For those of you who do not speak Procrastinator, “tomorrow” is short for, “I should do that tomorrow but it’ll probably be a week from now. If I get around to it”.
I really have been meaning to post my recipe though so it was nice to get a little reminder from a stranger! I’m going to give you a quick rundown of the basics for now and if there is an interest, I’ll post more details. I’ve only made one batch of lip balm but I’ve done hours (and HOURS) of research so that one batch actually turned out very nice. It wasn’t pretty (I made it on Christmas Eve and delivered it on Christmas Day!) so I didn’t try to pass it off as a gift. I brought a basket of them (and some cuticle/heel balms) and gave it away to family and a few friends. I used translucent tubes so you can see when you are running low but I would like to add some color and/or shrink wrap to make them a smidge less “questionable product from someone’s kitchen”.
The basic recipe for lip balm is very simple:
One Part Wax
Two Parts Oil
Two Parts Butter
Melt, stir, pour, let set
I melted beeswax in the microwave (double boiler method is better). Once it was liquid, I stirred in the organic virgin coconut oil (this is the “butter” ingredient) followed by Sweet Almond Oil. I undercut the almond oil just a little and added Jojoba oil, Lanolin and vitamin E oil – each for their various properties – until it reached the right measure. I had to reheat a few times throughout the process which is one big reason it is better to use a double boiler. The only thing left is essential oil(s) for scent. I made this batch with Tangerine. Use only 100% pure essential oils if you want to keep your balms natural. Keep in mind that different essential oils have different properties. For instance, peppermint and citrus oils can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so you’ll want to go easy on these.
When you have everything blended well, you can pour it into tubes or tins or tiny tubs – I used a funnel and a lip balm filling tray – and let it cool. I’d avoid the fridge though, low temps can cause it to crack and crumble. This will have a lower melting point than the lip balms you buy in the stores so I wouldn’t leave it in a hot car. It doesn’t melt in my pocket but does get very soft.
I will follow up with another post soon (i.e. eventually) that gives more details, more ingredient options and an explanation of the properties and benefits of the ingredients. I’m preparing to make my next batch soon so I will also post about my updated methods. For now, here are a few links to products you may need:
SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc.
This is where I found the best deal on chapstick tubes. Also, definitely get their lip balm filling tray, I’m not sure how you would fill the tubes without it!
I got mine at a local store, I’m still looking for a beekeeper who sells wax. I’ve seen eBeeHoney.com recommended if you need to order your wax. Note: the one-lb bricks are stupid-hard to grate for melting. If you go this route, you may be conditioning yourself to loathe beeswax. Instead, look around for beeswax beads or fresh beeswax (this can be melted and poured through cheesecloth for purification).
Oils and Butters
I bought my oils at health food stores and Trader Joe’s. Most of it can be purchased online through Amazon or Vitacost.com.
Feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments!