Last year I set out on a do-it-yourself adventure. I made everything from toothpaste and lotion bars to moisturizers and facial cleansers. I experimented with different recipes and even had the opportunity to create my own from time to time. My absolute favorite, however, was the lip balms.
This recipe I put together is extra soothing and moisturizing for very chapped lips with naturally-healing vitamin E and lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils. I also added just enough peppermint to offer instant relief and a bit of winter freshness.
So, why take the time to make a few of your own? Well, it’s actually fun and really doesn’t take more than about 30 minutes or so to make a batch of 25 lip balms. The most important reason, however, is because many of the store brands have a number of unnatural and toxic ingredients, such as parabens and phenols. Here’s a link by the Environmental Work Group to view the ingredients and hazard risk of Chapstick. (Plug in your own personal lip balm to see how it fares out.) When what you put on your lips goes directly into your body, it pays to choose a more natural alternative.
Soothing Minty Lip Balms also make great gifts. I paired these up with my lotion bars, (which have many of the same ingredients!) a festive “soap dish”, cute labels, and some ribbon and had fun sharing them with my friends and family.
Here’s my step-by-step recipe for making your own Soothing Minty Lip Balm. Enjoy!
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c beeswax*
3 T shea butter
1 T olive oil
1/4 tsp vitamin E
18 drops peppermint essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
Syringe or pipette
*I found my beeswax bar at a local farmer’s market and had to shave it down with a knife to measure it out. You can also order pastilles like these for easier measuring.
1. Fill a small pot with water and bring to a boil.
2. Place a heat-safe glass jar or measuring cup inside the pot and add the following ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter.
3. Use a butter knife or wooden spatula to stir the ingredients together as they melt.
5. Use a syringe or pipette to pour the liquid into the lip balm tubes.
6. Allow to cool completely, then label (I love these cute labels!) and enjoy!
- ¼ c coconut oil
- ¼ beeswax
- 3T shea butter
- 1T olive oil
- ¼ tsp vitamin E
- 18 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
- Syringe or pipette
- Empty lip balm containers
- Fill a small pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Place a heat-safe glass jar or measuring cup inside the pot and add the following ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter.
- Use a butter knife or wooden spatula to stir the ingredients together as they melt.
- Once melted, remove the glass dish and allow to cool for just a few minutes before adding the following ingredients: olive oil, vitamin E, and essential oils. Stir thoroughly.
- Use a syringe or pipette to pour the liquid into the lip balm tubes.
- Allow to cool completely, then label and enjoy!