Gift-Worthy: Lemon Skin Balm

Lemon skin balm - Just 3 ingredients & smells like a lemon cookie! Repin to save.

Homemade gifts are generally inexpensive and always thoughtful.

And homemade gifts do not have to be made out of sugar. Case in point, this skin balm that smells AMAZING. Like a lemon cookie, but without the sugar.

About The Ingredients

You’ll need just 3 items to make this balm: Coconut oil, beeswax, and lemon essential oil. Here’s where to find them:
The good news is that once you buy the beeswax and lemon oil, you can use these items to make other homemade skin and household products. All in all, a small container of lemon skin balm costs right around 25 cents to make.
Lemon skin balm makes a great gift. 3 ingredients. Smells awesome. Repin to save.

Lemon Skin Balm Uses

This balm is a multi-tasker. Use it:
  • To sooth dry skin on the hands, elbows or heels
  • As a cuticle butter (to moisturize and soften cuticles)
  • As a lip balm (just reduce the lemon essential oil down to 10 drops)
  • After exfoliating with this gingerbread sugar scrub or lemon sugar scrub
This balm contains no questionable or unpronounceable ingredients, and is perfect for people on your gift list who like beauty products and/or natural products. Make a batch to give as a Christmas gift – and don’t forget to keep some for yourself.
DIY Lemon Skin Balm

DIY Lemon Skin Balm

Looking for a container to use? I always save free sample containers that I get at LUSH, Sephora, and similar stores. After I'm done with the sample, I clean them out and use them to house my favorite DIY beauty products and small amounts of body products to use on vacation.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/8 cup beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil


  1. Place beeswax and coconut oil in a small saucepan over very low heat. Stir until the beeswax is melted, which will take just a minute or so.
  2. Once beeswax is melted, remove from heat and add lemon essential oil. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour mixture into containers. Allow to cool to harden.

7 Responses to “Gift-Worthy: Lemon Skin Balm”

  1. 1

    Eileen — December 12, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    You have to love such a deliciously scented homemade gift! LEMON. yes.

    • Haley replied: — December 13th, 2014 @ 4:39 am

      Exactly! The lemon + coconut oil smells like vacation. Or dessert.

  2. 2

    cassaundra — June 14, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

    Do I have to use lemon oil? I have peppermint and lavender already.  Just want to know if i can use what i have.

  3. 3

    cassaundra — June 15, 2015 @ 12:31 am

    I have rosemary too

    • Haley replied: — June 16th, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

      You can definitely use another essential oil – any of those you mentioned would work. Just experiment to find out which one smells the best.

  4. 4

    Mel L. — October 29, 2015 @ 10:37 pm

    I am a product educator for Aura Cacia and a note for those of fair skin: Lemon can be very photo-sensitizing (increase the skins sensitivity to the suns rays), I substituted Lemon Balm (Melissa) which smells of lemon and also very floral, the downside is it tends to be more pricey but only 4 drops would be needed, or for a more budget friendly citrus that is not as photo-sensitizing Sweet Orange is a good bet. Both will give the cheery mood that lemon has. Thank you for the recipe! I love the consistency, I will be making some for gifts this holiday!

    • Haley replied: — November 2nd, 2015 @ 11:13 pm

      This is great to know, Melissa! I like both the lemon balm and sweet orange ideas.

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