It's fun and easy to make your own lip balm!
I'll walk you through one of my favorite recipes for chapped lips. When you make your own lip balm, the basic idea is to first melt your coconut oil and beeswax, then add in the shea butter, and lastly add the essential oil. Let the blend stand and harden for a few hours before use. These make great gifts!
Lip Balm Recipe:
- 1 oz of beeswax
- 1.5 oz of coconut oil
- 0.5 oz of shea butter
- 1 oz of jojoba oil
- 5 drops of Orange essential oil per tube (Citrus sinensis)
This makes about 24 lip balms if the tube is 5 mL (1/6 oz).
Measure the jojoba, butters and beeswax by weight. I use a small kitchen scale.
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler.* When everything is melted, add in the jojoba and stir with a glass stirring rod, then take off the stove. Add the shea butter and stir again until the shea is melted, then add the Orange oil (for 24 tubes I use about 5 mls of orange oil which gives each tube about 5 drops) and pour immediately into the lip balm tubes. It helps a lot to have a lip balm tray to hold the tubes in place while you pour the hot liquid! It also helps to have some plastic pipettes (like you used in chemistry class!), which can reduce the chance of spills.
Remember to let them solidify before you use them. I let mine cool for several hours. I hope you love them!
At Aromahead Institute, we offer a free online class to learn about essential oils: Introduction to Essential Oils. We also offer a more in-depth class about blending body butters and lip balms. It's called . . . "Body Butters and Lip Balms" (imagine that!).
*For a home-made double boiler, try using a Pyrex measuring cup rested in a soup pot. Add the ingredients to the Pyrex cup. Then fill the soup pot partly up with water, place the measuring cup in the water, and bring to a gentle boil. The boiling water provides the heat for melting the beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil.