One Tube Of DIY Hemp And Honey Lip Balm

Hemp & Honey Lip Balm

This week I tried another recipe from the current Book Club selection, A Green Guide to Natural Beauty, Hemp & Honey Lip Balm.

For ages now I’ve been making manuka honey lip balm because of the extraordinary healing properties of the magical golden goop.   Hailing from New Zealand, manuka honey comes from bees that pollinate the Leptospermum scoparium, a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 4m tall with profuse star-shaped flowers.  Manuka honey is claimed to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties.  Applied topically, it is said to promote healing and reduce inflammation, with some sources saying it even prevents or heals the cold sore virus.  While I’m not able to quantify these claims, I can say that it makes a darn good lip balm and that’s good enough for me.

Photo credit: Avenue

 Raw manuka honey is rated using “Unique Manuka Factor” (UMF) that rates the antibacterial factor.  I generally use UMF 16+ as that is the highest that is sold in these parts.

Now the book clearly states that this recipe makes a softer lip balm, suitable little pots not tubes, but since I only had tubes I added more beeswax and some carnauba wax.  It is still a bit soft but holds up fine in the tubes if you don’t smash it on your lips like my dear husband did this morning.  The worst that’ll happen if you are a bit rough is you’ll get a bit too much applied but it will still hold its shape.

Hemp & Honey Lip Balm

adapted from A Green Guide to Natural Beauty recipe p. 65



  • Double boiler
  • Metal spoon
  • Small glass jug
  • 12 lip balm tubes or 4 pots
  • Digital kitchen scale (this wasn’t listed in the recipe but it is essential for weighing your ingredients)
  • Milk frother


1.  Melt the beeswax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter & shea butter in the double boiler along with the almond oil.

2. Add hemp oil and honey and stir until liquid. The recipe notes that as honey is not soluble with oil, it won’t totally dissolve with heating and needs to be mixed with the milk frother.

3. Remove from heat, add essential oils, and blend with the frother while the mixture cools but still pourable.

4. Pour into tubes and leave untouched to set.

Review 4.5/5

Almost perfect!  This recipe is really wonderful and made a very moisturizing lip balm that feels silky and lasts a really long time, hours actually.

There were two small issues that added up to the half point from perfect rating.  First, the hemp oil aroma is, well, hempy.  Yick.  So that’s why I added the essential oils.  I wish the honey had a stronger aroma but…the second issue was that they honey really doesn’t combine that well.  I’m pretty used to this from making lots of honey lip balm.  In my experience the honey sinks to the bottom of your jug, even with mixing constantly, and by the time you fill the last tube it’s just a sticky honey mess (shown below).  There is definitely some honey in the rest of the tubes though, you can tell just by licking your lips.

There are also a few other interesting looking recipes in the book: a bee-free version, cocoa butter lip balm sticks, and chocolate orange lip pots (um, yummy).  Please drop me a note if you try any of these, I’d love to hear all about it.

Previous recipes tried from this book were the Apricot Face Scrub (2/5) and Mango Lime Body Butter (5/5).

Please check out the Garden Therapy Book Club page for more information on our next book, Weekend Handmade.



About the Author : Stephanie Rose

A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  1. Aimee
    AimeeFebruary 18,12

    Wow – looks and sounds amazing! So great that you are making and sharing all these recipes with us – thanks!

  2. Wendy
    WendyFebruary 18,12

    this sounds like a great recipe – and a great book. I’ll have to try this one!

  3. Amy
    AmyFebruary 20,12

    Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    • Stevie
      StevieFebruary 20,12

      Thanks, Amy. And you are welcome.

  4. Stevie
    StevieFebruary 20,12

    And Aimee

    And Wendy

  5. Melanie
    MelanieFebruary 21,12

    All raw honey has anti bacterial and fungal properties and aids healing. Thanks for all your tutorials.

  6. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.February 26,12

    Oh wow, I bet this feels so good!

  7. mary
    maryFebruary 28,12

    This sounds really nice! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style

  8. Dan The Gardener
    Dan The GardenerMarch 2,12

    Perfectly done Hemp & Honey Lip Balm! Can apple will be a perfect lip balm too? Really thank you for sharing this fantastic post :-)

  9. Trang Jaennie
    Trang JaennieNovember 6,12

    tks for your recipe :”> I used to try with honey. but with a little and i recognized that honey was sunk to the bottom of the bowl :)) and I watched some videos on Youtube and I wonder why their honey could mix with other oils and beeswax T_T

  10. Rachel
    RachelJanuary 15,13

    Is there a different wax that could be used instead of the carnauba wax?

