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This DIY 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!

Basic Firm Lip Balm

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?

Check out this blog.

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 DIY lip balm recipe is quite firm, so if you’re after a softer balm, reduce the beeswax by 10 g | 0.4 oz.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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