Do It Yourself Lip Balm
You see, at my house, Chap Stick is a hot commodity. My husband and sons all have a Chap Stick in the pocket of every thing they wear. I find it in the dryer, on the floor, in school back packs, in the bottom of my hamper. I think they’re addicted to it (I did hear once that there was such a thing!). My husband has one in the console of his car, in his book bag, desk drawer, bedside table. You get the idea. If he is ready to pull out of the driveway and realizes he is without a Chap Stick, he runs in the house to get one. So, it’s no surprise it was the first product I tried making myself. Considering how just three tubes of ChapStick costs $5.49 at the local store, and how often I buy it, I am figuring this endeavor is going to end up saving me some money too!
For this recipe, my first go-round left us with with very thick lip balm, and it was just too different than what we were used to. So, I modified it by using less beeswax for smoother and softer balm. Original recipe from one of my favorite, super smart bloggers, Wellness Mama, wellnessmama.com.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons shea butter
2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets (or 1 1/2 for softer balm)
30 drops essential oil (peppermint or orange are great! I use Young Living oils)
Empty lip balm tubes (I used these)
Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted. I fill a pot with about two inches of water and place the ingredients in a mason jar and place the jar in the pot. I use two pot holders to carefully remove the jar from the pot when ingredients are melted. HINT: You may want to use the same mason jar for recipes like this which call for melting beeswax and coconut oil. Coconut oil shouldn’t go down the drain anyway as it hardens at room temp and therefore is not friendly to pipes, and the remaining beeswax is tough to get out of the jar once it hardens.
Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted. I cover the pot of hot water with a plate and place the mason jar on top.
Add the essential oils. I have made this recipe a few times with peppermint and a time or two with orange. Both are delightful! Just add a few drops at a time to make sure you are happy with the scent.
Once the oil is added, use a pipette or dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. Try to do this quickly because the mixture starts to harden as soon as it is removed from heat.
Let the tubes sit at room temperature for a few hours until cooled and completely hardened before putting on the caps. This makes about 12-18 tubes.
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Have you ever made your own lip balm? How did your recipe work?