How to Make Your Own Lip Balm – DIY
I’m seriously contemplating making my own lip balm. See, my absolute favorite lip balm was made by an independent mineral makeup company that eventually closed down, and although I ordered several lip balms at the time of their closing, and preserved my stash in the fridge, I’m now down to my last tube. I’ve tried a number of lip balms and found most okay, but none so far have been better than this. I’m really considering making a batch of my own lip balm, and if I’m satisfied, then I’ll have pretty much unlimited stock and maybe even have some left to give to friends this Christmas (can you believe we’re going into ber months soon?).
If you like DIY beauty stuff or DIY in general, or maybe if you’re picky about your lip balm, maybe you should consider trying to make your own lip balm too. It sounds so hard to do, but it’s really only a matter of gathering the ingredients needed.
The first step is to determine your ingredients. This is how you customize your lip balm. Would you like it flavored, on unflavored? Scented, or not? Firm-textured, or softer? Shiny, or more of a matte finish? Or even tinted?
There are many, many lip balm recipes that can be found online, however, being a beginner, I looked for the simplest and most basic one. Here’s one of the simplest, easiest ones I found:
1 tablespoon beeswax
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 vitamin E capsule
4-6 drops of vanilla extract
an empty container
Simple, right? For the container, you can recycle and try to find an empty lip balm jar or tube at home, clean it, and use that, or buy some jars at Beabi or Muji. I’m looking for empty lip balm tubes myself and at the moment don’t know where to find this, but I can ask around later on.
Coconut oil is easy enough to find, or if you prefer a different carrier oil, you can also use jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, emu oil, or others.
Vitamin E capsules are available at drugstores. Vitamin E is essential because it’ll help extend the shelf life of the DIY lip balm.
Vanilla extract of course can be bought at supermarkets, or as with the carrier oil, if you prefer a different scent or flavor you may also use an essential oil, such as peppermint oil, but take care to use a lesser amount of it, like just a drop or two at most to avoid irritation.
As for beeswax, I recommend ordering from Botany Works, a local-based online store which offers an array of butters, oils, and other ingredients for DIY natural beauty or skin products.
To create your own lip balm, put the beeswax, carrier oil, and the contents of the vitamin E capsule in a microwaveable container, then place in the microwave until totally melted. Or if you prefer, you can use a double boiler. After that, add in the vanilla extract or essential oil and stir. Pour into container and let it cool completely. It’s ready to use after that.
When mixing or modifying the ingredients or the amount you’ll be making, a general rule when it comes to the beeswax and carrier oil is to use around 3 parts of carrier oil to one part beeswax. Good luck!
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