For me, any change of the season, whether it be Summer or Winter, gives me such dry and chapped lips. And on top of that, I am a compulsive lip biter. Whenever I’m unsure, anxious, or bored, I bite and pick at my lips, making them worse (I’ve been trying to break this habit these past few months, and I’m slowly getting there! I’m in the process of catching myself at it).
I usually use a lip balm brand called Blistex, but I wanted something more natural (as I’ve really been getting into my DIY projects recently!) and also cost-effective in the long-run. Plus, Blistex products contain some toxic ingredients like phenol, saccharin, parabens, fragrance, oxybenzone, mineral oil, paraffin, and petrolatum.
Homemade Lip Balm
The wax you use varies in hardness, so you may need to re-melt the finished product to find your preferred texture. Simply add a bit more wax to make it harder, or a bit more oil to make it softer.
Before you begin making your very own lip balm, make sure you have all the ingredients and equipment you need on hand.
Makes 12-14 lip balm-sized tubes.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 2 tbsp beeswax (I used soy wax as a vegan-friendly option)
- 30+ drops essential oil (I use peppermint)
- Lip balm tubes or small lip balm tins (I reused an old lip balm glass container)
- A pipette (I reused an old dropper I had a home)
- A glass bowl
- Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and soy wax (or beeswax) in a small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, making sure to stir the mixture constantly until it has melted.
- Remove pan from heat but keep the bowl over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
- Add chosen essential oils to your preference. I just added peppermint in this recipe. A great way to do this is to add a few drops at a time and test a tiny amount on your arm to make sure the scent is to your liking.
- Once you’ve added the essential oils, use a dropper or pipette to fill the lip balm tubes. This must be done quickly as the mixture will start to harden as soon as it’s removed from the heat.
- Let the tubes sit at room temperature for several hours until cooled and completely hardened before capping them. You can clean and reuse old tube containers to be more eco-friendly.
Use an extra teaspoon or two of wax if you prefer a thicker and longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you prefer a smoother and softer lip balm. Since there are no water based ingredients, you can re-melt and add more of each ingredient during the melting process until you get the exact texture you want. When experimenting, a good way to test the firmness of it is to put a few drops of the melted mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and let harden in the fridge. This helps to test it out before putting the mixture into tubes. Have fun with it!
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Ever made lip balm or other natural beauty products before? How did it go?
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James, Maia. (October 11, 2017). What’s Wrong With Blistex? (And What to Buy Instead). Gimme the Good Stuff. Retrieved from https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/whats-wrong-with-blistex/
Maslowski, Debra. Homemade Lip Balm Recipe for Natural Lip Care. DIY Natural. Retrieved from https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-lip-balm-recipe/