Coconut-Mango Butter Lip Balm

Coconut Mango Butter Lip Balm

This lip balm is ideal for active people who spend a lot of time outdoors.

Mango butter offers a small amount of protection from UV radiation while the jojoba and coconut oils moisturize dry, chapped lips.

Calendula is famous for its skin-soothing properties and castor oil tops everything off, lending a soft glossy shine and sealing in all of the healing goodness.

Coconut Mango Butter Lip Balm

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon mango butter
  • 1 tablespoon calendula-infused olive oil (you can buy this or make your own; see notes below)
  • 1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles

You can purchase the ingredients needed to make this lip balm from my affiliate partner, Mountain Rose Herbs, or you may be able to source locally.

Combine all of the ingredients in a heat proof glass measuring cup. Set the cup into a pan containing a few inches of water. Gently heat the water; you don’t want any steam or boiling going on, you want a gradual warming.

Continue heating until the mango butter and beeswax pastilles have melted. Stir gently and remove from heat.

If desired, you can add 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil such as peppermint at this stage. Pour into lip balm tubes or slider tins or small 1/2 ounce tins. This recipe makes enough to fill about 9 lip balm tubes.

a cup of oil in a saucepan


  • The most economical place that I’ve found to buy lip balm tubes from is Rustic Escentuals. They also offer shrink bands and waterproof labels along with a Word template file so you can create your own custom designs, perfect for gift-giving or selling. Specialty Bottle has some great little tin options that are reasonably priced.
  • To make Calendula Infused Oil, simply fill a jar about 1/3 full of dried calendula petals & cover with olive (or sweet almond) oil. Cap and let sit for around six weeks, shaking occasionally. After this time, strain out the flowers and rebottle your calendula infused oil. This will keep at least a year and is wonderful to use in all sorts of skin care products. I make up a large amount at a time!
  • For easy cleanup, wipe the oils out of your glass measuring cup as soon as it’s cool enough to handle. I rarely buy paper towels, but if I have any on hand, I use those or a scrap of old t-shirt.
  • Trying to fill tiny lip balm tubes without a lip balm filling tray can be quite frustrating. I invested in one several years ago and it was well worth the money. You can buy one from Rustic Escentuals.

Lip balms are fun and easy to create and make well-received gifts. This is a great activity to do with your kids – I know my nieces want to make lip balm almost every time they come to visit!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! For other make-your-own-beauty-products ideas, check out my DIY Body Care recipes page, which is where I’m gradually indexing all of my favorite recipes.




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  1. Very neat! Coconut mango sounds like it would make a great combination. This sounds like a fun cool weather project :)

  2. Hi Jan, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm and I’m visiting from the Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

    This looks fantastic! What a wonderful gift idea! Pinning….

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  4. I just found your website a couple of weeks ago and I just have to say how fun and useful your projects seem! I’m pretty excited about the lip balm. I’m gonna have to make some! Do you know about how long it stays good?

    1. Hi Rebecca, I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the blog! :) The lip balm stays fresh for at least six months, but probably longer. I’ve actually stashed some in a purse and found it over a year later and it was still good. The only thing that I’ve noted is that any essential oils added for scent, will eventually fade out. You can also add a tiny bit of Rosemary Extract – a natural preservative you can get at Mountain Rose Herbs – to help extend the shelf life.

      I hope you enjoy your lip balm! I’ll be posting another favorite one soon, hopefully this week! :)

    1. Hi Marie! Thanks for stopping by! :) Lip balms make great Christmas presents – I’ll be posting a new recipe tomorrow!

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  6. What wonderful gifts these would make! Thanks for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week! Hope to see you on the next hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. Great way to make lip balm! I’ve been wondering where I could buy lables for my lip balms. I’m going to remember to pin the page! Thanks for sharing with Natural Living Monday! I hope you join us again this week!

  8. Mmmm this sounds wonderful too! Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

    1. Hi Kelly! To make it untinted you leave out the alkanet infused olive oil. Just use plain olive oil in its place (or sweet almond oil or avocado oil, or any other light type of oil that you like.) It will have a plain, light creamy color that varies depending on what type of beeswax and oils you use. You can also make the coconut mango butter lip balm recipe and add peppermint oil.

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  10. I tried out this lip balm. It was not perfect, but I loved it, anyway!
    Can you teach me how to make this lip balm in a vegan way?

    1. Hi Tina! To make it vegan, you would just use half as much candelilla wax instead of beeswax. So if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon beeswax, use 1/2 tablespoon candelilla. If it turns out too soft – you can remelt it and add more wax OR if it turns out to hard, you can remelt it and add more oil. I get mine from Bramble Berry.

