Homemade lip balm is one of the easiest DIY projects if you’re new to making your own skincare items. This simple lip balm recipe is all natural, so soothing, and flavored with essential oils.
Guest post by Heather Robertson
Soft and subtle. Sweet and spicy. Bright and fresh.
How would you like those adjectives for your lip balm? Yes, please!
Lip balm is a year round necessity around my home. I have tubes tucked in strategic locations around the house. You can’t be over-prepared when it comes to lip protection. Dry lips can happen at any moment!
When I began to switch from conventional store bought products to natural products, lip balm was one of the first items to change. Even though it’s not designed to eat, you can’t help but lick your lips with lip balm on them. It’s not good to ingest the chemicals that are found in conventional lip balm.
Avoiding as many toxins as possible will help your body function at optimal levels. There are so many environmental toxins that are unavoidable so making choices to use natural products you can make at home benefits your body in so many ways. You can always to a periodic detox to cleanse your system, too, but starting with a real food diet and minimal chemical exposure is best.
Purchasing natural products like lip balm from big stores or even little vendors can quickly put a big dent in your pocketbook. I mean, $4.00 for a little tube of this lip stuff? Really?
The fun part about making homemade lip balm, is the creative variety you can make in the flavor. My favorite combination is Mint Chocolate. Mmm, can’t go wrong with mint and chocolate! Close behind that is Lemon-Lavender. Lavender is actually quite delicious. A new flavor I tried recently is Sweet Cinnamon. A spicy twist on the typical lip balm flavors.
The main ingredients in my favorite lip balms are coconut oil, beeswax, and shea or cocoa butter. Coconut oil acts as a sunscreen as well as contains antibacterial properties. Beeswax is a natural hardener for the mixture of oils used in lip balm. Shea butter or cocoa butter is added for extra nourishment to the skin.
I add a small amount of Vitamin E oil because it acts as a preservative and is good for the skin. The flavor and scent comes from essential oils which can provide a variety of benefits for the body.
You can mix and match with different base oils as long as you keep the beeswax in your recipe. That is what makes it harden enough to stay in the tube or tin and apply smoothly.
Basic Lip Balm Recipe
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- 2 Tbsp beeswax pellets
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp shea butter or cocoa butter (I like cocoa butter in the Mint Chocoloate)
- ½ tsp vitamin E oil
Lip Balm Flavor Options
- ½ tsp cocoa powder
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil (you may want to use caution with lemon if you will be out in the sun, it can be photogenic and cause irritation)
- 15 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- ½ Tbsp honey
- Using a double boiler or a glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water, combine the base ingredients except Vitamin E oil. Allow them to melt, stirring gently.
- Remove from the heat and add in the Vitamin E oil and your flavor ingredients of choice. If the lip balm hardens or clumps, return to the heat and stir until melted again.
- Very carefully pour your lip balm into your tubes. Let rest for 1-2 hours before moving or capping.
One recipe makes about 12 tubes of lip balm.
Once you start making your own lip balm, you will wonder why you ever bought any from the store. The smooth feel and delectable flavors of homemade lip balm will blow you away. Make some for your friends. They will think you are a DIY queen full of wisdom and knowledge.
Add lip balm to your growing list of DIY bath and beauty products and start eliminating the chemicals from your home. Your lips will thank you.
Do you make your own beauty products? What flavor lip balm do you want to try?
Heather Robertson is a Christ-follower, wife, and new mom. She loves being outdoors, making things from scratch, and learning to live with passion. She writes about simple living, real food, and natural health on her blog at Never Lacking Zeal. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.