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Flavorful, Protective Lip Balm

Flavorful, Protective Lip Balm

My lips get very chapped, and I’d like to make my own lip balm. How do I do that?

Lip balm is easy to make. The basic formula is 1/4 cup vegetable or nut oil, 1/4 ounce beeswax, 1 teaspoon honey or glycerine (humectants), and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon natural flavoring oil such as peppermint or lemon.

Heat the oil and beeswax in a double boiler until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and whip with an electric beater until creamy. Add the honey or glycerine and flavoring oil; whip some more. Store in small glass jars.

Try different oils on your lips to choose the best one for your skin. I tried a drop of apricot kernel oil on my lips and never had to look further-it felt perfect. And experiment with flavoring oils, too. My daughter wouldn’t even consider using my homemade lip balm until I flavored it with peppermint flavoring oil, and now she uses it daily in the winter.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:35AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Thanks! Here's a link to a lip balm recipe from my blog :)

7:24PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

I got out of the habit of making my own lip balm a few years ago when I started using Burt's Bees. Time to try again!

3:09AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

Thank you :)

7:10PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Cheers :)

10:32AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

Thank you.

2:04AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you :)

1:47AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

thank you

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3:54PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

I loooove DIY stuff. Especially DIYs that are useful. Thanks :}

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