Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
make your own customized lip balm
Making your own beeswax lip balm recipe is much better than buying any type of lip balm or chap stick from the store. There are now a couple of 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 adjust 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.
Your basic beeswax lip balm recipe is:
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:
Vitamin E Balm:
1. The above recipe suggests sweet almond oil, but you can use a wide variety of oils, such as olive, jojoba, apricot kernel, sunflower.
2. You could also make lip balms with solid oils such as cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil. In the above recipe, replace half of the sweet almond oil with a solid oil or butter, and half of the beeswax.
3. You could consider other essential oils such as spearmint, lavender, rose, or cinnamon (1 drop).
Other helpful hints:
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.