water and scrape the sides down as it remelts.
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Once they are poured, they will need some time to cool down and set fully.
Set them aside and leave them be for an hour or so until they’re cooled. Once cooled, you can add your lids, labels if you want and you’re good to go!
These make great homemade gifts since they’re so inexpensive to make. They’d even make fantastic Thanksgiving favors for the ladies in your family!
DIY Lip Balm
- Double Broiler
- Digital scale
- Measuring Cup Beakers
- Wire Whisk
- 12 lip balm containers
- Line your lip balm containers up so they are ready to be filled.
- Add the beeswax to the top half of your double broiler and begin to melt it over medium heat. If your beeswax is not in pellet form, chop is roughly so it melts easier.
- Measure the coconut oil and whichever other carrier oil you are using.
- Once your beeswax is fully melted (with no clumps), turn your heat down to low and stir in the coconut oil using the wire whisk until it is fully melted and incorporated.
- Repeat with the other carrier oil.
- Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir well.
- Pour into the lip balm containers.
- Set where they won't be disturbed and allow them to fully cool without caps on. Add caps when cool and hardened.