Natural DIY Lip Balm
When it comes to natural ingredients and safe products, there are quite a few out on the market today- but they don't always meet up to their claims. An easy way to get around this? Make it yourself! Of course, that can also be seen as being "easier said than done"- especially if you have no idea where to start! Luckily though, The Beauty Closet has you covered ;) After a bit of research and a little trial & error in my own kitchen, I've managed to come up with a basic guide that will help you get started with making your own DIY natural lip balm. Plus, I've also included a bonus recommended product review from Mary Tylor Naturals- make sure to check it out, below:
Solid Butters: [solid @ room temp.]
- Cocoa Butter [this can cause an increased dryness & chapped skin for some individuals].
- Shea Butter
- Kokum Butter
- Mango Butter
- Sweet Almond
- Coconut [easily melts but can cause issues for those allergic reactions to coconut, such as dryer & increase chapped skin]
- Pomegranate Seed [ultra-rich]
- Apricot Kernel [perfect for aging & sensitive skin!]
- Castor [to add gloss, shine, & to get ultra smooth lips!]
- Hemp Seed
- Olive [one of the easiest-to-find, common basic oils]
Essential Oils: [cold-pressed should be avoided in lip balms]
- Lime [distilled, not cold-pressed]
- Lemon [distilled, not cold-pressed]
- Orange [sweet]
- Vanilla [absolute]
- Clove [this should be used in small quantities, i.e. 1-3 drops per recipe as it brings with it a warming effect!]
- Tea Tree [should also be used sparingly i.e. 1-2 drops]
- Camphor [also features warming effects & should be used with care; 1-2 drops per recipe]
- To add chocolate flavoring & coloring, add in some unsweetened cocoa powder or a small amount of melted baking chocolate into your recipe.
- For red or pink [and even purplish] shades: Alkanet root powder [an herb in the borage family]
- For orangish tint: Annatto seed powder [comes from the herb achiote]
- For hints of green: Chlorella powder [single-celled algae].
- Double boiler > if you don't have one of these, you can use a heatproof jar or pyrex measuring cup or cleaned-out soup can and set it inside of a small saucepan that contains between 2-4" of water; gently boil over medium heat]
- Lip balm tube filling tray > this will make filling multiple tubes at once, a cinch as it prevents mess and will allow for you to effortlessly accomplish with little cleanup or waste!
- Crafting heat gun > this can be used to help flatten out/even out the tops of your lip balms after they've been poured.
- Droppers > perfect for getting out just the right amount of oils for your formulas and allows for precise application and mixing!
The Beauty Closet's DIY Winter Lip Balm Recipe:
[fills 7-9 lip containers or tubes]
- 2 Tablespoons 100% Pure Jojoba Oil.
- 1/2 Tablespoon 100% Pure Rosehip Oil.
- 1/2 Tablespoon 100% Camellia Oil.
- 1 Tablespoon Shea Butter.
- 1-1 1/2 Tablespoons of Beeswax Pellets [start with 1 Tablespoon for a creamier formula & add more for a stiffer formula, depending on desired texture]
- 8-12 drops of 100% Pure Peppermint Oil.
- 7-9 Lip Balm containers.
- *Add in 1/3 Teaspoon cocoa powder or 4 semi sweet chocolate chips for a fun & tasty chocolate twist! ;)
- Grab all of your materials & ingredients up and make sure you also have something on stand-by for cleanup if you need it ;)
- Take all of your carrier oils [Jojoba, Rosehip, & Camellia], beeswax pellets, & Shea Butter into your chose Pyrex Jar, soup can, or container.
- Set the container with all ingredients, into a saucepan that's already filled with 2-4" of water.
- Gently heat over medium-low heat until you see the mixture completely melt.
- Use an oven-safe mitt or pot-holder to remove the container from your saucepan and then place on a microwave-safe/oven-safe pan/plate and add in the essential oil, i.e. 100 % Pure Peppermint Oil.
- Immediately pour the mixture into your desired lip balm containers
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
Mary Tylor Naturals
Organic Beeswax Yellow 100% Pure Beeswax Pellets 1 lb.
Each bag of pellets comes with a reseable bag that means you can prevent mess and it provides easy storage. The premium Triple Filtered Grade A yellow beeswax pellets provide a natural & sweet mild aroma that results in a golden yellow color once they are melted. They melt very easily and are perfect for DIY beauty projects such as The Beauty Closet's DIY Peppermint Lip Balm recipe featured above ;) Organic beeswax also contains a natural source of Vitamin A, which helps provide a long-term solution to hydrating your lips & skin.
Mary Tylor Naturals
Organic 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter 8 oz. Mini Bar
Rich in Vitamin's A, E, & F pure raw organic Shea Butter is amazing for bringing back dull, stressed, cracked, & damaged skin and is also excellent for natural lip balm recipes! Mary Tylor offers up a variety of sizes/amounts of quality Shea Butter that comes in a reseable pouch for storage- the best part? It won't break the bank either ;)
Mary Tylor Naturals
50 White Empty Lip Balm Containers
A smart solution for any DIY lip balm recipe and saves you a decent amount of cash too! At just under $15, this package of 50 empty white lip balm containers from Mary Tylor Naturals is the easiest solution to storing your latest at-home lip balm creations. They're made here in the U.S. and also come in a clear option too! Just as their other quality products, Mary Tylor provides these in a reseable pouch as well, making what you don't use easy to put away for when you need them!