Did you know that most commercial lip balms, are made with an ingredient base of petroleum?
Petroleum jelly is made from just that—petroleum, a nonrenewable resource that may be contaminated with cancer-causing agents called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Furthermore, ingesting too much of it (which is easy to do when you slather it on your lips in winter) can lead to upset stomachs and diarrhea. — Rodale News
Once upon a time, I did not mind if I used lip balm based with petroleum, but that was just because I did not know that petroleum was harmful to the body? Or maybe it was because I never even bothered to read a lip balm ingredient label list to start with, and was none the wiser! Yes, that is more like it.
Most recently, I have started experimenting with lip balms. I am on a journey to start making as many natural products in my home as I can which, really is, an enjoyable learning experience. For sure, I am quite confident now with making super-duper body butter. But, after my lovely husband asked for a lip balm that would protect his lips from chapping when he is out on the mountains skiing, I started working on it straight away for him.
This recipe is for a very basic lip balm which you can do so much with; substitute ingredients if you like. For example; Candelilla or Carnauba wax are great vegan substitutes to beeswax. Personally, I would prefer to make my products vegan but I have a ton of beeswax in my supply kit at the moment and want to use it rather than waste it. You can also add a tint for color (dried beetroot or saffron powder will work), or maybe rose petals for a visual vibe. It is really up to you, and there are so many choices out there. Let your Creative You Flow!
All of the ingredients can probably be bought in a health food store easy enough. However, for reference I buy most of my apothecary supplies from an online distributor based on the West Coast USA – Essential Wholesale and Labs
This recipe is going to make quite a lot of lip balm; around the 15 ounce mark. This is great if you are making it for friends and family, or if you use a lot of lip balm? If not, and you only want a small amount please adjust the recipe accordingly.
What You Will Need
- 3 ounces of yellow beeswax
- 2.25 ounces of cocoa butter
- 3.75 ounces of shea butter
- 6 ounces of grape seed oil
- 2 tablespoon coconut extract
- Double Boiler
- Digital Food Scale
- .25 oz glass lip balm jars or substitute, I used 1 ounce + sized jars
- glass or silicone stirrer
- Long Spout pouring jug
What To Do
- Weigh all ingredients
- Place everything into double boiler and melt, mixing well
- Using a long spout pouring jug, carefully distribute mixture into glass jars,
- Do not fill jars up the whole way and reserve some liquid on side
- Let lip balms cool
- If there is slight indention from shrinkage on top of balms, using reserve liquid pour more over the top
- Fasten lids on jars
I love this lip balm, as it leaves a beautiful sheen on my lips like a gloss, making them feel hydrated and soft. I put it on my 3-year-old’s lips too. You really cannot beat the feeling of knowing you are using a safe, homemade product on your body!
For this recipe, I used coconut extract to give it more of a fragrance and smell but it did not work out as well as I expected. Moving forward, I will be trying something different. I did just discover these organic flavorings from the company, Nature’s Flavors, which are specifically for lip balms, so I will probably try that next time. As a note; you cannot flavor lip balms with essential oils as ingesting them is not advisable!
This lip balm has quite a long shelf life, at least around the 1 year mark.
What about you, do you make your own lip balm. Any feedback to share?
Peace, Love and Plants! I hope you enjoy this recipe.