Store-bought lip balm, especially the cheaper kinds, are full of artificial ingredients--chemicals with long names that you can't pronounce. If you are more conscious about what chemicals you are putting on your body you may be drawn to the more natural and herbal ingredients found in cosmetics, but products made with these ingredients are much more expensive. You can buy a few simple, natural ingredients and make lip balm yourself to get the same high quality product for much less. Lip balm can easily be made in your own kitchen with the proper tools.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
- Paper towels
- Lip balm base
- 4 disposable plastic pipettes
- Emollient oil
- Essential oil
- Honey or stevia (optional)
- Vitamin E oil
Clean all of your supplies and work area thoroughly to keep from contaminating your lip balm. Use your alcohol to spray and wipe your containers and tools. Lay down some paper towels in your work area to catch any spills and lay out your containers so they are ready.
Use enough balm base as you will need to nearly fill each container you are filling, allowing room for oils. Cut up base into small cubes with your knife so it will melt evenly. You can use beeswax for the base, or if you want a vegan lip balm without any animal byproducts you can use candelilla wax or soy wax, which are both derived from plants. Other natural ingredients that make up balm base can be Shea butter, cocoa butter and lanolin.
Melt your base in a bowl in the microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each time. Do this so that the balm base does not burn. Keep stirring and melting until it is completely liquefied.
Add the emollient oil of your choice carefully with a clean pipette. You can add as much as you want, but keep in mind that the more oils you use the more of a liquid consistency your balm will have. If you want a thicker texture don't use as much oil. Use a popular emollient such as jojoba oil, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil or hemp seed oil.
Stir the mixture and let it cool a little but not so much that it solidifies. Use another clean pipette to drop in a few drops of essential oil for herbal properties and to add a pleasing scent to your lip balm. Add only one or two at first and see if you want to add more. If you want your lip balm to taste sweet you can add some honey or the oil sweetener stevia. You don't want your balm to be too sweet or you will be tempted to lick it off.
Add a couple drops of vitamin E oil to help control the growth of bacteria in your lip balm. You can also use honey, rosemary extract and grape see extract for their natural preservative properties. You don't need to add a preservative at all but it is recommended because of all the places on your body, your mouth and lips harbour the most bacteria.
Take yet another clean pipette and carefully begin filling each of your containers. Do not overfill the containers, just fill them so that they are barely touching the inside rim. You can use small pots, twist tubes or tins as your containers. Let them sit and cool and make sure that no dust is able to land on the open containers of lip balm. If you have leftover lip balm put it in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you acquire more empty containers.
Tips and warnings
- You can add the mineral zinc oxide to your lip balm to protect your lips from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
- Add a thin layer of mineral mica on top of your mixture when it has cooled but not yet solidified to give your balm some colour or shimmer.
- Do not use a fan to speed up the cooling process of your lip balm as this will blow dust particles or cause ripples on the surface.
- Even though allergic reactions to these natural ingredients are rare, check to make sure you or someone else is not allergic.
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