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The Ultimate DIY Lip Balm With SPF (Moisturize While Protecting Yourself From The Sun)

Create a DIY lip balm with SPF that will offer not only protection from the sun, but also provide an amazing moisture barrier to keep lips feeling soft and plump.  This natural lip balm formula can be easily whipped up and used any time of the year.  However, the non-Nano zinc oxide makes it especially useful when spending a lot of time in the sun.

DIY Lip Balm With SPF

The use of natural, non-toxic ingredients is a must for our family.  That is exactly why this DIY lip sunscreen only uses high quality ingredients.    

Steps below show you how to create the DIY lip balm with SPF while at the same time showing you the benefits of each sunscreen ingredient.  It is important to understand why the lip balm is protective against the sun and provides an effective moisturizer barrier.

This recipe was tweaked from an original recipe created when trying to make a lotion bar to fight dry skin and eczema.  My daughter said she loved using it as a lip balm, so I made it to be liked and used by all family members.  

This is now one of the several lip balm recipes we use. You will love all of the amazing benefits!

This post shows you how to create the ultimate DIY Lip Balm with SPF using only Natural ingredients that protect from the sun and offer amazing moisturizing benefits.

 DIY lip balm with spf Ingredients list

Oils Used In Lip Balm With SPF

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Hemp Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil

Fractionated coconut oil is high in antioxidants, offers a small amount of sun protection, is easily absorbed into the skin, provides softness, and has a longer shelf-life than regular coconut oil.

There is a high concentration of medium-chain fatty acids in this coconut oil due to the long-chain of fatty acids being removed through hydrolysis (a distillation process using steam).

The coconut oil locks in moisture and creates a smooth barrier for the lips.

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is great at protecting from lips becoming chapped and dry.  This makes it an excellent choice to use as an ingredient in this sun protective lip balm.  It helps to heal and restore dry lips and adds a layer of much needed moisture.  

The omega-3 fatty acids are great for cell repair.   This means the lips are able to repair more easily from dryness caused by the sun.

Hemp oil provides some UV protection, although a small amount.  When using the right ingredients together, all of the small amounts add up to a great protective SPF lip balm.

Note:  Olive oil can be easily subbed in place of hemp oil.  Olive oil will provides a similar effect and more people are likely to have olive oil on hand over hemp oil. 

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed is high in vitamins A, K, and E, which all provides health benefits to the skin.  Therefore, your lips are for sure going to benefit from this oil.  

It is a lightweight oil, so it is a great oil to add to the homemade lip balm without making it overwhelmingly greasy.

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide protects against both UVA and UVB rays and is safe to use in the water.  It will not harm ocean, lake and river life and will not penetrate the skin barrier.  This is why non-nano zinc oxide is a great choice for sunscreen products that want to be reef safe.

This mineral protects the body from the sun by acting like a reflective shield from the sun.  The rays of the sun are not able to go through the layer of non-Nano zinc, which makes it a great choice for sun protection.

Keep in mind, however, that the lip balm uses a small amount of this mineral.  It can be drying to the lips, so the oils and cocoa butter used in the natural lip balm offset the zinc's dryness.

The SPF in the coconut oil, hemp oil and zinc oxide combined make for a stronger SPF protection when used altogether.

I have not tested the lip balm to know the exact SPF level, but I am confident that it provides enough protection for our family when enjoying a day in the sun. 

Shea Butter

Shea butter is used in this lip balm for the rich and luscious layer that it adds to the lips.  I am a huge fan of shea butter for many diys, and this one is no different.

Not only does shea butter prevent lips from drying out, it provides the lips with a moisture barrier. This keeps the lips soft and plump feeling.  Again, this offsets the dryness given by the zinc oxide.


Calendula has healing and soothing properties which makes it ideal to infuse into a lip balm.  This healing herb also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that keep the makeup of the lip balm safe.

The oil infused calendula will also prove to be useful in other remedies.  So the infusion is versatile and can be used in other DIY projects.

how to make diy lip balm with spf 

#1  Calendula-Infused Oil (Optional- Skip to #2 if not using Calendula)

  • Pour 1 cup dried calendula leaves in mason jar
  • Fill jar up with oil 1 inch above dried leaves
  • Place mason jar in a small sauce pan filled with water half way up side of the mason jar
  • Heat mixture on low for approximately 2-4 hours
  • Sift Oil into a clean, appropriate sized mason jar with lid.
  • Store oil mixture safely in a cool, dark place.

