Lip Balm – So Many Uses, So Easy to Make

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Common Products - Uncommon Uses, Health, Recipes | 42 comments

lip balm finished productNow that the cold weather has arrived many of us will have a lip balm tucked in purse or pocket. It works great at keeping those lips soft and kissable. But did you know that it’s also very useful in many different situations? And did you also know how easy it is to make your own all-natural lip balm that works better than many expensive products?

Lip Balm for Skin Care:

Winter cold and indoor heat combine to leave skin dry and cracked. Sometimes that needed lotion just isn’t available which isn’t a problem as long as lip balm is handy.

  • Smooth lip balm over nail beds to moisturize rough cuticles;
  • Smooth out those rough, scratchy elbows;
  • Moisturizes and heals chapped hands, fingers and knuckles.
  • Protect skin from windburn – apply a generous layer all over exposed skin;
  • Protect from sunburn – does not have any SPF but good as an emergency use for short periods;

Lip Balm for Grooming:

The homemade lip balm (recipe below) is very much a gentle healing ointment.

  • Soothes and moisturizes that fragile area underneath the eye;
  • Gently removes eye makeup;
  • Minimized fine lines around the eye;
  • Blend with a little eye-shadow to make eye gloss;
  • Remove mascara smudges;
  • Protect your skin before colouring hair – first add a layer of lip balm to the hairline;
  • Combat frizz and flyaway hair – put a dab on a finger and pat the hair down;
  • Smooths eyebrows – keeps those stray hairs in place;
  • Grooms the mustache and keeps it looking the way it should.

Lip Balm for Emergency First-Aid:

  • Dab a bit on a small cut to stop the bleeding and prevent infection;
  • Prevent blisters from forming by applying a generous amount on the rubbed-raw area;
  • Nursing mothers can relieve soreness by rubbing lip balm on nipples;
  • Protect healing scars from sunburn;
  • Soothe irritated skin from colds or allergies by applying some lip balm with a tissue in and around the nose.

Lip Balm around the House:

  • Keep zippers zipping smooth by running lip balm up and down the zipper a few times;
  • Dab on a small hole in an umbrella – waterproof too;
  • Lubricate drawer tracks with lip balm;
  • Wipe lip balm all around the thread of light bulbs before screwing into the outdoor fixture – makes the bulbs much easier to remove;
  • Remove label residue – leave it on for a few minutes to work, then wipe off;
  • Coat screws and nails to ease them into wood;
  • Unexpected meeting and your shoes are scuffed? No problem, simply put some lip balm on a tissue and wipe;
  • Put a dab on the knot of shoelaces to keep them tied;
  • Protect a dog’s paws by applying lip balm before heading out in the winter.

Great little multitasker, right? Now for the recipe. All the ingredients can be found at a good health food store.lip balmHomemade Lip Balm – Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. beeswax, grated

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 Tbsp. cocoa butter (this can be replaced by shea or mango butter)

3 vitamin e capsules

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract or any other pure extract of choice – I used peppermint.


  • Put the grated beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter into a measuring cup
  • Boil 1 cup of water in a small pan that is large enough to hold the measuring cup – once the water is boiling, remove from heat, place a canning ring on the bottom of the pan, set the measuring cup on top of the canning ring and return to low heat until everything is melted together
  • Remove from heat and, using a wooden spoon, immediately stir in the contents of the vitamin e capsules and the extract
  • Pour into small glass jar and let cool. If desired, some of the mixture can be poured into an old, empty lipstick case. Don’t worry if you can’t get all the lipstick out – it will just mix in with the hot balm.
lip balm

I found these nifty 1/2 cup glass jars at the dollar store, perfect for this.

And there you are – an easy to make all-natural lip balm ready to be used in a myriad of ways. If you know of any other uses, please share in the comments below.

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  1. Hi Lenie,

    First time visiting your blog and already liking the value you offer here. I had no idea lip balm could be used for so many different things and most of all that it is so easy to make yourself.

    Definitely going to give this a try soon. Looking forward browsing through your website!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Joep, welcome to my blog. I’m pleased that you found the lip balm recipe useful. It is easy to make and really does do a great job. Hope you’ll come back soon and often. 🙂

  2. Great list of how to use lip balm. Oh wow Lenie, I didnt know Lip balm had all those uses. we learn everyday. Perfect time of the year to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving

  3. “Wipe lip balm all around the thread of light bulbs before screwing into the outdoor fixture – makes the bulbs much easier to remove.”

