This DIY Natural Lip Balm is an easy to make recipe that creates a moisturizing balm for the lips that has a slightly sweet scent.
It is truly shocking and rather disappointing to realize a product that you have used for years or found for its “natural” elements is in fact a repackaged version of the very same thing you were trying to avoid. The minute you start reading the ingredients and recognizing them, you become aware. Lip balm was always one of those items that was in my makeup bag, applied without much thought.
Purchased at the register often on a quick whim and tossed straight into the bag for later use. However, I find it more important than ever to read the ingredients of anything being applied to our bodies as our environments have become so toxic in modern-day living.
This DIY natural lip balm takes only 3 ingredients to make which are all-natural and completely safe to use on the skin. The best part is that it moisturizes well and a little makes a lot. It is easy to stock up for the season and make a few extra balms for gifts.
Why I Love This Recipe
Every winter and even parts of spring and fall, when the wind is at it. Our lips get dried out and we need to have something to help moisturize them back to normal. Over the years I have used popular “natural” products that have become quite expensive.
Not to mention questionable on their ingredients list. It’s a sad thing when companies can claim an ingredient is natural on the label simply by using trick words and legal jargon. Wording that most of us don’t understand. Yet if you read the label, you can find those tricks pretty easily. I always recommend getting into the practice of reading them.
This DIY natural lip balm is simple, natural, and easy to put together. It has a long shelf life and works well to moisturize the skin on the lips. It utilizes pure ingredients that we can feel good about putting on our bodies and on our children’s bodies. I love the ability to be able to make things myself, controlling the quality. Yet at the very same time, get more bang for my buck.
What You Will Need To Make It
1/4 cup of each:
beeswax, raw cocoa butter, coconut oil
20 drops essential oil (optional)
suggested oils: grapefruit, sweet orange, peppermint, lavender, vanilla
Using either a double boiler or a sauce pot with bowl, add the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil.
Begin melting over medium heat.
Have containers open and ready to pour.
When melted, remove from heat. If using essential oils, add them now and give the mix a good stir to combine.
Use a heat protector to hold the bowl and pour the mixture through the funnel into your awaiting containers.
Remember the liquid will set quickly so make sure to pour it right after removing from the heat.
Let the balm set at room temperature. It is ready to use when in solid form.
- To speed the process up, you can place a piece of foil over the top of the bowl if using the saucepan and bowl method.
- It’s best to have everything out and ready for when the solution is ready to be poured. Take balm container lids off and have the funnel ready to use. As well as a heat protective glove or towel.
- I like using these balm-style containers but you can also use chapstick tubes instead if you prefer those. Here you can find chapstick tubes as well as a filling tray to make it easier.
- Using beeswax pellets makes the process easier.
Tools You Might Need
double boiler or saucepan with a bowl
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How To Store?
Store in individual chapstick tubes or balm containers. Leave in a cool dry place. Since the recipe contains coconut oil and should not be left in a hot place as this will cause it to melt.
How To Use?
Just as you would any balm or chapstick. If using a balm container, you will simply use your finger to apply. Make sure your finger is clean so as not to contaminate the balm.
Why use natural lip balm over store-bought?
Just like anything else we purchase from the store, there are a lot of things that go into these mass-produced products. Many ingredients can or rather are often added to lip balms and chapsticks. Offering a longer shelf life and helping manufacturers cheaply produce a greater quantity of products at a lower cost.
This of course results in a higher profit for them and a not so healthy product for us. Having said that, not all products are created equally, however you might be surprised to find that even the more “natural” products have some of these same ingredients. I will list some commonly found “bad” ingredients in chapsticks and balms below so that you can be more aware of the products to look out for.
Often found in lower grade balms offering a cheap tasty scent or tints to their products. These are made from synthetic ingredients and are widely used preservatives in the cosmetic world.
Used in tinted balms by using ingredients often sourced from heavy metals or coal-tar which is a by-product of petroleum our next ingredient on this list.
Also known as petroleum jelly or mineral oil. These are made from petroleum. Petroleum is made from synthetic chemicals and offers a high probability of contamination from these toxic chemicals.
BHA (or BHT)
Another common preservative used in the cosmetic world. This one has been shown to have carcinogenic effects in test animals as does BHT which is often listed on the “healthier” lip balm brands.
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- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
- 20 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Suggested Oils: grapefruit, sweet orange, lavender, peppermint, vanilla
- Using either a double boiler or a sauce pot with a bowl, add the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.
- Begin melting over medium heat.
- Have containers open and ready to pour.
- When melted, remove from heat. If using essential oils, add them now and give the mix a good stir to combine.
- Use a heat protector to hold the bowl and pour the mixture through the funnel into your waiting containers.
- Remember the liquid will set quickly so make sure to pour it right after removing it from the heat.
- Let the balm set at room temperature. It is ready to use when in solid form.
Tools You May Need
double boiler or bowl with sauce pan
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