Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm (Holiday Gift Idea)

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DIY peppermint Lip Balm

Looking for a unique DIY holiday gift idea? Consider making some homemade peppermint lip balm using just a few natural ingredients. It’s so easy, you’ll never want to buy store-bought again!

The shea butter is super soothing for dry lips especially when paired with peppermint essential oil. This recipe makes about five one inch sized circular tins, so you’ll want to adjust up from there depending on how many you’d like to make.

These containers are Wilton brand small party favor tins, but you could recycle Altoid mint tins or reuse lip balm tubes (if making for yourself). You could also buy Lip Balm tubes like the ones here.

Ingredients to make lip balm Hip2Save

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm


How to make lip balm


  1. Bring water in a small pot to a boil on the stove.
  2. In a glass dish or Pyrex cup, mix beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil.
  3. Place the glass dish or cup inside the pot of boiling water and melt ingredients while stirring. A bamboo chopstick makes a great tool for stirring this.
  4. Remove from heat and use about 20 drops of the peppermint essential oil and stir.
  5. Pour into containers right away.
  6. Wait 24 hours for the lip balm to set before using.

DIY Burts Bees Lip Balm Hip2Save

These adhesive labels came with my tins and I used a red sharpie to color them like a peppermint candy. You’ll love the smooth texture and wonderful scent! Such a great gift, too!

Thanks to Revived Kitchen for the inspiration!

 Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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Comments 55

  1. cheapcheap goes the mommy

    while I’m sure they are not as sturdy as the cases you used for this project, I have seen in the wedding section at the dollar tree a similar style container. LOve this idea!

  2. Ashley

    Thanks! Do you have a price for this (either per container or total for all ingredients)? Hip2savers love to know these things! Awesome idea.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It will depend on if your ingredients are organic and where you purchase from. All of these were purchased at craft stores and natural food stores. The containers are from Michael’s crafts. Thanks!

  3. marissa

    This looks so cool! Does anyone know how many one batch makes?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      As mentioned one batch made five of these one inch tins half filled 🙂

      • marissa

        Oops, only read the recipe, not the description. Thanks.

  4. jessica

    You could also sub the peppermint oil for lavender and use it as cuticle cream. Possibilities are endless. Thanks!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s genius! I love essential oils. Thanks!

  5. Crystal

    How much water do we use when putting it to boil? I don’t want to add to much water and then have it watery:/ let me know please (:

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Important: You are adding water to the pot only. Not in the mixture. You are essentially mixing the wax and oils in a glass container then dipping that glass container in boiling water. Filly our pot about half full of water. thanks!

      • Crystal

        Thank you! Here I was thinking I was going to add water to mixture so just add the cup into the boiling water to let it melt? (I’m assuming) (:

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Exactly. Just melting your wax and oils together (like a double boiler) 🙂

  6. Christine

    This is such a great idea. I have been wanting to make something other than desserts for Christmas.

  7. Crystal

    Does anyone know how much water to use? I don’t want to add to much water when putting it to boil and then it becomes watery… Help please(:?

  8. julie

    Can you tell me the ounce size of the containers?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It doesn’t say. It does say one inch deep two inch wide 🙂

  9. Mary

    I just want to add, please be sure to use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Most oils on the market say pure essential oil; however, they are perfume grade. The fillers that are used in them can be toxic and do more damage than good. You get what you pay for when it comes to EOs. If it says aromatic, it’s not what you want. Pure, therapeutic grade EOs. Do a little research before you buy.

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks for your help on this. Didn’t know they needed to be pure EOs. I appreciate your info.

  10. Jen

    These look awesome! I know it’s something most people don’t think about, but if you make these or other homemade goods that have EO and food products in them, please consider adding a little label with the ingredents. I know I would use this if given to me assuming it was just wax and peppermint, but then I’d have a bad allergic reaction, because I’m allergic to almonds and coconuts. People are allergic to all kinds of things you would never think of and it’s a huge help if we don’t have to ask! Plus, something like this I would want to pass on to someone that can use it – rather than see it wasted.

  11. kim

    Where did you find the oils, shea butter and essential oil? Not sure if they sell them at the grocery store or Michael’s or a specialty store.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Essential oils at Sprouts (natural food store) as well as Shea butter and almond oil. Michaels has the beeswax and containers. Thanks!

