DIY: Homemade Natural Honey Coconut Lip Moisturizer

This is one thing I had on my to-do list for 2012 was to make homemade lip moisturizer.  I don’t wear make-up hardly ever, although truth be told I am beginning to look like a tired 30+ Mama (I guess I have really looked tired for a while).  I do however go through a ton of lip balms and moisturizer.  I have been playing around with my coconut oil I received from Tropical Traditions and tried out several different variations of recipes. I said I would share this last week but wasn’t truly happy with the results so I played some more and now have several to share!

This is one that I really like, it is super easy and so far is Austin’s favorite!  You need three simple ingredients:  Coconut Oil, Bee’s Wax and Honey.

I opted to use the beeswax pastilles as they are super easy to weigh and you don’t have to worry about cutting or grating and using too much.  You will need either the tins to use or actual lipstick/lip balm tubes.  I purchased some of both to try out.  I love that the tin are super easy to fill and you don’t have to worry about spilling as it cools but it is all about preference!

This recipe makes enough to fill  6 to 7 – 1/2 oz containers depending on how full you make them.

Ingredients needed:

  • 3 Tbls Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tbls Honey
  • 1 Tbls Beeswax

Using a small saucepan over low-medium heat combine your coconut oil, honey and beeswax.  Stir continually until it is all melted and combined 5-7 minutes.  Continue to stir vigorously for another 3-4 minutes over low-medium heat. (This is important to heat and stir until the ingredients are combined so they do not separate when cooling.) 

Remove from heat and carefully spoon into containers.  I used a measuring spoon to fill my containers to ensure I didn’t spill and each container received the same amount. I put 2 1/2 teaspoons in each container.

This is what they looked like right after they were filled.

This is what they look like as the started to cool and harden.  I allowed them to fully cool, about three hours before placing the lids on them.  I also tried to whip the mixture after it was melted to see if it made a difference and then spoon it in.  You can see from the photo below, other than looking messy I didn’t notice a bit of difference, so save yourself some work and spoon it in.

Have some cute little sticker labels made for the tops of the tins and you have some super cute little frugal yet practical homemade gifts!  I have been using this since we made it and love it!

I ordered my Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions, my beeswax pastilles from Mountain Herb Rose and used Local Honey.   You can get containers also from Mountain Herb Rose (their shipping is very reasonable) or I ordered these from Specialty Bottle and the quality is good but shipping was very high.

Edited:  Several of you had issues with the honey and beeswax separating.  After experimenting with this recipe for almost two years, the only time I have had them separate is when I didn’t heat it long enough.  I edited the instructions above to continue to heat past just melting to ensure the ingredients are thoroughly combined. 

53 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Natural Honey Coconut Lip Moisturizer”

    1. I apologize you were caught in my spam. If it was frothy and dark then the heat is too high. You want it only warm enough to melt and thoroughly mix well.

  1. Umm does this recipe (3 Tbls Coconut Oil, 3 Tbls Honey, 1 Tbls Beeswax) really make 6-7 1/2 oz Container?? Coz from Your sauspan picture it looks the beeswax’s more than 1 tbls.
    And i heard that, heating honey will reduce its’ benefits so can we add honey when it’s a little cooling down?

    Wanna try making this soon coz i already bought the beeswax ^^

  2. Before I had kids I think I probably wore more makeup than my mother did her whole life and her skin looked good until nearly the end of her life. And now, I have a 12 year old daughter who likes to help in the kitchen. I think this would be an excellent way for us to make a memory together and to talk about the whys, wherefores, and prudent use of cosmetics. Thanks for this very cool idea!

    1. I hope you enjoy it! My kids love making it with me and it is so simple. We will share a new recipe in a few weeks to show how to add a little color in. Thank-you for taking the time to stop by!

  3. hi! I absolutely love this! & I about to do it! Did you put them into the refrigerator or the freezer? Does it matter? Thank you!

    1. When it is extremely hot in the summer time, they can be stored in the fridge. During the summer time, I often but just a bit more beeswax in them to keep them slightly firmer and don’t really have issues.

    1. The beeswax is what allows it keep it hardened form. If omitted, it would be very soft or melt if it warms above 75 degrees.

  4. This was a very simple, fun recipe! I did it for homeade Christmas gifts this past year. I really liked it a lot! The only trouble I found was that it didn’t stay firm for me even though it was kept in a cooler part of my home during the wintertime. After it softened up, I found that it was “grainy” almost and not nearly as cool as when it was originally firmed up and put into the tins. Any suggestions on how to prevent this or any ideas on an ingredient that could be added to help prevent the grainy-ness and softening from occurring? Thanks so much:)

    1. Hi Leah, I have yet to experience the grainy texture but I would imagine it is from the honey crystalizing. What type of honey are you using?