    Lenie, would you similarly recommend wiping lip balm all around the thread(s) of sprinkler attachments before connecting them to garden hoses? Those connections can get irremediably stuck after they’ve been in place for a while.

    • Good morning Andy – I think you’ve got a winning idea, one I’ll pass on to my husband (I don’t do hoses, exactly for the reason you mentioned – I can’t get the blessed things apart). Using the lip balm for the purpose mentioned is naturally to stop the corrosion so if it works on light bulbs there is no reason it won’t work on hoses. Certainly something we’re going to try. Thanks for the great tip. I’ll have to add it to my notes. Have a great week.

  4. I didn’t know lip balm had all those uses. I might have to use my chapstick in some other ways now.

  5. I love multitaskers! And living in the desert, I carry lip balm year round, not just the winter. This looks like a very useful and soothing recipe. Adding it to my list of things to try!

  6. Lenie, you have all sorts of projects that are going to help me fend off the winter boredom this year! I’m going to start with the homemade wine because that’s a great add on to every other task, right? ha ha.

    Do you have another recipe like this that would include your infamous lavender? Not that I have anything against the alluring smell of coconut, I’m just a fiend for lavender.

    • Rose, no time to be bored. So as you sip your wine, you can replace the extract with pure lavender essential oil but I would start with one or two drops at a time. If you add too much it could burn your lips and I don’t think your hubby would appreciate if you said ‘ow’ everytime he came near.
      I’ll come up with a lavender recipe of sorts for January.

  7. I live in Upstate NY near Lake Ontario, the winters there can be rough. The balm you describe is very useful. I have actually used something similar on my fingers and it has helped the frost bite I got couple years ago.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • William, we share winters so I know exactly what you mean. Writing about the frostbite – well, if it protects dog’s paws, no reason it can’t protect people’s hands. Might be something for you to take along as you head into the woods. Have a great time, BTW 🙂

  8. I will try this! I seem to spend a small fortune on lip balms in the winter and this looks like a terrific alternative. At least I will know what is in the balm and not have to guess what kind of additives are in it! I’m not real keen on using anything with ingredients that have names I can’t pronounce!!

    • Good morning Nancy. Do try it and I’m pretty sure you’ll never spend another penny on the commercial stuff. This feels so good when you apply it.
      We really are moving away from the chemical stuff, aren’t we? Can’t believe how we used to use all that stuff without question. Suggestion, double the quantity and take a little jar to keep on your desk.

  9. this is fascinating Lenie. I would never have thought to use lip balm to improve the functioning of my zippers. Or to keep my shoelaces from coming untied? Brilliant. My solution was always to try to tie them tighter.

    • Ken, I really don’t expect people to use the lip balm for the purposes I mentioned, at least not on a regular basis but still, it’s fun and good to know you can. the best use of the product is for the original purpose – on the lips (although it feels kind of nice around the nose when you have a cold).

  10. Boy do i need some of this. The Santa Ana winds have been blowing in California and have my allergies bothering and I’m all dried it and lips chapped. I like peppermint in it too for that nice tingly feeling.

    • Susan, I never thought about the wind but you’re right. We get a lot of wind where we are but nothing compared to the Santa Ana winds. They would dry everything including lips and any other exposed skin. I guess you could even rub some on your face like the skiers do here. That peppermint is a nice touch – very refreshing.

  11. Lenie — thanks for great tips, as usual. Question: how much does lip balm differ from ordinary face creams or body creams. I use vaseline for many of the things you listed.

    • Jeanette, the oils and butter in lip balm are all natural and are the beneficial working ingredients – Vitamin E promotes new cell growth; coconut oil moisturizes and heals; cocoa butter contains antioxidants and protects lips from the elements.
      Vaseline on the other hand is a petroleum byproduct.
      As to the difference in face/body creams – that depends on whether you mean commercial or homemade. Commercial includes chemical preservatives and may include mineral oil, another petroleum byproduct – homemade creams basically use the same ingredients as the balm, only in different proportions.
      Wow, that was almost another post LOL.

  12. Wow this is an awesome idea Lenie. And as you say, perfect time of the year to give this a try. Happy Thanksgiving to you. And I am grateful for all your frugal tips in each and every post you write.

