I have been meaning to make my own natural homemade lip balm for some time. I put it off because I was convinced I needed to use almond, pistachio, shea, cocoa, mango, & avocado butters and 30 types of oil. I will of course at some point be experimenting with different butters; but for this recipe all I used was equal parts beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter (and a tiny bit of orange oil.) I picked up the beeswax at a local health food store and grated it myself–with a special grater designated for beauty projects. The coconut oil is from Tropical Traditions–we purchase large quantities and transfer into smaller containers. I picked up my shea butter through Coastal Scents and have really enjoyed working with it. I choose orange oil but you can use any essential oil you like or none at all.
I don’t own a double boiler; so I pour 1-2 inches of water into my smallest pot, bring the water to a boil, and place my stainless steel bowl on top. I made a small batch of lip balm to start with; so I only melted down .75 (3/4) ounces of beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter (making 4 1/2 containers of lip balm.) The beeswax has the highest melting point so I melted my grated wax first before adding the shea butter and coconut oil. Then I took it off the heat to add 8-10 drops of oil. ***You have to work fast because that beeswax wants to harden quickly!*** Then I poured my melted mixture into small containers (you could use old glass spice jars or any small container with a lid) and let the lip balm cool with the lid on. I can’t say exactly how long it took to completely harden but it was definitely less than 12 hours.
I love this lip balm! It lasts forever and moisturizes so well! It takes a little warming up with your finger to get it going but it is much healthier, affordable, and luxurious than store bought lip treatments.
If you are looking for different ingredients to try the possibilities are endless–you can substitute different butters, oils, and waxes. You just need to do the research on the properties of those specific choices. I can suggest soy wax as a similar option for the beeswax–other choices are candelilla or carnauba waxes; which have higher melting points and less product needs to be added to your recipe (so it doesn’t get too hard.) Just be sure you get to know your products before attempting to use them.
It is worth mentioning that the left over mixture in the stainless steel bowl will harden once it cools. I put mine back over the double boiler to re-melt the remains of the lip balm and wiped it out with paper towel–beeswax down the drain seemed like a rotten idea!