Making your own beeswax lip balm recipe is much better than buying any type of lip balm or chapstick from the store.
There are now a few companies that make all natural lip balms, but if you make your own you can customize it for yourself or others, and save money too.
You should be able to find these ingredients at any soap making supplies store or at a health food store. For the little pots or stick tubes, try a soap making supplier again, or at the drug store. Drug stores have those amber glass pots for their creams, ask at the pharmacy counter, which are nicer than those plastic pots. They also carry eye droppers too.
The following recipe is a guideline. When adjusting your recipe just for you, make sure to write down every drop or measurement of your lip balm recipe. When you get the perfect recipe, you'll want to make more of it later.
2 tsp beeswax
8 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp honey
Melt the beeswax in the carrier oil on low temperature in a little pot, a bowl in a microwave will work too. The beeswax will melt faster and easier if it is in little pieces, like shavings. Add the honey after the beeswax and oil have melted, blended and cooled down a little.
Peppermint Lip Gloss:
2 tsp beeswax
8 tsp of a 'shiny' oil such as castor or olive oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
Vitamin E Balm:
Easy to do, puncture a Vitamin E capsule and add a couple drops of Vitamin E.
1. The above recipes suggest sweet almond, olive and castor oils, but you can use a wide variety of oils, such as jojoba, apricot kernel, and sunflower (shiny).
2. You could also make lip balms with solid oils such as cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil. In the above basic recipe, replace half of the sweet almond oil with a solid oil or butter, then only half of the beeswax is needed.
3. You could consider other essential oils such as spearmint, lavender, rose, (1 - 5 drops) or cinnamon (1 drop).
1. Get clean beeswax, a cosmetic grade. White beeswax has been bleached and therefore processed one more time. Aim for using ingredients that are as natural as possible.
2. If you find that your beeswax lip balm recipe is too soft, reheat and add a little more beeswax, let it melt, and return to balm pot.
3. There are other flavors out there, such as green apple, pumpkin pie, and strawberry, but these are not natural. They may be 'food grade' but these flavors are created in a lab with a base of petroleum oils.
4. When adding essential oils, allow the lip balm base to cool slightly.
5. The citrus essential oils such as orange, lime, and grapefruit are great to smell and taste, but these essential oils, when in direct sunlight, can lighten or darken that area, that is called photosynthesizing.
6. If you find that after your lip balm or gloss is too thick or hard, add a little more carrier oil. Reheat base and add, then return to balm pot.