Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a lip balm?
The next time you apply your balm, read the ingredients. You might be surprised at what you find. With so many products in the market, it’s important to know what’s in your lip balm to avoid putting harmful chemicals on (or in) your body. Some of the harmful chemicals include petrolatum (petroleum jelly), phenol, alcohol and artificial colors, and fragrances. These can irritate and dry your lips, which defeats the whole purpose of using a lip balm. A great alternative to avoid these chemicals is to make your own with natural ingredients (e.g. coconut oil, honey, shea butter, cocoa butter).
Jennifer and I set out to find an easy DIY recipe that incorporated natural ingredients and came across wellness mama’s blog post (imitation burt’s bees lip balm). After reading her recipe, we made a few changes of our own.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of shredded beeswax bars (we used bars because it provided an odorless scent)
- 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of 100% unrefined shea butter
- 40 drops of your choice of essential oil (we used peppermint oil)
All ingredients can be found at local stores such as Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, your local farmers market, or even online. Some of these natural ingredients may seem like a hefty price upfront, but with the amount of lip balm you can produce, it will be inexpensive in the long run. Plus you can use these ingredients in other DIY products too. Score!
Now for the fun part. It’s time to make your lip balm.
Here’s what you do:
- Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter in a double boiler. If you don’t have a boiler, you can create your own by putting a glass bowl in a pot with boiling water. Continue to stir until everything has melted. If the ingredients are not completely melted, it may result in a grainy texture.
- Remove the pot from the fire, but keep the bowl in the pot so the mixture stays softened.
- Add your preference of essential oil. We decided to use peppermint oil because we both enjoy the minty and tingling feeling on our lips. Put as much as you like. The more drops you put, the stronger it is and vice versa.
- Once you finish adding the essential oil, it’s time to fill up the tubes. Using a pipette, quickly fill up your tubes/tins with your mixture. If the mixture begins to harden, just reheat it and start again.
- Let the tubes sit at room temperature for a couple hours until the product has cooled and completely hardened. Finally, cap it and viola, you just made your own homemade lip balm!
Tips: The recipe is very flexible. If you want your lip balm to be softer, use less beeswax. If you want to make more, simply double the measurements. You can also use different essential oils or natural ingredients based on the scents you like. *Note: recipe makes 12 to 14 tubes. Plenty to keep or giveaway to all your friends!
- Bring your own reusable bag while shopping.
- Look for recyclable plastic packaging.
- If you can, buy these ingredients in bulk (and don’t forget your containers).
Have you ever made your own lip balm? Share your experience in the comment section below!