With so many products on the market today you could be forgiven for asking why on earth you’d want to make your own lip balm. There are lip balms for every conceivable need – from dry, chapped lips, to products which have anti ageing and plumping properties, to those which offer a slick of colour – doubling up as a lipstick.
But many of the balms on offer today contain a whole host of ingredients, many of which are unnatural and synthetic. While this does no real harm to your lips, for the consumer who is more eco-conscious and wants to limit the number of chemicals he or she ingests, making a homemade variety is one way to control what goes on to the lips. Of course there are a whole host of natural, even organic lip balms on the market too, so making your own is by no means the last resort.
Why Make your Own Lip Balm
However, it is one fun way to create a unique, natural, tasty and effective treat for your lips which you can create to exactly your own liking. Varying it with colour or taste is completely in your control – the only limit is your imagination. So, there are 101 reasons why home-made lip balm is a great choice to replace or complement your favourite brand. Here are just 10 of them:
- Ultimate control means you can put in, or leave out, exactly what you want
- Color can be added with the use of food colouring
- Perfume can be added thanks to essential oils
- Flavors can be added thanks to beeswax, honey, mint or lemon
- Homemade lip balms make a fantastic and unique gift for birthdays or Xmas
- It’s affordable as a little ingredients goes along way
- It can be 100% organic and natural – it’s your choice
- You can use a variety of containers according to your preference – a stick, tube, tub, pot or tin
- You can make up a big batch and vary them so you end up with multiple different balms from one batch of ingredients
- The addition of extra ingredients such as essential oils or vitamin components means the balm can be custom-made to your lips’ own specific needs.
What will I need to make Lip Balm At Home?
The beauty of making your own lip balm is that you don’t need a lot of complicated or expensive equipment or ingredients. In fact you’ll be surprised to know that much of what you need you probably already have – lying around your home and in the backs of cupboards. The rest can be bought inexpensively from your nearest drugstore or supermarket.
The key items are:
- Lip balm containers – small pots, tins or tubes, whatever you prefer
- A mid-sized saucepan
- A double boiler or heat resistant bowl (for melting the wax)
- A glass measuring cup (for pouring the melted ingredients)
A step-by-step guide to making your own lip balm
- In your saucepan first melt together your chosen wax (such as beeswax) into the oil. Once melted, take it off the heat and add in your chosen flavor (such as honey). Keep mixing until the ingredients are all blended well together.
- Set aside to cool for around ten minutes before adding any favorite essential oils you have selected. You can add extra components such as vitamin E at this stage as well. You can aslo heat all the ingredients together in a microwave, although this process makes it a little harder to see how the ingredients are coming together so you should watch carefully though the microwave door.
- With the measuring cup pour the complete liquid mixture into the chosen containers and set aside in a cool place to harden completely.
- You can then create your own labels to give the product a name and date so you know when you made it. Homemade lip balm should last between 6 and 12 months and its advisable that you keep it away from direct heat or sunlight as it can melt for easily than shop-bought versions.
- An optional step between 1-2 is to add different flavors or colors to the lip balm mixture to add some variety and personalize the product further. Just add a few drops of any essential oil, such as lemon or peppermint into the mixture before it sets. Don’t worry if it has gone hard already, you can just heat it up again briefly and stir the oil in.
Food coloring works in the same way if you want to create a tinted balm – cherry red and cerise pink will add a subtly rosy sheen to lips which is perfect for those who prefer the barely-there look.
A classic homemade Beeswax lip balm recipe
Try out this recipe for your first home made lip balm attempt. Once you realize how cheap and easy it is to do, it may mean goodbye to shop bought products for good! (beeswax is used by Burts bees, a leading lip balm brand)
- 20g of white or yellow beeswax (you can get this in pellet form or a whole block)
- 25g oil or butter. You can choose from shea or mango butter or an oil such as coconut
- 15g cocoa butter
- 40g liquid oil for flavor and perfume – choose a favorite, such as sweet almond, avocado or jojoba
- Half a teaspoon of vitamin E Oil for added softness and nourishment