DIY LIP BALM
For as long as I can remember, the anthem of my middle school years was “they say my lipgloss is cool, my lipgloss be poppin”. I had a lipgloss for every occasion. I also had a small mirror with me at all times for when I needed a touch-up. Fast forward to college and it all changed with Chapstick! Quick hydration with no need of a mirror to make sure it’s all in place?! Yes, please. Blistex anyone? (Sidenote: Remember the glorious moment when you actually finished the entire jar?? Neither do I because it never happened. If you’re part of the few unicorns that actually have, please make yourself known!)
Through time, I’ve become more and more mindful of what I put in/on my body. That being said, I ventured out to create my own lip balm! I know exactly what’s in my lip balm and I absolutely love that! I’m one to analyze things down to the smallest detail so this was such a fun project for me! This recipe is simple and so easy to make!
- 1 tbs Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 tbs 100% Shea Butter
- 1 tbs Organic Beeswax
- 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- Small Tin(s)
- Measuring Spoon
- Glass Bowl (make sure this can fit inside your saucepan and is microwave-safe)
- Spoon or Pipette
- Pour water into your saucepan and fill three-quarters of the way
- Place glass bowl into the water
- The bowl should float and have some breathing room aka no water should enter the bowl when ingredients are added
- Place double boiler over medium heat
- Add Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Beeswax into the glass bowl
- The water doesn’t have to be hot yet. I think I just got excited and couldn’t wait. You do you!
- Stir until all three are melted
- Don’t worry! They won’t burn. This is why we use a mini double broiler setup
- Be gentle when mixing. You don’t want any water to get into your mix!
- Don’t panic – your beeswax is supposed to be the last to melt. Read the end of my post to learn why
- Turn the stove off and leave the glass bowl in the water so that liquid can remain warm
- Add essential oil to melted liquid
- It’s easier to keep track of your drop count if you pour your oils on a spoon and then mix in
- Use pipette or spoon to pour mixture into your tins
- Let cool at room temperature for about two hours before covering them up
- Moisturize those lips, booboo!
I was able to make 5 tins of lip balm with this recipe.I’ll post a modified version later on that will yield a smaller amount. If you prefer thicker balm, you can add a teaspoon of beeswax to the original recipe.
Another way to play with the recipe is to split the melted base prior to adding your essential oils. This will allow you to play around with more scent combinations. Just be careful when splitting the melted base! The bowl will be hot! The base dries very quickly when it’s not being heated.
If you geek out over the details that make ingredients and products work, I’ve included some more information on what and why I used these things. I’ve also included substitutes/alternatives as well as links (click the name) to everything:
You can substitute this with Almond Oil. Coconut Oil has natural antioxidants and fatty acids that create a shield against irritants. It also has a long shelf life and helps preserve your lip balm.
You can substitute this with Cocoa Butter. Shea Butter has mild UV protecting properties to help protect your lips from sun damage. It is also a great moisturizer!
This has a high melting point so it keeps your balm from liquifying in your pocket! You don’t want to skip this ingredient! It’s also known for promoting cell regeneration because it contains small amounts of Vitamin A. If you purchase this, keep in mind that you will have to grate it to make it easier to melt. These come in little blocks. If you don’t feel like grating, you can search/purchase Beeswax Pastilles.
You want to use an oil that is okay to ingest. After all, it’s going on your lips! There have been several studies that warn against the frequent use of essential oils on the skin. This recipe has such a low percentage that it’s safe to use as often as needed without risk of irritation.
Feel free to add some Vitamin E capsules into this recipe! Vitamin E is known to speed up healing! Use with caution though!
Beetroot powder is a great, natural ingredient you can add to make your lip balm tinted. If you decide to use this, be sure to add this when adding your essential oil. In other words, after the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Beeswax are melted.