DIY Moisturizing Lip Balm with Paperboard Tubes

DIY moisturizing lip balm with paperboard tubes juicygreenmom

Since I’ve started DIY-ing more of my own personal care products, like my face care, hair care and dry skin relief cream, I figured lip balm should be next on my list to try to make on my own!

A lot of lip balm recipes are a combination of coconut oil and shea butter. Many lip balms I’ve tried are coconut oil based, and while I like them, I feel like I have to reapply really often. So I decided to experiment a little with some other carrier oils and I really like the result of this one. I feel that the castor oil in this recipe helps the lip balm stay put longer so that it really allows for locking in the moisture (living in Edmonton in super dry winters means that good lip balm is of the utmost importance).

Lip balm tubes are pretty much all plastic, and thinking about all of those plastic tubes getting added to the landfill makes me feel really sad. Of course if you’re DIY-ing your own lip balm, you can reuse those tubes over and over, so that’s definitely a positive for DIY!

However, there are also paperboard lip balm tubes available!

I was really excited when I found these push up lip balm paperboard tubes. They have a little cardboard disk in the bottom that you push up as you use the lip balm to make it go up, instead of twisting like on plastic tubes. The tubes come in a variety of sizes as well, so you could use them to make all kinds of things, like DIY moisturizers, balms, deodorants, etc. They are also extremely sturdy (way sturdier than a toilet paper roll), so I think the reuse factor is strong on them as well. They are a bit larger than a traditional plastic tube, but hold about 3 times the amount of product!

  1. Put all of the ingredients except the essential oils in a glass jar or cup and place in a pot of water. Heat the water on low-medium heat. (If you have a double boiler – you can use it instead! I used a glass measuring cup in a little pot of water.)
  2. Stir and heat until it has all melted down to liquid.
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add the essential oils and stir.
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes and let cool to harden.
  5. Enjoy!

Here are some photos of the melting process:

Ingredients ready to start melting!


Almost all melted!


All melted! Ready to add essential oils, mix, and pour into tubes!


This recipe made enough to fill 10 of the 21 mm paperboard tubes. If you’re using regular plastic ones that are a bit smaller, I would guess that you could probably fill about a dozen of them with this recipe.

A neat tip someone taught me is to put a rubber band around all of the empty tubes to make it easier to pour in lip balm mixture quickly before it starts to harden! This trick made it super easy!

Here are mine after they’ve hardened.


I’m really happy with how easy it was to DIY this lip balm. My whole family has been using them and I’ve definitely found I have to apply less often than other lip balms I’ve bought. Of course you can use whatever essential oils you like – I just added my favourites for healthy skin.

Because the paperboard tubes are so sturdy, I could definitely keep reusing them and refilling them until they start to break down. And then I wouldn’t feel so bad throwing it in the garbage or compost because I know the paperboard will break down quickly!

What do you think of this DIY moisturizing lip balm?

(Disclosure: One package of paperboard tubes was provided by SKS Bottle & Packaging to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Opinions expressed are my own.)


11 Responses

  1. What a great way to be plastic-free on your personal care products! You usually still have to buy the ingredients in plastic but the bigger containers are more easily recyclable and resusable.

    This is the only company I know of that sells shea butter and lip balms in biodegradable containers.

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