Making a lip balm isn’t a big deal. There are a multitude of websites that will teach you how to make one. But a lip balm made out of pure and cheap ingredients that can remove irritations from your lips without any side-effects are a few. Here I would like to teach you a DIY safe and cool lip balms manufacture.
From personal experience, I’ve found that guys tend to prefer minty, soothing balms while girls like sweeter, more fragrant ones, but that’s a generalization — you know your loved ones best, so go with the scents/flavors you think would make them happiest. The basics of lip balm creation are really simple: you need a fat (vegetable-based butter or oil), and a wax (beeswax, or carnauba wax if you want to keep it vegan). Flavoring agents and essential oils are optional, but with the two ingredients listed above, you are in lip balm heaven.
Let me consolidate what all you need before starting:
- Oils/butters and wax (as your recipe dictates)
- A small pot and a large pot for melting/mixing (or a double-boiler)
- A whisk or spoon to stir it all (the whisk is better)
- Glass droppers
- Pots or tubes to contain your amazing lip balm
I generally prefer the little metal screw-top or slider tins for my balms, but if you’re a tube lover you can find tubes (and tins) at a number of online retailers like The Sage and Etsy, and of course, Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs is also where I happened to find my favorite lip balm recipe:
Lemon Coconut lip balm
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
- 1 Tablespoon & 1 teaspoon Beeswax or Carnauba Wax
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil
Chop or grate your wax quite finely, and scoop it into your smaller pot (or pyrex measuring cup) along with your butters and oils. Heat about 2″ of water in the larger pot/double boiler, and once it’s warm, place the wax-filled pot inside it, ensuring that the water doesn’t spill into the smaller pot at all.
Keep the water on medium-high heat until the wax and oil mixture has melted, whisking or stirring it gently to dissolve it evenly. Once it’s all melted, remove it from the heat, set it aside, and add your essential oils. Note that the scent of them will dissipate a little bit, so feel free to add a few more drops than listed in the recipe if you feel it’s necessary. If you find that the mixture is starting to firm up, put it back over the heat to melt into liquid again.
Use your dropper to transfer the liquid balm into your empty containers, and let them cool overnight (or about 10 hours) before closing them. Add cute labels as desired, and moisten up everyone’s lips to your heart’s content! Give an apt name for your balm- you know the name matters a lot.