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I’m a lip balm lover. Always have been, always will be. I used to adore the thousands upon thousands of flavours available and if there was a new brand, I would ‘need’ to try it. Then I read that the average woman eats about two pounds of lip balm every year. Around that same time, I also started learning about all the random, potentially toxic ingredients in lip balm and I thought it’d be best if I started making my own.
Now, older and wiser, I’m thinking that the two-pound mark might have been a bit exaggerated – because the first batch I made came up to a cup. That lasted me for several years – it seemed like it was going on forever – so I even used a large portion of that base to turn into body butter (because I didn’t want the oils to go bad before using it all up).
An old issue of Healthy Directions gave the best guidelines on making your own lip balm:
- 20% beeswax
- 25% solid at room temperature oil (e.g. coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, lanolin)
- 15% brittle at room temperature oil (e.g. cocoa butter, palm kernel oil)
- 40% liquid at room temperature oil (e.g. sweet almond oil, olive oil, castor oil, avocado oil)
Below is my recipe (which makes about 3 tins – this obviously depends in the size of your containers, but I didn’t want to create massive quantities of lip balm…again, LOL). It was weighed and written in grams because I’m not a fan of instructions like “add 0.75 of a teaspoon” or “add 1 1/4 of a teaspoon”. Not sure why I hate it so much, but everyone has their weird quirks right? It’s not as if it has to be exact when it comes to lip balm. If you don’t have a scale, feel free to just use the percentages as written above – word to the wise, avoid using “cups” as your standard – because you will end up with a LOT of balms.
Makes: 20 grams (or about 0.7 ounces)
- 4 grams wax (e.g. beeswax or vegan alternative)
- 5 grams coconut oil
- 3 grams cocoa butter
- 8 grams avocado oil
- Melt all ingredients over a double boiler. (A double boiler is a plain pot of water directly on the stovetop, with a heat-proof bowl sitting on top -> the water shouldn’t really touch the bottom of this bowl. Your ingredients go into the heat-proof bowl and are gently heated until just melted together).
- Once it’s all melted, stir and pour into your container(s).
- Try using an infused liquid oil instead of ‘plain’ avocado. See recipes for lemon balm infusion here, or vanilla bean infusion here for some ideas. I like the vanilla for the heavenly scent it imparts onto the oil and the lemon balm is said to be great for cold sores. Calendula infusion is also great for nourishing the skin and lips.
- I avoid adding essential oils to lip balm – some of which are photo-reactive (which means they react with the sun), others because they smell too herbaceous and medicinal for my liking (on the lips, anyways, LOL)