DIY Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Easy DIY Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm – make your own luscious and soothing lip balm with healthy coconut oil and stay beautifully hydrated all winter long!

DIY Lip Balm

We’ve got central heat, space heaters, bathroom heat lamps, and hot showers and baths going 24/7 around here. My hair is frazzled, my lips are parched, and my nails are breaking.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the newly discovered health benefits of coconut oil, but did you know it’s good for the outside of your body too?  Coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature, but melts almost immediately if you rub it between your hands.  It has an unusually small molecular structure for an oil, meaning it can be absorbed more easily into skin and hair, without leaving a heavy residue.

The last time I got my hair cut I noticed that all the stylists in the salon had big jars of coconut oil at their stations and they were smoothing it onto their clients’ hair before coloring and shampooing.  I finally got around to trying it at home and I’m loving the results.  You can’t do this with other oils because they are so heavy they don’t wash out easily.  Believe me, I’ve tried.  You wind up with conditioned, but heavy, greasy hair.  Probably not the look you’re going for.  The coconut oil shampoos out easily and I can definitely feel the extra softness in my hair.  The coconut scent doesn’t linger, either, so this is a unisex tip.  Scoop out a small amount and rub between your hands…your body warmth will instantly melt the oil.  Then run it through your hair.  Leave on as long as you can before you shampoo.  If you occasionally leave it on overnight you’ll get a deep conditioning treatment.

Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature it lends itself to making a homemade lip balm, too.  I melted a little bit of the oil along with a small chunk of lipstick, for color, in a small glass bowl in the microwave.  It only takes a few seconds for the coconut oil to liquefy.  I mixed the two together and then I poured the liquid into a small pot and let it harden.  The resulting lip balm is hydrating but not sticky or glossy.  And I love that I can get a custom color by using my own lipstick.  The more lipstick you use, the more color you’ll get from your balm.

The real tip here is that you can save a lot of money.  You can also use it in your bath, as an eye makeup remover, and rub it into your cuticles and fingernails before bed.  Most moisturizing products that you can buy are, at their base, some kind of oil, along with lots of other fluff and filler, mostly chemical.  By using straight coconut oil you’re getting the benefits without the price.

So there you have it, a great grooming aid that is practically free and really works.
What are your kitchen beauty tips?

 

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DIY Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

25 Comments

  • Reply
    Janet
    January 7, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Could you tell me what amount of coconut oil & lipstick you use for what-size jar? Thanks for the help? Does it matter how old your lipstick is? Thank you!

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    coconut oil benefits
    October 13, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Very helpful and Great information,
    we appreciate advise especially coming from a professional.
    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

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    The Ultimate Natural Hair Care Directory - It's a love/love thing
    December 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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    Jan
    December 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I love using coconut oil and plan to make some of this lip balm very soon. I am allergic to most lipstick, so I think I’ll tint mine with a bit of cocoa powder.

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    Domaphile
    February 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Sue! Thanks for visiting Domaphile – I love your blog, the photography is especially beautiful and what a great lip balm recipe. Clever to add a bit of lipstick for color. If you want a balm that stays solid, you can mix in a little beeswax. The ratio should be two parts coconut oil to 1 part beeswax and throw in a drop or two of vitamin E if you want. Melt together (and add your lipstick for color!) and it should stay solid for you!
    Looking forward to more posts from you!
    Cheers,
    Heather

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    hobby baker
    January 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love my coconut oil, buy it by the gallon and use it in many personal products. It’s a life saver for the chemically sensitive. It also has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial qualities I believe.

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    Marisha Wick
    January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Thanks for great information you write it very clean. I am very lucky to get this recipe from you.Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    January 24, 2013 at 2:00 am

    VERY cool Sue, I would have never in a million years thought of this, I”m so happy to have you to dream up stuff like this! :)

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      I’m a closet chemist/pharmacist at heart, when I was a teenager I was constantly trying all the crazy homemade beauty treatments, which never worked, but that didn’t stop me. Did you ever try the mayonnaise hair conditioner or the egg white mask? Yuck!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    January 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Didn’t think about using it to make a body scrub, remove make-up and now a tinted lip balm.Great ideas.

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    Kate
    January 24, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Nice work!
    The customized color with more moisturizing properties than my lipstick alone is the perfect winter chapped lips foil.
    And now that I will have plump, colorful, happy lips I will look that much better when I utilize MY favorite kitchen beauty tip… stuffing my face with pie! No tip you say? There is nothing more beautiful than a huge smile ;)

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    La Table De Nana
    January 24, 2013 at 12:41 am

    We played together:-)
    I always have coconut oil..well since 18 months ap..but I recently read about beeswax and coconut oil etc..for eczema(2little grandsons have it..)..so I went on a beeswax quest today..the coldest day of the year..and bought some..I made little salves today..and am in love:-)

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    January 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Great timing, Sue. My son just bought me a bottle of coconut oil and researching it is on my to-do list. I enjoyed reading the comments of others as well.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    January 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I have been using the coconut oil from Trader Joe’s for some time now. I use it to remove my eye makeup and after the shower as a moisturizer. Not to mention in recipes. I LOVE IT!!! I’m loving your idea as well.

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    Choclette
    January 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    We go through coconut oil at quite a rate and use it both inside and outside our bodies. It’s also meant to have some sunblock properties so is good to use on your skin in the summer too. Great tip to add some lipstick for your very own moisturising lip balm.

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    Valerie
    January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I keep hearing about the wonders of coconut oil but I think it’s this post that has finally convinced me to give it a go! My parched hair is the cause of numerous electric shocks during the wintery months…coconut oil sounds like a life saver! :D

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Nantucket Daffodil
    January 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Oh I love this! I will definitely try. I also love the custom color benefit.

    I bough a vintage pharmacy book a couple of years ago, and I always say I am going to try making something like this!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I was just digging in my jar of coconut oil last night…both putting it on my lips, hands, and baking with it. Love the stuff!

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    Mary Younkin
    January 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve been using coconut oil on my hands and feet for years. I make a sugar scrub with it as well. However, I’ve never considered adding lupstick! That is brilliant. I’m going to try that. Unfortunately, the fact that I don’t currently own a single tube of lipstick – just liners and gloss – slows me down from trying it today.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    January 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I’m putting this on my cuticles tonight! Adding lipstick is brilliant! Thanks so much for this wonderful tip.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      I have so many lipsticks lying around…I’m the poster girl for “When things get tough women buy lipstick.”

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