With this DIY lip balm recipe, it is fun and easy to make your own lip balm. In addition, you know what is processed in the product and that it is not harmful to your skin or health. And since the average woman eats about 3 kg of lipstick or lip balm in her entire life, it is important to know what you are applying to your lips every day.
The main ingredients for this recipe are vegetable oil, beeswax, and vegetable butter. And with that, you can come up with endless variations to make lip balm. For the taste, you can add essential oil or, for example, cocoa powder
I’ll first give you a basic recipe with which you can make lip balm and then you can vary endlessly with all kinds of different types of vegetable oil and butter.
Basic lip balm recipe
- 3 parts vegetable oil
- 1 part beeswax
- 1 part vegetable butter
- Essential oil (start with 1-2 drops per tablespoon and then you can always add more as desired.
Beeswax consists of about 60% myricin, which in turn consists of about 30% myricyl palmitate. In addition, beeswax contains cerotic acid, melissic acid and similar acids (12%), alkanes (approximately 14%), alcohols (approximately 1%), and other substances such as bee species-specific flavorings (6%).
Pure beeswax has been considered a valuable product by people for centuries and has been used by them for various applications. Nowadays, beeswax in pure form and/or mixed with other (synthetic) substances are used, among other things, in the industrial, religious, artistic, medical, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Beeswax is also often used to shine candies, licorice, etc. Every year Western Europe imports thousands of tons of beeswax from almost all continents of the world. You can mainly find organic beeswax via the internet and some organic supermarkets. Like glycerin, it is not cheap: 18 euros per bag of 500 grams.
The advantage is that you can use it for a very long time because you never need very much. that you last a very long time because you never need very much. that you last a very long time because you never need very much.
lip balm without beeswax
If you don’t want to use beeswax, you can replace it with candelilla wax. You only need half of the candelilla wax than the beeswax. So, for example, if you were to use 1 tablespoon of beeswax, you can replace it with ½ tablespoon of candelilla wax.
It is easy to use tablespoons in your DIY lip balm recipe. So the recipe above would then be 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax, and 1 tablespoon vegetable butter. With this, you can already make a decent amount of lip balm. You can add about 5-10 drops of essential oil to this.
You can vary a bit with the beeswax, if you find the lip balm too hard you can melt it again and add some more vegetable oil if you find the balm too soft you can add some more beeswax.
Castor (miracle) oil can also be used perfectly in your lip balm because it gives a nice shine to your lips. In the above recipe, you can then add about tbsp (and then use 2 ½ tbsp vegetable oil)
Colored lip balm
If you want lip balm with a color, you can also use some natural dye or use mica powder. This is optional.
For example, you can use vegetable oil (almond oil) soak with some alkanet root for a pink or pink/red effect. The longer you let it soak and the more alkanet root you use, the more intense the color will be.
Or you can color the lip balm with sea buckthorn oil for an orange/salmon color, cocoa or cinnamon for brown, or with lilac natural pigment powder. You can also combine each other for other colors.
Prepare lip balm:
- Put the oil, wax and butter in a heatproof measuring cup and melt everything in a bain marie (in a pan of hot water) over a low heat until it is liquid.
- Remove the measuring cup from the water and dry the outside briefly so that you do not get water in your lip balm. Let the mixture cool to about 40 degrees. Now add the essential oil and any food coloring. Stir well so that all ingredients are well mixed.
- Now fill small jars or special lip balm sticks with the liquid and let it cool completely. In theAroma lifestyle shop you will find natural dyes and special jars and sticks for lip balm. You can also keep your old labello sticks and clean, disinfect and reuse them when they are empty.
- When the balm has cooled you can close the jars or sticks.
What ingredients can you use for your lip balm?
Vegetable oils are basically liquid although coconut oil also falls under this.
You can use anything for this, such as:
Olive oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil sesame oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and natural castor (miracle) oil for the extra shine.
You can also use one of these vegetable oils first macerate make with eg herbs, natural dyes or flowers.
This gives an extra caring effect to your lip balm. The ideal is, of course, calendula, lavender, and roses as well peppermint is very suitable.
Vegetable butter has a firm texture when they are at room temperature. Like shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, or aloe vera butter.
This butter makes your lip balm creamy and soft.
Suitable essential oils for your DIY lip balm recipe are:
Arabic mint (slightly softer than peppermint)
Use these last 3 sparingly (1-2 drops per recipe) as they are quite strong.
You can also use lavender or rose to use it if you like.
If you want to spoil your lips extra, you can also make a lip scrub.