My name is Leah and I am addicted to lip balm. No really, it’s true. I have lip balm stashed in every purse, coat, desk drawer, toiletries kit, suitcase, back pack, bathroom drawer and nightstand not to mention my car, my hubby’s car and several other places I can’t even think of right now. On the old very-popular TV show Survivor the contestants were allowed to bring one luxury item from home. My pick would have been lip balm hands down. I can’t even think of a 2nd choice.
So why make your own lip balm when it is readily available in any store and costs so little? While it’s true that you can find lip balm for as low as $1.00 a tube, those ones are made mostly from petroleum jelly (I won’t touch the stuff) and other ingredients of questionable quality. The better brands like Burt’s Bees have great ingredients and are petroleum free but can cost as much as $4.00 a tube. With the number of tubes stashed all over my life I would have to take out a second mortgage to support my habit. In true farm girl fashion I decided to make my own. Here’s a list of what I put in it and why:
Sweet Almond Oil—Rich in vitamin E, A, B1, B2, and B6, it effectively balances the moisture levels in dry and irritated skin.
Coconut Oil—I love this stuff. Get it extra-virgin and unrefined. Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and protects your skin. It is also antibacterial.
Cocoa Butter—a remarkable emollient that is high in vitamin E which aids in skin repair and is high in anti-oxidants which protect skin from damaging toxins.
Shea Butter—has anti-inflammatory properties and is easily absorbed into the skin. It is great for treating dry, cracked or aging lips.
Vitamin E–a powerful anti-oxidant that protects and repairs your skin while restoring elasticity and softness.
Raw Honey—high in anti-oxidants and very anti-microbial, it is a great anti-aging agent and moisturizer.
Peppermint EO—cooling to the skin, promotes clear breathing.
Ever wonder why you have to apply lip balm more than once a day? Well a lot of it soaks into your lips and the rest of it you basically eat. I only use Certified Pure essential oils that are pure enough to take internally and in the case of lip balm you will (take them internally, I mean). Whatever brand you use make sure it says For Dietary Use on the bottle.
In my other melt-able recipes like Miracle Skin Salve I use a pint mason jar in a pot half filled with water. But with lip balm you have to pour it into those tiny tubes so I recommend using a glass Pyrex measuring cup if you have one. The spout makes the job a lot easier although you will still want to wipe the spout clean with a paper towel after each pour. Since the beeswax takes so much longer to melt, it’s a good idea to let it melt first and then add the ingredients that melt faster. Heat can diminish the benefits of a lot of these ingredients so you want to heat them just enough to melt them. Vigorous stirring will help ingredients melt, even at lower temperatures, so get your work-out on!
I love a tinted lip balm for when I want to look a little more put together and the solution was easy. When you get to the end of a tube of lipstick you’re not really at the end. There is a surprising amount of lipstick still in there. I dug out the bottom of two lipsticks and added them to the melted mixture. One was Clinique Black Honey which I love (shown in picture) and the other one was Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin which I don’t love. A popular magazine said it would look fabulous on everyone but apparently they meant everyone except me. By using the two different shades and diluting the color in the lip balm I knew I would end up with something pretty. The BB Lip Shimmer was hardly used so I just cut off a chunk about an inch long and I saved the rest for next time. The color will always be quite sheer when you use this method but it is perfect when you want the benefit of lip balm plus a little hint of glamour.
Now you’ve reached the hard part–getting the melted mixture into those tiny tubes. You can order a lip balm tray online which does cut down on the mess but a steady hand, some faith and a trusty rubber band can go a long way. If you get some drips, like the one in the picture at ten o’clock, just carefully wipe it off with a napkin. Let them sit for several hours until set before putting on the caps. You can make a cute label if you’re into that sort of thing and if you plan on giving any away as gifts I highly suggest it.
I have been using my homemade lip balm for almost a year now and I love it. Every once in a while I find one of my old, cheapy lip balms in some random forgotten place. I immediately replace it with one of my new, all natural lip balms and it makes me so happy to have an addiction where the only side effect is soft, kissable lips. Pucker up!
Honey Mint Lip Balm
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. beeswax pastilles
1 tbsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
2 tsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp shea butter
1/4 tsp. vitamin E (I used used 1 1000 iu softgel)
1 tbsp. raw honey
12-13 drops peppermint essential oil
Place beeswax in glass measuring cup and place in a pot half-filled with water. Bring water to a boil and stir frequently until beeswax is almost melted. Add almond oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter and continue stirring until mixture is melted. Turn off heat, remove jar from pan and place on a dish towel covered counter. Immediately add shea butter and stir until melted. Once fully incorporated allow mixture to cool enough that you can touch the jar comfortably for at least 5 seconds. Add vitamin E and honey and stir until everything is melted and combined. If necessary you can put container back in the pot of warm water to facilitate melting but don’t turn on heat. Let mixture cool enough that you can touch the container for 10 seconds then add the peppermint essential oil. Once fully combined carefully pour mixture into lip balm tubes, stirring well after each tube is filled to keep honey incorporated. Let cool undisturbed for several hours or preferably overnight. Cover with lids.
Yield: 10 lip balm tubes
*Note–I only use essential oils that are Certified Pure. Whatever brand you use make sure it says For Dietary Use on the bottle. Like I already said, you will be eating it.
UPDATE: I’ve had a few people ask for a replacement for beeswax either because they are allergic or vegan. Find my suggestions HERE.