    • Patricia, this is the only thing that works on my dry lips and then, I really enjoy making this kind of stuff. It usually takes a few tries before I get it right but that’s part of the fun. It also makes nifty little Christmas gifts for say – a group of seniors in a nursing home. Think how they would enjoy that.

  13. This is great Lenie! I had a friend who made a Homemade Lip Balm recipe and gave them as a holiday gift to her daughter’s college friends. It’s fun and helpful. Those are my favorite types of gifts. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Sabrina, this is neat. I just replied to Patricia about making them up for seniors in a nursing home and here you write about giving them to college students. Little gifts that are low cost, easy to make but can mean a lot. Like you say – favourite type of gift.

  14. Another real gem Lenie! It never occurred to me to make my own lip balm but I love the idea and definitely plan to give this a try when I take my down time over the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Marquita, I think you’ll like this version. It really is smooth and feels so good, not only that, it works. With the extract you can have the taste you like too. I was thinking my next batch would be with mango butter and orange extract. It’s all fun.

  15. This recipe for lip balm sounds great. If one doesn’t have old empty lipstick containers, can one buy them somewhere? Is there something else that works?

    • Donna, I think your best bet to find something would be at the dollar store. I know at the one in our area they have very small plastic ones, with lid that I think are uses for spices. they’re six for $1.00 and they would hold about 1/4 cup, just the right size for a purse or pocket. Hope that helps.

  16. Lip balm has many uses. I buy good old Vaseline and it keeps my lips nourished all day and in all weathers.

    I would like to have the time to make beauty products. It must be so therapeutic and you know exactly what ingredients are in them.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Phoenicia, for me Vaseline doesn`t do the job and for a long time I tried to find an ointment that did. It wasn`t until I came up with this combination that I actually have a product that works.

  17. Hey Lenie,
    I had no idea that lip balms can be used a first aid supplement too.Wonderful!
    By the way can you let me know some natural remedies to reduce dark circles?
    It will be helpful if you can write a post on this!
    Thank you

    • Hi Tuhin, I`ve made a note to do a post on dark circles in the New Year but for now something that may help – cut two fairly thick cucumber slices, place in fridge for an hour or so, then lie back and place these over your eyes and just rest for up to half an hour. Do this everyday for a couple of weeks and you should notice a big difference.

      • Thank you so much…I will let you know about the progress

  18. Wow! I never knew about the many wonderful uses for lip balm. Thank you for your ideas and for the healthy and easy to prepare recipe!

    • Michele, I really like this recipe because I know it works – I use it – and also because it`s all natural. With many of the commercial lip balms you will find that as soon as they dry, you need to re-apply – not with this – it lasts for a long time.

  19. Who knew you could use lip balm in so many ways? The recipe looks easy enough to make.If it ever starts getting cold where I live (it was in the 80s today), I will keep this in mind. I do remember from my years living in the North East that my lips would get extremely dry come winter. I never thought of making my own lip balm, but you make it seem very simple.

    • Erica, hard to believe we live on the same continent. You had 80 degrees, we had 6 inches of snow. This lip balm is the easiest to make and the most effective, at least I think so and I use it all the time. The only thing that does work for my dry, cracked lips.

  20. I love lip balm! Last Christmas, I made lip balm for all my female friends and relatives and they all loved it! I made little jar for each and it lasted all year! They’ve told me they are looking forward to it again this Christmas, so I will try your recipe 🙂

    • Hi Fabiola, glad to hear you`ll be trying my recipe. I think you`ll be pleasantly surprised. Using the natural extract also lets you personalize it for each recipient, just another special touch.

  21. That is amazing, Lenie. The same home made product does it all! It keeps things from sticking, makes others stay put, lubricates, cleans and protects. I’m definitely going to make some! Thanks!

    • Beth,if you make this I don`t think you`ll ever go back to buying a commercial product. I love how easy it is to make but especially love the way it works. The only thing that keeps my lips smooth.

  22. Great and innovative list of how to use lip balm. Beewax must be the magic ingredient in your recipe because, unfortunately coconut oil on its own doesn’t work as lip balm.

    • Hi Catarina – the beeswax solidifies the balm and locks moisture in, meaning the balm last longer. The oils and butter are the active ingredients that make the balm work. The extract is really just to make it taste good.

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