Whether you are interested in exploring natural, homemade cosmetic-making or you are looking for simple, DIY products for gifts, making homemade lip balm is a fun project. Making lip balm at home allows you to make a custom product perfectly suited to you. Lip balms can be made with natural oils making them ideal for an eco-conscious or an individual with skin sensitivities.
Homemade DIY Lip Balm
Choosing Your Ingredients
A good DIY lip balm begins with an oil or cosmetic butter base. There are many products that are appropriate for creating homemade lip balms. Recommended oils include coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and almond oil. Each type of oil contains similar healing and moisturizing properties. In addition to choosing an oil base product, you may wish to add honey, an essential oil or a plant extract to add flavor. Lavender is recommended for stress relief, while rosemary is known to help heal cracked lips. Natural honey also possesses healing qualities and adds flavor to the product. Vitamin E oil helps moisturize dry, cracked lips and keeps healthy lips smooth. Ingredients can be purchased online from a variety of craft or soap making stores and most local craft stores will also carry what you need.
Things You’ll Need
4 tablespoons of oil base product
1 tablespoon of beeswax beads
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
2 to 5 drops of essential oil or plant extract oil (optional)
¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or 1 Vitamin E oil capsule
Double boiler pan
Lip balm containers
Wire cooling rack
How to Make Lip Balm
Gently grate beeswax beads into a small bowl. A peel zester tool works well for grating beeswax.
Fill the base of your double boiler pan half full with water. Heat over high heat until the water begins to boil.
Turn down the heat. Add oil base, beeswax and essential or plant extract oil to the top of the double boiler. Whisk thoroughly until all ingredients are completely combined.
Add in vitamin E oil and honey. Whisk together until all of the ingredients are completely combined.
Open lip balm containers and place them on a wire cooling rack. Using an eyedropper, fill each container with the liquid, lip balm mixture.
Allow lip balm mixture to cool completely before using. As the product cools, the lip balm will stiffen. To speed up cooling, place cooling rack into the refrigerator.
DIY Lip Balm Tips and Tricks
Be sure to heat ingredients over low heat. Using a high temperature can burn the product, rendering the mixture unusable. This recipe should make 12 containers of lip balm, using standard, small containers. Containers with an easily removable, twist-on top are ideal for this project. Little plastic craft pots work nicely, but so do metal tins or tubes. You can also carefully clean and recycle old tubes or pots.
Want a tinted balm? You can add color to your lip balm by grating 1 teaspoon of your favorite colored lipstick into the pot when you add the honey and vitamin e oil. Or look for food safe color at your local store.