Lip balm is probably one of the simplest and easiest body care items to make and only uses a few basic ingredients and supplies. We'll be making a small batch of lip balm, flavored with essential oils. This lip balm is 100 per cent natural, flavored with essential oils and uses no preservatives.
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon shea oil or olive oil
- 3 to 5 drops tocopherol (vitamin E) - optional
- 6 to 8 drops peppermint essential oil - optional
- Heat-safe container
- Plastic dropper
- 2 lip balm tubes
- Self-adhesive printable labels
Bring a shallow amount of water, about one to two inches, to a boil in a pot. This will be the first level of our double boiler system. While it’s getting hot, proceed to the next steps.
2. Combine the Oils and Wax
Start by adding the the beeswax in a heat-safe container. For small batches of lip balm, I like to use a very shallow container like a small, heat-safe cup.
If you would like to make a vegan lip balm, beeswax can be substituted for carnauba wax or candelilla wax.
Add the coconut and shea oils.
Note: you can substitute the coconut and shea oils for anything else you have on hand. Olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and avocado oil are all great substitutes, so feel free to customize this and be creative!
Place your heat-safe container in water, taking care to make sure the water will not come in contact with any of the oils.
Put the heat on low to gently melt the wax.
4. Add Additional Ingredients
When the wax is just melted, remove from heat and add a few drops of tocopherol (vitamin E). Stir the ingredients with the dropper.
Add the essential oil for flavor. Stir with the dropper to incorporate. Peppermint essential oil is a good choice for lip balm, and you only need a few drops for the desired effect.
5. Finish Up
Using your dropper, carefully transfer your lip balm from the heat-safe container to your lip balm tubes. Once you start this step you'll want to work quickly because the lip balm will harden and set quickly.
Wait a few minutes until the lip balm has hardened and set completely, then cap the tube securely.
Print some pretty labels for your lip balm on a self-adhesive label sheet. You might like to include a list of all of your ingredients. If you're using an inkjet printer, make sure the ink dries completely before proceeding.
Carefully peel and place the labels on your lip balm tube.
That's it, you're done! You've now made an incredible, smooth, all-natural lip balm. Get creative with the labels and your lip balms will make excellent party favors or gifts for your friends and family.
You can also make your own pretty boxes to package the lip balm - follow the steps in this easy tutorial.
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