As mentioned in my other post, I recently got some materials to make my own lip balm.
Lip balm is one skincare that I am concerned about being as natural as possible. This is because we often end up ingesting our lip balms one way or another!
Again you can substitute other ingredients if you are allergic or am a vegan. You can check out the FAQ below for where I got my supplies.
Recipe for Peppermint choco lip balm/butter (makes about 12-16 regular lipbalm tubes)
2 tablespoon coconut butter/oil
1 tablespoon cocoa butter (or similar butters like shea butter, mango butter, etc)
1 tablespoon avocado oil (similar oils like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc)
2 tablespoon beewax (candelilla, carnauba, soy wax for vegan version)
Peppermint essential oil (make sure it is 100% essential oils not fragrance oils)
Preservative (up to you, I use Optiphen)
Lip balm containers
Step 1: Start by adding the cocoa butter and beewax to a small pyrex bowl. Then I stuck it in the microwave to melt (alternatively you can melt them in a double boiler) using 30 seconds increments. Around the 2 minute mark, it was almost melted.
Step 2: I then added the extra virgin coconut oil (from Trader Joes), avocado oil. peppermint essential oil, vitamin E and preservative.
Step 3: Stir and make sure that everything is mixed well. If your place is cold, considering adding the coconut oil with the cocoa butter and beewax in step 1.
Step 4: Use the pipette to fill the lip balm containers. Tie the lip balm containers with a rubber band prior to filling to help you make sure everything stands straight.
Step 5: Wait. It is best to let it cool overnight before using,
Step 6: Label and start using it! Or give the extras away to friends and family!
In addition, the materials above can be used to make other products such as lotion bars, whipped body butter, hair balm, etc.
Q: How much essential oil to use?
A: It really is up to your personal preference. The more you use, the mintier it is on your lips! I used around 3mL of peppermint essential oil for the above.
Q: What essential oils to use?
A: It depends on what smells you like as well as what healing properties are you looking for. Peppermint is great for perking you up. Lavender is great for calming your senses. I like peppermint and orange. Do keep in mind that some essential oils (lemon. lime, ginger, etc) cause photo sensitivity and some are unsafe to use during pregnancy. Do your research prior to using.
Q: Where can I get my supplies?
A: I got my recent supplies from garden of wisdom. There are many great suppliers online such as wholesale supplies plus, tkbtrading, and lipbalmtubes. These I had personally bought from and had great experiences. Mountain Rose Herbs is a company I have heard of but had never tried.
Q: What is the vitamin E for?
A: Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and is used here to help prevent the butters and oils from turning rancid too soon.
Q: How long can I keep them for?
A: I would keep them for at most 6 months to 1 year especially if you choose not to use a preservative. Therefore, take this into consideration when buying supplies online.
Q: Can I make tinted lip balm?
A: Of course you can! You can either add colorants or grab a lipstick that you like to melt with the ingredients in step 1.
Q: My lip balm is grainy. Help?!
A: Some butters, most particularly Shea Butter, can crystallize or become grainy when they cool from melting. This does not impact the quality or usability of the butters. To eliminate crystallization, carefully heat your butter to the point where it fully melts. Use a double boiler instead of a microwave. Carefully melt the butter and let remain at that temperature for a few minutes. With shea butter, you will need more time. Source: Fromnaturewithlove