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DIY Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Sticks (Non-Toxic Recipe)

homemade lavender vanilla lip balm recipe with essential oils

Do you have chapped lips and are you constantly applying chapstick? It always seems like the more you apply the drier they become right? This DIY Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm recipe is super nourishing and will keep your lips soft for a long time. 

I notoriously have cracked and dry lips. I don’t always treat my lips well as I’m horrible at picking at them all the time (I know, it’s a terrible habit)!  That combined with weather tends to leave my puckers in bad shape. 

I’ve used every chapstick and lip balm under the sun. Some work but many times they leave me wanting more.  

Ever since I switched to non-toxic living and ditched my chemical-laden beauty products,  I’ve been really into making my own products at home. I never made lip balm before so I decided to solve my chapped lip problem and have some fun in the process!

This homemade lip balm recipe with essential oils is super cost-effective,  all-natural, and nourishes your lips so well. I don’t have to reapply every hour! The lavender and vanilla combo is a heavenly bonus!

DIY Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Sticks

Why Make Your Own Lip Balm at Home?

diy lavender vanilla lip balm recipe (non toxic)

With homemade lip balm, you know exactly what you’re putting in it.  You control the ingredients and therefore can know with certainty you are using the best ingredients for your body.  Your body is worth taking care of in a chemical-free way.  Especially with our lips. You don’t want to ingest something that can build up in your body and cause problems down the road. 

Making lip balm at home is also a fun project! I made mine with my husband during our weekly self-care Sunday evenings.  We had a blast making them! You can make these lip balms with kids (with supervision) or with friends. I highly suggest making these with people as it’s a great activity and everyone will enjoy it. 

Homemade lip balm tubes also make lovely gifts! Slap on a cute label and they’re ready to be gifted. 

Will This Recipe Help Chapped Lips?

chapped lips

Yes! This recipe uses a combination of high-quality natural oils and butters that come together to moisturize your lips deeply. Ever since I made this recipe, I’ve been obsessed and my lips are so silky soft! The first night I made them, my lips were moisturized when I woke up the next morning and I didn’t need to reapply until hours later! This also adds to the cost-effective side as you won’t go through it often. 

Although, I like applying it so I still do even though I don’t need to! 

The powerful natural ingredients nourish and hydrate your lips so you’ll have soft, smooth, and kissable lips all the time. Most recipes call for one or two butters and oils. I used a mix of two kinds of butter and four oils to maximize the benefits for our skin. 


beeswax pellets, yellow

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. It is edible and non-toxic, thus making it a great ingredient for skincare and clean beauty products. 

This wax is great at creating a protective layer and trapping moisture as it’s a humectant. This combination makes beeswax a perfect ingredient in lip balm recipes. 

Shea butter:

shea butter

Shea butter is a fat derived from nuts. It comes from the African Shea tree. This butter is a very popular ingredient in body butters as it’s incredibly nourishing. 

It is very thick and can be greasy if used on its own. When combined with other butters and oils, it provides incredible moisturizing properties. Shea butter is also edible and non-toxic. 

And, even though this butter comes from a nut, it has a low chance of triggering nut allergies

Cocoa Butter:

cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is the fat that comes from the cocoa bean. This butter has a rich chocolatey smell (yum!). Cocoa butter isn’t just something that is used in chocolates. It also is great at creating a barrier on the skin to keep it from drying out. 

This butter can also help protect our skin from sun damage. Cocoa butter is also filled with antioxidants which is great for anti-aging products. 

Coconut Oil: 

coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most popular ingredients in DIY beauty recipes. This oil provides so many great benefits for our skin. It protects skin from environmental damage, hydrates, and can minimize fine lines and wrinkles. 

Also, because it absorbs easily, it won’t leave a greasy feeling on your skin. Coconut oil does have a high comedogenic rating (4). I use fractionated coconut oil which has a comedogenic rating of 2. 

Sweet Almond Oil: 

Sweet almond oil is such a powerhouse. It not only is great at moisturizing, but it also can lighten dark spots. Over time, our lips can lose their vibrant pink color and this oil helps even the tone. 

Jojoba Oil: 

Jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant. This oil is also phenomenal at locking in moisture and has anti-aging properties. It absorbs quickly and does not leave behind a greasy residue. 

