My love affair with lip balm began when I was Elisabeth's age. I never want to be very far away from a tube. I keep some in my purse...and in my bathroom drawer...and in a kitchen drawer....and....well, you get the idea.
My first love was carmex, then (thankfully) my sis-in-law got me switched away from that about 15 years ago. I switched to Burts' Bees, and loved that it was so "natural"...and I loved the smell and feel of the honey version.
Fast forward to several years ago, when I'd begun making more and more of our own personal care items: I'd see info here and there on making my own lip balm, and considered it...but hadn't tried it yet. But I was already using something so "natural" and "healthy", so no need to make it myself, right?
I ran across some info a little over a year ago that claimed Burts' Bees has soy in it.
No way! I ran and grabbed my closest tube and looked on it. Sure enough. arrrrggghhhh! Soy is not a health food in my book. Even "natural" stuff can't be blindly trusted...not everyone's definition of "natural" and "healthy" matches.
To say I was devastated would not be overstating it. I felt so...so...betrayed. Yes, a little dramatic...but I take my lip balm seriously.
After finding this out about my current beloved lip balm, I was all in on the idea of just making it myself. It didn't appear hard.
And it wasn't. It totally isn't.
I just had to gather some supplies. Some of it I had on hand, but unlike other homemade personal care items, I didn't have all the needed supplies on hand. No big deal, and everything I ordered I can reuse, or get multiple recipes out of. I made ten tubes last March and I've just now run out and made my second batch.
First, I needed to order some empty lip balm tubes. I bought mine on Amazon. I purchased 10 white tubes. You can also get clear...your preference.
|A handy pipette in action, filling a tube|
I just gathered:
beeswax (can purchase through amazon, I bought mine through our co-op)
essential oil (optional, I chose orange...peppermint would work great too)
|That is my beeswax in the mason jar. It is little beads, which melts so quickly |
and easily. I'd read that some of the bigger sticks and bars of beeswax can take quite a while to melt.
1 1/2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp beeswax
8 tbsp coconut oil
30 drops of essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir and melt over low heat. When it is melted and all combined, work quickly to fill the tubes.
I had some lip balm leftover after filling my 10 tubes, so I just poured it in a little jar to keep in my bathroom drawer to apply with my finger. I could have filled more tubes if I'd had them (15? 20?).
I love the honey smell and this balm feels so good on my lips. And I love that it truly is natural...no surprises here!
** UPDATE 6/2015 ****
I have also now made a batch of Sweet Vanilla Butter Lip Balm (from Reformation Acres) and love it also!