    1. That’s in the post:
      “Pour into lip balm tubes or slider tins or small 1/2 ounce tins. This recipe makes enough to fill about 9 lip balm tubes.” There’s a link or two there as well.

  11. I was thinking about making a lip balm with just coconut oil, shea and mango butter. Is this possible or does it absolutely need beeswax?

    1. Hi Kariston, The beeswax gives the lip balm firmness and that familiar consistency. You could mix coconut oil, shea & mango butter together to perhaps make a lip cream of sorts, but you might want to keep it in a tin since I think it might be too soft for a tube. (But, since I haven’t tried it – I might be wrong!) :) If you’re trying to avoid beeswax in order to have a vegan product, you could also use candelilla wax ( has some – use half as much as beeswax called for) or sunflower wax ( carries that – use about 1/4 as much as beeswax in a recipe.)

  12. Just made this using half of all ingredients and I came out with 7 full lip balm tubes (and one partially full)! Can’t wait to use them…

  13. Hey.. Love your blog. So I made a balm but doesn’t taste good. Did some research and seems they usually use a synthetic sugar flavor, I know u said honey separates. Would you try powdered honey and how would u incorporate it? I’m really trying to make all natural balms w essential oils and no synthetics. Thanks for the great info. You have a new fan!

    1. Hi Saj, Thanks – I’m glad you like the blog! I’ve never tried using powdered honey in lip balm, but I like the idea! I’ve heard that you can use stevia powder or powdered sugar, but neither of them will dissolve completely into the oil, so the lip balm might get grainy or have some settle at the bottom of your container. The only way I’ve added flavor other than essential oils, is to melt a few Enjoy Life chocolate chips into a batch. For amounts – I always start with a tiny pinch or few drops of something then remelt and add more if needed. With lip balm too, you want to keep flavor/sweetness on the low side. Too much can cause people to excessively lick their lips which will make them more chapped. It may appear to them that the lip balm is making things worse, so they may stop using it. (That, just from a seller’s perspective, if you plan to sell.) Good luck with your creating!

  14. This recipe is great! Smooth and shiny finish on my lips. I followed the amounts however, and had enough to fill 16 lip balm tubes!

    1. Hi T! This recipe is a little firmer since I originally made it for lip balm tubes. If you’re making it for tins in cool weather, then you’d probably drop the beeswax a little bit or add extra oil to make it a softer consistency. You can melt and remelt as needed until you get just the right texture for your climate.

    1. Hi T,
      1 tablespoon of liquid oils (coconut counts in this) is around 12 g
      1 tablespoon mango butter is around 14 g
      1 tablespoon beeswax is around 10 g

  15. Where I live, the only place I can get any of these ingredients at a affordable price is on the internet. I am searching for Calendula oil. I have been on Mountain Herbs website but I wanted to see what other websites I can get the same ingredients. Well in doing that, reading the description of the Calendula Oil, it only tells me that it is organic and you rub the oil into the skin. If it says that, is it safe to put in lip balm? Not sure what I should be looking for to determine if the product is safe to put on the lips.

    1. Hi Charity! As far as I know, all calendula oil should be safe for use on lips as well. It’s a common ingredient in many natural lip balms, so there shouldn’t be any problem with it, unless you happen to have a calendula allergy. If you want to be 100% sure though, you can write the manufacture or web site that sells it and double check with them. I hope that helps!

  16. Hi,

    i would like to know if can I get your recipes for lip balms in grams?

    Tnx and regards from Europe ;), P.

    1. Hi Polona, Thanks for the question! I’ve been trying to make sure newer recipes have gram conversions and am s-l-o-w-l-y going back through these older recipes to add that information in as well.
      Until I get a chance to remake this one to get more precise numbers, then these rough equivalents should help:
      1 tablespoon of liquid oils (olive, jojoba, sunflower, etc, plus coconut too) = around 12 g
      1 tablespoon mango butter = around 14 g
      1 tablespoon beeswax = around 10 g

  17. Hi, Jan ;), thank you very much for this very important answer for me :). We have here in Europe just grams and I have a little problem cause the all recipes in the internet (not just yours), all recipes are just in spoon, ounces and other measure. I will try it and I will told you how will be done. You have wonderfull blog and all recipes are so interesting wiith great photos :). Nice regards and thank you for all ;), nice regards from Europe ;), bye

  18. Hi Jan again ;) can I ask if these your recipes are examples for EOS container? I start with making my lip balm today-i hope that will be ok ;).

    Nice regards, Polona

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