Vitamin E Oil: 

Vitamin E is a popular anti-aging gold mine. It’s no wonder it’s used in many skincare products. This oil is thicker than others and you only need a little bit to get the job done. Vitamin E oil is perfect for dry and chapped lips as it encourages cell turnover and leads to the skin regenerating faster. 

Lavender essential oil: 

Lavender essential oil is great for healing cracked lips as it’s anti-inflammatory and soothing. It’s a great oil to use during the winter months when the weather destroys our kissable lips. Lavender also is great at locking moisture in and hydrating lips. 

Vanilla Extract:

Organic vanilla extract has many anti-aging benefits. Vanilla extract is more than just a nice scent. It also has anti-bacterial properties which can help heal your lips if they are severely damaged. 

Plus it smells heavenly!

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Homemade Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe 


2 tbsp beeswax

1 tbsp African shea butter

1 tbsp Cocoa Butter

1.5 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

1.5 tsp Sweet Almond Oil

1.5 tsp Jojoba Oil

.5 tsp Vitamin E Oil

20-30 drops Lavender essential oil

1 tsp VanillaExtract*

Lip Balm Tubes

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*You can substitute vanilla essential oil instead of extract if you want a stronger vanilla scent. If you’re adding the oil, use 10 drops. If you use vanilla extract, your end product may look a little speckled, but it’s not super noticeable. 


  • When purchasing essential oils, make sure they are pure 100% organic oils that are not cut with any fillers. Personally, I like Plant Therapy and Young Living for essential oils for their high-quality oils. 
  • This lip balm recipe makes about 9 tubes. If you want less, you can half the recipe. 


  1. Measure out ingredients.
  2. In a double boiler, add beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter.  On low heat, let it melt until it is liquified. 
  3. Remove from heat and add all 4 oils plus lavender and vanilla extract.  If the mixture starts to harden, return to the double boiler to liquefy. The vanilla extract will not mix with the oils, but you can stir to distribute it evenly. 
  4. Fill lip balm tubes with the mixture. Using a funnel helps avoid spillage. 
  5. Let tubes cool before using. 

Makes 9 lip balm sticks.  You can fill with tins instead if you like. 

diy lavender vanilla lip balm, homemade chap stick recipe

This DIY Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Sticks Recipe is perfect to follow after a natural exfoliating sugar scrub. Try these 5 DIY lip scrub recipes.

Did you make this lip balm recipe? Comment below or tag me on Instagram (@by.bindi). I’d love to see your photos!


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Want Long, Thick and Luxurious Hair? Try these Natural Indian Hair Masks! (Free DIY Recipes)

long thick and luxurious hair, indian woman

Who doesn’t want long, thick and luxurious hair? Indian hair is highly sought after in the wig industry for its shine and length.  

how to get healthy long hair naturally

Ever wonder how Indian hair gets to be so healthy and beautiful? My whole life my friends, co-workers, and random people on the streets complimented my hair.  

I routinely grow my hair for 3 years and then chop it off to donate.  It grows so fast,  one time I chopped it off and a month later a friend remarked, ‘it doesn’t even look like you cut it, it’s long again.

The thing is, I wasn’t doing anything crazy with my hair. I just followed what my mom and grandmother did. And, it works because it’s natural.  There aren’t weird ingredients and things you can’t pronounce.

Just good old ingredients right from nature. 

Read on for all the natural hair secrets for long, thick, and luxurious hair. You’ll have healthy hair in no time.  

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Why use Indian tips to Get Long, Thick, and Luxurious Hair?

Did you know that India is the largest supplier of human hair for wigs and extensions? Women go to temples in India to shave off their long tresses. The hair is then sorted, cleaned, and auctioned off. One temple in India makes anywhere from 25-40 million dollars a year selling the hair. 

Indian’s are genetically blessed with thick hair, but they also use a lot of natural hair care products that have increased the value of their hair. 

The Secret To Healthy and Long Hair

The one thing Indians do routinely for healthy hair is oiling it. We deep condition our hair with nutrient-dense oils once a week.  

hair oils for long thick luxuriousd hair

When I was younger,  every Friday night was oil night. My mom brushed my hair until it was smooth and tangle-free. This took some time as a kid,  I always had tons of knots!

Then she’d use this green oil that had a distinctly Indian scent. She’d massage into my scalp and work it all the way into the ends. After 10 minutes, I’d feel so relaxed. For best results, we always slept with our hair oil mask overnight and washed it out the next morning.  

