So I finally made lip balm, and it turned out fantastic! And what a perfect time to have a few containers kicking around, with this cold winter air chapping our lips up like mad. How easy it is, folks – and because it contains cocoa butter, it smells like you are cooking with heavenly chocolate. Be forewarned: you may have to ward off hungry husbands and children who think you are baking a cake!
What you will need:
4 parts beeswax pellets / shavings
4 parts coconut oil
2 parts cocoa butter
1 part olive oil
A few drops per standard size lip balm container (ie. a Burt’s bees tin) peppermint essential oil
Have some small containers cleaned and ready to go on the counter so you can pour the balm right in. It hardens quickly.
Melt the first 3 ingredients in a double boiler on low heat (see my FAQ for double boiling explanation). When melted, add olive oil and stir in until also melted. Remove from heat, add your essential oil, stir, and immediately add the melted balm to your containers. I found a soup spoon was the most useful. You have to pour delicately if you don’t want to get it everywhere.
Put your containers in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. And you are ready to go!
You will need to apply with your finger*. If you have an empty chapstick container, you can try pouring in this – let me know how it goes! This balm can also be used as a cuticle cream. Hope it works for you!
*If the balm is too hard, re-melt and add a small amount of olive oil, and try again. If too soft, re-melt and add a small amount of beeswax. If you find it stings or irritates your lips at all, you may need to reduce the amount of essential oil. Either scrap the batch, or re-melt and add in another batch of the ingredients, minus the essential oil. If it still irritates you, remove the essential oil entirely and try that out in a new batch. Still bothersome? Contact me for alternative base ingredients – you may be sensitive to one.