Wild Orange Lip Balm – Recipe and DIY How-To

I’m so happy I now know how to make our own awesome lip balm!  It’s all-natural, made right at home, and in our extensive experience and personal opinion, it’s the best lip balm we have ever tried. This one is Wild Orange; made with real wild orange essential oil!  And all kinds of other nourishing stuff that is so good for your lips. It not only feels good, it leaves a nice gloss.

You have no idea how much we are a ‘lip stuff’ kind of family.  4 out of 6 of us anyway. “Where’s the lip stuff?” “Mama, can I have the lip stuff in your purse?” “The lip stuff is almost gone!”  If we are running out, we start to panic a little.
It’s as important to keep in the house, as milk and bread. It’s crazy. We need our lip stuff!

We’ve been through many kinds of ‘lip stuff’ over the years. But our favorite we really got stuck on, was some we could only get at the Farmer’s Market, and only when that vendor was there.  It’s from a local bee/honey farm, and they have many products with their honey in it. Their lip stuff rocks. It was a tangerine balm. But, it’s not really easily accessible. So we’d stock up a little when we saw them at the farm market, at $3.75 each. Yikes! Worth it but, I always thought it would be nice to figure out a way to make our own, for less.

That day has come! And we don’t need to worry about running out.

To figure out what ingredients to use, I went by those listed on our last tube of honey bee lip balm, as a guide, and figured the rest out from there.
My little O helped me make these, and we had great fun making these! It was like science for her, but she always enjoys helping me anyway (as I enjoy her help), and she loves anything that involves making something in the kitchen. (What a blessing it will be for her if that lasts her whole life long. Eh??)

In this post I am sharing exactly how we made these lip balms, so you can make your own too, just like we did!
It’s a recipe, DIY how-to, with **FREE PRINTABLE LABELS** I designed for your lip balms as well!


Our recipe makes 6 lip balms, just like this.
Ready to learn how to make your own?

Here’s What You’ll Need

001_how-to-make-homemade-Wild-Orange-lip-balms This is the Ingredients list.
You can find the following at Mountain Rose Herbs, using the search tool there:
(5-1/2 tsp) Soybean/Soy Oil
(2 tsp) Bees Wax Pastilles
(1/2 heaping tsp) Cocoa Butter
(1/2+ 1/8 tsp) Vitamin E Oil
6 Clear Lip Balm Tubes

(12 drops) *Wild Orange Essential Oil can be bought HERE.
(You are welcome to order at retail pricing, or click JOIN in the upper right-hand corner, to sign up for a wholesale pricing, at 25% off all product, for a year.)
The rest of your Wild Orange bottle can be used for numerous other things, including as a remedy for health problems such as stress, the blues, heartburn, indigestion, muscle pain, flavoring for desserts or in cooking, and so much more!

Equipment:  – A double boiler
– A stove top
– a glass dropper (or disposable pippets?)

Here’s the How-To

It’s so simple, and so fun to make these lip balms! 
And it’s as easy as measure, melt and mix, and put in the tubes!

I did not take photos of the process with the double boiler because it’s easy enough to explain without unnecessary photos. (Even though I include unnecessary photos most all of the time in my posts, just because I like to take them. So who am I kidding, right? lol)  But my double boiler is just a pan you sit in the top of another pan of boiling water.  Got one of those? It would be a boring photo.

So get your double pans set up on the stove top. As you get the under-pan of water boiling, put your 5-1/2 tsp of Soy Oil in the top pan.
Once warm, add the 2 tsp of Bees Wax
Use a tiny whisk and get it melting.
002_cocoa-butter Next add 1/2 heaping tsp of Cocoa Butter.
This Cocoa Butter comes pretty hardened. So just take a spoon and scrape up shavings, until you have enough.
Add that your pan and whisk together.

Once the wax is melted and everything is blended, you can remove from the heat or simply turn off the burner, and add your Vitamin E Oil, which will be 1/2 tsp and then an additional 1/8 of a tsp, and then 12 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil.

It’s important to keep the mixture in liquid form until you get your tubes filled. You can remove the upper pan as you work, but keep returning it over the pan of hot water if it begins to harden.  The mixture can be reheated to liquify again at any point, if necessary.

I had my tubes all lined up and ready to go.
I chose clear ones, because I’d like to be able to see how much is left in a tube as we use it.


I used a glass dropper from one of our science kits, to extract the mixture from the pan, and fill the lip balm tubes.

Work as quickly as you can (safely) and fill each tube to the brim with the liquid.
Then let them sit to cool and firm.

