If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly applying lip balm–especially if you live up in the Midwest like I do! I go through it like crazy, and it gets awfully expensive–FAST!
One day, it occurred to me it would be pretty darn easy to make, and I could save some money doing so. Guess what? I was right! It is super easy to make, and the cost is only 28 cents a tube!
First off, you need to decide how you want to store it. You can use lots of different containers, but I’m partial to tubes. I ordered mine on Amazon. Get them here.
Next, you’ll want to decide which essential oils (if any) you’d like to include in your recipe. They certainly aren’t necessary, but they can provide many benefits. I ONLY use and recommend doTERRA oils; be sure to only use oil that are certified pure therapeutic grade. Whatever you do, don’t use the oils you can get at your grocery store or box store; you certainly don’t want to apply those to your lips. As for specific oils to use, well, that’s up to you! Personally, I love to use peppermint, but lavender, wild orange, and many others are good choices too. Be careful with any citruses if you’ll be spending time outdoors when it’s warm. Citruses are photosensitive, which means they can increase chances of sunburn.
- 2 tbsp beeswax pellets
- 2 tbsp shea butter and/or cocoa butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 20-40 drops essential oil(s) of choice
- Melt beeswax, butter(s), and coconut oil in a double boiler or in a glass container in the microwave in 30-second intervals. (I use the Pyrex glass measuring cups and melt in the microwave. They’re easy to pour from right into the tubes.)
- Add essential oils, and stir.
- Pour into tubes (yield: approx. 15 tubes), and allow to cool to room temperature before capping.
You can of course make smaller batches if you don’t want to make 15 tubes at a time. Just adjust quantities accordingly. Store unused tubes in a cool, dry place to prolong life.
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