Making your own lip balm recipe is so much better than buying any tube of lip balm or chap stick from the store, and probably not near as natural as making your own beeswax lip balm.
There are a few companies that now make all natural lip balms, so you can find them in the stores, but you will more than likely pay a fair price for them when you can make your own for pennies.
I can tell you that it will cost you more for the containers than it will for the ingredients to make your own lip balm or lip gloss. Yes that is true, I estimate that the ingredients that go into a lip balm tube may cost you around 25 cents and the lip balm tube will cost about $1.00.
All the ingredients you will need can be found at any soap making supply store or your local health food store. To buy the lip gloss pots and lip balm tubes you will probably have to go to a soap supply store, you may be able to find them at a drug store as well. Just ask at the pharmacy, they do carry small pots for their creams etc.
The recipe that will follow is a guideline, when you adjust the recipe to suit yourself make sure to record the measurements you use. I’ve forgotten this once or twice and created an awesome product that I couldn’t reproduce to perfection.
Beeswax lip balm recipe
- 2 tsp beeswax
- 8 tsp sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp honey
Melt the beeswax in the carrier oil at a low temperature in a small pot (you could also use a microwave to do this)
Melting the beeswax will be faster and easier if it is in small pieces like shavings.
Once the beeswax and oil is melted blend them well and let cool down a bit, then add the honey and blend well, and pour into pots or tubes.
Peppermint Lip Gloss Recipe
- 2 tsp beeswax
- 8 tsp of a shiny oil such as castor or olive oil
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- Vitamine E balm (just puncture a vitamin e capsule for this)
1. The above recipes suggest sweet almond, olive and castor oils, but
you can use other oils, such as jojoba, apricot kernel, and
2. You could also make up lip balms with solid
oils such as cocoa butter, Shea butter and coconut oil. To do this use the above
basic recipe, replace half of the sweet almond oil with a solid oil or
butter, then only half of the beeswax is needed.
3. You could also consider other essential oils such as spearmint, lavender, rose, (1 – 5 drops) or cinnamon (1 drop) and use them in your lip balms.
For a vegan recipe simply replace the beeswax with soy, carnauba or candellila wax
1. Buy clean beeswax, a cosmetic grade. White beeswax has been
bleached and therefore processed one more time. Aim for using
ingredients that are as natural as possible.
2. If you find that
your beeswax lip balm recipe is too soft, reheat and add a little more
beeswax, let it melt, and return to balm pot.
3. There are other
flavors out there, such as green apple, pumpkin pie, and strawberry,
but these are not natural. They may be ‘food grade’ but these flavors
are created in a lab with a base of petroleum oils.
4. When adding essential oils, allow the lip balm base to cool slightly.
The citrus essential oils such as orange, lime, and grapefruit are
great to smell and taste, but these essential oils, when in direct
sunlight, can lighten or darken that area, that is called
6. If you find that after your lip balm or
gloss is too thick or hard, add a little more carrier oil. Reheat base
and add, then return to balm pot.
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