Are you tired of paying $4.00 to $5.00 a tube for all natural lip balm? I thought so. I know I was. Plus, we are trying to build a house by ourselves, which means Every.Single.Penny.Counts.
I tried several recipes, most were flops and then I found one that I liked…but…still too mushy to be lip balm for me. I was used to my Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm and that is what I was trying to recreate in my kitchen.
BOOM! I finally did it.
I have not done the cost analysis yet (I loathe math). But, I do know that the supplies I have bought to make lip balm are going to last me a very, very long time. Plus, I know exactly what I am putting into it and on my lips. So, all in all, it’s a win-win if you ask me!
Here is how you make it.
YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS (YIELDS APPROXIMATELY 7 LIP BALM TUBES):
- 2 tablespoons grated beeswax
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon solid coconut oil
- 4 drops of vitamin E oil
- 20 to 30 drops of high quality Peppermint essential oil (or essential oil of your choice, but beware of citrus oils as they are photoxic)
- Lip balm tubes (I highly recommend BPA free ones)
- Old cheese grater (I recommend buying one from a thrift store as you will ruin it when grating the beeswax)
- Glass stir rods
- Plastic transfer pipettes
- 1 cup glass measuring cup or other glass bowl
Set up empty lip balm containers in a flat bottom dish and place next to stove with Peppermint essential oil, and plastic pipette.
If using a whole beeswax bar, make sure to shred beeswax first using an old cheese grater. I also recommend placing a old towel on surface where you will be grating as we have found it difficult to clean up beeswax off our counter tops.
Using a shallow dish, place about one to two inches of water in the bottom and then place glass measuring cup or bowl into pan, creating a double boiler. Place on stove.
Add all ingredients listed above (beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil) EXCEPT the Peppermint essential oil into glass measuring cup or bowl.
Turn heat on stove to high to bring water in shallow dish to a boil. Once it is boiling, continuously stir all the ingredients with glass stirring rod until beeswax is melted. You can use a metal spoon, however, I have found it very difficult to remove the wax from the spoon afterwards.
Once the beeswax is melted, turn the heat off and add 20 to 30 drops of Peppermint essential oil (we like a stronger peppermint flavor and usually add 30 drops). Stir mixture thoroughly and then begin pipetting the mixture into the empty lip balm tubes before it solidifies.
Make sure to watch the tubes as you pipette as you will need to add more to each tube as it starts to cool. Let the tubes sit undisturbed for several hours with the caps off.
That’s it! Super easy.
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