Day 84 - Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

Lips

I've worn Smith's Rosebud Salve on my lips for years, and I love it; I love the way it feels and I love the cute tin that it comes in.  Lately, though, I've been thinking more and more about the ingredients in my cosmetics, and a little google search told me that Smith's, like many lip balms, is petroleum-based.  

Bummer. 

Not wanting it to go to waste, I decided to use up what remained of my Smith's until it was gone, before moving on to another product, while I started to keep my eyes open for an alternative.  I passed by the L'Occitane that is in my neighborhood, and spied a tiny tin of lavender scented shea butter, and thought that might be a good alternative.  I looked at the price tag and thought the better of it, since the jar of raw shea butter which I used for my homemade body butter was the same price as this tiny tin of the stuff.  I could do better. 

There are zillions of recipes for lip balm on the internet, and I found one that used ingredients that I already had at home.  I gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised with the results. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated beeswax or beeswax pellets
  • A few drops of peppermint essential oil 
  • A vessel (recycled lip balm tin or jar - I used two individual size jam jars)

HOW TO MAKE IT

Fill a pot with a few inches of water, and place over medium heat.  Place a glass or metal bowl inside the pot, resting on the rim.  Place the coconut oil and beeswax in the bowl and stir occasionally until both are fully melted.  Add your essential oil and mix well.  Carefully transfer the mixture to your containers.  Do this quickly, as the mixture will start to cool and harden with in a few seconds. 

That's it!  It has the consistency of burt's bees lip balm, but with only three ingredients!  And the peppermint scent is heavenly.  

Enjoy!