DIY Burt’s Bees Lip Balm


  • 2 TBS beeswax pastilles
  • 2 TBS Shea butter
  • 2 TBS hard virgin coconut oil
  • 4 cocoa butter wafers
  • 2 drops vitamin E
  • Small drop of liquid lanolin
  • doTERRA Essential Oil (optional)


  1. Melt beeswax, shea butter, wafers and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted. Add vitamin E and lanolin. 
  2. Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
  3. Add essential oils to your preference. I just added peppermint in this recipe. I recommend adding a few drops at a time and testing a tiny amount on your arm to make sure the scent is to your liking. I also like wild orange and peppermint ones 😉 
  4. Once you’ve added the essential oils, use the pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. This must be done quickly since the mixture will start to harden as soon as it is removed from the heat.
  5. Let tubes sit at room temperature for several hours until cooled and completely hardened before capping them.


Use an extra teaspoon or two of beeswax if you prefer a thicker and longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you prefer a smoother and softer lip balm. Since there are no water based ingredients, you can re-melt and add more of each ingredient during the melting process until you get the exact texture you want. When experimenting, I’ve put a few drops of the melted mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and let harden in the fridge so I could test it before putting the mixture into tubes. Have fun with it! This makes 12-14 tubes.

Contributed by Maree Cottam

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