My name is Betsy, and I am a lip balm addict.
Like many of you, I have lip balm in multiple purses, in my car, in most rooms of the house, etc. As you might imagine, this habit can get expensive, especially since those little tubes are easy to misplace. Making your own lip balm is an inexpensive and easy way to keep yourself well stocked in lip balm, and the tubes make great gifts. In addition, you get to choose your ingredients and the quality thereof, so if you have allergies (I myself am allergic to aloe vera, which is a frequent ingredient in many lip balms) then you can simply include the ingredients that work best for you.
To begin, you’ll need a few simple ingredients and supplies.
I bought empty lip balm tubes and caps on etsy.com and I also used some empty lotion or lip balm jars that I cleaned out. Other ingredients I used include beeswax (which you can usually get at your local farmer’s market), cocoa butter, shea butter, and sweet almond oil. You can also add tea tree oil, other essential oils, or honey to flavor your lip balm, and I like to add some lipstick or lip liner to make tinted lip balm (though you can also find natural colorings such as alkanet root).
Once you have all of your ingredients and lip balm containers all ready, it’s time to begin.
I have found that grating cocoa butter and beeswax helps them melt more quickly, so I do that with a microplane ahead of time. Then I just throw all of the ingredients in a glass pyrex measuring cup (with the exception of the essential oils) and microwave them for 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Eventually all of the ingredients will have liquefied and then you can add your flavorings and carefully pour the mixture into your tubes or jars. Once the balm has hardened, it is ready to use!
The exact recipe that you choose might depend on how firm or soft you want your lip balm to be (the more beeswax, the firmer it will be).
Generally, the standard recipe is one part beeswax to three parts oil (disregarding cocoa and shea butter as they are solid at room temp). Check out these websites for recipe ideas, and see what ingredients you already have on hand. The sky is the limit for lip balm flavor combinations, though it’s prudent to start small with adding essential oils, as some of them can be irritants (such as grapefruit, which makes my lips tingle) or smell quite strong (as I discovered with my banana flavoring).
RECIPE LINK LOVE: HOMEMADE LIP BALMS
- A Blossoming Life (basic, tinted, honey orange, natural cocoa butter balm, and sunflower & coconut oil)
- From Nature With Love (28 different recipes & variations)
- Dear Chrissy (link love with pictures and descriptions for each recipe)
- Mountain Rose Herbs (Mandarin Nutmeg, Peppermint Cocoa, and Lime Coconut)
There are many ways that you can label your lip balms.
I have seen people use computer-generated labels with original designs at food swaps, and they look wonderful. I prefer a more simplistic approach – I just use sticky labels that fit the tubes nicely and then I hand-write the ingredients/flavoring of lip balm. Once I’ve done that, I cover the tubes with a layer of packing tape, to ensure that the labels are waterproof. Homemade lip balms make a great gift or food swap item; so, what are you waiting for – start experimenting!