DIY Moisturizing Lip Balm
I used to melt some Vaseline and a dab of old lipstick to make a lip gloss but now that I think about it, Vaseline is NOT a food so why would I eat it??? I’ll leave it for the workshop where it does have some good uses but it’s OUT of my skin care now and in with actual food oils.
Always clean your work area well before you start and then wipe down again with some alcohol on a cotton pad. Wash hands well. Rinse out your tubes or pots with alcohol and let them air dry. I like to put down a piece of paper towel to mop up any spills and keep my counter less greasy and makes clean-up quicker.
Alcohol for cleaning your work place and your tubes, pots or tubs.
Little clean empty tubes from old lip balms, small pots, little metal tubs, etc.
Voyageur Soap & Candle in Langley, BC sells a wonder pre-mixed lip balm base with great ingredients or you can mix up your own ingredients.
When I bought a dozen tubes and a small pot of lip balm base, my cost per tube was about one dollar. Pretty great, isn’t it???
Pre-Mixed Moisturizing Lip Balm Base
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
This one is nice and fatty if you like a softer balm. This is softer than the Voyageur Moisturizing Lip Balm Base which is a medium firmness.
Recipe makes 2 tubes or small pots
2 tbsp olive oil 30 ml (Olea Europaea)
½ tsp honey 2 ml
¾ tsp grated beeswax 3 ml (Cera Alba)
½ tsp pure cocoa butter 2 ml (Theobroma)
1 vitamin E capsule 1 (Tocopherols)
How to get started
Using the recipe above – In a small saucepan or metal cup, heat the oil, honey, wax and butter over low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and cool a few minutes. Add vitamin E.
Using pre-mixed base – Just put as much as you think you’ll use into the little saucepan and you can always pour it back into your supply pot if you melt too much for your containers.
Use a tiny saucepan or something easy to pour with and melt the base or oils together until melted through. I like to create a little double boiler with a shallow cake tin with some water in it.
Let the melted oils cool a few minutes and then pour carefully into prepared tubes or small pots. If I’m only pouring a couple, I stuff some paper towel down in a small jar so they will stand up nicely and cool upright. A large needle-less syringe works well too.
The setting lip balms bundled together with elastic to keep upright as they cool.
When tubes are cool, wipe them well with a paper towel to remove any greasy residue so your label or sticker will stick.
I designed a little label for these and wrapped the lip balm around onto itself to make it stick better as a lip balm will have lots of handling.
You can always add a bit of an old lipstick to give lip balm a tint or a couple of drops of peppermint or vanilla oil extract for extra flavor but I really don’t think it needs it unless you’re after something a little different.