Lip balm–it seems you can’t ever have enough tubes of it. One (or two or three!) with the rest of your make-up, one in your handbag, one in the car, one to replace the one you lost in the car…
So why not try making your own? It’s really not that hard, and it’s a fun project. Plus you can personalize the flavor/scent! The first thing you need are lip balm tubes. You can find them on Amazon in bulk, even a pack of 50 is pretty inexpensive. Thoroughly wash and dry the tubes before you begin. You’re going to need to have the tubes secure and steady when you pour the mixture in. One way to do this is to stand them up in a flat plan surrounded by heavy dry beans at height almost all the way to the top of the tube. This will keep them steady as you pour in your balm.
This recipe is for a chocolate mint version. You can omit the cocoa butter, and increase the coconut oil for a mint version, or omit the mint and chocolate, and add vanilla extract,, there are endless combinations and possibilities. Just make sure you always use food-grade extracts and oils!
The balm ingredients:
2 tablespoons coconut oil ( this is another good thing to buy in bulk. You can use it for cooking, baking, as a moisturizer, and if you’re into DIY beauty products, it’s an ingredient in so many recipes!)
1 teaspoon cocoa butter (another ingredient you’ll find yourself reaching for a lot if you’re into DIY body products)
2 Tablespoons beeswax
1 Tablespoon sweet almond oil
1/4 teaspoon peppermint essential oil ( or other oils you’ve chosen)
How to make your lip balm:
Gently melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and sweet almond oil in a double boiler, stirring the mixture thoroughly. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the peppermint essential oil –or other flavorings you’ve chosen. Very, very quickly pour the mixture into the tubes before the mixture starts to cool and harden. This can be tricky. The opening of the tubes are pretty small. You can pour the mixture into a cup with a spout first, to prevent spills.
Let the lip balm set and cool. Then cap the containers. Now you’ve got homemade customized lip balm. You’ll find that it feels and smells wonderful–just like the store-bought kind!