How to Make Homemade Lip Balm
How to Make Homemade Lip Balm
Confession: I’m a lip balm addict. I’ve been wearing store-bought lip balms since middle school, and I LOVE the minty types that are so intensely mint flavored that my lips tingle a bit.
I’ve been perfecting my DIY Lip Balm recipe for over a year now. I’m kinda a perfectionist when it comes to my DIY projects, and I refused to post my lip balm recipe until I was sure it was EXACTLY the way I wanted it. I tried tons and TONS of DIY lip balm recipes from across the internet, and they were either too soft, too hard, or too bland tasting. However, I finally made the perfect batch of homemade lip balm about 6 months ago. Then, when I ran out recently, I made another batch with the same recipe. I needed to be absolutely sure that my recipe was perfect before I posted it here for you all.
I am proud to say that my Homemade Lip Balm recipe works great! It’s the perfect texture (for me, at least) and it’s minty enough to satisfy my lips. So here’s my amazing Homemade Lip Balm recipe, along with my tips on how to make lip balm without it getting too messy in the kitchen.
What You Need:
**13 Empty Lip Balm Tube Containers (I buy these and they work great!)
**A rubber band to hold all 13 Containers in place
**A large Glass Measuring Cup (like this) and a large saucepan
**2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
*1 tbsp. Shea Butter (learn more about Shea Butter and alternative butters here)
**1/2 tsp. honey
**2.5 tbsp. beeswax (I prefer the pellets like these)
**1 tbsp. Almond Oil (this is my favorite)
**35-45 drops of Peppermint essential oil (or other preferred flavor essential oil)
**2-3 drops of Vitamin E (this is my favorite)
**Through trial and error, I have learned that it’s best to get everything prepared before starting. Beeswax starts solidifying very quickly, so if you have everything ready to go, you won’t lose as much precious lip balm liquid.
- Take your 13 lip balm containers and put a rubber band around them. Take off all of their caps. This makes pouring WAY easier and less messy. Next to your containers, place a hot pad, so that you can put your hot measuring cup down right next to the lip balm containers for easy access.
- Consider grabbing an extra mold or shallow dish for any extra lip balm liquid. I often have leftover lip balm after I fill the 13 to the brim, but it’s not enough to fill another lip balm container. I don’t want that precious stuff to go to waste, so I have an extra little dish to pour the excess and then I make sure to use the leftover lip balm first.
- Next to the hot pad, place your peppermint essential oil, with the cap off so that you can use it right away. Also, have your almond oil and vitamin E containers open and ready for use in your prep area.
Making the Lip Balm
1. Put a few inches of water in a large sauce pan. Turn the heat on medium high heat and get your water gently boiling.
2. In your glass measuring cup, add: 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp. Shea Butter, 1/2 tsp. Honey, and 2.5 tbsp. Beeswax.
3. Place your glass measuring cup into your saucepan and stir constantly with a spatula. I usually wear oven mitts to keep my hands from burning or getting too hot.
4. Stir constantly until all of the beeswax has completely melted and your liquid is clear.
5. When your liquid is clear, move your glass measuring cup to the hot pad next to your lip balm containers. Immediately add 1 tbsp. Almond Oil, 35-45 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (I like mine extra minty, so I use 45 drops), and a 2-3 drops of Vitamin E.
6. Stir until mixed well and immediately pour into your lip balm containers. Pour into all of the lip balm containers, then pause for a moment to allow the lip balm liquid to settle down a bit into the containers. Then pour more of the lip balm liquid into the containers until it makes a nice rounded top. Pour remaining lip balm liquid into your extra mold/container.
7. Immediately clean your glass measuring cup. The longer you wait to clean it, the harder it is to get the wax off. I like to pour my boiling water from the saucepan onto the dish in the sink to keep the beeswax from hardening.
8. Do not disturb your lip balm containers for at least 6 hours. I usually make my lip balm at night, and let them dry on the kitchen counter until the next morning. After they are properly hardened, wipe off excess wax and put the caps on them and move them to a cool and dry location.
Enjoy! I usually go through 1 lip balm per month, but I’m a lip balm addict. They make great gifts, too! 🙂