DIY Raw Honey-Orange Lip Balm Recipe

April 8, 2016

I recently experimented with some new lip balm recipes and this honey-orange lip balm has been getting rave reviews from my friends who have tried it. I combined a few unexpected ingredients to achieve results that are glossy and great tasting! Read on to learn about the key ingredients that make this lip balm mother and toddler approved. 

Local Beeswax

As with most lip balm recipes, this one contains beeswax. I like to use local beeswax whenever possible, as I do believe in the health benefits of choosing local honey products. It is known that local honey can be beneficial in reducing and even preventing seasonal allergies and boosting immunity. I chose beeswax from Summer Smiles Honey Farm for this lip balm, as I have visited this farm before. This honey farm is welcoming, sunny, casual, and comfortable. I wanted to capture this down home, fresh from the farm mood into my lip balm creation. 

Raw Honey

Darci, the owner from Summer Smiles Honey Farm, also extracts some of the best raw honey in the Pittsburgh area from her hives. I chose to add a small amount of honey for a sweet taste, gloss, and ability to soothe sore lips. These qualities make this balm a real winner for moms and toddlers alike.

Carrier Oils

Speaking of gloss. The carrier oils used in this balm make a big difference on in the overall feel of it on your lips.  The castor oil in this blend provides both moisture AND a beautiful kissable shine to your lips. Jojoba oil is blended with the beeswax, honey, and castor oil to further nourish and soften lips. Basically, you can experiment with different ratios and types of carrier oils to find one you prefer the best or to simply use ingredients you have on hand. Some carriers you can try include sweet almond oil, hemp seed oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, and coconut oil.  


Uplifting Aromatherapy 

For a fresh bright flavor and uplifting aromatherapy benefits, Wild Orange Essential oil finishes the recipe for this lip balm. Wild Orange essential oil is renowned for it’s ability to bring warming light to a dark, cloudy mood. It’s like liquid sunshine! 


5 Simple Ingredients

That’s it! 5 simple ingredients–beeswax, jojoba oil, castor oil, honey, and wild orange essential oil are all you need for this great looking and tasting lip balm. You could use recycled lip balm containers, tins, tubes, or any small jar you have laying around. You could also purchase containers and gift these balms.  For this tutorial, I purchased lip balm tubes from Simple Bottle and the price was great and shipping was fast and reasonable! 


Before I start actually “cooking” my lip balm, I gather my containers and set them up. This lip balm comes together quickly is and the wax sets up faster than you think! I used those thick produce rubber bands to stand groups of lip balms tubes up together to make filling them a breeze. I like to use my pourable pyrex measuring cups to melt the ingredients, and with a steady hand you can simply pour the melted balm into the tubes. A small pipette is also handy to ensure you fill them to the very top! 


So now that you learned about the ingredients, materials, and prepping needed to  make this Honey-Orange Lip Balm so irresistible, here’s the recipe: 
DIY Raw Honey-Orange Lip Balm Recipe
Yields 8
This Honey-Orange Lip Balm is made from local raw honey and beeswax, making it beneficial, glossy, nourishing, and tasty!
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  1. 3 tsp beeswax, grated or pastilles--preferably local!
  2. 3 tsp organic jojoba oil
  3. 2 tsp castor oil
  4. 6 or 7 drops of wild orange essential oil
  5. 1 teaspoon honey, for flavor and gloss (raw local honey is best!)
  6. Containers for balm (lip balm tubes, tins, jars, recycled cosmetic jars work well too!
  1. 1. Gather and ensure your containers are clean and sanitized. If using lip balm tubes, use a rubber band to stand and group together.
  2. 2. Melt the beeswax, jojoba oil, and castor oil together using the double boiler method. I simply use a glass Pyrex measuring cup inside a saucepan with about 1-2 inches of water rolling to a boil in it. I add my ingredients to a Pyrex measuring cup, stirring frequently to combine.
  3. 3. When the beeswax, jojoba, and castor oils are melted completely, remove from heat.
  4. 4. Add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump and dissolves completely.
  5. 5. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes, or until set before covering or moving.
  1. **NOTE** For and even glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil (jojoba, castor, sunflower)
  2. **NOTE** Keep out of reach of babies, as this balm contains honey, which is not allowed for infants under 1 due to the risks of Botulism.
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Do you make your own lip balm? What is your favorite recipe? 

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