This lip balm recipe is a great starting point for almost any lip balm you feel like making. By adding less beeswax and more oil, the result will be a smoother, glossier balm. If it is children you are making the balm for, try playing around with shimmery micas for a sparkly version.

The beauty is that you have the flexibility to create whatever you want, and you get full control of what exactly you let them put on their precious lips. And we all know whatever lands on their lips, ends up in their mouths!

 

 

Makes: 130 g | 4.6 oz (approx. 10 small containers) Prep time: < 10 min. 

 

INGREDIENTS  

50 g | 1.8 oz shea butter

50 g | 1.8 oz carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

30 g | 1.1 oz beeswax

20-30 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are spearmint (or peppermint) and lime, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, carrier oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
  2. Add essential oils and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer into containers of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, carrier oil and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  2. Add essential oils and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed, or until combined.
  3. Transfer into containers of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

TO USE

Apply to lips as needed.

 

Want to add colouring to your lip balm?

When colouring/tinting your lip balm with a powder, it is best to add your colourant after your beeswax/shea/carrier oil is fully melted into a balm. Start with one teaspoon of colourant (if it is a powder) or 2-3 drops (if using a liquid). You can then increase the amount if a deeper colour is desired. Stir through and set aside. As your balm starts to set, continue to stir – this ensures your colourant is evenly distributed and doesn’t settle at the bottom. Once fully set and mixed, scoop into jars or tins. Be mindful that heavy glitters, micas and honey may sink, and some powdered colours don’t mix well with oil, so test your additives in a small amount of balm first.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • If you want to pour your mixture into lip balm tubes go for it, but a steady pouring hand is necessary – pipettes and syringes clog quickly!
  • To work out how many pots/tubes this recipe will make, divide total grams by the capacity of your lip balm containers. If you don’t have enough tins, or too many, halve or double the recipe.
  • This recipe is quite firm, so if you’re after a softer balm, reduce the beeswax by 10 g | 0.4 oz.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.

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