We wanted to honor this year’s World Bee Day by sharing an easy recipe for homemade beeswax lip balm.
Why Food Grade Lip Balm
Store bought lip balms can be filled with all sorts of toxic chemicals and additives. These additives can cause skin issues or allergies.
It’s important to know that what we are putting on our bodies, especially our lips, will help our chapped lips and not harm us.
That is why we offer high quality salves and soon lip balm in the shop, but it is always fun to make your own!
This Lip Balm DIY lets you be sure that only all natural, food grade ingredients are being absorbed by your body.
You know this… because you are making it yourself!
Essential Oils in Lip Balm
Keep in mind that not all fragrance oils and essential oils that are used for soaps, candles, or even perfumes for lotions are necessarily “food grade”. This means that you don’t want to put them on your lips.
Read your labels and do your research before adding any flavors, scents, or even coloring to your lip balm.
Remember that essential oils are very concentrated and that a little goes a long way. However, you can add a few drops of peppermint, sweet orange, or clove essential oil to personalize your lip balm if desired.
Beeswax Lip Balm
- Double boiler (pot for melting wax)
- Candy thermometer (optional)
- 1 oz of beeswax
- 2 oz of coconut oil (food grade)
- 2 oz of olive oil / sweet almond oil (food grade)
- ⅛ tsp of vitamin E oil or one capsule.
- 10 drops of essential oil (ex: peppermint, sweet orange, or clove)
- Plastic lip tubes / small salve tubs. Use whichever style container you wish. You will have about 4.5 oz of lip balm to store.
This whole process should take about 1 hour.
The order in which you add the ingredients does make a difference. For the best possible results follow the directions below..
- If you are planning to set any magical intentions for your lip balm: Cleanse, set your sacred space, and keep that intention in your mind through the entire process.
- First melt the combined beeswax, olive / almond oil, and coconut oil using a double boiler – You can find DIY versions of this online. Do not use a microwave – You will not be happy with the results.
- Stir gently on low heat – If you have a food thermometer, keep the temp from going over 180 degrees.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Add in vitamin E oil. If you are using a capsule, poke a pin hole in the end and squeeze the oil out into your oil blend. Stir the mixture.
- Let cool down a little more. You want the oil to still be warm, but not burn your hand when you touch the container.
- If the liquid is too hot your essential oil will evaporate.
- If it is too cold, it will no longer flow to fill your containers.
- Add in your chosen essential oil – Remember not all essential oils are safe for consumption so do your research before using.
- Stir again to combine and then pour into your chosen containers.
- Do not seal your containers until they are solid and move them with caution.
Decorate your containers with pretty labels.
They will make amazing gifts!
✨ Note: Remember that even the most mundane seeming task can be imbued with magic, so stir in some magic and pour in some love!
🎨 Happy Crafting Tribe!