  12. Shalia

    If I am allergic to coconut is there something else that could be used to substitute for coconut oil?

  13. Kelli

    Is the Shea butter a solid or like thick lotion? I found both at Hobby lobby and another craft store and don’t know which one to use. I found both in the soap making section of the craft store. Is that correct?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      The pure Shea butter I used was very very very thick almost solid but in a jar.

      • Kelli

        Thanks for responding. Mine doesn’t say “pure” and came in a little packet. It also is very very very thick but not solid like the beeswax. Do you think that will work? The Shea butter I bought says it can be used to make bar soaps and lotions.

  14. Claire

    I’m allergic to beeswax 🙁
    Any ideas for a substitute? Thanks!

    • jj meyer

      I found soy wax, carnauba wax or candelilla wax can be used as a vegan sub for the beeswax. There are a number of online suppliers available. Hope this helps. I know I’m allergic to so much in cosmetics it is hard to find slternatives. Thsnk goodness for coconut oil!

  15. Paul

    Do you have to sanitize your containers before filling them with lip balm

  16. jj meyer

    Love your recipe! Thanks for sharing! I tried vitamin e oil in place of almond and loved it too!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh good! Great that’s good to know!

  17. Danielle

    Can you put up a picture what the coconut oil looks like? where did you buy it? Also, where do you get the Shea Butter from?

  18. Beth

    I was wondering if you can put this lip balm in tubes instead of the metal tons? Thank you! Looks like a beautiful recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I’m sure you can do that too. Thanks

      • Beth

        Thank you!! I can’t wait to make this!!

  19. Jocelyne

    Any chance I would be able to add cocoa to this recipe and make it peppermint/cocoa lip balm?

  20. AudreyGrace

    Could you use lip balm tubes instead of pots for this recipe? I can’t find the right size pots anywhere but I did order some tubes . . .

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  21. misty

    I have totally gone off the charts over peppermint essential oil this year. I just did not realize I was craving more than just a piece of candy! I now have shampoo, sugar scrubs, and now I will try this! Crazy for peppermint!

  22. Toya P

    Can you use small glass containers with lids in lieu of metal. I have very small round purse-size clear containers.

  23. Lacy

    Is there anything that can be used as a substitute for the Shea? would like to make some for my kids but my son has a peanut allergy and for some that means Shea is a no-no! Thanks!

    • Melanie

      My daughter is allergic to peanuts too but didn’t realize Shea could be a problem. What makes people with peanut allergies allergic to shea? Thanks for any advice.

  24. kristajeanphotography

    Trying this today!! Hoping it helps my horribly chapped lips, thinking I will go with lavender EO for the dry lips. What is the shelf life?

  25. Christina

    Hi! How many small tins does this fill approx.?

    • Krista

      It filled 5 tins when I did it about an inch in height

  26. Jennifer

    IF I don’t have a double boiler, does melting in the microwave work just as well? Also, I got the tubes. Do I still just wait 24 hours for it to set or do I need to put it in the fridge?

  27. Claudia

    Will using olive oil instead of almond oil affect the taste?

  28. dina

    you could add a few drops of vitamin e if your lips are chapped:)

  29. JJ

    Just curious, has anyone tried making this adding coloring? It would be nice to give it a minty hue (pale green or pink) vs. yellow.

  30. Andrea

    I put these in tubes and this recipe makes about 10…I bought a baby medicine syringe ($2.48 at Wal-Mart) and it was pretty easy…

  31. Lisa

    This is a wonderful recipe !! The lip balm is very moisturizing without being too greasy – I love the smell and it set in the containers very nicely !! Thanks for the great recipe !!

    • Julie

      Yay! Today I’m making my entire Oil Team of 100 this as a gift. Hope they love it!

  32. Denise

    I’ve made homemade lip balm before. After I pour it into metal containers and dried I’ve noticed little spots pop up randomly. Do you know what causes this to a happen?

  33. Alli

    how much does it make?

  34. Nalina

    I know no one will see this but if you add the drop of glycerin it makes it a real good texture

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip!

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