Put it in a braid and sleep with a towel over your pillowcase to avoid staining.

Why Hair Oil Masks Work Wonders

Oiling your hair injects moisture into your hair.  There are many health benefits to an oil hair massage. 

  1. You stimulate your scalp which allows hair follicles to strengthen and be more active. 
  2. Nutrients penetrate better with massaging 
  3. It helps with hair loss
  4. Shinier and stronger hair

What are the best oils for healthy hair?

My mom always used Indian oils on my hair as a kid.  It’s green and very potent. Usually, it is made with Indian Amla (gooseberry). Amla oil helps stimulate your scalp, controls premature greying, and helps with hair growth as it strengthens hair follicles. 

Indian Gooseberry for healthy hair

As I got older,  I experimented with all kinds of oils.  I now use a combination of oils to maximize the benefits.  Here are commonly used oils:

Castor Oil:

Castor oil comes from a plant that is native to Asia and Africa. It is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans. Castor oil is known for its thick consitency and it is better to mix this oil with others due to its stickiness. This oil is rich in healthy fats such as the fatty acid ricinoleic acid. 

This vegetable oil helps lubricate the hair shaft and protects it from damage. Fatty acids provide proteins and nutrients to hair follicles. It also can help those with dandruff issues. 

Olive Oil:

This popular oil comes from Meditteranean olives. While we traditionally use this in our foods and with yummy breads, olive oil has tremendous hair care benefits as well. 

This oil has a moisturizing effect on the hair and it gives it softness and strength. Olive oil is great for getting that shine that makes hair sparkle. If you have a dry scalp, this is the perfect oil for a head massage due to its moisturzing properties. 

Jojoba Oil: 

Produced from jojoba seeds, this oil is native to southwestern USA. Jojoba oil is rich in many vitamins that are vital for hair growth. This oil is great for preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth. 

Jojoba oil also is moisturizing like olive oil and great for dry scalps and combating dandruff. 

Coconut Oil: 

Coconut oil is my favorite oil to use in my hair serum bases. It was also my grandmother’s go to as well. This oil smells great and has so many great benefits for our hair. This popular oil moisutrizes hair, protects it from enviornmental damage, and helps prevent protein loss and damage when wet. 

This vegetable oil is a powerhouse for hair care. Use fractionated coconut oil for best results. This oil stays liquid at all temps and won’t solidify. 

Honorable Mentions: 

While I personally don’t use these oils in my hair serums, they are also great for hair growth and care so they deserve a mention!

Avocado Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

Essential Oils for Hair:

While adding essential oils to hair oils isn’t a traditional Indian thing to do,  I’m adding it to the list because essential oils are powerful, potent and non-toxic. They make great additions to hair serums and smell great too!






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DIY All Natural Hair Serum Recipes:

Use these hair masks once a week for the best results. You can change it up to maximize the benefits to get long, thick, and luxurious hair in no time. 

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask:

1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp castor oil

1 tsp jojoba oil

Essential oils (optional)

This mask is great to use when your hair really needs some TLC. Watch your hair turn silky soft overnight. 

Thick Hair Mask:

1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil

1 tbsp jojoba oil

Essential oils (optional)

This hair mask recipe will thicken hair when consistently used. 

Shiny Hair Mask:

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil

Essential oils (optional)

Your hair will bring all the shine with this olive oil-based hair mask.

Long Hair Mask

1 tsp castor oil

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp olive oil

Essential oils (optional)

Feel free to experiment with the oils and use them more or less depending on your hair length. If your hair is on the drier end, use more. Be sure to wash well the next day. I usually wash my hair twice to get all the oils out. My hair is always left silky soft and never greasy. 

Other Indian Tips for Healthy Hair:

Along with maintaining good hair hygiene and routine oiling, here are some other things to try for long, thick, and luxurious hair. 

  1. Wash it 1-2 times a week instead of daily. Overwashing removed oils and dries out your hair. 
  2. Use natural cleansing methods such as yogurts and chemical-free shampoos.
  3. Braid hair loosely and avoid tying it up too tightly. Tying it tightly leads to breakage and pulls on your skin which will lead to premature wrinkles.

Did you try these DIY natural hair masks for long, thick, and luxurious hair? Comment below!

Interested in other DIY non-toxic recipes? Try our 5 DIY Natural Lip Scrubs with Essential Oils.