I love lip balm and use it all the time. I love to alternate flavours as well, so I always have many lip balms on the go at once. During the cold months and windy days, it is good to keep your lips hydrated as cracking can hurt a lot. Here, I have created 3 DIY lip balm recipes that are easy to make and would make great presents.
The lip balm recipe I used was very simple to make, allowing our kids to complete most of it on their own. The three different flavours are:
- strawberry – pink mica for colouring and strawberry flavouring
- blueberry – blue mica for colouring and blueberry flavouring
- choc mint – 1/3 teaspoon cocoa for colouring and flavouring and 2 drops peppermint essential oil
What else you need:
- cosmetic grade beeswax
- Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Vitamin E oil or capsules
- Plastic Lip Balm Containers
- Microwaveable container or double boiler
- spoons for mixing and measuring
- eyedropper or pipette to pour the lip balm into the containers
Note: I purchased most of the supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies. They also have recipes on their site as well. I purchased the plastic lip balm containers from ebay. The vitamin E oil, I purchased from Chemist Warehouse.
To Make the Lip Balm:
* Set up your lip balm containers. As we used the tubes, I pushed holes into the bottom of an egg carton and slid the empty containers into these holes to hold them in place. I placed a cloth underneath in case the boys spilled the mixture while they were filling up the containers. If you are using the round containers, you can just sit them on a cloth.
* Place 1 TBPS beeswax, 2 TBSP coconut oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil into your container.
* Melt the oils in the double boiler or in the microwave. With the microwave, we set the time for about 20-30 secs and then stirred the mixture and then continued doing this until all the oils were melted together. The beeswax will take the longest.
* This next bit needs to happen quickly before the mixture starts to set. Add a couple of drops of fragrance and a small amount of colouring until you get your desired smell and look.
Remember: Some oils are stronger than others, so only add a small amount at a time. The flavours will get a bit stronger when they have set.
* Pour into your containers and allow to set. We left ours overnight to make sure they were fully solidified.
Store in a cool place to avoid melting.
Other essential oils you could try using the base lip balm recipe are:
- Lavender & Peppermint