Today is cold, windy, and dry here in Southern California and learning how to make lip balm couldn’t have come at a better time.
I’ve slowly been working through wedding projects and one of them is making homemade lip balm for our wedding favors. The recipe is really simple and uses high quality ingredients that will moisturize and nourish the lips. My fiancé and I tried it out and the formula felt smooth with a soft texture that stays on your lips for hours. It’s perfect for dry windy days.
Lips are so susceptible to drying out and it’s important to use a lip balm that doesn’t contain ingredients that get your lips hooked. Many formulas on the market actually cause your lips to become addicted to them because they offer just enough relief while actually keeping your lips chapped. Often they will contain menthol or camphor oils to give you the illusion that the formula is working, but the fact is they don’t!
How to Make Lip Balm
The lip balm recipe I’m going to share with you today does not contain those pesky ingredients. Your lips will stay hydrated and feel nourished and protected from the elements. Instead of having chronic chapped lips you’ll have healthy smooth ones that everyone else will be jealous of. Sounds good to me!
Here’s what you’re going to need:
• 1oz beeswax (you can cut it from a 1lb block like this one, in 1oz bars like this, or use pastilles)
• ½ cup of sweet almond oil
• 1 tsp of essential oil of your choice (I used sweet orange by YL, vanilla, and neroli for a slightly floral creamsicle flavor…super yum!)
• 32 empty lip balm tubes
• A pyrex measuring cup
• A small funnel
• A skewer
I also want to mention that I’ve figured out how to make just ONE tube of lip balm for those of you looking for a quick recipe you can customize however you like. No more extra tubes of lip balm lying around for years without end!
And, if you’r interested, you can get Young Living essential oils for 24% off HERE.
Loving Preparation – How to Make Lip Balm
• Begin by measuring out the beeswax
• Next, you will want to measure out the sweet almond oil in the pyrex measuring cup and add the 1oz of beeswax to the oil
• Fill a pot with 2 inches of water and place the pyrex measuring cup in the middle. Bring the water to a simmer and allow the beeswax to melt into the sweet almond oil
• Stir with a skewer as needed to help melt the ingredients
• Once melted, remove the pyrex measuring cup from the pot. This is where you will add your essential oils!
• Smell the mixture to make sure the scent is to your liking
• Stir in the essential oils with the skewer to evenly combine
• Carefully fill each tube by using the funnel if needed (we were terrible at this and found that lining a baking tray with foil to catch the drips worked really well)
• If the mixture begins to solidify put the pyrex measuring cup back in the pot to re-melt the ingredients
• Once all the tubes are filled let them sit until hardened before use and voila! You’ve got homemade lip balm that’s better than the store bought kind!
If you are worried about the photosensitivity of orange essential oil, you can add 1 tsp of pure raspberry seed oil which has an spf of 28-40. You can also use a few drops of carrot seed essential oil which has an spf of 30-40 though it doesn’t smell as nice.
This recipe makes 32 lip balm tubes worth of chap stick but you can easily divide or multiply the recipe to get the amount you need.
The essential oils I used made a delightfully scented lip calm that makes you think of creamsicles and orange blossoms. Super yummy and uplifting for the senses!
[yumprint-recipe id=’103′]Have you learned how to make lip balm yet? What have been your favorite lip balm flavors?
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