I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making homemade lip balm. I’ve made it for years and every fall I make a fresh batch just in time for winter!
Making homemade lip balm is such an easy thing to do that it makes a wonderful homemade Christmas present.
Some of the ingredients you may not be familiar with but your can find most of them at a health food store or they carry many essential oils at places like Wal Mart in the craft or cake decorating section.
Try these homemade lip balm recipes from Dining On A Dime:
Lip Balm Basics
There are many ways to make homemade lip balm. Basic lip balm contains oil, beeswax and flavoring (optional). I prefer a softer lip balm. If you want one that is a little more waxy, add an additional teaspoon of beeswax. Experiment to see which you like the best.
Use any of the following oils when making your homemade lip balm:
- coconut oil
- castor oil
- almond oil
- sunflower oil
- jojoba oil
- olive oil
- shea butter
- cocoa butter
Vitamin E is a preservative and is also thought to be healing for your skin.
Comfrey root and rosemary extracts may be used for their healing properties. If you wish to make your own extracts, you may boil comfrey and rosemary in sunflower oil for an hour or two. Strain oil before using in lip balms or creams.
To fill the containers, I use a small baby food spoon but you could also use a dropper or tiny funnel.
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
1 tsp. beeswax beads
1 tsp. sunflower oil*
1 tsp. coconut oil*
1 tsp. (total) comfrey and/or rosemary extract (optional)
2-5 drops flavoring (optional)- peppermint, cherry, grape, vanilla, orange or anything you like.
1 capsule Vitamin E**
Heat oils and beeswax just until melted. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Use a dropper to place in tubes or small jars.
This is my favorite homemade lip balm and I’m very picky about what kind I use.
* Note: Most days, I don’t have both sunflower oil and coconut oil on hand so I just use one or the other.
** Be sure to use the vitamin E. It’s a preservative and the lip balm will go rancid after a few months if you don’t use this. (Ask me how I know! )
Chocolate Lip Balm
1 tsp. beeswax
1 tsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp. sweet almond oil (or coconut or sunflower)
1 capsule Vitamin E
3-6 chocolate chips (optional for chocolate lip balm)
Heat oils and beeswax just until melted. Add Vitamin E and chocolate chips. Mix well. Use a dropper to place in tubes or small jars.
Honey Lip Balm
2 tsp. beeswax
7 tsp. sweet almond oil
1 tsp. honey
5 drops flavoring (optional)
1 capsule Vitamin E
Heat beeswax and oil just until melted. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Use a dropper to place in tubes or small jars.
Homemade Lip Gloss
3 Tbsp. petroleum jelly
1/4 tsp. lipstick*
Melt petroleum jelly and lipstick in the microwave just until melted. Mix well and place in a jar.
*Add more or less lipstick for desired shade. This is a great way to use up the last bit of lipstick in the tube.
Sparkling Lip Gloss
4 Tbsp. petroleum jelly
1-2 Tbsp. glitter or edible glitter*
1/2-1 tsp. lipstick
10 drops flavored oil
Melt petroleum jelly and lipstick. Add glitter and flavored oil. Omit lipstick for clear lip gloss.
* Edible glitter may be found at cake decorating stores. You could also use shimmery eye shadow instead.
Use a lip brush to get the last bits of lipstick out of the tube. Save old lipstick and lip balm containers and put your homemade lip balms in them.
You can buy small clear containers at the Dollar Tree or use small mustard and jelly containers (the kind received in Christmas gift packs) are also great for storing lip balm.
Put on lip liner, then lip gloss or petroleum jelly. This gives your lips a shine and makes it look like you are wearing lipstick.
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