Lip balms are common products that people purchase for soft and supple lips. But certain ingredients in commercial lip balms like menthol, phenol, and salicylic acid can dry your lips even more. Also, the added flavoring and scents can cause irritation and allergies to your skin. But you don’t have to depend on the store-bought balms. You can make your own and save your lips from dryness, cracking, and discoloration.
This article will discuss some DIY lip balm recipes made with100% natural ingredients. To make a perfect natural lip balm, you’ll need supplies like a double boiler, small tin containers, or chapstick tubes.
DIY Lip Balms
Lip balms are very useful key items in any handbag. They are used to provide additional moisture to the lips, especially when the atmosphere is very dry or cold. Here are a few natural lip balm recipes that you can use to treat dry, chapped or sensitive lips.
Beeswax Coconut Oil Lip Balm
This is a luxurious, moisturizing but light lip balm that is ideal if you live in a very dry, or cold climate, or are naturally prone to dry lips.
- 1 tbsp. beeswax (grated)
- 2 capsules or a few drops of Vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
- Organic honey
- Melt the beeswax in a boiler.
- Once the ingredients are combined, add coconut oil and a dash of raw honey. Stir all the ingredients, add Vitamin E oil, and cool the mixture.
- Once done, transfer it into the container. Your lip balm is now ready, and you can apply it anytime.
Beeswax Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
This lip balm is extremely moisturizing due to the addition of cocoa butter.
- 1 tbsp. beeswax pastilles
- 1 tbsp. cocoa butter
- 2 tbsps. edible oil such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, liquid coconut oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, etc.
- Essential oils like lavender, sweet orange, peppermint, vanilla, spearmint, chamomile, jasmine, pink grapefruit, rose, wintergreen, etc.
- If you’re using a double boiler, add beeswax, cocoa butter, and edible oil to its top portion.
- Make sure there’s enough water in the lower part of the boiler for the bottom of the top piece to rest in it.
- Heat the ingredients on medium-high until they melt and combine.
- It would be best if you didn’t cover the pot while heating as it’ll result in condensation, which isn’t good for the balm’s texture.
- Remove from the heat, add the essential oils, and pour the solution into the containers while it’s still hot.
- Once the lip balm is cool and hardened, it’s ready to go!
Tinted Lip Balm
This is a great lip balm if you like adding a touch of natural color to your lips, while also moisturizing your lips.
- Quarter cup mango or cocoa butter
- Beeswax or soy wax
- Few drops of essential oil
- 1 tbsp. beetroot/alkanet root powder
- In the boiler, melt the wax and cocoa or mango butter.
- Next, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and the beetroot powder. Stir gently until there are no lumps.
- Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool down slightly before pouring it into the containers.
Shea Butter Lip Balm
Another moisturizing lip balm containing shea butter which improves moisture levels and skin elasticity.
- 1 tbsp. shea butter
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
- 1 tbsp. raw coconut oil
- 1 tsp. pure honey
- Few drops of lemon essential oil
- Melt shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in the boiler.
- Add raw honey and lemon essential oil and allow the mixture to cool.
- Transfer to containers, and once it’s hardened, it’s ready to use.
To flavor your lip balm, you can add raw honey or maple syrup for some sweetness. If you like a citrusy scent, a few drops of citrus essential oils like orange, key lime, and grapefruit will go a long way. Instead of vanilla or almond essential oils, you can also add drops of vanilla or almond extract respectively.
- If your lip balm is too soft, you can fix it by re-melting it in the boiler and adding a little bit more wax.
- If it’s too firm, you can add more oil instead while re-melting in the boiler.
- Homemade lip balms could be a bit grainy as we’re using natural ingredients. It could happen when some of the fats of oils and butter crystallize during production or storage. It’s not a cause of concern and could happen in commercial products too.
- Beeswax is a natural preservative and has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties.
- If you don’t want to use beeswax, you can go for vegan plant-based waxes, such as coconut, palm, soy, carnauba, or candelilla wax.
- Instead of a boiler, you can also melt the ingredients in a microwave-safe container, such as Pyrex, stirring between 30-seconds increments.
- In the final step, it’s best to leave the balm at room temperature to solidify.
- It’s a good idea to store the lip salves in the refrigerator since they don’t contain any artificial preservatives.
- Do not place it in the freezer.
- For dry wintry weather, cocoa butter is one of the best ingredients.
- If your lips are severely dry and cracked, it will help if you add some menthol or camphor to the recipe.
- These lip balms can last for more than six months in proper storage.
Now that you know how to make your own lip salve, you can ditch the store-bought lip balms laden with additives and chemicals. Making your own is not only a therapeutic pastime, but it’s also nourishing for your lips, providing that perfect pout. It could also be an excellent gift item for your friends and family.