I don’t know about you, but I am seriously addicted to lip balm. I use it all the time and like to always have a tube near me so I can use it throughout the day. Since becoming more aware of chemicals in my cosmetics, I wanted to give homemade lip balm a try.
When you stop to think about it, every time you put lip balm on your lips, you are actually eating it because it WILL end up getting into your body through your mouth. I’m not saying you intentionally EAT lip balm, but there is just no avoiding it! That is why out of all of the natural cosmetics out there, I believe lip balm is the most important one. Think of all of those ingredients that you are ingesting if you are using store bought ones made with scary ingredients.
The good new is that this lip balm is so easy to make and you get the peace of mind knowing exactly what is in it!
You can find new tubes if you search online, or you can reuse your old containers. I bought some new ones to start with, but I always end up reusing them over and over.
If reusing your old lip balm containers, just make sure to clean them really good. I usually soak mine in soapy water and then use a chop stick with some paper towel on the tip to dig down into the space. I have also recycled small tins with lids and used them too.
This recipe uses only 4 ingredients!
- 2 teaspoons Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon Beeswax Pellets
- 1 Vitamin E pill or 1/8 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
- 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Make sure to have all your containers ready because once the mixture cools, it is impossible to pour. Melt the coconut oil and the beeswax together. I use a small pan over very low heat to melt them. Or you can use a microwave and heat at 30 second intervals until it’s melted together. Stir well, and then add the Vitamin E oil and essential oils. If using the Vitamin E pills, just poke a hole in it and squeeze it out. Mix again.
It’s easier to put the hot mixture into a spouted cup, and then pour it into the tubes. Don’t forget that it cools quickly! If the mixture hardens before you are ready, just simply reheat it until it’s a liquid again.
Once your containers are filled, let them cool a few minutes. Then cap them. Keeping the extra tubes stored in the refrigerator long term will help keep them preserved. Because this lip balm contains Vitamin E, it will help prolong the shelf life because Vitamin E has anti-oxidation properties.
Be sure to wipe your pan and other utensils while they are still warm for easier clean-up!
Note: This recipe will make about 2 or 3 tubes worth. I always double my recipe and store the extra ones in the fridge until I am ready for them.