DIY Lip Balm

PhotoGrid_1420173550141Who doesn’t love lip balm? Right?

I mean, whether you’re a lip balm enthusiast  (*ahem* like me), or you’re just like every person on the planet who, at some point, is super thankful for a really hydrating and nourishing lip balm when you find yourself with chapped lips. I think it’s safe to say that lip balm is loved (at least should be) by all.

Have you ever read the ingredients on most store-bought lip balms? I know, I know, I know… you’re annoyed that I’m telling you that there’s yet another thing in life that has weird ingredients that you should avoid, but COME ON, PEOPLE! It’s LIP BALM! You know, that stuff that you put ON YOUR LIPS! Lips! You know, the opening to your mouth.

The point is, most lip balms you can buy in the store have a bunch of random ingredients that I personally don’t want on my mouth. A lot of them also have things like mineral oil, petroleum jelly, parabens, or other cheap ingredients that, in my opinion, ultimately do more harm than good.

I’m going to show you a SUPER simple way to make your very own lip balm with only 4-6 ingredients (depending on your personal taste). 

Let me start by telling you exactly what you’re going to need…

  • 7grams (about 0.25oz or a little less than 1TBS) Pure Beeswax Pellets
  • 7grams (about 0.25oz or about 2/3TBS) Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil
  • 7grams (about 0.25oz or 1/2TBS) Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 7grams (about 0.25oz or 1/2TBS) Unrefined Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
  • OPTIONAL: 24 drops Tangerine essential oil (or Sweet Orange EO)
  • OPTIONAL: 6 drops Peppermint essential oil (or Spearmint EO)
  • OPTIONAL (but preferable): Kitchen food scale to measure in grams
  • 6-7 Empty lip balm tubes or tubs (5ml each)
  • 2 Plastic pipettes (incase one gets too clogged half way through)
  • Small metal saucepan with an inch or two of water
  • Small Pyrex glass measuring cup or dish
  • Stirring rod
  • 1/2 Tablespoon measuring spoon

Now let me tell you where to find your ingredients…

PhotoGrid_1420055732077You can get most, if not all, of these ingredients from an amazing company called Aromatics International. This company only sells excellent quality aromatherapy ingredients. They sell everything from glorious exotic and hard to find organic essential oils that are batch tested (and the results provided to you), organic hydrosols, clays, waxes, carrier oils and butters, blending bottles, stirring rods, pipettes, lip balm tubes, and the treasured aromatherapy inhalers that I love so much. If you use my link to sign up for a FREE account on their site, you’ll have a $10 shopping credit for your first order! Just add the items you wish to buy to your cart and begin the checkout process. You should see a discount of $10 come off your total. If the clickable link isn’t working for you, you can try typing www.tinyurl.com/aroma10 into your browser.
The essential oils I used in this exact recipe are from two different companies. I used Tangerine essential oil from Plant Therapy, and I used Peppermint essential oil from Native American Nutritionals. There are many excellent places you can purchase quality and 100% pure essential oils.The three companies above are just 3 of my current favorites. You’re welcome to use whatever pure essential oils that you have.

 Now let me show you how to make it…

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First things first! If you have a kitchen food scale, set it to grams. Measuring your ingredients this way will give you more exact measurements. I tried to kind of measure in more simple ways (ounces/tablespoons) as I weighed the ingredients for those of you who don’t own a kitchen scale (I seriously HIGHLY suggest investing in one! You can find one for $20-$30 in most local shops that have any sort of kitchen gadgets).

 

1. Pour about an inch or two of water into the bottom of your sauce pan. Turn the heat to medium and let the water get warm. You aren’t trying to bring the water to a rolling boil or anything, you’re only wanting it to get nice and HOT.

2. Measure the beeswax and grapeseed oil and add them to your little Pyrex dish. Set this dish in the water of the saucepan. Stir the wax and oil together until they melt. You might want to turn the heat down to low at this point. As I stated earlier, you don’t want to bring the water to a boil, you’re just wanting it nice and hot.

3. Once the beeswax and grapeseed oil are melted and well blended together, add the shea butter, and melt this into the mix.

4. Once the shea is melted, add the coconut oil and melt.

5. Once the coconut oil is melted, turn off the heat, and QUICKLY stir your essential oils, if you are choosing to add essential oils. I highly recommend it! Just be safe. Don’t use phototoxic oils, or you’ll end up with nasty sunburned lips! Also, don’t use essential oils that will be toxic to use in/around the mouth. Typical math for adding the EOs: 5 drops total per lip balm tube that you’re making if it’s an oil like sweet orange or tangerine. 1 drop total per tube if it’s a mint essential oil like peppermint or spearmint. This recipe is for a citrus-mint lip balm. You’re adding a total of 30 drops to the batch since you’re making about 6 tubes. Add about 24 drops of the citrus and about 6 drops of the mint.

6. Now we have to work QUICKLY. If you’re not super quick with this part, the mix in your bowl will begin to set and harden before you can transfer it to your tubes. Use a pipette to transfer the mix to your tubes quickly. By the time you’re finished filling them all, you should be able to start putting the lids on (you’ll know when you can do this. The tubes will be set enough to put the lids on when they turn cloudy and look a little hard).

7. Leave the tubes alone (NO TOUCHING) to finish setting for a couple of hours.

8. ENJOY!

 

BONUS OPTIONS:

You can decorate your DIY Lip Balm tubes once they’re cool!decorateyourlipbalm

 

Here’s a flavor variation that we love!orangespicelipbalm

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