For years, I’ve been in search of the smoothest, most hydrating, gentle, chemical-free and yummy smelling lip balm. The closest I’ve gotten to my ideal are Whole Foods Organic Peppermint Lip Balm and Grove Collaborative Mint & Argan Lip Balm. Both are great, but earlier this year, after some trial and error, I cracked a recipe that has become my all-time favorite. It is easy to make and one batch lasts about three months. I use it all day and night, so if you aren’t an addict like me, yours might last longer. It also is great for gifting. Pro-tip: You can use it as a cuticle moisturizer.

For the containers, I like to repurpose what I already have on hand. For me, that’s a Chapstick container and several small eye cream jars. Be sure to wash and sanitize in boiling water anything you reuse or repurpose.


Melanie’s Best Lip Balm Ever


  • 1 tablespoon cosmetic grade beeswax (it’s easy to find online or at your favorite  local natural foods store)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil or the essential oil of your choice



Heat ingredients in a double boiler (I use a saucepan of boiling water and a glass measuring cup) over low heat until melted and combined. Mix and pour into containers. Allow to cool. Enjoy!


I love this lip balm so much; I haven’t purchased any commercial balms since the first time I made it in January. I gifted two pots from that batch and have only made one other batch since then and still have a lot to get through before my next melt session. My husband loves it, too. He also has extremely sensitive skin and this is so gentle, it doesn’t irritate him. That said, as with anything you are trying for the first time, be sure to test a little on the inside of your upper arm or some other discreet area, because everyone’s skin reacts differently to hair and skincare products.


If you try it, let me know what you think in comments or email me at