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Do you have dry lips, or just like your lips to look nice and moisturized? During the winter, we have very dry air, I always like to use some sort of moisturizer on my lips daily. I love using coconut oil but just plain coconut oil doesn’t lock in the moisture too well. Usually, I often to keep reapplying the coconut oil to my lips several times throughout the day. I needed something a little more hydrating and long lasting, so I made my own natural homemade lip balm.
I created the natural homemade lip balm recipe below using organic beeswax with coconut oil. For this recipe, you can use any type of oil. I use jojoba oil or coconut oil, generally, but pretty much any oil would work.
I love this natural homemade lip balm and it’s easy to make, so I thought I would share this simple useful recipe from my DIY Makeup e-book with you!
Why You Should Be Careful of Lip Balms
I used to put Vasoline on my lips every day in the winter when my lips were dry..yuck! Back then, I had no idea what ingredients were in Vasoline, how it was made or how toxic it was to my body. Now, I cringe when I think about how I used to apply it every day.
Petroleum jelly, just like the name “says”, originates from petroleum or crude oil. There are two reasons petroleum jelly can be harmful to your health. One is that it seals in the body’s toxins and doesn’t let them leave. This is how it traps moisture and although you may feel your skin is softer, you are not adding moisture but merely trapping moisture and not letting new moisture in.
The other issue is that petroleum jelly, which is basically comprised of hydrocarbons, can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and these in addition to some of the other ingredients in petroleum jelly have been linked to cancer. This is why I would rather be on the safe side and stay away from any petroleum jelly.
Lip sticks, lip balms, and lip glosses are also bad culprits when it comes to toxic ingredients. The chemicals and parabens are harmful as they are absorbed by your skin and never leave the body!
This is especially a concern because so many women and men use exorbitant amounts of these toxic moisturizing products during the winter months when the air is dry. But, it is even worse for those that apply it every single day as they get the most exposure. This toxic load builds up on the body and it is a great concern.
Making Your Own Homemade Lip Balm is Easy, Quick and Inexpensive
This homemade lip balm recipe is pretty quick to make and you only need 2 ingredients, just the type of oil you prefer and beeswax. All you need to do is mix them together, but before you can, you just need to melt the beeswax before you combine them. It is very easy and takes just a few minutes.
This natural homemade lip balm only takes me less than 10 minutes to make and one stick lasts me 6 months to 1 year!
Also, if you would like to make more at one time for yourself or to give some to your family or friends, you can easily double or triple the recipe.
Adding Essential Oil to the Recipe
A lot of lip balms you see in the stores have added essential oils. This is a great option not only to add more variety and a subtle and appealing scent, but also to help preserve the homemade lip balm.
Adding essential oils such as tea tree or lemon or peppermint can help the lip balm to last longer because they have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
You don’t need to add much essential oil, at all, to get the added benefit! It’s wonderful to have the added scent and by making your own, you can pick out whatever scent you would like.
Also, adding a few drops of healing essential oils, such as lavender, is a great option because of the added healing properties. I like to do this especially in the winter when my lips are dry or chapped and need a soothing lotion that promotes healing.
How to Store Your Homemade Lip Balm
When you make this recipe, while the 2 mixed ingredients are hot you can pour them in to any type of container or jar to store the balm. As it cools in the container, it hardens and forms to the shape of the container. You can use either a small flat jar which you will dip your finger in when you apply the lip balm or you can pour it in to a lip balm tube so you can apply it just like a lip stick. Using a lip balm tube is my favorite because then I don’t have to use my finger every time I apply it and less germs have an opportunity to get in to the lip balm.
How to Make Natural Homemade Lip Balm
What you need:
- 3 tablespoons jojoba oil or coconut oil or any kind of oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
- optional: add 2-3 drops of an essential oil to naturally preserve the lip balm
or vitamin E also works great
- a cup to mix them in (I use a coffee cup)
- a container to store it in ( I use this cute lip balm jar or this lip balm stick)
1. Combine all ingredients, the beeswax, oil, and essential oil in a dish and set aside.
2. Heat a pot of water, bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
3. Place the dish (of jojoba oil, beeswax, and essential oil) in the pot with hot water. Let the bowl sit in the pot with hot water until the beeswax is melted, occasionally stirring.
4. Pour into a lip balm jar or a lip balm stick while warm (it will harden quickly and take the shape of the container as it cools).
If you would like to learn more about making your own makeup and natural beauty products, be sure to check out my e-book, Make Your Own Makeup From Organic Foods and Minerals with over 100+ easy recipes!