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Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

by | Jun 4, 2015

We have a lip balm biter among us.

Which presents a twofold problem. First, lip balm isn’t food – especially the kind I buy. My favorite brand started as a natural beeswax lip balm, but the formula changed when it was acquired by a large chemical corporation. The current formula isn’t something I’m thrilled about, but I still like it so I use it.

Second, $3-4 tubes of lip balm aren’t cheap! I should get months of use out of one. But when a little person chomps a chunk off of the tip every time he finds it, it can become unusable within days.

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My lip balm biter is a master at being sneaky, so it’s unlikely he will stop until he loses interest. My solution? Start making my own. That way, I can control the ingredients and the cost.

I thought there would be a learning curve, but nope. If you can melt butter, you can make your own lip balm. It’s so, so easy. I promise.

Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

What you need

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
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  • 2 tbsp shea butter
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  • 3 tbsp beeswax
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    (I like the pastilles so I don’t have to grate.)
  • 6 drops Vitamin E oil
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  • 30 drops peppermint essential oil
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    (or experiment with others if you’d like!)
  • 16 lip balm tubes
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  • 1 tbsp non-nano zinc oxide powder
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    (for SPF, optional)
  • pipet dropper
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    (optional)
  • pieces of old lipsticks (optional)

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How to do it

In the microwave or on a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. I nuked mine in a glass measuring cup.

 

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Add the vitamin E oil and peppermint oil. If you want SPF, mix in zinc oxide powder. If you want color, add pieces of old lipstick.

Using a pipet dropper, fill the lip balm tubes. The dropper isn’t necessary, but it sure does simplify the process. My big guy took care of that step for me. Just so I could report on it, I tried pouring through the measuring cup’s little spout. There were drips, but  it wasn’t terribly messy.

 

That’s all there is to it.

Now, let’s talk about cost of supplies. I know, if you buy all of the ingredients at once, it’s not insignificant. But you could make cups and cups of lip balm with your initial stock. Since each tube is only 3/16oz, that’s a lot of lip balm.

But why stop at lips? There are a ton of other recipes you could try using these same ingredients. Mommypotamus has a lotion bar recipe that I’ve been itching to try, and I happen to have everything I need. And if you cook, you’re also fully stocked to make this olive oil night cream from Jellibean Journals.

Do you have any personal care items that you make yourself? Share your recipes below!

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