When I first started my natural living journey, lip balm was one of the first things I made because it is so easy!
Home made lip balm can be tailored to have many uses by simply changing up the essential oils or butters used.
I have used this base recipe to make lip balm, chest rub and dry skin balm (elbows and heels) and my own natural eczema balm by adding different herb infusions and essential oils.
DIY LIP BALM BATCH
What you will need;
- A Pyrex or heat proof bowl and pot for boiling water
- 1/4 Cup Candelilla Wax
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 Cup Shea Butter
- Vitamin E (1 capsule or 1/2 teaspoon liquid)
- 30-50 drops Essential Oil of your choice (note that citrus oils can cause photosensitivity)
- Containers to fill. I reuse small jars and lip balm containers. I also fill larger jars (30-50ml) to keep around the house.
This mix will make a good sized bath of balms! You can also allow it to cool, put in a large jar to store and re-melt and pour as wanted.
- Prepare your working zone by laying down used paper, cardboard or even bits of "Who Gives a Crap" toilet roll wrappers! Anything that can lay flat and protect your surfaces from balm drips as they are hard to clean off.
- Set up your DIY "double boiler". Place a couple inches of water in the boiling pot and then set your bowl or Pyrex on top of the pot. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water below. Check out this video.
- Add the Candelilla Wax, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter to the top bowl or Pyrex of your double boiler. As the water from below begins create heat, the wax and oils will begin to melt in the bowl. Continuously stir the mixture until all elements are melted. Note that it takes some time for Candelilla Wax to melt. For faster melting, try and purchase your Candelilla Wax in shreds or small bits. Ensure that all of the elements in the pot are melted.
- Turn off the heat and then add the Vitamin E and stir.
- Then add your Essential Oils. You can mix oils too! You are only limited by your imagination. I love Sweet Orange, Lavender, Spearmint and Frankincense.
- While the mixture is hot and liquid you can pour it into your containers (on top of your covered space!) or use a plastic dropper to take the mixture up and squeeze into the container. If the mixture begins to appear "chunky" or thick as you pour it, reheat it and then pour again.
- Allow the balms to sit and cool for around an hour or place in the fridge to set faster. Just note that balm that cools too quickly can crack. It won't affect the balm, it will just have a crack through the balm.
Enjoy! I would love to see how the recipe works for you, please message me @nonastieshome on Instagram or Facebook!