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Make Your Own Lip Balm

December 16, 2011

Credit: Margaret Boyles
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Coming indoors and going out, the dry winter air causes static hair, parched skin, and—especially—cracked lips.

It’s easy and inexpensive to make your own moisturizing lip balm from natural ingredients.

You need only two ingredients for the most basic product: a little beeswax and a good-quality oil.

The oil and wax together seal in moisture; the beeswax (which contains healing anti-inflammatory and antibiotic compounds) stiffens the product. I add a little raw honey to mine, for its flavor, healing properties, and moisturizing effects.

If you know a local beekeeper, he or she probably sells food-grade beeswax as well as honey. Health food stores usually carry beeswax in blocks, “medallions,” or beads. A dollar or two will buy enough to make quite a few batches of lip balm.


For preparation and storage, you’ll also need:

  • A small stainless-steel or Pyrex pot you can dedicate to melting the wax. (You may want to use it again to make other balms, salves or ointments.)
  • A small wooden spoon or stainless-steel whisk for stirring.
  • A small glass jar or other container (e.g., a new or recycled lip-balm tube).


For the basic recipe:

  • 1 T shaved or chopped beeswax (or beads).
  • 3 T oil (I usually use olive oil, since I have it on hand, but you could use almond, grapeseed, or another oil).
  • 1 t raw honey (optional).
  • Melt the beeswax with the oil over a low heat (double boiler, inside a low oven) or microwave at low power (under careful observation to avoid fires).

As soon as the wax has melted, remove the pot from the heat, whisk in the honey. Pour into a container and let set until firm.

If the solidified mixture feels too firm, remelt and whisk in a little more oil. If you want a firmer product (e.g., one that will fill and push out from a lip-balm tube, add a bit more beeswax). The process of remelting takes only a few seconds, so you won’t mind the work of getting it right.

Once you’ve succeeded with the basic product, you can try new batch using ingredients such as a few drops of a medicinal tincture or an essential oil; cocoa butter, shea butter, or coconut oil for some of the oil; and carnuba wax in place of beeswax.

By the way, this stuff also works well to smooth unruly eyebrows, treat chapped hands and moisturize cuticles and fingernails, so you may want to make a bigger batch on your second try.

 


Margaret Boyles lives in a wood-heated house in central New Hampshire. She grows vegetables, eats weeds, keeps chickens, swims in a backyard pond in summer, snowshoes in the surrounding woods in winter, and commutes by bike whenever possible.

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I have really been wanting to

By Michelle Lauren

I have really been wanting to make my own lip balm, but the problem is that neither beeswax nor any of the substitutes for beeswax that I have found online are sold in stores near my house. I am wondering if petroleum jelly will work although I am aware that it is not natural. I am not a fan of online shopping, so even though I have found beeswax being sold online, I do not wish to purchase it there. Also, I am not confident enough to use the fire, so I would like to know if I can simply put my whole concoction in the toaster to melt it, or use recently boiled water. Thanks so much for your help!

~Michelle Lauren (michellelaurenxe.weebly.com)

Hi Michelle, You can use

By Margaret Boyles

Hi Michelle,

You can use vaseline (petroleum-based) on your lips if you want, but it won't work as a substitute for beeswax.

Perhaps you could find candelilla wax somewhere in Singapore. You would use only half as much of this plant-based wax as the beeswax in your recipe.

And please don't try melting anything in your toaster! Get help from someone, and use the stove.

its wonderful, have 2

By teo

its wonderful, have 2 practice. thx

Hi, I am a cosmetic tattooist

By rae77

Hi, I am a cosmetic tattooist and im wanting to make my own natural balm for my after procedure care to be applied on brows lips and eyes (liner) to keep moist and help to promote healing, I am wanting it to be natural products , is there anything you could suggest? I am a huge fan of pawpaw ointment but wanting to produce my own product, I really like the consistency of the pawpaw too. Thanks Rae

Rae, Take a look at this post

By Margaret Boyles

Rae, Take a look at this post on making herbal salves. Many herbs would work well for your purposes.

I'm not knowledgeable about the regulations involved in your profession. I'd check to make sure there aren't any legal restrictions on the use of homemade medicinal preparations.

When it comes to winter skin

By jazz pollard

When it comes to winter skin care for wee ones, don’t forget those cherub lips and chubby cheeks. Dry air and windy weather can play havoc with a baby’s exposed skin, making chapped lips and cheeks, and even windburn (which looks and feels like sunburn) common winter skin-care problems.

How to treat: The same way you treat dry baby skin on any part of your little one’s body — moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. At least twice a day, smooth some fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion, cream, or ointment on your baby’s cheeks. And put some made-for-baby lip balm or ointment on your cutie’s chapped lips.

How to prevent: Always moisturize (see above) before you step out with your baby. On blustery days, use a plastic rain cover to keep the wind out of the stroller.

This sounds great! I'm going

By JAMES09

This sounds great! I'm going to have to try this....

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