Before I began making my own body products, I tried a lot of different kinds of lip balm. I found many that I liked . . . but none that I really fell in love with.
When I can’t find what I want . . . I make it!
Making my own lip balm recipes lets me strike the perfect balance of ingredients—not too greasy, not too waxy, not too slippery, and not something I have to reapply all the time. Something just right!
I’d like to share one of my favorite lip balm recipes with you.
Green Mandarin, Calendula, & Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe
- 1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera alba)
- 1 oz (30 ml) Calendula oil (Calendula officinalis)
- 2 oz (60 ml) Vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 40 drops Green Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)
- Melt the beeswax and jojoba in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a Pyrex measuring cup placed in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water. Your ingredients go in the Pyrex, and the water in the pot heats the Pyrex gently until everything is melted.)
- Add the calendula oil after the beeswax and jojoba are melted. Stir gently and remove from heat.
- Add the 40 drops of Green Mandarin essential oil, and stir again.
- Pour your blend into your lip balm tubes. This recipe fills about 24 tubes that hold 5 ml (1/6 oz) each. The easiest way to hold them is by getting a lip balm tube tray, which holds all your tubes in place so you don’t have to worry about spilling hot liquid on your fingers.
If your blend begins to solidify before you have all your tubes filled, just remelt it in your ever-helpful “double boiler.” Let your lip balm harden for about half an hour before using it. Then try it and see how delicious the Green Mandarin makes it taste!
This lip balm recipe makes enough tubes for me to stash away in different areas of my house. I can keep one by my bedside, one in the kitchen, and one in the bathroom. I also have enough to give away as gifts. It’s so nice to have a little stock of homemade lip balms to give to friends!