Clean-Up Tips

Meanwhile, you’ve got a pan and a dropper to clean! (Unless you used disposable pipettes – which I did not do. I don’t know if the mixture would be too hot for the plastic pipette? But if anyone tries it, come back and let us know how it works!)

To clean the pan, while it’s still hot, wipe any wax-liquid mixture out as best you can with paper towel. And then wash as normal.
To clean the glass dropper, I used pipe cleaners. That worked very well! But I wasn’t able to get every bit out. That’s ok, I’ll continue to use it for the same thing, as we make more lip balms.

And there you have it!  6 awesome Wild Orange Lip Balms!
You can keep stocked up for yourself, or give them away as gifts.
I know we’ll be doing a whole lot of both!  Because these are so easy to make, literally costs you cents, and they are fun to give away as little tokens of love and care.

I even designed a label for them!  As seen below.
Just click on the big orange circle, and it’ll take you to a whole sheet of labels you can download and print right out.
The printable sheet also lists the ingredients on it, with has simple directions as to how to put the labels on your tubes. (We secured the labels on with handy 2-sided sticky tabs. Love those things!)

My oldest has requested Peppermint Lip Balms, so we’ll be making those, as well as more of these, very soon!
We hope you try making these yourself!  Please leave any questions you have below, or come back and let us know you made some and what you think!

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  1. Lou says

    YUM! These sound fantastic! It truly is science too. I am glad you gals figured out how to make them & shared it with us. Maybe I will try it myself sometime with Tess. We love our “lip stuff” here also & chemistry in the kitchen is always a good time.

    • says

      Hope you manage to find some time to do this sometime Lou, because I’m sure Tess would have fun, and really love having her own lip stuff she made. They make great little gifts for friends too!
      Thanks for the blog visit and the comment!

  2. says

    I am so excited to try this. I love me some lip balm (have you ever tried the Chicken Poop lip balm? gross name.. amazing scent!) and I hate how expensive the good stuff is so I can’t wait to do this myself. Do you know if I could substitute coconut oil or almond oil for the soy oil? It’s not something I keep handy but have all the other ingredients.

    • says

      Hey Laura! (My name is Laura, too. 😉 )
      No, I’ve never tried nor even heard of Chicken Poop Lip Balm! lol. The name intrigued me enough to look it up though! Relieved to find there is a cute story behind the name, and it’s not an actual ingredient.
      You know, I can’t really say if you can successfully replace the soy oil with coconut or almond oil, without having tried it myself. I have never used almond oil at all. We do use lots of coconut oil though, in both fractionated and virgin forms. I imagine you are considering the fractionated? I really can’t say how that would turn out. My only suggestion would be to try making a VERY small first batch, and see if it’s a viable substitute!
      Good luck, and come on back and let us know what happens, if you give it a go!

      Laura / House of Joyful Noise blog

      • says

        Laura! I tried it!
        I did not use FCO, I used expeller pressed virgin coconut oil, which is what I use both for cooking and also for making my homemade moisturizer. I did go ahead and buy some soy oil because I thought it would come in handy and I needed a few more $$ to meet the minimum order requirement from the company I order supplies from, but since we had had this exchange I wanted to try it with the coconut oil anyway just for an experiment, especially in case you ever get that question again.
        It seems to have worked! Now… they are still hardening… I could NOT wait to try it so I only waited to let it harden for about ten minutes… it feels lovely! It stays pretty liquid-looking on my lips though. Might be because I halved your recipe so that I wouldn’t have six tubes of something unusable, and I think my measurements were just a touch off because I had some leftover after I filled 3 tubes… or it might just be because it’s the coconut oil. Not sure. But it’s worth trying if you get adventurous!
        Oh, and, I used 1/2 wild orange and 1/2 lavender to try to mimic the Chicken Poop flavor.. it’s pretty great!

        • says

          Well I am so impressed with you, that you not only tried it, but came back to report about it! THANKS!! Soy oil is a liquid, and expeller pressed virgin coconut oil changes in solidity with the temperatures, so I’d think in cooler temps, yours will harden up more than ours would. But yes….our stays a bit liquidy on the lips too, which we like! We’re going for that glossy effect. I really love the stuff.
          Thanks again so much for coming back and letting us know how yours came out. BTW….on a somewhat related note, but maybe not really…..we just got our first chick(hens)! They are still in the brooder so, our days are pretty consumed with ‘chicken poop’ right now. LOL So go meet our 8 baby chicks (by name!), if you’re interested! I did a little photo shoot of each of them, on paper towel. LOL
          Take care! – Laura / House of Joyful Noise blog


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