#2  Combine Oils, Beeswax, Shea Butter & Melt

Measure out infused coconut oil, hemp oil, grapeseed oil and beeswax pellets and shea butter into glass mason jar.  Place mason jar in a small saucepan and fill the pan carefully with water.  Be sure NOT to get any water into oil mixture.

Turn the stove on low heat. Continue to heat the mixture until the pellets thoroughly melt.  Use a clean, dry, wooden chopstick or skewer to stir mixture.  

Tip 1:  Place the mason jar's metal lid in the pan underneath the glass mason jar.  This will   ensure the glass from cracking during the heating process.

Tip 2:  Do not cover the mason jar oil and beeswax formula with a lid.  Condensation can build up, and you do not want any moisture or water in the mixture.

#3  Add Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

Allow the oil and beeswax mixture to cool slightly at first but not too long because it will start to solidify.  

Add the non-Nano zinc oxide to the mixture and stir thoroughly with the wooden skewer.

I have discussed why non-Nano zinc oxide is effective and safe the previous post linked below:

#4  Pour Natural Lip Balm with SPF Into Tubes

Using a measuring cup or dropper, pour the mixture into the lip balm tubes slowly.  This step can be tricky because you want to pour quickly enough that the mixture does not become solid, but also pour slowly enough that it does not pour all over.

Laying down some type of paper underneath the tubes is helpful for clean-up. You may also purchase a tube tray like this to hold the lip balm tubes in place.

These are the Lip balm tubes that I have had great luck with.

#5  Store In A Cool, Dry Place

If you have every kept a lip balm in the car on a hot day, you know that it can get soft really fast.  This lip balm can do the same.  Be aware of that when opening to use on a hot day to press against your lips.

You will be able to use this lip balm for when a day in the sun arises, but it actually can be used any time of the year.  This lip balm tends to have a higher amount of beeswax in it than some lip balms you will find.  I find this gives it a smoother texture versus a oily or glossier texture.  

DIY Lip Balm with SPF

Yield: 6 lip balm tubes

This DIY Lip Balm with SPF uses safe ingredients to protect your lips from the sun while providing the best moisturizing protection.


  • 1 tablespoons. Beeswax pellets
  • 1 tablespoons Cocoa butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 tablespoons Fractionated coconut oil (infused)
  • 1/4 tablespoons Hemp oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Non-Nano zinc oxide


  • small pan
  • mason jar
  • wooden skewer or spoon
  • measure spoons or scale
  • pourable cup or eye dropper
  • lip balm tubes


  1. Infuse oil with calendula to give added healing protection. (optional) IF you decide to do this and need instructions on how to infuse the oil, simply refer to step 1 provided above.
  2. Place Infused fractionated coconut oil, hemp oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter and beeswax pellets into mason jar.
  3. Place mason jar in sauce pan filled with 2-3 inches of water. Make sure mason jar sets on top of metal lid in pan.
  4. Heat on low.
  5. Stir mixture occasionally with wooden skewer or spoon until the beeswax and butter are fully melted.
  6. Take mixture off of stove to cool slightly prior to adding the zinc oxide.
  7. Add zinc oxide into melted mixture and stir thoroughly until everything is well incorporated.
  8. Set lip balm tubes out on a piece of paper ahead of pouring.
  9. Take a measuring cup or dropper and carefully pour mixture into individual lip balm tubes.
  10. Place tops on lip balm tubes after the lip balm has set and hardened.
  11. The hardening process time will vary depending on house temperature. Simply test one out prior to putting the top on when you think it is ready.


The hemp oil can be replace with olive oil if that is what you have on hand.

The shea butter can be replaced with cocoa butter, but the texture may be slightly different.

This post gives you the ultimate DIY Lip Balm with SPF recipe to use so lips are equally protected from the sun and becoming too dry.  The natural lip balm can be used all year long if Preferred.

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