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Vanilla Cardamom Lip Balm

Homemade lip balms standing up in clear tubes

Easy to make and a great self-care tool to always have on hand, lip balm is one of my favorite DIY projects to make at home. With endless options for scents and butters, they can be fully customized and take only 10 minutes from start to final pour to make. Plus, you end up with a beautiful finished product without a long list of chemicals (like what you might find in some big brand lip balm)!

Now that my sons are teenagers, they've taken to making lip balm for themselves. Not only is it educational for them, but it's also a nice introduction to the world of DIY body care. What enjoyable entertainment to watch my youngest son’s reactions when he smells each essential oil to figure out which he wants to use! In this recipe, the vanilla bean infused oil and the richness of cardamom make for a warm soothing scent. It’s the perfect way to pamper your lips.

Boy applying lip balm



Vanilla Infused Oil

Split two vanilla pods lengthwise and coarsely chop pods so that seeds will be released in the oil. Add chopped vanilla pod pieces, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil to a glass jar and allow to sit and infuse for up to three weeks in a cool, dark place. Strain if you’d like, or carefully spoon the oil you need off the top, avoiding the vanilla pod pieces and seeds.

Lip Balm

Gently heat cocoa butter, beeswax, and infused oil in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax melts. Remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oils. Pour into lip balm containers and allow to cool. Use a hairdryer or heat gun to smooth the tops after they harden for a polished finish. Apply to lips and enjoy! Makes 10 tubes or three ½ oz. tins.

If the vanilla beans are not in your budget, 3 tablespoons of benzoin resin oil makes a great substitute. Need containers? Find what you need here or reuse an old lipstick or lip balm container. As always, substitute your own favorite essential oil blend to select from what’s on hand or to pick a fragrance that better suits your preferences.

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Topics: Natural Body Care, All Recipes


Written by Nicole on March 27, 2017

Nicole, blog contributor, is a Pacific Northwest native. She is often trail running, photographing nature, making DIY body care projects, digging in her garden, or savoring time with her family and little rescue dog, Sage.