Homemade Honey Lipbalm

two honey lipbalm in jars

Sadly, it must be said that in my real life I am not as crafty as I think I am in the marvelous not so real life that takes place in my sweet head. This is not a matter of motivation as much as it is one of execution.  I am, dare I say it, fantastically motivated to be the Martha Stewart kind of crafty.  Sadly, I have been let down in my dream of being Martha by clumsy hands that clearly lack the patience and/ or the artistry required to be a craft diva.  Put differently; in a room of ten-year old craft art, my work might not stand out as much as you would expect it to.

But friends, I do love to try.  Every now and then I fumble my way to a result that may actually be called a success.  Not the borderline let us be kind and call it a success type, but real, tangible success.  This Honey Lip Balm is one such project.

It is highly possible that fortune favoured this craft session because the …er…crafting of this lip balm requires being able to boil water and not a full comprehension of how to appliqué anything on to anything else.

honey lipbalm ingredients
wrapped honey lipbalm

I have been dying to make lip balm – yip, I can get very excited about little things – after I bought a wonderful block of bees-wax from The Honey Connoisseur at this year’s Good Food and Wine Show.  At the time I thought it would be another hard thing to do that would possibly require millions of ingredients.  I have never been happier to be wrong. Thirty minutes (I am being very generous); 3-4 ingredients and a few little tins which I procured from MerryPak and you are on your way.

I made two batches of this lip balm.  The first balm I made using olive oil as the carrier oil.  The second balm I made using coconut oil.  (The more yellow balm in the images is the olive oil balm which turned out to be my favourite.)  I have seen many recipes using almond oil as the carrier oil.  I think, having used two different kinds of oil and achieving the same result that the choice of oil comes down to personal preference and possibly budget.

honey lipbalm in jar
Homemade Lip Balm-24

Being that it’s that time of the year where we start thinking about gifting and we are trying to be gentle on the end of year budget, I give you Homemade Honey Lip Balm. You might agree that it would make a fabulous little teacher gift, thank you gift or even hostess gift.

Alternatively you could give it to the one you love to kiss. Because kisses are lovely, and the lips of the one you kiss should be too.

On those little Handsome lips of course, Honey Lip Balm is basically irresistibly.





4.5 from 2 reviews
Homemade Honey Lipbalm
Serves: 1 x 60 ml balm
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  • 30 ml (2 T) coconut oil or olive oil
  • 60 ml (4 T) grated beeswax
  • 10 ml (2 t) honey
  • few drops essential oil e.g. peppermint (optional)
  1. Place the oil and wax into a glass jug.
  2. Stand the jug in a saucepan filled up to one third with water.
  3. Gently simmer the water to melt the oil and the beeswax. Whisk gently every now and then with a fork. Continue heating until all the beeswax is melted and the oil base is clear.
  4. Remove the oil from the heat and add the honey and essential oil if using.
  5. Pour the lip balm into containers and leave to stand until set.


17 Comments on Homemade Honey Lipbalm

  1. anna @ annamayeveryday
    November 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love to be Martha Stewart style crafty, I have some of her books and can only dream! But look at you being so crafty with this lip balm, a SA contender for Martha’s crown I think !

    • sam
      November 19, 2014 at 9:07 am (5 years ago)

      We should get together Anna – your books and my ability to wing it and we will be a fierce kind of crafty 🙂

  2. Nisha
    November 1, 2018 at 1:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, I just wanted to ask about the honey and oil separation. Is there any way to prevent that? Eventually the honey is settling at the bottom.

    • sam
      February 25, 2019 at 10:09 am (11 months ago)

      Hi Nisha. Oh dear, I never had this problem. My suggestion would be to heat the oil into the beeswax so that the temperatures of the two are more even and they set at the same time. I hope this helps.

    • Melissa
      March 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm (11 months ago)

      How firm does this recipe set? Enough to use a stick dispenser as opposed to a tin?

      • sam
        March 11, 2019 at 8:04 am (11 months ago)

        Hi there Melissa. It sets firm enough for a stick dispenser.

    • Sarah
      July 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm (6 months ago)

      I’ve got the same problem with the honey settling at the bottom. Did you find a solution?

      • Scogg
        January 14, 2020 at 10:13 pm (1 week ago)

        This one was a problem for me, but there is a solution for this. Heat the oil and wax, when it’s all melted, place it in the bowl with cold water. When it cools a bit stir in the honey. Scrape it all off with a spoon and fill containers. Hope it helps.

        • sam
          January 21, 2020 at 1:39 pm (1 day ago)

          Great tip! Thanks Petra.

  3. Rachel
    November 13, 2019 at 1:31 pm (2 months ago)

    Hi I love the simplicity of your recipe compared to others I’ve found. I am using honey and beeswax from my aunt’s bees and I was wondering if you could give me a guide weight for how much beeswax to use as volumes are tricky and tablespoons will depend how finely i grate the wax. thanks in advance!

    • sam
      January 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm (1 day ago)

      Hi Rachel. It has been a while since I made this lip balm. That sweet little boy in the pic is turning 10 is a few days! It was definitely less than 100g. But gauge on the volume grated without worrying how finely you grate it and you should be fine. How lovely to have bees in the family!

  4. Mary
    December 15, 2019 at 2:48 pm (1 month ago)

    The honey will settle. You either have to stir a lot or put the mixture into a bag and squeeze and knead as it cools and then extrude it from the bag like an icing bag

    • sam
      January 21, 2020 at 1:40 pm (1 day ago)

      Another great tip!

  5. Rachel
    December 22, 2019 at 5:22 pm (1 month ago)

    Hi, I’m going to try this recipe later, but would love some red coloured lip balm – any ideas how I could do it?

    • sam
      January 21, 2020 at 1:40 pm (1 day ago)

      I am really not sure Rachel as I am not a great crafter or maker of lip balm. Would love to hear what works for you.

  6. Linda
    January 12, 2020 at 3:31 am (2 weeks ago)

    Do I use a teaspoon or tablespoon of each please ?

    • sam
      January 21, 2020 at 1:38 pm (1 day ago)

      Hi Linda. In the ingredients list the capital T is for tablespoon and the lowercase t is for teaspoon. X S


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