Homemade lip balm is something that I have wanted to try for quite some time but it seemed like I had to purchase too many things to get started. Surely, it is just easier to just throw the 99 cent tube into my cart as I wait in line to check out. I decided to give it a try because even though I thought it might be difficult, I thought it might be fun to make my own lip balm and use it as little gifts during the holiday.
As it turns out, lots of other people think it is fun too. I searched for a recipe that sounded easy and included ingredients I could pronounce and likely had around. I probably looked at 50 recipes. Some used makeup to tint. Others used candy flavoring for taste. I decided that this recipe from Our Best Bites sounded easy and it only uses a few ingredients. I made a couple of modifications to the recipe to make it work for me.
I had the coconut oil in my pantry. I ordered the beeswax pellets off of Amazon as well as the lip balm tubes and essential oils.
I cut down the recipe because I wanted to try it out and see if I liked it before I wasted all of my ingredients. I used peppermint essential oil so that I could use them as little gifts during the holidays.
The whole process only took a few minutes. First, you melt the coconut oil and the beeswax. You can then add your essential oils or extract for flavoring and scent. You can also add coloring in this step. I decided not to since it was going to be flavored with peppermint. Now that I have made a batch, I might use some red coloring to go with the peppermint theme.
Adding the essential oils is a trial and error thing. I ended up using about 35 drops of peppermint oil with this batch. As the recipe I used suggested, I tested it on my lips to decide if it was enough. Be careful though…it is hot! I took a dab off of the spoon and let it cool before testing it.
The whole family loves it. I think my kids love it because mom made it. Since moving to Colorado, my lips have been constantly chapped. My son has been using Carmex to heal chapped and broken lips. I am hoping this will help. I applied it only once earlier today and my lips are no longer as chapped and are on their way to silky smooth! I don’t imagine it would take too many days of using this lip balm to heal chapped lips.
Would I do anything differently next time? I think as long as I use the lip balm tubes, rather than the post, I will make small batches at a time. It made the project manageable. I didn’t have to keep reheating the ingredients. Use an eye/ear dropper that is only for lip balm making to transfer the ingredients to the tubes. I would like to try some different essential oils and extracts next time as well as give it some flavor.
Have you made your own lip balm?
Now, I just need to come up with a name for my homemade lip balm!
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp and 1tsp of beeswax
- essential oils or extract of your choice
- Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together.
- Add the essential oils or extract of your choice.
- Using an eye dropper, drop into container of your choice and allow to cool.
- The recipe I adapted this from used a capsule of Vitamin E. We didn't have any, so I left it out. I am not sure if it made much of a difference.