There’s nothing quite like that feeling of quenching super dry lips, am I right? Especially that moment when, after they’ve been bothering you for hours and you were without lip balm on hand to soothe them, you finally get to swipe on the relief! Ahhh.
I’m a sucker for chapsticks and lip balms I come across in stores – Trader Joe’s Virtuoso Spearmint Lip Balm is one of my truest loves in this life – the flavors, the branding, even the containers they’re stored in always seem to win me over. I have more than I’ll ever be able to use.
So, naturally, I decided to make even more to add to my collection. Variety is the spice of life, right?
Homemade lip balm is actually incredibly simple to make, and I love how doing so allows you to decide exactly what’s going into your skincare products.
Homemade Lip Balms, 3 Ways
What You’ll Need
- Cosmetic grade beeswax
- Coconut oil
- Vitamin E oil (optional)
- Essential oils of choice (see below for oils needed, for the flavors I made)*
- Cosmetic grade coloring (like this, optional)
- Heat-safe bowl
- Chopsticks (or kabob sticks, for stirring)
- A liquid measuring cup (or other heat-safe container with a spout, for pouring)
- Lip balm jars or tubes
- Wax paper (for easy cleanup!)
For the Base
- Melt 1 tablespoon beeswax and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a glass bowl set over a boiling pot of water (you can also microwave them until melted in a microwave safe bowl.) Stir with chopsticks until well combined. Remove from heat.
- Working quickly, stir in the Vitamin E oil.
- Drop in 10-20 drops of essential oil(s) of choice, continuing to stir rapidly.
- If adding in coloring, do so now.
- Continue stirring as you transfer to the measuring cup.
- Quickly pour from measuring cup into lip balm containers. I was able to get about 3 containers full using these measurements and these containers.
For the Flavors*
- Dreamsicle – 20 drops sweet orange / 10 drops pure vanilla extract
- Spearmint – 10 drops spearmint
- Grapefruit – 15 drops grapefruit
Feel free to experiment here! I found the scents to be strong enough using these amounts, but you may want yours stronger.
As with any beauty product you make using essential oils, be sure to test the oil on a small patch of skin before including it in your project, to ensure you’re not allergic.
You can totally skip the coloring – or try using natural options for giving them color, which I plan to do next time!
Also note that these balms aren’t just for your pouts! I’ve swiped them onto dry spots and scars for relief and healing, and occasionally on my wrists when I’ve forgotten perfume.
Here’s to happy lips!