Making Lip Balm

Making lip balm is one of the easiest DIY projects for someone who’s just starting to make their own cosmetics and personal care products. I started with it around three years ago and have expanded to making pretty much everything that I put on my skin DIY at home.

When I first became aware of the toxic ingredients in store-bought personal care products, I started doing research and reading labels, hoping to find safer alternatives and brands. EWG’s SkinDeep Cosmetics Database became my best friend and I spent hours studying it before making a purchase. It was exhausting and also expensive – the safer brands always cost more and were harder to find.

Somewhere amidst my ingredients research I started paying more attention to recipes and realized that I could at least attempt to make some of my cosmetics myself. Why should I insist on buying everything like a good consumer- how hard can this possibly be? Turns out, not very.

Making lip balm was my pilot project and it turned out absolutely great. In fact, years later I still use the same recipe (from Wellness Mama orginally):

1-2 tablespoons Beeswax

1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter

1 tablespoon Shea Butter

2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

20+ drops Essential Oils

(I’m usually terrible at following recipes and measuring things, but this is the basic reference I use when making my lip balm.)

Melt everything except essential oils in a double boiler. Let it cool a bit, add essential oils and pour into recycled lip balm tubes or tins. Wait till solid or put in the fridge to speed up the process. Voilà! You have lip balm.

Nowadays I only buy ingredients instead of products so I know exactly what I am putting on my skin. I buy organic in bulk and although I haven’t done the math, I know I am definitely saving money by DYIng rather than buying. But the best thing just might be the sense of accomplishment and competence that the DIY lifestyle brings. I feel great about taking care of myself in a self-reliant manner and that alone makes it all worth it!

Have you tried making lip balm?