Homemade Lip Balm – Peppermint Kiss
I’ve always wanted to try making homemade lip balm. I live in a super arid climate and I use a lot of lip balm. I’ve always just tried to avoid reading the labels on the store bought stuff I usually buy because I’m sure I don’t want to know what’s in it. Then I broke down and started reading labels. Gross. Even some of the natural brands contain preservatives and yucky things I don’t want on my skin.
My biggest concern was whether or not the homemade version would be as good as the store bought kind. Plus I wondered whether making it would be a big ol’ pain in the bum.
Well, I have great news! I like the homemade version better AND it is super easy to make! Plus it’s scary cheap compared to what I was paying for some of the store bought natural brands. And I made it using only four ingredients!
The finished product is buttery soft and leaves your lips absolutely smooth. I love it! You’ll need to invest in some beeswax, essential oils and cocoa, mango, or shea butter, but you usually end up with a ton more than you’ll need so you can make lots of batches or other great homemade items (lotion bars anyone?)
I know you’ll want to try this one yourself – it’s awesome! Ready?
What You’ll Need:
- Glass jar big enough to hold your ingredients
- Small pot big enough to hold your glass jar plus some water
- Small lip balm pots or tubes (I used a traditional tube, but anything would work here – even recycled sample-size jam jars.)
- Something to stir the hot balm
- Rubber band
- Glass Dropper (optional)
- Ingredients found in the recipe below!
The recipe below makes about 10 small tubes with a little to spare (the ingredients pictured above will make this recipe many times over.)
1 Tbsp beeswax – I like pellets because they melt super fast
2 Tbsp cocoa butter – you could also use mango or shea butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
20 – 25 drops essential oil (depending on how concentrated you like the smell)
With the essential oils you can use just one or a mixture. My suggestions would be vanilla, sweet orange, or peppermint. I used peppermint this go-round. It smells amazing!
You could easily double or triple the recipe if you wanted to make more for yourself. I’ve read these have a shelf life of about a year provided they aren’t exposed to extreme temperatures.
I also think these would make wonderful gifts for others. I’ll definitely be making some homemade lip balm for friends and family this year!
Measure out your beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil and put them into the glass jar you have ready.
Put a small amount of water in your pot – about enough to cover the bottom 2 inches of the jar.
Place the jar into the pot of water being careful to not get any water in the jar.
Over low heat, slowly melt your ingredients together stirring every so often. This step is pretty quick…definitely less than 5 minutes.
As soon as everything is melted together, turn off the heat and add your essential oil. Stir again.
If you’re using tubes, rubber band them together so they aren’t so tippy.
Carefully pour the mixture into the tubes or jars while still liquid. This is where a glass eye dropper can come in handy. It isn’t necessary, but makes the job less messy.
Now wait! The tubes or jars will need time to harden back up. Depending on the climate you live in, it usually takes a few hours or more (the colder it is, the faster it’ll harden up).
The finished product is soft and silky and smells divine! Your lips will thank you!
Have you tried making your own homemade lip balm? How’d it go?