Homemade Lip Balm Recipe – All-Natural Clove and Orange

With the cold, dry winter air here to stay for the foreseeable future, here is a super moisturizing, all-natural, chemical-free lip balm recipe you can make at home in just 10 minutes or less! It has a wonderful scent with the clove and sweet orange essential oils and makes for an excellent gift with Christmas approaching.

Homemade All-Natural Lip Balm Recipe with Clove and Cinnamon

This recipe comes from Mountain Rose Herb‘s blog where they have tons of recipes for all-natural living and homemaking. I love their products and company as they are green inside and out! They are one company I can really stand behind. They sent me these ingredients, all of which you can buy online in the comfort of your PJ’s and no makeup (my fav part!) and not have to hunt at speciality stores:

Homemade All-Natural Lip Balm Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

So, I was really not paying attention (blame it on pregnancy brain, being tired, and two rambunctious boys running around at the same time!) and accidentally added 3 times the amount of beeswax I needed. Needless to say, the recipe was super hard and not useable! After it all hardened in the tins, I scooped it out with a spoon and melted it back down in the double boiler, adding more oils to complete the recipe. Now I have enough balm to give to EVERYONE for Christmas! It will literally fill a dozen or more tubes or tins.

I loved using Mountain Rose Herb’s shea butter- normally I buy mine from Amazon and have been happy with it, but this was free of impurities (like tree bark) and was so easy to scoop out. The above recipe makes enough to fill about 6 small tins – such a cheap, but special gift to give!

How To Make Your Own Lip Balm

  1. Chop your beeswax bar in half (it’s 1 ounce, and there are about 2 tablespoons in 1 ounce). I would start with that because the recipe turned out rather hard when I used the full amount of beeswax, making it hard to rub onto my finger and use.
  2. Melt all the ingredients in double boiler (I don’t have an official double boiler, so I use one smaller pot inside of a bigger pot of boiling water). It will take 5 minutes or so on low to medium heat.
  3. Pour directly from the pan into your tubes or tins and it will harden in about 5 minutes. Done!
Homemade All-Natural Lip Balm Recipe - Melt all ingredients in a double boiler
Cleaning Up – I was able to get the pan clean with super hot, soap water and a good sponge.
I didn’t want to go out searching in craft stores for lip balm tubes or tins, so I’m buying more from Amazon (click on the links to buy). I gave some to my sweet aunt for her birthday and she loved it! It was such a special way to show I cared about her without spending a ton of money.
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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. This looks awesome, homemade lip balm is definitely on my To Do list! Just one thing, the title says cinnamon and the ingredients list sweet orange. Am I just being cookoo. Or could you use both? Thanks 🙂

  2. I got lots of kisses from my hubby with this balm on my lips! Thank you Sara! I love it!
    Great birthday present. And my feet and hands are so soft with your lotion.
    I love you
    Aunt Laine

  3. Awww, what a sweet gift for your auntie! 🙂 I love this recipe, I’m totally pinning it for the very near future!

  4. I am gearing up to do this for Christmas and am super excited to concoct several “gourmet” lip balm flavors. Thanks so much for posting this. I’m new to your blog and so far I love it!

  5. I would love to try this, but I was wondering, does it have to be sunflower oil or can it be any kind, would it make a difference?

  6. That will be a great gift for my wife… Easy to make. Thanks Sara 🙂

  7. I love all those citrusy scents! Looks fabulous:)

  8. Could coconut oil be substituted for the sunflower oil? Or should it be something thin?

    • I do think it should be something thin, because the lip balm is already pretty thick and I don’t think it should be thicker. You don’t have to use sunflower oil – you could use olive oil, sweet almond oil or something along those lines.

  9. Suggestions on where to find tins and tubes?

  10. Is there another oil besides sunflower that can be used? Thanks!

  11. check out newdirectionsaromatics.com for lip balm tubes and even a “filling tray”. I do not know how they compare to other sites but I do know that they have an assortment of styles.

  12. Hello. I love your site and ideas. I am wondering If you have ever added some sunscreen (zinc oxide?) to a lip balm? I am trying to decide the best way to do this. Thank you.

  13. Hi! Does it matter which beeswax you would use as long as it is good to make lip balm/cosmetics with? Also what is the shea butter and sunflower oil for?

    • Hi Denisa! I’m not sure what you mean – like which brand or if you use pastilles or the blocks? I don’t think it matters – if you’re going for natural, then all natural and organic is best. The shea butter makes it very creamy – the only other ingredient you could use instead would be cocoa butter. As for the sunflower oil, it is to keep it from being too thick. But you could use any carrier oil – olive, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, etc.

  14. Hi,
    I’m vegan and don’t use products from bees (including beeswax). I’m wondering if you have any ideas for how to make this recipe without the beeswax? Or do you think the beeswax is key to the texture and it wouldn’t really work without it?


    • Hmm, good question. The beeswax works to make it firm and harden, so you’d have to find another product that does the same. Coconut oil is hard when it’s below room temperature – about 68 degrees. So you could keep it cool or in the fridge with that. I don’t know of another alternative off-hand…

    • Soy wax or floral wax are alternatives.

  15. I accidentally used sesame oil instead do sunflower oil! Ack! Should I throw it away and start again?

    • No, that works well, too! Hope I didn’t catch you too late.

      • I did keep it and I then did it properly with the sunflower oil. I am not sure if it is just me but it seems as though the sesame oil made the balm slightly softer in texture. Like it is more melts when in the tube form than the sunflower oil one. Both are great just interesting differences.

  16. Do you know about how much this produces? I have 15 1oz tins to fill.

  17. It looks amazing! Going to try it out! I saw on another blog that you can add rose petals – or any other flowers or herbs – to the balm. It looks really pretty and special, too.

    Olivia, you could use japan wax (also called berry wax or sumac wax) as a substitute for beeswax. Some balm recipes uses japan wax, and some other cosmetics, too. Beeswax (I think) is a little bit harder than japan wax, so then you can put in less oil…?

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  20. I have a question. I like my lip balm with a little sweetness, and the essential oil flavorings that I am considering using have no sugars added. How do I add the sweetness?

  21. A few tips: put a spoon in the freezer. Before you pour into your tubes or tins dip the cold spoon into you mixture and try it. You can add more wax, oils, flavors at this point.

    Fill tubes almost full. Allow to harden. Remelt your balm and top off your tubes. This gives the tops a beautiful shape!

    To clean a pot/pan double boiler: heat the contents up, wipe out with paper towels, then wash as usual.

    Typical balm ratios: 1 part wax
    2 parts vegetable butter
    1 part liquid oil

    Don’t want to spend a lot on a tube tray? Get a cutting board from the Dollar Tree. Drill holes the size of your tubes and you’re ready to fill tubes! -husbands love helping (at least mine does anyway! 🙂 )

  22. Thanks for the great post! Can you substitute the sweet orange and clove essential oils to make additional flavors? If so, what would you recommend?

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