Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm (with free label printable!)

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

Arizona has been so dry lately, I can hardly stand it. As someone with dry and sensitive skin, it’s kind of a nightmare really. My skin needs tons of lotion and my lips have been super chapped. I can’t get enough chapstick!

I first experimented with making homemade peppermint lip balm last month and loved it. First, all it takes to make it is melting ingredients in a bowl over a double boiler. It’s the easiest craft ever, except when you hand someone a tube and tell them it’s homemade, they will be seriously impressed because it sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Score points for you!

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

And second, I can control what goes in and what doesn’t go in my lip balm. I was pretty happy with the peppermint formula, but this vanilla version is my favorite. It’s softer thanks to the addition of the sweet almond oil. The only thing I might do differently next time is add a bit more of the vanilla oil as I love all things vanilla.

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

I made a batch and handed them out to my co-workers, but how cute would these be for little Valentine’s Day gifts for your girlfriends or family?

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm


  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/2 teaspoon therapeutic grade vanilla essential oil
  • pipettes
  • 15-16 .15 oz lip balm tubes or containers


  1. Melt the shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax over a double boiler. Whisk together. Then use a pipette to divide the liquid amongst the tubes, filling them. I recommend leaving the bowl over the boiler if you don’t want to rush to transfer the liquid into the tubes. Stir what’s left in the bowl every so often while transferring to prevent separation. Let the balm set with the caps off for 12 hours. Label if desired.

I bought all of my ingredients on Amazon

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Below is a link to the labels I designed if you want to use them. These are compatible with Avery 5293 round labels.

Vanilla Lip Balm Labels



  1. I make all of my products homemade: deoderant, lip balm, face wash, body wash, etc. I have the most sensitive skin ever, and I found that store-bought products are harsh on my skin. I love this recipe. You’re right, it’s so stupid easy to make lip balm. After I made my first batch, I was like, “That’s it?”

  2. I know what you mean about loading up on lotion and chapstick, it’s been so dry! Love how easy this lip balm is!

  3. Love this idea, especially because my 4 year old is kinda crazy for lip balm these days. One question, is there a good substitute you could recommend for the almond oil? She has a nut allergy, and although I know she’s ok with coconut, I don’t know how she will react to almond.

  4. I really need to try making lip balm at home – I go through it wayyyy too fast. Love that you did a vanilla version – that’s my favorite kind to buy at the store!

  5. Is there something I can add for sun protection to this lip balm recipe?

  6. I love this idea. I read a long time ago that chapstick has some ingredient in it that actually makes the lips drier thus making you think you need to use more. So this is pretty awesome!

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  8. I second Nancy’s question about adding something for Sun screen. Also, could I use vanilla extract instead of vanilla essential oil?

    • Hi Nicole, this is only the second time I have made my own lip balm and so I’m not sure about adding sun screen. I have heard that you can add zinc oxide as a sunscreen, but I have never worked with it so you would have to do some research on that. As for the extract, I do not recommend using extract. It is alcohol-based and can separate and cause a splotchy lip balm.

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  12. Uh so much to do

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  15. Where do you buy the vanilla essential oil??

  16. Can I substitute the vanilla essential oil with other essential oils to make a different scent?

  17. Hello!
    I’m looking for diy lip balms using vanilla oleoresin. Is that what you are using?  If I make orangesicle… use equal amounts of EO? I read that using vanilla extract is not a good idea. THANKS!!!

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