Did you know you can make your own lip balm? This recipe has been shared with us by Bee from Tick of Yum, out of her Scents and Centsability book. It really makes a delightful little gift which you can customise with nicely decorated jars. We have had success with making only a third of this recipe, if you were wanting to make it for personal use only.
Total Preparation Time 1 hour
Makes 6 small lip balm tubs
- beeswax - 30g (see Notes below)
- shea butter - 30g
- coconut oil - 30g
- grapeseed oil - 30g
- apricot kernel oil - 30g
- Check out the notes on making your own beauty products.
- Place a sheet of clingwrap, foil, or baking paper under the lip balm pots so any spills are easily cleaned up. (You won't have time to do this when it has finished warming)
- Sterilise your machine's bowl and any utensils you wish to use.
- Add the beeswax (30g), shea butter (30g), coconut oil (30g), grape seed oil (30g) and apricot kernel oil (30g).
- Heat 4 minutes / 80C / Speed 1.
- Check to make sure none of the wax or butters remain on the blades, wipe off with your sterilised spatula if it has.
- Re-set the heat to 4 minutes / 80C / Speed 1.
- Take the lid off and slightly tip the bowl - wait for a few seconds for any impurities to settle (generally bits from natural beeswax, don't worry about these, they stay on the bottom as you pour and you just wipe or wash them out afterwards).
- Gently but quickly, pour into the lip balm pots or tubes. Do not stop and start, as the wax will quickly set on the sides of the bowl if allowed to cool even slightly.
- Allow the balm to set fully
- Smile, pucker up and slather on!
- 30g of beeswax is best for average temperate areas and for wide mouthed tubs.
- For different textures or applications you could choose between 20g beeswax (very soft, but still solid texture - good for squeezy tubes); 25g beeswax (will provide mostly firm texture in cold areas, but soft in warm); 40g Beeswax (very firm texture most places, good for thin applications after warming the balm with the finger. Will provide a nice texture for VERY warm, tropical areas).
- You can replace any oils mentioned with any other preferred oils, adding some Jojoba is an expensive but sensuous option.