How To Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm

Make your own natural lip balm at home using these tips and recipes.

How to Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm

Making your own natural lip balms is a fun and inexpensive project, and it's easier than you think. Lip balms make great gifts for Mother's Day or Christmas, or favors for your teen and pre-teen children's birthday parties.

Materials

1. Wax

Wax is used to bind the ingredients together. The best wax to use is beeswax, which is available in sheets. There are several other options as well. The first is soy wax, processed from soybeans. The second is carnauba wax made from the leaves of a Brazilian fan palm. The leaves have a waxy coating that is removed by shredding the leaves and drying them, which causes the waxy layer to flake off. The third is candililla wax from a plant of the same name that grows in the Mexican desert. The stems have a waxy coating that is removed from the plant by boiling it in a special solution. All of these waxes are used to make candles as well as cosmetics.

2. Liquid Oil

Several types of liquid oils are used to make lip balms including almond, olive, avocado, vitamin E, vegetable, or more exotic ones such as emu oil.

3. Solid Oils (Fats)

Solid oils or fats include cocoa butter, coconut oil (solid at room temperature), shea butter, and lanolin.

4. Essential Oils

Any essential oil can be used, but the ones most commonly used for lip balms are peppermint, tea tree oil, orange, lemon, or grapefruit.

Tools

Double Boiler

Microwave proof glass measuring cup

Disposable plastic pipettes

Large non-metallic spoon

Lip balm jars or tubes

Basic Recipe and Technique

Most lip balms use one part wax to two parts oil and essential oil. For example:



1 ounce of beeswax (about 2 tablespoons finely chopped)

1/4 cup of oil (about 4 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon of essential oil (about 50 drops)

For lip balms made with a combination of solid and liquid oils, the proportions are roughly the same. For example:

1 ounce of beeswax (about 2 tablespoons finely chopped)

1 1/2 tablespoons of solid oil

1/4 cup of liquid oil

1 teaspoon of essential oil

The basic technique for making natural lip balms involves melting and heating a combination of wax, solid and liquid oils and fats in a double boiler or in a heatproof cup in the microwave, and then adding essential oils or flavorings. The mixture is cooled slightly, and then poured into lip balm jars or tubes using a funnel or pipette.

Tips

* Melt the wax and oils slowly over low heat taking care not to let the mixture get too hot. Never leave it unattended as it can overheat and cause a fire.

*. Do not use food coloring. It is water based and will not mix with the fats in the lip balm.

*. Always use a food grade coloring substance. Add the color last and mix well to distribute the color evenly.

* Let the mixture cool slightly before pouring into lib balm jars or tubes to avoid cracks from forming.

* Use a plastic pipette because a glass one will become too hot and burn you.

* Use a funnel when pouring lip balm into lip balm jars or tubes for better accuracy and to avoid splashing.

* As lip balm cools it will contract. To avoid ending up with less-than-full jars or tubes, fill the lip balm jar or tube 3/4 of the way and then let it cool before filling the rest of the tube. Let it cool again before capping.

* If you use a flavoring oil, make sure it is food grade. Use approximately 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of mixture.

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