It’s too late to send them out with Christmas cards, which had been my original goal; but I’ve just made my own lip balm today.
I had found a basic three ingredient recipe online, but altered the amounts and added another ingredient. I wanted a stick that would be solid enough not to melt all over in my pocket but soft enough to feel creamy on my lips.
.6 oz bees wax (that’s point six of an ounce)
1 tbsp shea butter
1 tsp coconut oil (added another 1/4 tsp after melting)
Two 1 1/2″ squeezes of petroleum jelly (one after first melting, one just before pouring)
I used a glass bowl and the microwave. Melt the bees wax first. It takes the longest. Cut it into pieces about the size of a large pea if you’re starting with a block. Pellets will already be conveniently sized. When it’s mostly melted (1 minute at a time), add the other ingredients and melt again 30 seconds at a time. Stir well and pour into lip balm tubes. I found pouring directly from the bowl easiest. It has scalloped edges and made a natural little spout. it will solidify quickly in the bowl, so you may have to keep reheating it.
I got 9 tubes out of this little bit. They solidified very quickly but you can put them into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes if needs be.
This mixture feels just like my blue label moisturizing lip balm. While there’s coconut oil in it, there’s almost no scent of coconut. I’ll be using it exclusively until I decide if I like my recipe enough to repeat or if I want to fiddle with it.
Flavoring would be very easy to add if I wanted. There’s a tangerine lip balm I got at the coffee and tea festival last year. I like the flavor of it. I’d probably like lemon too. But almond would also work. I don’t often go for the most common flavors of mint and cherry.
I bought the empty tubes on Amazon fairly cheaply and had all the ingredients already because I’d bought the shea butter and coconut oil to replenish a pot of skin moisturizer. The bees wax had cost me $1 for an ounce at the coffee and tea festival last March and I’d never done anything with it all this time. Who doesn’t have petroleum jelly in their medicine cabinet?
You can purchase most of the ingredients in your local drug store or vitamin shop, or online at Amazon.com. The first three items are often grouped together in Amazon when you start to look for them.
Shea butter — 7fl ozs $9.99
Coconut Oil — 14fl oz $11.99
Bees Wax — 1 oz bar $1
Petroleum Jelly — 2.5 oz tube $2.25
Lip Balm tubes — 25/$6.99 with free shipping
The breakdown per piece is a bit tricky to figure out. It seems like a big investment to get it started, and I would need more bees wax when I want to make my next batch. But, as I said, I already had the ingredients for making other things. Their original purpose had already been fulfilled in making skin moisturizer. I was dealing with leftovers at that point and I still have over half the jar of coconut oil and 1/3 of the jar of shea butter.
Skin Moisturizer — Mix shea butter and coconut oil. Melt in microwave for a minute to make it easy to blend, as both are solids at room temp and pour into an empty pot or even an empty 8 oz margarine container. The coconut oil softens the shea butter. Fiddle with the amounts until you get a room temperature consistency you like. Mine jiggles a bit in the pot and melts on contact with skin.
Since I already had so much, my investment for lip balm was really only the tubes. I’d guesstimate my full cost per tube of lip balm to be less than a dollar.
And I can pronounce every ingredient in it.