Making your own lip balm is one of the most satisfying DIY skin care projects. It’s one of the easier things you can make and you end up with a fabulous product that you’ll probably use on a daily basis.
Here’s how to make a lip balm you’ll want to use and brag about every day! It’s the easiest recipe and is great for beginners, kids, and teens.
The first thing to know is that to make a simple, fabulous lip balm you only need two ingredients – an oil and wax. Some recipes can also use soft and hard butters but they’re not necessary for making a great balm. If you’re curious though, I share those recipes in 2 other posts.
But resist the urge to check those out if you’re just getting started or working with kids. I highly recommend that you start with this recipe instead! It’s a basic recipe and I use it ALL THE TIME. Getting fancier is fun, but it’s not essential to a great quality balm. Trust me – what you make with this recipe will be WAY better than anything you’ve ever bought!
All you need is two ingredients and about 20 minutes of time.
There is flexibility in those percentages! You can deviate from that variation in order to create either a softer or harder lip balm. This is about creating the perfect lip balm for you so I encourage you to try different variations.
Secrets To Getting The Measurements Right
I think this is the most confusing part for most people. Since I’m not usually making a ton of lip balms I usually use Tablespoons used for baking for measurements. For example 4 tablespoons of oil and wax makes between 4 and 9 containers. The number of containers you make depends on the size of the tin, tube or jar you use. Most tins and jars will allow you to make 4 lip balms. Most tubes will yield 9 lip balms.
Here are some basic measurements based on 4 tablespoon rule.
3.25 Tablespoons of Oil
.75 Tablespoons of Wax
The Steps For Making a Lip Balm
There are really only 5 simple steps to making a lip balm.
Fill a pot with a little water
You don’t need a lot of water. You just need enough to cover the sides of your measuring cup when it sits in the pot.
Measuring your ingredients
Measure your ingredients with a measuring spoon (based on the recipe above). The reason I use a measuring cup is because the handle stays cool while heating and it’s easier to pour into tins and tubes when it’s done.
Place your measuring cup into your pot of water on the stove
Make sure there isn’t so much water in here that it spills over the edge. I like using a measuring cup that’s big enough that the handle hangs over the pot. This makes it easier to handle.
Heat your ingredients at a low temperature for 5-10 minutes (or until all beeswax beads are melted)
It’s really important that you do this slowly, on low heat. Otherwise your lip balms will have a funky burnt-like beeswax smell. If this is your first time making this recipe you can let it cool in the measuring cup (you can add it to the freezer to speed it up). If you want to make the balm softer or harder you can add more ingredients (start with 1/4 tsp at a time).
Add your ingredients to tins, tubes or jars and let them cool till hard
If you haven’t done this before you might make a bit of a mess. Tins and jars are much easier when you’re getting started but you can most certainly manage with tubes as well – even if you don’t have the fancy filling trays. Just pour slowly and watch your fingers!
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I'm Susanna, the Natural Skin Care Junkie!
I became a certified Aromatherapist at the start of the Millennium and have been making my own skin care products ever since.
During my time in the world of natural skin care, I have sold my own spa line (Oriana Naturals), a natural beauty box (Flynn & Sage) and a facial care line (Conscience Beauty Lab). I have taught live courses in DIY beauty and have been helping people make their own products with this site since 2013.
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