Who doesn’t love a good lip balm?
Nobody. That’s who.
And you know what? Homemade lip balm is super easy to make. Like, seriously, so simple. And, it’s cheap! For pennies per tube, you’ve got yourself some toxin-free lip balm that your lips and your wallet will thank you for. Plus, if you need a last minute Christmas gift, well, this is a great one. Yes, there’s still time!
Before I get into the recipe, I wanna cover just one simple thing that can make the difference between rockin’ lip balm, and a serious lip balm flop.
It’s all about that shea butter.
(for the record I was really ready to turn that into a snappy “all about that bass” parody…)
Conventional holistic knowledge would suggest that you would want to use unrefined shea butter. Right?
Here’s the thing, unrefined shea butter is super good for your skin, BUT it’s got a powerful scent. Some people don’t mind it, but if you think essential oils will overpower the shea butter scent, um…think again. Trust me, I speak from experience here.
While refined shea butter has less of it’s beneficial properties, it’s still really good for your skin, AND it’s scent is more mild.
So, keep this in mind when you’re using it in your homemade beauty products. If you want a pretty scent, use refined shea butter. If the scent doesn’t bother you or the product you’re making doesn’t really need a pretty scent, go ahead and use the unrefined shea butter.
Got it? Ok good. Let’s get to the recipe then!
Homemade Lip Balm (makes 12 tubes)
2 tbsp. refined shea butter
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. beeswax
3-5 drops essential oil (see the brand I recommend HERE.)
lip balm tubes or tins
Melt the first three ingredients over low heat.
Remove from heat as soon as it’s completely melted.
Add your essential oils (some scents I like are lemon, lemon and grapefruit, orange and peppermint, or cinnamon)
Then pour the melted mixture into your empty lip balm containers. You can use a medicine dropper for this, it’s really helpful!
*tip: Turn an old egg carton upside down and put holes in each section. This makes a great lip balm tube holder and keeps them really steady while you pour the mixture in.
All that’s left is to let it cool, which happens really quickly, probably less than 30 minutes.
Then you have fabulous lip balm that rivals anything you could get in the store!
Have you made lip balm before? Are you ready to give it a try? Let me know how it goes! 🙂