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It’s January, which means cold, dry weather in many places. We visited Utah for Christmas, and my aunt and uncle had to have a humidifier running constantly in their house. Dry, dry, dry. That often means lips, too. This is a perfect time of year to make up a batch of beeswax lip balm.
I swear, I’ve been using this lip balm like crazy this week. The cold from hell found its way into our home. Seriously, this cold is so bad I nearly fainted twice in the shower a few days ago, and today I lost my voice. Cold meds barely touch this thing, which means I’m an obligate mouth breather this week. Ew. That means chapped lips, and this stuff has helped immensely with that.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a tube of lip balm? Many have a lot of ingredients that make me cringe. I mean, just check out the Environmental Working Group’s rating on a name brand lip balm. Others are significantly better, but they also cost a couple dollars per tube.
Making your own lip balm is super easy, and after you initially invest in the ingredients, it’s frugal. The tins or tubes can be reused over and over, reducing the cost farther. It costs well under a dollar per tube, I believe.
This project is also a great gateway to making your own salves and other homemade health and beauty products. It’s super simple, so it’s not intimidating. It builds up most of the staples you’ll need for future projects. And best of all, this stuff works, so you’re going to feel successful. Success is always encouraging.
How To Make Beeswax Lip Balm
You will need:
- Lip balm tubes and/or
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Beeswax pellets
- Vitamin E Oil
- Essential oil of choice, such as peppermint or Eucalyptus
- Kitchen scale
The process is fairly simple.
- Put 2 ounces of sweet almond oil (by volume) and 1/4 ounces of beeswax (by weight; you can add a little more next time if the balm isn’t firm enough for your preference) in a small saucepan on low heat. Stir occasionally until it melts (be patient!).
- Remove from heat and stir in 1/8 tsp of Vitamin E oil and 15-30 drops (depending on your strength preference) of your essential oil of choice. *Please note that citrus oils increase photo-sensitivity, so please be cautious using citrus in your lip balm whenever you’re exposed to the sun. You may also use an extract instead of an essential oil for the flavor, but it won’t be as strong.
- Carefully pour into tubes and/or tins. This is best done either using a funnel or by transferring the balm first into a container that pours better than a saucepan, such as a Pyrex measuring cup. Allow the balm to cool before capping.
See? How simple is that.
(I found the original recipe for this at The Prairie Homestead.)