Homemade Honey Lip Balm and Scrub + DIY Treatments for Chapped Lips

Before dabbling in natural beauty recipes, I never realized there were so many ways to care for your lips. Each time I make lip balm I discover a new ingredient or technique that makes my lips feel super soft. Because this is definitely the time of year I find myself reaching for lip balm more often. (In fact, had to go put some on. Okay, I’m back.)

Here are 5 DIY remedies for dry, chapped lips. Because you want them soft and kissable for Valentine’s Day, right?

1. Exfoliate with honey

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub | HelloNatural.co Brown Sugar Lip Scrub | HelloNatural.co With this pumpkin spice balm I quickly realized how awesome honey is for your lips. Create a mixture of honey, cocoa powder and brown sugar in a small bowl. Rub it into your lips with your finger – but be especially gentle with super dry lips. And there’s no reason to rinse it off, just keep the honey on your lips. (Or eat it if you want, we won’t judge.)

2. Make a homemade lip balm

Honey + White Chocolate Lip Balm and Scrub | HelloNatural.co Honey lip balm is my fave, and this on is a recreation of Lush’s Honey Trap lip balm. It uses a whole host of moisturizers: shea butter, honey, almond oil and olive oil. And white chocolate! Could it get any yummier? Plus the beeswax will create a layer of protection on your lips to seal in moisture.

Honey Lip Balm  + Chapped Lip Remedies | HelloNatural.co Supplies needed:

  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon each: honey, almond oil and olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated beeswax
  • 5 white chocolate chips
  • 3-4 drops vanilla extract
  • Lip balm container

Note: I also included a pinch of ground oatmeal and dry whole milk hoping for a slightly grainy texture so it would slightly exfoliate with each application. But the affect on the texture was pretty minimal.
Combine the oils in a small bowl and add the extract (or other essential oil of your choice). Melt the beeswax in a microwave safe bowl in short burst until almost melted. Add the chocolate chips and heat again until both are fully melted. Combine the beeswax and chocolate mixture with the oils and stir to combine. Quickly transfer to a clean container and wait for it to solidify (stick it in the freezer to speed this up).

3. Heal lips overnight with coconut oil

Coconut Oil for Chapped Lips | HelloNatural.co Every night I slather my kids lips with coconut oil. It sinks in faster than they can wipe it off! You can combine this with a little honey too, and your lips will be noticeably softer by morning.

4. For cracked lips, try Vitamin E

Try applying vitamin E directly to those super painful cracks in the corner of your mouth. Just pierce a capsule and apply with a clean finger.

5. Two things not to do

Some lip care ingredients will actually make chapped lips worse so avoid menthol, camphor and even cinnamon. Stick with natural oils that won’t suck the moisture from your lips. And avoid licking your lips as much as possible. When the saliva disappears, your lips will feel drier than before. It’s better to keep applying a natural balm so don’t worry about becoming ‘addicted.’

Homemade Honey Lip Balm  | HelloNatural.co How do you keep you lips soft and smooth? Let us know your best chapped lip remedy!


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  1. jenny says

    I don’t have beeswax. Do I have to use it? And my lips are super dry so I cannot wait to try this out!! Can I add in some coconut oil for extra moisture?? X

  2. Shalini says

    Love the idea of a honey lip balm! I have to ask, did you have any issues with the honey separating?

  3. Sally says

    I have not tried this lip balm yet, but plan to asap. I also have found the heart shaped containers at Oriental Trading.

  4. Anaja says

    Hello! I just tried this recipe and i have a question. I had a problem when i went to pour the chocolate/beeswax mixture into the oils. it hardened before i had a chance to mix it. Do you have any suggestions? Is the batter supposed to be a little lumpy? Also, I just tried it on my lips and it feels nice and light!

    • gerbermom says

      Hi Anaja – can you melt it again and try combining? Beeswax can definitely set up fast so get it good and hot before adding the other ingredients. Good luck!

  5. Terri Taylor says

    Hey– I would love to know where to get those lovely heartshaped containers… I can’t find the anywhere. Thanks Terri.

  6. says

    Honey Trap is my all time favorite lip balm of all time! In fact, besides coconut oil its one of the only things I put on my face. I can’t wait to try and make it on my own! Thanks so much for the recipe and for always having such great content.

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