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DIY Raspberry Mint Lip Balm w/ SPF

Raspberry Mint Lip BalmHi!  I’ve been on a summer kick lately with posts about tanning, sunscreens and a DIY suntan oil.  I thought it would be fun and necessary to do a post on a DIY lip balm with sun protection!

Lips are one of the most delicate places on our body!  They should always be protected and cared for, especially in the sun.  Making a lip balm with sun protection is so easy because the carrier oil,  red raspberry seed has such a high SPF, naturally!  Beeswax forms a barrier over the lips which also aids in protecting the lips from the elements.  Adding in vitamin E, peppermint oil and pink mica are just a bonus.  They help make this recipe super fun and special!

You ready to get started?  If you’ve never made a lip balm, don’t worry!  It’s one of the easiest skin care products you can make!  You’ll never buy commercial lip balm again after this!

Raspberry Mint Lip Balm

1 TBSP. Red Raspberry Seed Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Beeswax (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE) (optional)

1/8-1/16 tsp. pink mica (find it HERE) (optional)

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (find it HERE) (optional)

  1. Fill a pot 1/2 full of water and place on the stove
  2. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout inside the pot.  Be careful not to get any water inside the glass bowl.
  3. Turn heat to medium.
  4. Add the oils, wax and mica to the glass bowl.
  5. Stir occasionally being sure the mica is well mixed.  It has a tendency to settle at the bottom.
  6. Once the beeswax is melted, remove from heat.
  7. Add peppermint oil.
  8. Pour into lip balm container.
  9. Continue to stir as balm hardens in order to mix mica evening throughout the balm.  I use a popsicle stick for this.  Once my stick is really holding onto the balm, I stop stirring.
  10. Let cool. (about 20 minutes)

Raspberry Mint Lip Balm This recipe makes about 1 ounce.  I used THESE metal lip balm containers, but you could always use THESE tubes or any container you like!

Despite the pinky color of my balm, it only gives a very tiny hint of color.

Red Raspberry Seed oil has an SPF around 28-50.  Because we are diluting it with vitamin E and beeswax, the SPF will be a bit lower.  If you are going to be in the sun for a prolonged amount of time, I would reapply your lip balm as often as you reapply your sunscreen.

As a side note-If you wanted to leave out the pink mica, you could apply this to your cheeks and nose for added protection.  You could also add in a teaspoon of zinc oxide for added sun protection.  I didn’t try this myself so I’m not too sure if it would go on white but I have seen many recipes for a solid sunscreen balm using zinc oxide, beeswax and a carrier oil.  Hmmmm, maybe I need to look into this for a future post?  Anyone interested?

Oh, and one more thing-Raspberry oil doesn’t smell like raspberries unfortunately.  I’m not too sure how you could add in the smell.  I just made a raspberry cake this weekend using a white cake mix and raspberry flavored gelatin so this might be an option.  There is major red dye in it so I opted not to try it.  I had enough from the cake!  If you do, you would want to omit the mica powder.

I hope you enjoy making lip balms as much as I do!  Check out a couple of other lip balm recipes here and here!

Happy sunning!

xx, Jenni


DIY SPF Lip Balm


  1. Nicolette says:

    Definitely interested in a recipe w/ zinc oxide also!! Though this recipe is full of great ideas too. 🙂

  2. Anna Wallace says:

    I really want to make this. I heard that raspberry seed oil has a bad smell, is that true?

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