      For the second issue, if it softens too quickly, try adding just a bit less of the coconut oil and just a bit more beeswax. I would start by adding 2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and add 3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of beeswax to try it out. The more beeswax you add the harder it will become. I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Emily!
      To get my honey to blend, I added my ingredients right in the pot, I didn’t have any luck with the double boiler. It also incorporates best as it’s cooling down and you keep whisking away 🙂
      Hope this helps!

  5. Thanks! also you said you could add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil, would you use the same ratio for vanilla? and could I use vanilla extract?

    1. Absolutely, orange and lemon would also be awesome! I would start with just a little and you can always add more after you mix it in and try it.

      1. Citrus oils are photosensitive, wouldn’t using them on your lips cause irritation just like using them on the skin if you’re out in the sun after using them?

        1. This recipe does not contain citrus oils but I have added them to other lip balms and due to the small amounts required have never had an issue with them. If you are extremely sensitive, then I would select another oil to use in its place.

  6. I just made your lip balm! And I must say, I am NEVER going back to store bought! EVER!
    I even added a bit of olive oil. I LOVE IT!
    my only question is how long before it expires?
    thanks so much!

    1. I have never had an issue with the expiration (we use it before it has a chance to go bad). I just make a note of the dates on the products I am using to make it. During the summer I store my extras in the frig to keep it firm.

  7. have you made any with any other oil besides coconut. I have almond oil and was wondering if it would work?

    1. I haven’t tried almond oil in this lip balm simply because it is so much softer. I plan to experiment with a few other oils as I have had several request one without coconut oil due to allergies. I will keep you posted!

    1. They didn’t blend at first but the longer they warmed and I kept stirring they whipped together. Try continuing to whip them as they cool as see if it doesn’t blend for you. Are you using raw honey?

  8. I love this recipe. But I was wondering is there another type of oil you could use besides coconut oil? My friend loves homemade health and beauty products because of there natural qualities. But she is extremely allergic to coconut. And just about all the recipes I find have some type of coconut substance in them. I love making her these gifts but I have to find different recipes to use. Do you know of any other oil I could use? Thanks.

  9. Thanks for the DIY lip balm! I’m thinking this will be perfect for my little kids for Christmas. I just made my first batch and have noticed it’s separated…I’m guessing the oil is on top since it’s clear, and the darker honey is at the bottom. I used a double boiler set up instead of melting the ingredients directly on the heat. I also halved the recipe. Do you have problems with separation? Thanks!

    1. Hi Molly, one other that made it had issues with separation. I have not but I always make it directly on the heat instead of using a double boiler for this recipe. I still have a few tubs from this batch I made that are perfect. When the oil hardens it should solidify but you want your honey melted in throughout so I would continue to mix over heat for a longer time to fully incorporate.

      1. Thank you for your response. I may try to empty my containers and remelt it. If that doesn’t pull it together, maybe I’ll whip it once it’s cool. I sampled a little that cooled quickly on the spatula I used…yum! and made my lips so soft! Can’t wait to share with the little ones 🙂 Thanks again!

  10. My father has taken up beekeeping in his retirement, and I thought this would be a fun present to give him… lip balm from his own wax and honey. I haven’t given him his yet, but my daughter and I LOVE our tubes of tasty lip balm and may NEVER go back to store-bought! I’m not sure I got enough wax in the mix, because ours is really soft and creamy, but it does crank up in the tubes we bought.

    Thanks so much for the idea. It’s sure to be a BIG hit with both of my parents on Christmas morning!

    1. I am so happy you tried and liked it! I have made it several times and the beeswax you use does make a difference. I am sure having fresh is so much nicer, try using just a bit less coconut oil or a little more of the beeswax to get a firmer consistency if you desire it.

      I will never go back either! Thanks for letting me know you had great success 🙂 I am sure your Father will love it!

  11. Thanks so much for this recipe, I am so going to try making this. Been looking for a recipe and yours just hit the nail on the head for me.

  12. We’ve tried a few different handmade lip balms (by other) and a friend ordered a lip balm kit for me that I have yet to use. I am thinking my kit will be a glossier style chap stick (I think shea butter based )and I know my hubby really likes the ones that have the beeswax in it. Also, thanks for sharking your beeswax source, I’m totally checking out everything else they have too. =) & I love Tropical Traditions!

    1. Kassie-I love Mtn Herb Rose! They are amazing people and have really good prices.I am experimenting with Shea Butter also but I prefer Beeswax myself.

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