How often do you moisturize your lips throughout the day? Jazz up your lips not with trendy lipstick or lip gloss, but your very own lip balm. That’s right lip balm, lip balm has come a very long way from the good old petroleum jelly tubes. No one likes having chapped lips, soothe dry or chapped lips by making your own lip balm.
Why lip balm? Unlike lipstick, lip balm is intended to protect, moisturize, or hydrate your lips. While there is a multitude of lip balms available on the market, there is nothing like making your own customized recipe. That’s right you can create your very own flavored and/or scented lip balm and there are endless possibilities when it comes to the variety of lip balm recipes and consistencies available. Not to mention it’s really easy to do too!
With a little beeswax, plus a few other ingredients you can craft a lip balm masterpiece. As the weather begins to change bringing colder temperatures and drier air soothe your lips with these delicious lip balm recipes. Feeling creative? Try mixing various ingredients to create your own lip balm formula.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Lip Balm Container (.25oz preferred)
Disposable Pipette or Eye Dropper
1 T Unbleached Beeswax
1 T Shea butter
1 T Coconut/Sunflower/Castor Oil
10 – 12 drops Essential Oil (such as peppermint, lavender, lemon, lime, vanilla, or grapefruit)
½ T honey or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a double boiler or microwaveable container melt beeswax, shea butter, and carrier oil together stirring consistently to combine.
Once mixture has liquefied, remove from heat.
Add essential oil 5 or 6 drops at a time mixing thoroughly so the oil blends well. Repeat to get the desire taste. Then add honey, if desired stirring continuously so honey does not clump.
(Optional Step) To add color or shimmer stir in a drop of food coloring, a dab of lipstick or edible glitter or shimmer dust.
Pour the mixture into containers; let cool for 20 minutes before covering or moving.
The recipe yields just over 1 ounce or 4-5 .25 ounce containers.
For a glossier lip balm, offset the recipe by decreasing the beeswax and increasing the carrier oil.
Cocoa or mango butter can be used in lieu of shea butter.
There are many substitutes for the carrier oil (coconut, sunflower, jojoba, castor, etc.)
Want to add a little shimmer to you balm? Try adding a couple sprinkles of edible glitter.
Some essential oils can be bitter tasting, add a little honey to sour or bitter recipes to sweeten your balm’s taste.
Lip balm containers can be purchase at craft store or Amazon (common size .25oz container), or you can use empty mint tins.
If possible, I find it is best to use disposable pipettes for adding essential oils.