How To Make Lip Balm

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Learn how to make lip balm at home.  This is my favorite lip balm recipe that I am sharing with you.  I am addicted to lip balm and put loads on during the day.  I can never have enough around.  I get my lip balm in my purse, in the car, in the pocket of every coat, by my computer, and the list goes on.  This lip balm is also great used on your cuticles.

Making your own lip balm and/or gloss is simple, very economical, and it is truly rewarding.  By making your own lip balm, you know what products are going into it, and that you are using safe ingredients.  I have made my own lip balms for several years now.  They also make great gifts.

An easy guide for creating your own lip balm recipes can be obtained by using the following proportions.  The below measurements are weights.  You can calculate your own recipes in ounces, grams, or pounds.  I, personally, like to measure all my ingredients in grams, as it is easier to get an accurate measurement.  Most kitchen scales list grams along with ounces.

  • 20% Beeswax (white or yellow pellets or solid blocks)
  • 25% cosmetic grade oil that is solid at room temperature (Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Butter, Palm Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, etc.)
  • 15% cosmetic grade oils that are brittle at room temperature (Cocoa Butter, Pal Kernel Oil, etc.)
  • 40% cosmetic grade oils that are liquid at room temperature (Caster Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Aloe Oil, Jobo Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, etc.)

 

Linda’s Lip Balm Recipe

Ingredients Total GramsPercent of Total
TOTALS96.51
PHASE 1
Beeswax210.220
Coconut Oil60.057
Shea Butter90.06
Aloe Vera Butter110.11
Cocoa Butter7.50.08
PHASE 2
Castor oil140.15
Other Oils:

Grapeseed Oil - 10 grams
Aloe Vera Oil - 6 grams
Jojoba Oil - 5 grams
Hemp Oil - 4 grams

(You can use a combination of other oils such as avocado oil, olive oil, etc.)
250.26
PHASE 3
Vitamin E Acetate

(You can use vitamin E capsule. Just puncture with a needle.)
30.03
Peppermint Essential Oil

(You can substitute your favorite oil)
2 drops

Instructions:

Phase 1:

  • Break Phase 1 solids (beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera butter, cocoa butter) into smaller pieces.  This speeds up the melting process.
  • In a heat-proof glass container (a pyrex measuring cup will work), add the pieces of solid oils.  Place the container in a shallow pan of water over low heat (the water level should come up to about half way up the sides).  Simmer the water gently, and let the solids melt until liquefied. Once melted, remove from heat. NOTE: Use caution and never heat over direct heat.

 

Phase 2:

  • Add Phase 2 oils to the hot melted oils; stir together to blend.  Be careful not to burn yourself.  Oils and wax get hot very quickly and the temperature can climb higher than you suspect.

 

Phase 3:

  • Add Phase 3 ingredients (vitamin E and essential oil). Stir to blend together.  Be careful when adding essential oil, as they can be overpowering.  I like to just faintly scent my lip balms.  You may substitute for any flavor you prefer.
  • Pour into ¼-or ½-ounce containers of your choice and let cool thoroughly before placing lids.  Do not let the mixture cool too much before pouring.  If the lip balm begins to solidify and clings to the edges of the pot or measuring cup, quickly reheat the oil.  NOTE: You can purchase disposable droppers (pipettes) for getting the hot solution into the containers.
  • Lip balm tubes will hold about .15 ounces of product.
    Lip balm pots will hold about .25 ounces of product.
  • Once the solution cools there will be a slight indentation from shrinkage

 

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