I’ve been loving sharing my how-to’s on stuff like laundry detergent and deodorant with you. Continuing in that tradition, this week I’ll be focusing on natural lip balms. Though I live nearly full time in sunny California, I’m back home this month in New York City and freezing my butt off! Cold temps lead to chapped lips and the constant need for balm application, but even warm weather folks will get long-term use out of learning how to make their own lip creams.
There are TONS of amazing recipes out their for lip balms, and we’ve included our favorite below. However, here are some others incase our fave doesn’t do the trick:
- Round-up of ten amazing lip balms including a lip stain, peppermint flavored cool lip balm, a few chocolate themed recipes, beeswax options and more! (DearCrissy.com)
- Mandarin Nutmeg, anyone? (MountainRoseHerbs.com)
- If you’re a visual learner, check out the video below for a beeswax recipe!
Before getting started, we suggest checking out this hilarious blog entry from Not Martha where the blogger outlines her experiences and letdowns with lip balm recipes and creation.
GLOSSY LIP BALM RECIPE
- 2 oz. + 1 heaping Tablespoon Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1.5 tsp vitamin E Essential Oil (You can use the gel caps or the dropper formula)
- 2 oz Cosmetic Grade Beeswax
- Plastic Lip Balm Containers (you can order them online here)
- Optional: 25 drops vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil (or whatever scent you prefer, just make sure to use an essential oil for fragrance)
- Optional: A slice of your favorite colored lip stick if you’d like to add a slight tint to the balm.
- Sauce pan & metal mason jar lid ring
- wooden Spoon
Step one: The first step is to place your coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil into a glass measuring cup. The vitamin E will act as a moisturizer and preservative, the coconut oil is our moisturizer, and the beeswax will hold everything together.
Step two: Next, get a pan and fill it about half way with water and bring it to a boil. I also put a metal mason jar lid inside of ours to create a homemade double boiler type contraption. You do not want to place the glass measuring cup right in your pan as it may crack from the heat.
Step three: Once the water is at a slight boil, place your glass measuring cup into the water to melt the oils. After all of the oils are melted together, the beeswax will take the longest, you should have a nice golden liquid.
Adding Fragrance & Flavoring to Your Balm: (Optional)
Do this while your balm is still over the heat so that the cooler oil doesn’t cause your balm to solidify again. Add either a vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil scent to it using essential oils. You can also add in flavoring.
- Fragrance: Keep in mind some oils are stronger than others, so you might consider adding a few drops at a time until the scent is to your liking.
- Flavoring: To test the flavor of your balm, you can dab a small amount onto your lips. Keep in mind that the flavors get a bit stronger as the balm solidifies.
Once the balm is scented & flavored to your liking, carefully pour it into your containers and allow to cool fully.
Source: Confessions of a Homeschooler
On the next page, see five of our favorite homemade lip balms currently being sold online and then let us know your favorite tips and tricks in the comments below!
3 organic balms: 1 Wild Rose Balm (subtle fresh rose), 1 Little Wing Lip Balm (cheerful floral citrus-vanilla), 1 Wild Mint Balm (fresh, sweet & minty). ($20, Phoenix Botanicals)
Choose six (!) tubes from a long list of scents including egg nog, rose candy, earl grey, lemon basil and many others! ($23, Soap)
Our favorite lip balm scent – chai tea! The color of this lip tint is an extra sparkly copper shimmer that looks good on just about anyone. ($3.75, Epically Epic Soap)
All natural Buttercream Lip Balm in a wonderfully creamy blend of sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, natural flavor oil and vitamin E oil. ($5, Babylon Soap Co.)
Pooh would love this homemade lip balm using only Organic Coconut Oil, Beeswax, and Olive Oil. ($9, Forrest Water)