Cocoa Honey Lip Balm Recipe

Cocoa Honey Lip Balm Recipe

This is a fun lip balm that I originally made up to go with my Halloween costume (I was a honeybee!)

The plan was to carry a little basket of them to hand out as “treats” at the Halloween party I was heading to.

The reality is that I’m such a scatter-brain that I left them sitting on my kitchen counter! Oops!

This cocoa honey lip balm isn’t overtly chocolatey or honey tasting (because heavily flavored lip balms make you want to lick your lips a lot which only leads to more chapped lips), but it is super nourishing. Make sure you don’t leave out the castor oil, because that is the secret to long-lasting glossiness on your lips!


a label for cocoa honey lip balm

Cocoa Honey Lip Balm

Mix all ingredients together in a heat proof, glass measuring cup. Set in a saucepan filled with a few inches of water, to create a makeshift double boiler. Heat over a medium-low burner until everything has melted together. Stir well and pour into lip balm tubes or tins.

For easiest cleanup, wipe the measuring cup out with old rags or paper towels while the wax is still warm then wash in warm soapy water.

If you like this, you might be interested in the post I made on Creating Your Own Custom Lip Balms!

Create Your Own Lip Balm Formula

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Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • Kat says:

    How very generous of you to share not only your great recipe but all of the other essentials. Thank you very much, nerds are the nicest people. LOL have a great day, Kat

  • Farmer Doug says:

    Hi Jan. I particularly enjoyed your preamble to today’s post. My wife, Carolyn, is a marketing strategist and I can hear her now, suggesting that a photo of yourself, dressed up as a bumblebee, attached to the product would guarantee record sales of your cocoa honey lip balm! Thanks again for sharing your knowledge. Best regards, “Farmer Doug”.

  • Simi says:

    Love the cocoa balms, haven’t tried this one yet and Im planning also to use beet powder. One question about the picmonkey as you said you used this to edit the labels, I already asked on FB, how do you use picmonkey when it’s for photo editing? I can see the fonts and adding characters but where do you start from, do you actually download a photo of your previous label, …Ive never used it so Im perplexed. In past I just wrote the text and multiplied on word and then printed and cut. Thank you for your feedback and Happy Holidays, Simi :)

    • Jan says:

      Oh okay, I see I misunderstood your question on Facebook. I’m writing up a tutorial, but as far as getting the canvas to work with in the first place:
      go to
      Hit the “Create A Collage” button
      It should give you a white square
      Even though it shows outlines for where the pictures go, we’re going to leave it totally blank.
      Hit “Save” at the top (I like to save as the biggest file size possible for now, then can adjust down later if needed)
      Save it something like “Blank Label” in an easy to find place
      Now, x off of the create collage (over to the right of the screen, near top), since you’re done with that and then hit the button that says “Edit a photo” and open up your Blank Label file that you just made. That gives you the blank canvas to start adding your words and overlays to.
      I’ll have a better tutorial up with pictures soon, but hopefully that helps! :)

  • Simi says:

    Thank you Jan for the picmonkey instructions, I will try to draft that this weekend as I will be making lipbalms and salves. I did 2 years ago for my friends and they all loved it, it just looks better with a label plus they can read the ingredients, love your pic w/hubby that I haven’t noticed earlier, lol.

  • How to Create Custom Lip Balms | The Nerdy Farm Wife says:

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  • Rebecca says:

    Hi Jan! I really love your post! This lip balm recipe is super and I love your labels! I think our readers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Seasonal Celebration I really hope that you will put Seasonal Celebration on your list of carnivals to visit and link to us every Wednesday!
    Rebecca x

  • Jan Hunnicutt says:

    I linked over from Seasonal Celebrations and I can’t wait to try your lip balm and browse around your blog a little more!

  • Lisa Lynn says:

    What a great recipe for your own lip balm! Sounds wonderful :) I would love to have you join the blog hop I co-host, Wildcrafting Wednesdays!

  • Rebecca says:

    Hi Jan, I just wanted to thank you very much for joining us at Seasonal Celebration, as I said earlier this is a great post and a great blog and I hope very much to see you this Wednesday for our Holiday Special Seasonal Celebration Link-up! Rebecca x

  • Dadis Melliza says:

    Hi Jan! I am excited to try out making balms and soaps. I find your site so helpful and amazing!

    I have just one question though, how long does the balm lasts? Can you kindly give me a time table for its expiration?

    Thank you!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Dadis! A lot of it depends on the freshness of the oils when you make it, but as a general guideline – salves & balms have a shelf life of about 6 months to a year.

  • Karishma says:

    Hi Jan,
    Thanks for sharing! Does the honey make the shelf life shorter? and if so then what would be the shelf life? Thanks!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Karishma! The main thing with the honey is that over time it might ooze out of the lip balm, so it’s not that it will go bad faster, it just might get sticky faster. We used all of this batch up before three or four months I believe, and every one was still in fine shape then. So… the answer is, I can’t say for sure, but at least three or four months! :)

  • Michelle says:


    I just made a bacth of these a few days ago… and I love the feeling of it, tasty too…. HOWEVER, I used clear lip balm tubes and can see that the honey seemed to have separated and settles at the bottom of the tubes…??? Do you have any tips on how to avoid this?


    • Jan says:

      Hi Michelle! The best way to keep honey from separating out of an oil based product is to stir, stir, stir, stir once you add it in and let the lip balm mixture thicken just a bit before stirring vigorously once more, right before pouring into the tubes/tins. This will incorporate it and give a nice texture too. Keeping the finished lip balms at an even temperature and avoiding hot/cold fluctuations will also help.

  • Colleen says:

    My daughter is allergic to nuts and coconut, is there something I could substitute for the coconut oil and almond oil.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Colleen! Babassu oil is an excellent substitute for coconut oil. For almond oil you can use any type of liquid oil such as sunflower or olive or avocado. In fact, you can even leave out the coconut oil & put a liquid oil in its place, though you might need to adjust the beeswax to be a tiny bit more. This tutorial here will tell you how to create your own custom lip balm that’s free from whatever allergens you might have:

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