14 Unmissable DIY Lip Balm Recipes

14 Unmissable DIY Lip Balm & Lip Gloss Recipes

For the last two weeks I have been running an event on Facebook called “14 Days of DIY Lip Balm” in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. I hope you were able to join me for it, but if not – don’t worry! I’m sharing all the recipes here once again in this blog on 14 Unmissable DIY Lip Balm Recipes.

14 Days of DIY Lip Balm

1. Basic DIY Lip Balm

Basic DIY Lip Balm Recipe
As part of my ‘Basics’ series, this lip balm recipe teaches you the bare bones of how to make a lip balm. Making a lip balm is a great way to start BeautyCrafting as the ingredients are so simple, nourishing and easy to use. You don’t need a preservative as everything is oil or wax-based and once you’ve cracked the basic recipe, you can start experimenting with different butters, oils, waxes, essential oils and even colours!




2. Calming Chamomile Lip Balm

This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Amy from A Blossoming Life.
I love what Amy has done with this recipe by infusing the chamomile flowers directly in coconut oil. Chamomile is a wonderful skin healing herb – find out more about its uses in natural skincare here.


3. Creamy Shea Lip Butter

DIY Creamy Shea Lip Butter Recipe
This DIY recipe is probably the simplest lip balm ever and yet it is by far my favourite. Shea butter is a wonderful ingredient as it is so very rich and creamy. Best of all, it is very easy to manipulate as all you need to do is cream it together. Place the shea butter in a mortar & pestle and give it a good beating until it is thick and creamy! The more you ‘whip’ it, the creamier and fluffier it will get. This DIY Creamy Shea Lip Butter is perfect for moisturising your lips.




4. Good Night Kiss Lip Balm

DIY Good Night Kiss Lip Balm Recipe

This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Ann from Nerds & Nomsense.

This lovely lip balm uses not one but three different types of plant butter – shea, mango and cocoa. All of them will bring different nourishing properties to your lip balm. The cocoa butter will help to set the lip balm that little bit harder so it easily goes into tubes.

5. Pretty-in-Pink Lip Gloss

DIY Pretty-in-Pink Lip Gloss Recipe
Lip gloss is surprisingly easy to make once you’ve cracked the basics of making lip balm. This lip gloss makes use of beetroot powder to give it a pretty pink colour. Beetroot powder is very rich in colour (as you will know if you’ve ever cooked and peeled beetroot without gloves!) and will successfully impart its rich red colour in your cosmetics.





6. Hemp & Honey Lip Balm

DIY Hemp & Honey Lip Balm Recipe
This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Stephanie from Garden Therapy. This recipe was adapted from A Green Guide to Natural Beauty, a book by Karen Gilbert.

You rarely see DIY beauty recipes use hemp oil, which is what initially drew me to this recipe. The recipe uses a blend of citrus essential oil to mask the smell of the hemp oil. I’d recommend going with sweet orange essential oil which will still give you that lovely citrus finish.

7. Rose Geranium & Vitamin E Lip Balm

Rose Geranium & Vitamin E Lip Balm
I’ve paired Vitamin E with avocado oil in this recipe. Avocado oil is extremely rich and is the only oil I know of that’s not made from the seed but from the actual flesh of the avocado. Because it is so rich it is very protecting and compliments the Vitamin E perfectly in this lip balm. Rose geranium essential oil has antiseptic and healing properties which will provide additional protective properties. It also smells divine!




8. Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm

DIY Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm
This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Stephanie from Henry Happened.

Much like Stephanie, I also love the taste of pumpkin pie! The blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice in the pumpkin pie spice mix will recreate that beautiful aroma of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and ginger have the added effect of temporarily bringing blood to the skin’s surface which causes plumping, giving your lips that slightly fuller bodied look.

9. Coconut Rose Lip Balm

DIY Coconut Rose Lip Balm
This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Lindsay, the owner of OliveTreeHandmade. Lindsay originally posted this recipe on My Baking Addiction.

I love this recipe because it is so simple and feels divine on the lips. If you’re like me and you need lots of lip balm to make it through the winter, this recipe will work wonders for chapped lips.


