Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DIY Lip Balm

The cooler weather is reminding me I need to amass a supply of lip balm. The DIYer in me is happy to make up a batch. I also like knowing what's actually in the stuff I use.

I made some last year which lasted me all through the cold weather months. I didn't have lip balm tubes, but used small, plastic pots. They worked fine until I had to put a sausage finger in to get out the last bit. The recipe, from Instructables Honey Lip Balm, used honey both as a flavoring and as a humectant (retains moisture). The only thing I didn't like about the recipe was the honey came out of suspension.

The Home-Made Lip Chap recipe from Wellness Mama takes 4 simple ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, shea, or cocoa, or mango butter, and optionally, essential oil for flavoring.

I had shea butter, coconut oil, and a brick of beeswax on hand. The beeswax brick takes decades to grate a small amount. Since I was going to order lip balm tubes, I decided to splurge and order some beeswax pellets.

For flavoring, I used Young Living's Stress Away essential oil. It's one of my favorite oil blends. Smells like vanilla and lime.

So all set. Sort of. Someone didn't read all the way through the recipe to see how many tubes of lip balm would be made and didn't have enough tubes ready. No worries. Poured the excess into the silicon mold and can remelt when the tubes have been sterilized.


  1. Very cool! Son1 and I used to make our own soap. This was going to be our next adventure but he lost interest (so did I, lol) You're going to have some great stocking stuffers this year! :)

    1. I make my own soap, too. Melt and pour shea butter and I get to pick the scents.