  11. Stevie
    StevieJanuary 15,13

    Hi Rachel, yes, you can just use more beeswax BUT the lip balm will not be as firm. That little bit of caranuba wax is actually quite important in creating the right texture.

  12. Carolyn
    CarolynJune 30,13

    Great Pictures and lip balm! Just one question- Where did you purchase the tubes? They look similar to Nivea brandlip balm tubes. Thanks!

  13. Sophia
    SophiaAugust 5,13

    I really loved your pictures and the wonderful tutorial! I am also wondering where you got your lip balm tubes because they look so sleek! I have been searching online everywhere and still can not seem to find them.

  14. Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 5,13

    Hi Sophia, I got them from Scentimental Creations:

  15. María
    MaríaNovember 25,13

    Hi! Probably a silly question, but how did it work with the lip tubes?? You just put it there and let it dry and afterwards you use it like normal?
    Cause I’m scared that when I make mine, it will just stick to the inside of the tube and won’t come out :S

  16. Ella
    EllaJanuary 21,14

    Hey! Is it possible to make it without the hemp? And if so, do you need to substitute the missing hemp with anything? Also, where did you get those tubes (not the clear one in the final picture)?

  17. Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 21,14

    Hi Ella, Maybe try a different recipe if you don’t want hemp:

    Also the tube I picked up from someone locally but she only had a few. Sorry!

  18. Ella
    EllaJanuary 29,14

    Thank you! That was really helpful.

  19. ember
    emberFebruary 10,14

    where do you get organic almond oil and how much do you pay?

  20. Stephanie
    StephanieFebruary 10,14

    Hi Ember, click on any of the ingredients above that are in bold green text and it will show you the products. Thanks!

  21. Zil
    ZilMarch 4,14

    I’ve actually had good luck incorporating the honey fully into lip balm, but you have to keep stirring it until its almost cool and is a pasty consistency. Although it makes it a little difficult to put in jars it definately makes an amazing lip conditioner

  22. Aashita
    AashitaDecember 25,14

    hello,does this honey lip balm require any preservative? because honey has water content? thanks in advance :)

  23. Gaby
    GabyJanuary 11,15

    How many lip balms does this recipe makes?

  24. Maureen Heaton
    Maureen HeatonMay 26,15

    I love the idea of this recipe. I’m sure it smells amazing. One note, you have to be careful with citrus essential oils in lip products as it is a photosensitizer and sunburned lips are not fun!

  25. Rituparna Choudhury
    Rituparna ChoudhuryDecember 20,15

    I used beeswax + shea butter + watermelon seed carrier oil with some essential oils, and the texture was soft and lovely, but the jar I had kept aside for later use – it developed fat bloom after a few weeks.

    Same thing happened with candelilla wax + cocoa butter + shea butter + sweet almond.

    Does anyone know how to prevent fat blooms in homemade lip balms please?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 21,15

      Hi Rituparna! Fat bloom can be caused my many things, most notably warm storage conditions and incompatibility of fats. I have made this lip balm recipe many times over the years and have yet to have that issue. I would say stick to proven recipes and you should be OK.

      • Rituparna Choudhury
        Rituparna ChoudhuryJanuary 6,16

        Thanks for help me, Stephanie. Yes, I had made and stored them during the hot summer.

        Have a Happy New Year.

  26. Shobha
    ShobhaMay 31,16

    Honey must not be heated. It clogs up the subtle circulatory channels in the body when heated and ingested. Honey when heated, is considered a poison.

    • Nora
      NoraJune 2,16

      Can you site your source? I’ve made lots of recipes with heated honey. Baklava for one – the Greek dessert.

  27. sarah saeed
    sarah saeedJune 2,16

    if you really want some honey that doesnt separate from the other ingredients in your lip balm, then u need to melt the beeswax, carrier oils and essential oils together leaving the honer out. cool this mixture first…. when it completely cools, add honey and whip whip and whip it up with a spoon or something until u get a nice creamy texture fully blended texture… this lip balm could unfortunately not be stored in a lip balm tube…. u can only store it in lip balm containers where u use ur finger to touch a little and apply…
    ive done this so saying out of experience… i really wanted the honey in as it never expires and keeps your lips hydrated for hoursss…

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJanuary 24,17

      What a great suggestion! I’m going to try making it this week. Thanks Sarah!

  28. Kelly
    KellyJanuary 24,17

    I don’t see anything saying how many tubes this will end up making…

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