Hey friends! Checking in on the blog in the midst of the holiday craziness. I have been hard at work editing my Etsy shop and getting new products ready to go for Christmas.
Today I spent a looooonnnng time making and packaging lip balm. I decided I would share my super simple recipe with you in case you want to try it out!
Sometimes I like to make fancy lip balms with different oils and butters, but I tend to come back to my old favorite– just beeswax and olive oil.
Boring, I know. But y’all, it works! The olive oil is extremely moisturizing and beeswax protects against in the cold, dry winter months. Then, you can add any fun essential oils you want to jazz it up. Peppermint is my favorite.
It’s all about the ratio of oils when it comes to using beeswax. Everyone has a different preference, but I have found a 1 to 2 ratio of beeswax to liquid oil is my favorite consistency.
Some people use a double boiler to melt their beeswax, and that’s great… but let me tell you my personal secret:
I have a crockpot that is solely dedicated to soap cooking and balm making and it is one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. It is so simple to just throw the ingredients in for an hour or so and then come back and package.
So to make lip balm, simply dump your beeswax and olive oil in the crockpot, turn it on high, and check back in an hour. Don’t add any essential oils yet because they won’t like all that heat.
When your beeswax is all melted, you can add your essential oils. I usually plan on 1-2 drops per container of lip balm, depending on what oil I’m using. Stronger oils like peppermint are usually good with just 1 drop, but citrus oils are lighter and you might want 2 drops. (also… with citrus oils be sure to research photo sensitivity and be aware of any potential hazards when wearing citrus oils in the sun)
Then, pour the liquid into whatever you are going to use to contain your balm. You can find really affordable containers on Amazon, such as these lip balm tubes or these tins, depending on your preference.
And that’s it! The hardest thing about lip balm is the mess, I’ll admit. If you buy beeswax in solid form, it is quite a challenge to portion out without creating a sticky mess. And when you are done with your project, be prepared to be doing a lot of balm-smearing as you clean up. I don’t mind it personally, but I want to make sure you know what you are getting into! And don’t forget, lemon essential oil is an incredible degreaser!
If you don’t want to make your own lip balm, but you would like to try some non-toxic, lip-moisturizing goodness… check out my etsy shop! There you will find several variations of non-toxic lip balm, and I am always adding new products.
If you decide you want to make this lip balm yourself and you need some good quality essential oils to get you started, I highly recommend starting with the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. You get 11 different oils, a diffuser, a roller ball fitment, samples of Thieves cleaner and Ningxia red all for $160. The whole kit is worth about $300, so it’s a great deal and the most affordable way to get started. The oils included in the kit are the ones I use most frequently in my projects. You also become a member by buying the starter kit which means you get wholesale pricing 24% off all future orders, but you are never required to order again if you don’t want to! If you want to try out this kit and get to DIY-ing yourself, click here and contact me if you have any questions!