Whether your lips are chapped or not, lip balm is a necessity to keep them soft and smooth. If pure and natural is your thing, it may be hard to find a balm that fits the bill at your local drugstore. Ensure your lip balm contains only natural ingredients that are non-toxic by making it right at home — for a little bonus, infuse it with your favorite flavors.
Things You'll Need
Place 1 tablespoon of unbleached beeswax into a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of almond, sunflower, castor or jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of pure shea butter.
Fill a larger saucepan with about an inch of water. Place the smaller saucepan into the larger saucepan to create a double boiler. Place the pans on the stove and heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a spoon until all of the beeswax and shea butter are melted. Remove the pans from the heat.
Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 10 drops of your favorite edible essential oil. Good choices of essential oil for lip balm include lemon, peppermint, vanilla and orange. Stir well to combine the honey and essential oils into the mixture.
Pour the mixture quickly into a measuring cup with a spout. Transfer the mixture to lip balm containers. It’s important to work quickly at this point — once the mixture starts to cool, it will harden and become difficult to pour.
Let the lip balm sit in the containers for at least 20 minutes before putting a lid on the containers or moving them.
Add a splash of color to your lip balm by scraping a dollop of lipstick from a tube and placing it in the saucepan with the beeswax, oils and shea butter. Mix well to thoroughly distribute the color.
You can buy empty lip balm tubes at various online retailers, or recycle old cosmetic containers. This recipe makes approximately 2 ounces of lip balm.
References and ResourcesGOOD Magazine: Salve Yourself: How to DIY the Ultimate Beeswax Balm
Whole Living: DIY Lip Balm
National Honey Board: Honey-Kissed Lip Balm