For me, any change of the season – whether it be summer or winter – brings out the dry, chapped lips. But, on top of that, I’m a compulsive lip biter. Whenever I’m unsure, anxious, or bored, I bite and pick at my lips…
I used to use a lip balm brand called Blistex, but I wanted something more natural as their products contain some toxic ingredients like phenol, saccharin, parabens, fragrance, oxybenzone, mineral oil, paraffin, and petrolatum.
Once you start making your own natural products, you won’t be able to stop! It becomes second nature, and the DIYs are actually a lot of fun to customise and experiment with, using different natural ingredients to create something completely your own! Before you know it, you’ll be making your own natural deodorant and mud shampoo!
DIY Lip Balm
To make a thicker, longer-lasting lip balm, use 1-2 extra teaspoons of wax or, for a smoother, softer lip balm, use slightly less wax. As there are no water-based ingredients in this recipe, you can re-melt and add more of each ingredient during the melting process until you get the exact consistency/texture you want.
Now, I used to use soy wax in this recipe, but have since swapped it out for candelilla wax. It’s very challenging to find a completely clean soy wax that is, in fact, from 100% organic soy (they often add chemicals to the wax, or it comes from GMO soy). I’ve found candelilla wax to be a great vegan alternative to beeswax, and find it works just as well.
Ingredients & Equipment:
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp shea butter
- 2 tsp candelilla wax (or beeswax)
- 5 drops vitamin E oil
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- Make a double boiler by placing a small saucepan filled with a couple of inches of water over medium heat, and bring to the boil. Then place a heat-safe bowl (that fits on top of the saucepan) on top. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water below.
- Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and candelilla wax (or beeswax) in the bowl, stirring constantly until melted.
- Remove from heat but keep the bowl over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted, then add in the vitamin E oil and stir through.
- Add in the peppermint essential oil (a few drops at a time to find an amount that’s good for you – test a tiny amount on your arm to make sure the scent is to your liking) and stir through.
- Then immediately begin transferring the hot mixture into your empty lip balm containers using the dropper. This must be done quickly as the mixture will start to harden as soon as it’s removed from the heat.
- Once filled, let the tubes/containers sit at room temperature for several hours until completely cooled (they should have hardened), then place the lids on and store them in places where they’ll be on-hand to use when needed (I keep one in my backpack, one in my handbag, one in my purse, one in my bathroom, etc.). Glass or tin containers are a preferred option to store this lip balm in, as plastic leaches chemicals into whatever’s stored inside, particularly if stored for long periods of time, or if the contents are fatty or hot.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
Have you made lip balm or other natural beauty products before? What were they like? Share in the comments below.
Lots of love,
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