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Technique of the Week: DIY Lip Balm

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I used to love those lip balm orbs–they look cool, the colors are fun, the flavors smell fantastic, and the ingredients are natural and junk-free.  I had a couple in my purse and a couple at home and I used them all the time.  Until I had some sort of reaction to the lip balm, yuck.  I’ll spare you the details, but I had to cease and desist and find something else, which was irritating because there isn’t much out there that’s more natural or free of unnecessary chemicals.

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So I did what any normal person would do and looked into making my own lip balm.  Because all the normal people I know are cooking up lip balm in their kitchens.  Right?  You guys are, aren’t you?  Turns out, it’s quick and easy AND you have the benefit of complete control over all the ingredients you use.

The basic recipe is one part wax to two parts solid oil, plus essential oils for fragrance.  Here’s what I used:

2 ounces natural yellow beeswax pellets
3.75 ounces coconut oil
0.25 ounce pure lanolin
lemon essential oil
peppermint essential oil

Put the beeswax, coconut oil, and lanolin in a small saucepan and melt over low heat.  I just put my tiny saucepan on my kitchen scale and measure everything right into it, since the measurements are by weight anyway.  Once the ingredients are fully liquified, remove from heat and add essential oils to your preference.  Make a little sample to make sure you like the balm by dipping the tip of your finger into the mixture and trying it.  Pour the lip balm into whatever container(s) you are using and let it solidify.


I had some standard lip balm tubes that I used a pipette dropper to fill and I found that I needed to keep the liquid lip balm over low heat while I filled the tubes, otherwise the pipette would quickly clog with solidified lip balm.  The above recipe filled twenty lip balm tubes and I had some leftover that half-filled a quarter-cup container.

So far I love this stuff and the family and friend consensus is that it’s an exact copy of store-bought lip balm.  Win!  I ordered all the supplies at Bulk Apothecary, except for the coconut oil already in my pantry and the lanolin I found at my local food co-op.  Another bonus to making your own lip balm?  It’s a lot cheaper when you make it, approximately 50 cents or less per tube (including the tube and depending on where you get your other supplies).

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Are you a lip balm fanatic or could you live without it?  Do you have a fave or will anything do?



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