I love lip balm. I'm used to wearing it ALL OF THE TIME. I grew up playing trombone so I could never wear lipstick or lip gloss because it would just be a disaster so I always had a tube of ChapStick in my pocket. After using essential oils for a while I discovered that a whole lot of mainstream lip balms include parabens and fragrances that can mess up your natural hormone balance. If this is something that I am putting on my face daily (and let's be for real, most likely some lip balm is being accidentally ingested), I want it to be helpful - not hurtful. Enter my search for a DIY all-natural lip balm!
This is actually the second time I've made this recipe. The first time, the end product turned out great (I ended up giving a lip balm to all of my coworkers), but I ruined a glass pipette in the process :(
Alright, so to begin, these are the items/ingredients you'll need (this recipe yields about 25 tubes of lip balm):
- Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
- Empty Lip Balm tubes (I bought mine on amazon)
- 1 tbsp Shea Butter
- 4 tbsp Coconut Butter
- 2 tbsp Beeswax
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
You can either use a double boiler, or, if you're like me and aren't super fancy and don't own a double boiler, you can use a glass measuring cup and a pot (picture below). Just make sure that whatever you use, the water doesn't get into your mixing container where all of your ingredients will be melted.
You'll want to start by grating the beeswax (or you can save time by buying the beeswax in pellet form).
Once the beeswax is grated, you'll want to add it to the glass measuring cup along with the coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E oil. Turn the burner on and stir the mixture every 5 minutes or so until it is melted all the way through (it may take 20 to 25 minutes depending on how large the beeswax pellets are). While everything is melting, set out the lip balm tubes so they are ready to be filled.
After everything is melted down, mix in 20 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil to the mixture. Quickly pour the mixture into the prepared lip balm tubes (I used a small funnel to pour directly into the tubes from the measuring cup).
Allow the lip balm to set for 20 minutes before moving them to the refrigerator to set completely. After an hour or so you should be good to cap all of them and give them away (or hoard them all!).