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A Vanilla Orange Lavender Lip Balm Recipe

lip balm recipeIf you love lip balms, learning a great lip balm recipe can be a real “game changer.”

For some people, learning their own lip balm recipe means they’re no longer buying lip balm from stores. For others, it just means they have a lot of new ways to expand their collection!

The basic formula for making amazing lip balm is to use:

  • 1 part beeswax
  • 3 parts carrier oils and butters

So that’s a 1:3 ratio.

If you know that basic “formula” for a lip balm recipe, there's no end to how creative you can be!

It gives you the ability to customize your blends—you can make recipes with shea butter, calendula oil, or raspberry seed oil. You can use essential oils commonly found in lip balms, like Peppermint, Sweet Orange, and Distilled Lime, or you can branch out and make a unique blend with a touch of Myrrh and hint of Rose.

As for essential oils, I like to use about 5 drops of essential oil per lip balm tube.

I want to share a recipe for Vanilla Orange Lavender Lip Balm recipe to get you started making your own!

You’ll need 24 lip balm tubes for this blend. (This lip balm tube holds about 5 ml. If you’d rather use lip balm tins, you can use four 1 oz (30 ml) tins.)

I find it helpful to have a lip balm tube tray to hold up the lip balm tubes. I also like to use plastic pipettes to transfer the melted balm into the lip balm tubes. These tools help prevent spills.
lip balm recipe

Vanilla Orange Lavender Lip Balm

  • 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 1.5 oz (45 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 1.5 oz (42 g) shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
  • 50 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
    (That’s about 2 ml if you use a graduated cylinder to measure.)
  • 50 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
    (That’s about 2 ml if you use a graduated cylinder to measure.)


  1. First, set up the Stovetop Melting Method. Place a Pyrex measuring cup that holds at least 4 oz (120 ml) in a soup pot that’s about ¼ full of simmering water.
  2. Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
  3. Add the vanilla-infused jojoba and melt, stirring gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
  4. Add the shea butter and melt, stirring gently. When the shea butter is nearly melted, remove the blend from heat.
  5. Continue stirring until the shea is fully melted.
  6. Add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  7. Use plastic pipettes to transfer the hot liquid into the lip balm tubes.

The lip balms will take just a few minutes to solidify, and then they’ll be ready to use! I love this lip balm recipe because it makes plenty of tubes of lip balm. I can keep a few lip balms all around the house, so one will always be at hand—such as in my bag, in a kitchen drawer, and next to my bed.

There are enough left over to give to friends, too . . . and seeing how much friends enjoy what you made can be one of the most fun parts!

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Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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