Lip Balm Recipe #1

This lip balm is silky, somewhat light, and highly moisturizing.  I like it in fall and spring.  There are quite a few ingredients but I think it’s worth it.  I don’t add flavor or fragrance but you can if you like.  This recipe made about 8-10 tins, which is a LOT. If you like to switch often, you should half the recipe. If you’re like me and like to share with friends and family, though, this is plenty.


  • 45 g beeswax
  • 57 g shea butter
  • 34 g mango butter
  • 10 g apricot kernel oil
  • 10 g jojoba oil
  • 30 g fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 g coconut oil
  • 20 g camelia oil
  • 11 g castor oil
  • lip balm tins or tubes


  1. Set up a double boiler.  I usually do this with a glass or metal bowl and a large saucepan.  Add 3-4 inches of water to the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.  Once it starts boiling, lower to heat to medium so it simmers rapidly.  Place the bowl into the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does NOT touch the water.  You want the bowl to be about 2 inches off the water.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except fragrance or color, which are optional).
  3. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until everything has melted and you have a nice homogeneous mixture.
  4. Remove from heat.  At this point, I like to pour the mixture into a pitcher or something with a spout to make it easier to pour. If you’re using fragrance, flavor, or color, now would be the time to add. (Do it quickly! And keep stirring to a minimum.)
  5. Pour the mixture into your tins or tubes.  Let cool.

2 thoughts on “Lip Balm Recipe #1

  1. Hiya, I have stumbled across your blog and really like it. I have skimmed a few of your various DIY recipes. Please explain / show the difference between fractionated coconut oil & coconut oil. I have been using unrefined coconut oil from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. It is solid white, but will melt when it gets warm-above 75 degrees or so. I have purchased supplies from Brambleberry mostly. Do they have a coconut oil you like? Thanks!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!
      Fractionated coconut oil is a “fraction” of the whole oil. Most oils are a combination of different types of fatty acids. When coconut oil is fractionated, some types of the fatty acids are removed. When coconut oil is fractionated, it is liquid at all reasonable temperatures as opposed to regular coconut oil which is solid when it’s cool and liquid when it’s warm. Fractionated coconut oil is more readily absorbed by the skin and it has a minimal oily feeling while regular coconut oil does feel oily and does not absorb as well into skin (although hair absorbs it quite well).
      I purchase fractionated coconut oil from Brambleberry but I buy regular coconut oil from the grocery store when it’s on sale or Amazon. Hope this helps!

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