At home you can make your own lip balm with a few ingredients. You can choose to make the ingredients as simple or as elaborate you want.
One of the benefits of making your lip balm is that you get to control what goes in your lip balm. As it will be homemade, there won’t be any need for (and you have access to) chemicals. As all that goes into a lip balm is natural oils and butters, there won’t be any need for preservatives.
You can also choose to omit ingredients you are either allergic like coconut oil and substitute with a different butter like mango butter.
You also get to be creative by crafting lip balm recipes based on the nutritional qualities of the different oils and butters. The possibilities are endless.
Ingredients: Butters, Oils and Waxes
Your choice of butters, oils or waxes may depends on the nutritional properties on the skin. It could also depend on your lifestyle ie If you are vegan, beeswax may not be a good option for you.
Lip balms may become grainy as a result of exposure to multiple fluctuating temperatures ie back pocket, your car etc. This little grainy bits that appear in your lip balms can fixed with this simple tip from sweetmamas
Consider deodorised cocoa butter or refined of coconut oil as their natural smell may interfere with the scent or flavour you are going for.
Castor oil is very glossy so consider pairing it with a light carrier oil like sweet almond oil. It is however very good for use in lip gloss.
Not all essential oils are suitable for the lips. For example citrus essential oils like orange, lemon, lime essentials oils are not recommended because of their photosensitivity.
Here are the commonly used lip balm ingredients and their properties
- Shea Butter is celebrated for its exceptional moisturising capabilities which help hydrates the lips especially during the winter months.
- Cocoa Butter is a great emollient and is packed fill of vitamin E
- Mango Butter is similar to cocoa butter and is full of essential fatty acids great for the skin.
Coconut Oil is a solid oil and will melt in a warm temperatures. It helps prevent dry and flaky skin which is great as a lip balm ingredient.
Sweet Almond Oil is a very light oil that is rich in vitamin E and helps keep the skin cells healthy by protecting it from ultra violet radiation damage.
Sunflower Oil has emollient properties that encourage skin moisture retention.
Safflower Oil contains linoleum acid and helps prevent skin dryness and promotes skin elasticity.
Castor oil has anti inflammatory and moisturising properties. It is a thick oil especially common in lip balms and lip gloss
Beeswax is the natural wax produced by bees. This provides hydrating, barrier against harsh external environment. It is most used and the most effective wax for lip balms
Jojoba wax contains naturally occurring antioxidants and is an amazing alternative for vegan friendly lip balms.
Candelila wax is another vegan friendly alternative to beeswax as it is a great stabiliser for butters and oils in lip balm recipes. It has a fairly high melting point too.
Scents and Flavours
Essential oils are naturally derived while flavour oils are lip safe fragrances.
Check to ensure scents or flavours of choice are lip safe and follow the recommended dosage.
You may choose to tint or colour your lip balm in accordance with scent. For example, lemon scented lip balm could be tinted in a light yellow colour or lavender lip balm could be tinted purple.
The natural way to go is to tint your lip balms with mica pigment which are naturally occurring and easy to use in lip balm formulations
Adding vitamin E oil adds extra antioxidants to your lip balm and extends its shelf life.
Zinc Oxide can be added to lip balm recipe. As lip balm is used on the lips, it remains on the skin and forms a coating that protects against UV radiation.
Basic balm recipe ratio
The recommended lip balm formulation is 3:1:1 of oil to butter and wax. 60% oil, 20% wax and 20% butter creates the right consistency.
If using carnauba wax, you may need to increase up to 25% to 30 %
You may use one or mix of ingredients for example (60% sweet almond oil or 30% sunflower oil and 30% castor oil)
Worthy of note, when formulating your recipe is the temperature wherever you live. When its warmer the lip may need to be firmer and vice versa.
Also if using a tin, a softer balm is recommended while a harder balm suits a tube. You may reduce the wax or add more oil by 7%
Basic Lip Balm Recipe
- 10g Beeswax
- 10g Shea butter
- 15g Coconut oil
- 15g Sweet Almond Oil
- 2.5ml Vanilla flavour (lip safe)
- Lip balm containers
- Glass jug
- Measuring scale
How to make your own lip balm
- In a glass jug, melt the beeswax placed in a pan of boiling water or in a microwave in short bursts. Melt completely. They melt faster when in pellet form. Grate if beeswax is in a block form.
- Add Shea butter, Coconut oil and Sweet almond oil. Mix until completely melted and completely liquid.
- Add Vanilla flavour
- Add other additives you want at this point ie vitamin e, mica pigment etc
- Carefully pour into tin or tube containers
- Leave to completely cool and harden.
How to make lip balm without beeswax
As beeswax is is from bees, it is therefore not vegan friendly. Jojoba wax, Soy wax, Carnauba wax or candelila wax are great substitutes.
The waxes all have various melting points and may require that you increase the butters or oils as they harden the formulations to varying results. Below is an example of a vegan lip balm recipe
Vegan Friendly lip balm recipe
- 4 tbsp carnauba wax
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 10 drops of favour or essential oil
How to make lip balm with SPF
Zinc oxide is a naturally occurring element that works when added to lip balms formulations protect from UV rays on the lips.
It also functions as an emollient, sunscreen as well as colourant. Perfect for lip balms as it is oil soluble.
Recommended usage is 1-5% of total recipe
You should also consider using oils and butters with SPF properties like mango butter and sweet almond oil
SPF Lip balm recipe
- 2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
- 1tbsp beeswax
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 Red raspberry seed oil
- 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 12 drops of essential oil/flavour oil
Personalised lip balm party favours
Why stop at making your own lip balms. If you make way too much, you can give them out as handmade gifts, tokens or souvenirs at your party.
Turn your home made lip balms into wedding favours, bridal shower favours or favours for any occasion.
You will need
Designed labels (you download and use these ones)
Lip balm label for tin or tube
Favour bags or favour boxes
Craft roses (optional)
- Design your labels or use our pre-designed labels and simply personalise on Canva. To personalise upload our designs, simply insert your message or sentiment and download.
- Print the downloaded design on microsoft word onto the A4 format lip balm label
- Attach label to lip balms
- Insert labels into favour bags or boxes
- Attach a craft rose unto favour bag or box
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