By kristinabjornbak | Category: Healthy Living, It Worked 4 Me, Recipes & Kitchen Tips
I want to thank Kristina for this great guest post on how to make your own homemade lip balm! ~Heather
After having some trouble finding an all natural lip balm that I liked, I started looking around at lip balm recipes. I was floored by the amount of ingredients in some of them. Five ingredients? Ten??? The cost just to set up was staggering. Not only that, many of the ingredients I would use only for the lip balm, making the cost seem even more dizzyingly high. I just wanted something easy, something simple, something natural. That’s why I was delighted when I stumbled upon Green Bee‘s recipe for homemade lip balm. Super quick, super easy, and only three natural ingredients!
Of course, like most recipes I find, I modify them just a bit as I see fit. Below you find my slightly modified recipe for a nice mildly minty lip balm.
- 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
- 2 and 3/4 teaspoons sweet almond oil (not bitter almond oil!)
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2-3 lip balm tubes
- small pot
- Pyrex or heat resistant 1 cup measuring cup
Grate the beeswax, then measure out 2 tsps. Place in your measuring cup along with the oil. Mix together.
The original recipe called for melting the wax mixture in a double boiler. I don’t have one, so I get around it the same way I do when I make lotion: add water to the small pot, then place the whole measuring cup carrying the wax and oil mixture into the pot. There should be enough water on the outside of the measuring cup in the pot to go a little above the wax/oil mixture line. Place pot with measuring cup on the stove and heat on medium/low until melted, stirring occassionally.
Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and add 5 drops peppermint essential oil. Stir. Now you are going to fill the tubes, but be very careful! Remember you are handling hot oil and melted wax! I suggest holding the lip balm tubes with pliers so you don’t spill on your hand. My husband was kind enough to make me an impromptu holder out of a piece of scrap wood. Pour melted mixture into lip balm tubes most of the way, but don’t fill all the way yet. Allow to sit for a minute or two because as it cools, a divot will form in the center. After a few moments, fill the rest of the way. This will give you a nice smooth top.
Allow to cool for 20 minutes or so, then you’re done!
Don’t want to take the time to make your own lip balm but love the idea of having something natural to put on your lips?
The Peppermint Lip Balm that Heather offers on Mom 4 Life is affordable at just $2.99 with free shipping and consistently gets great feedback from moms (just check out the reviews in the product listing).
The ingredient list has the following natural and safe items:
Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Peppermint Oil