I am always loosing lip balms. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever finished a tube. Like, ever.
So when I had the opportunity to make my own all natural lip balm for a fraction of the cost of buying one, I jumped on it. If you’re a DIYer you probably already have all of the ingredients sitting at home, and the instructions couldn’t be easier. Literally just melt and pour.
Now you can have a lip balm in your purse, in your car, in your office, by your bed, with your makeup, and shoved in the couch cushions if you’re into that kind of thing (I definitely am).
Why an All Natural Lip Balm?
Well, there are a few reasons and they’re pretty hard to pronounce.
OXYBENZONE. Reason number one: you want to avoid this stuff. It’s a chemical used to enhance skin absorption. But it also has a host of nasty side effects like organ system toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, and can cause biochemical or cellular level changes. Yuck! This ingredient scores a dangerous 8 on the EWG database!
PROPYLPARABEN. Reason number two, this is a pretty nasty chemical you’ll want to avoid as well. It can cause allergies and immunotoxicity, endocrine disruption, developmental/reproductive toxicity and harm to the environment. This ingredient scores a 7 on the EWG database. (source)
Both these ingredients (and more) are used by an extremely popular brand of lip balm that you probably own or have used, ChapStick. (and is likely in a lot of other lip balms too)
Do your body a favor and avoid these harmful chemicals! If you’re not so much into the DIY life, that’s ok, you can always buy an all-natural lip balm that’s just as safe as the one we made here.
My go-to natural lip balm is definitely Mettrum Originals. I just love how smooth it goes on, how amazing it smells, and of course, that the ingredients are top notch. If you’re looking for a natural lip balm, check them out.
The Natural Ingredients
If you’re wondering how I came up with the ingredient list for this recipe, no I didn’t just pull it out of thin air. Each ingredient plays an important roll to make this lip balm moisturizing and healing. Check it out:
Beeswax is really the backbone of this recipe. It gives it the perfect consistency of a lip balm, and it gives our recipe a bit of a water resistant element. But most important, beeswax conditions the skin by locking in moisture.
The healing properties come from the beeswax, it seals in moisture for dry lips and actually helps them heal.
Coconut oils main contribution to this recipe is it’s incredible moisturizing properties. That’s pretty much coconut oils claim to fame. Coconut oil can also give a natural SPF of about 2-8.
Shea butter has the same qualities as coconut oil in this lip balm. It’s a great moisturizer and gives the lip balm a buttery texture. Shea butter also gives our lip balm a natural SPF of about 3-8.
Vitamin E Oil
This is such a great ingredient for DIYs. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which damage cells causing aging and other skin issues. It is also a natural preservative, which helps keep our lip balm good for longer.
A very versatile oil that is great for the skin and has a natural SPF of about 5.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Essential oils are a great way to add a scent to a DIY without any of the harmful chemicals that are used in most skincare products. Fragrance on an ingredient list could be any of about 3,000 chemicals combined to create a scent. Yikes!
There you have six great reasons to make your own natural lip balm, let’s get started.
Just a quick shout out to my sister who was my copilot on this recipe! If you can rally up a second set of hands, I would recommend it.
** Find recipe card at the end of the post **
You Will Need:
2 Tbsp. Beeswax
1Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Shea Butter
¼ tsp. Vitamin E Oil
1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1. Add all the ingredients except the essential oils to a double boiler (or glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water) and keep over heat until everything is melted.
2. Next, remove from heat and add essential oils.
3. Pour into lip balm tubes. This is when you’ll want a second set of hands, we had my sister try to pour without the funnel and it made a huge mess, then I held the funnel while she poured and it worked way better.
Fill the lip balm tubes as full as you can, then when they start to solidify, top them up so that they are almost going to spill over. That way when they dry, they won’t be sunken in the middle.
If you let them dry too much before topping them up, the top-up will likely not stick and will fall off when you use it on your lips.
4. Let dry for a half hour or so before using. Then toss one in every room, as needed.
5. Purge your home of the toxin-filled lip balms (optional –but recommended)
This recipe makes about 7 standard sized tubes (5 grams) with an approximate SPF of 5-8. Feel free to double or triple the recipe as needed.
I’m really happy how they turned out, they go on super smooth and smell minty fresh! Try your hand at homemade lip balm and make sure not to skip step 5!
Let me know how yours turn out!
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- 2 Tbsp. Beeswax
- 1Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Shea Butter
- ¼ tsp. Vitamin E Oil
- 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- Add all ingredients except essential oil to double boiler (or glass bowl over saucepan of boiling water).
- Heat until melted.
- Remove from heat and add essential oil.
- Carefully pour into lip balm tubes (using a funnel works best).
- Let set up for about 30 minutes.
- Makes approx. 7 standard lip balm tubes (5g).
- Top up the tubes when the mixture starts to harden, this will avoid the sunken middle look. Don't wait too long or the top-up wont stick and it will come off when the lip balm is used.
- Approximate SFP of 5-8