I’ve been a lip balm addict for as long as I can remember. Really, I have a weakness for lip products of all kinds. I don’t discriminate between balms, glosses, tints, or sticks. In fact, I often wonder from time to time just how much money I’ve actually spent on various lip products. I’ve tried to do the math before and all I can come up with is A LOT!
So, given that lip products are not something I intend on giving up anytime soon, and the lack of quality lip products available at your average market, I thought it would be best for me to just formulate my own recipe. Plus, did you know that you ingest POUNDS of lip gunk every year (at least if you wear as much as I do you do)? So If I’m ingesting all of that lip gunk, I want to make sure that I’m getting quality products that are free of harsh chemicals and artificial colors and flavors.
Before I set out to make my own lip balm, I thought it would some complicated process that would take hours upon hours to make. I’m happy to tell you guys that is SO not the case. It took me about 10 minutes total to melt my ingredients together and distribute the mix into my chapstick tubes. BOOM BABY! Twenty tubes of lip balm DONE! That will last me at least 3 months:)
Before you can make your homemade lip balm, you just need to get a couple of things. Thankfully, we live in the world of Amazon Prime and you have things at your door literally the next day. I know some of you live in areas where you can run to a health food store or something and get these things, but I do not so Amazon is my friend….we might even be a little bit too close if you know what I mean. So clearly, you need to get some chapstick tubes. I use clear plastic ones like this, but if you want to you could put it into tins like this. You will also need some pipettes to transfer your mix into the tubes. I use these ones. These two things are the only special equipment you will need, and they’re both incredibly inexpensive. Now that you know what you need, here’s the recipe:
- 2 tablespoons pure shea butter
- 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- 2 tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil
- 10 drops Vitamin E oil
- 10 drops of Tea Tree (Malaleuca). See where you can get that HERE.
*Optional essential oils for scent: I love peppermint and eucalyptus, but you could use orange and rosemary, lemon, really whatever you like. Just use about 20 drops. Again, you can see where to get quality essential oils here.
Perhaps one of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can customize it to suit your taste. If you can’t stand peppermint and eucalyptus, go ahead and use orange. I’ll never know! Just make sure you use pure essential oils like these.
On with the method…
- Heat an inch of water in a small saucepan on the stove top until simmering. Place a glass bowl on top of the sauce pan, but make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. This is called a double boiler!
- Add the beeswax pastilles, shea butter, and coconut oil in to the glass bowl over the double boiler until melted, stirring occasionally.
- When melted, remove the sauce pan from the heat but leave the bowl on top. Gently stir in the vitamin E oil, tea tree and whichever other essential oils you’re using.
- Use the pipette to distribute the mixture into each tube. I made 20 tubes with this recipe, but it may vary slightly for you.
- Let the tubes harden. This only takes a few minutes. Add the caps on and enjoy your soft lips!
So you might be asking, what am I going to do with 20 tubes of chapstick?! Well that’s easy. You can save them all for yourself if you use that much, or you can hand them out to your friends like candy:)
If you’re into DIY stuff and you think it’s pretty cool that you can make your own beauty products, then check out my DIY His and Hers Deodorant, DIY Stretch Mark Salve, and my DIY Calming Orange Vanilla Whipped Body Butter!
AND if you’re interested in learning tons of other great ways you can use essential oils to clean up your beauty routine, you can join my essential oils facebook group! This is a closed group dedicated to discussion of all things essential oils! Request access HERE.
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