10. Chocolate Lip Gloss

DIY Choc Lip Gloss Recipe
We all love chocolate, face it. So what better than a chocolate-flavoured lip gloss which gives your lips a shiny tan gloss? This lip gloss makes use of cocoa butter instead of beeswax to help it set slightly. I’ve also added in sunflower lecithin which is creamy, dark and moisturising. Lecithin has a chocolatey scent which will help to create the overall choc fragrance. You have to make sure that you use melted chocolate and not cocoa powder as otherwise it will give the lip gloss a grainy texture.



11. Peppermint Rose Lip Balm

DIY Peppermint Rose Lip Balm
This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Jan from the Nerdy Farm Wife.

This Peppermint Rose Lip Balm is a step up from the basic lip balm recipe because it uses a rose petal oil infusion at its base. Making a herbal infusion is a great DIY beauty skill and this recipe takes most of us back to our childhood when we collected rose petals to make potions.


12. Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm

DIY Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm Recipe

This recipe has been kindly provided to DIY Beauty Diva by Claire from FellowFellow as well as Militza from Little Green Dot.

It’s nice to see different essential oils being used in this lip balm. Palmarosa and Myrrh essential oils have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making them a great addition to this lovely lip balm recipe.

13. Dark Elderberry Lip Gloss

DIY Elderberry Tinge Lip Gloss Recipe
This Lip Gloss double as a sort-of “lip mask” because it contains two ingredients that lock in moisture – honey and vegetable glycerine. I had been desperate to formulate with elderberry powder for quite a long time. When my children give me the time, I like to go foraging for elderberries in the autumn so that I can make cordial. The berries stain my fingers deep purple and I can’t think of a nicer colour to add to a lip gloss.




14. Naturally Nourishing Lip Gloss

DIY Naturally Nourishing Lip Gloss Recipe
I love using wild herbs in my skincare formulations. I was recently given a bottle of macerated Calendula oil so wanted to make the most of it by formulating a lip gloss that contains this wonderfully nourishing plant oil. I also added Chamomile essential oil into the blend. This lip gloss uses castor oil which is thick and shimmery and used in many commercial lip gloss formulations. This thickness makes it perfect for a lip gloss because it will sit on your lips much longer than other oils, which might absorb quicker.



If you’re interested in finding out more about the science behind lip balm and whether you could be addicted to it, head on over to my skincare science blog at http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/are-you-addicted-to-your-lip-balm/

So there you have it – 14 Unmissable DIY Lip Balm & Lip Gloss Recipes! Which is your favourite? Tell me in the comments below!

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13 Responses to 14 Unmissable DIY Lip Balm & Lip Gloss Recipes

  1. Emma Burford February 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    What a fab list you have here, I keep a Honey, Vanilla & Coffee lip balm on my office desk which I was given as a gift from a customer but love the look of some of these especially the Chocolate Lip Gloss mmm

    • Lorraine
      Lorraine February 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      The Chocolate Lip Gloss is great if a tan coloured lipstick works for your complexion! It’s quite tasty too… 🙂

  2. Sandra @ Sandra's Ark February 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Never thought of making my own but this has sparked my interest, so maybe I’ll give the basic one a try and see how it goes.

    • Lorraine
      Lorraine February 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

      It’s great fun, Sandra! I started with a simple lip balm quite a few years ago and I haven’t looked back. Nowadays virtually every product in my bathroom is one I made myself. It’s very satisfying. 🙂

  3. Linda Ursin February 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Lovely recipes 🙂 I have to try some of them. I’m definitely sharing this with my followers.

    • Lorraine
      Lorraine February 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

      Thank you so much Linda! If you try any of them, please do come back and rate them so other users can benefit from your experience. 🙂

  4. Deanna Heiliger February 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I love all the variety you have here. I do love to use a natural lip balm, but at the same time I do not like to have flavored lip balm on my lips. I have to go with something really neutral…no fruity! 🙂

    • Lorraine
      Lorraine February 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

      Hi Deanna, I’m also not a fan of the artificial fruity flavour that many lip balms have. The beauty of making your own is that you can leave all that fragrance and flavouring out if you want. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Remy February 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I would definitely try the Creamy Shea Lip Butter! This is great, a nice post to keeping my Pinterest boards .

  6. Delia @ Blog Formatting February 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    OMG, these look all so awesome, I would not know what to choose! If I was to though, I guess it would the Chocolate one, it has the best of both worlds 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Lorraine!

  7. Shilpa Gandotra February 17, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    loved this post – chocolate lip balm is my favorite 🙂

  8. Jennifer March 27, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    In #5, the Shea butter one, can color be added?


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