Homemade Lip Balm

Would it surprise anyone if I revealed that I make my own lip balm? I don’t remember why or when I started to do this but I make a batch of 10 sticks in one go which lasts me about a year.

Lip balm is an essential for me which I am never without so it is always useful to have a few on hand! I get my cases from eBay for a fraction of the cost of one shop bought lip balm – combined with the ingredients to make the solution, it’s still cheaper to make my own. Further to this, I use natural ingredients which all in all are much friendly and nicer to the lips.

These lip balms make great gifts however I like to keep them for myself, especially as winter approaches!

Equipment

  • Empty lipstick/lip balm container. I like tubes such as these.
  • Glass boiler (Pyrex jug)
  • Silicon / wooden sppon

Ingredients

The amount of ingredients you use will of course be dependant on the total volume your chosen containers can hold. I use very little quantities, adding as I go along if needed and starting with the following. Incidentally I didn’t deviate from the recipe below and ended up with around 75ml of liquid which filled approximately 9 of my 10 tubes!

  • 2 tbsp of beeswax – this provides the firmness and hold.
  • 1 tsp of organic shea butter.
  • 1 tsp of oil – personally I like to use organic, virgin coconut oil.
  • (Optional) 20 drops of essential oils – peppermint is cooling on the lips however you can also add lavender for a soothing effect.

Method

  • Line the lip balm containers on the counter, lids off.
  • Add all of the ingredients into the glass jug.
  • Fill a pan with around a quarter of water and heat.
  • Place the jug into the pan.
  • Allow the water to boil, stirring the ingredients until they melt.
  • Once reduced to a liquid, pour the mixture into the lip balm containers, being careful not to fill to the top.
  • Allow to cool and once steady enough to transfer, add the lids and place in the fridge or the freezer (depending on how quickly they are needed) to firm up.

You can tell once the lip balm is ready as it becomes firm, just like lip balm should! This recipe has so much potential! Different essential oils can be added to make a portable stick perfume, alternatively for a homemade lip balm with colour, chop off a piece of your favourite lip stick, add to the mixture and stir in. This makes a great tinted moisturiser and all in all is so lush!

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