Our Story


It was November of 2014 when Khara Koffel decided to make some all-natural, handmade lip balms for the lovely teachers and aides at the day care center where her little boy attends (wooohooo, Bright Beginnings! We love you!). She roped Megan Luckey into helping her since she knew she would have more fun that way and because Luckey is like her twin from whom she was separated at birth.

Two months later, they were making them to sell in a coffee shop. Two months after that? Etsy. A year later? Wholesale and vendor fairs. Next Stop?...


After more than five years of kicking ass and taking names, we’ve gotten pretty close to dominating in the lip balm world…so much so, we now have more than 15 products (not just lip balms) and hundreds of SKUs! 

Need some non-greasy whipped lotion for your dry skin? We’ve got that. Beard balm to tame a dude’s facial hair? We make that, too! How about some Bug Stuff to keep the mosquitoes from ruining your picnic or a whiskey-scented lip balm for Uncle Brian? OF COURSE WE MAKE THAT.


Everything we create is lovingly handmade from the best ingredients, works like a charm, and doesn’t contain any of those nasty chemicals that we all worry about.

 All-natural, handmade products is what we do and we're SERIOUS about it!


Megan Luckey

Luckey loves her kid, her dog, and figuring out how to build things from scratch. She’s passionate about using products without chemicals or funny sounding ingredients and that passion led her to Serious Lip Balm. Luckey is happiest surrounded by gnomes, half finished home renovation projects and bright colors. When she isn’t whipping up balms or scratching bulldog bellies, she is a freelance sign language interpreter.


It doesn’t take much to tickle Lula’s fancy. The only things she expects in this world are belly scratches, high quality kibble, and approximately 23 hours of nap time per day. Lula is easy-go-lucky but she has no patience for being locked in the kitchen or dealing with bad customer service. Lula will do everything in her power to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your Serious Lip Balm, and she is always available for a belly rub. She can be reached at Lula@SeriousLipBalm.com and you can check out her adventures with the instagram hashtag #thingsluladoesntunderstand.

Khara Koffel

An ex-pat of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Khara lives and works in Jacksonville, Illinois, but she’s had a lot of addresses from New Jersey to Alabama. She loves her family, sculpture (here is what she makes when she is not balming – www.kharakoffel.com), learning, making, going to parks with her son, professor-ing, anything having to do with Pope John Paul II and talking to new people who can share a story with her. If there’s a kitschy store, she’s probably been to it, if there’s a nail polish color, she probably owns it, and if there’s a really awkward facial expression, she’s probably made it, photographed it, and posted it on the internet. She’s a little of this, a little of that and a little extra to lick off of the spoon… and she loves every minute of it.

Khara Koffel and Megan Luckey, owners and creators of Serious Lip Balm based in Jacksonville, Illinois