So, y’all know that I’ve been on a coconut oil induced mixtress binge as of late after discovering this great page, 25 Magical Things to Make with Coconut Oil. Well, my latest endeavor was to try my hand at making a coconut oil lip balm. You see, I’m a Chapstick/lip balm addict! I MUST have something moisturizing for my lips on me at all times! But, I know that Chapstick and many other lip balms contain parabens, which is an ingredient that I’ve been trying to get away from as much as possible. So, when I saw this recipe (which requires minimal ingredients and effort), I decided it was worth giving a try.
2 Tablespoons beeswax (about 1 oz)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons shea butter
12 lip balm containers
1. Melt beeswax in a small pan or crockpot over low heat. Add coconut oil and shea butter until all ingredients a melted. Add a few drops essential oil if desired. I did not use any essential oil and it is smells wonderfully like honey!
2. Using a small medicinal dropper, pour the melted liquid into your lip balm containers. Add a few extra drops to the top after filling each container as the ingredients will shrink as they cool.
3. Cool completely to harden. Cover with cap and decorate or label as desired.
Well, first I had to get a couple of the “ingredients.” I had the coconut oil and the shea butter, but needed the beeswax and lip balm containers. The article on Passionate Homemaking had links to a seller, but I decided to check out Amazon, since I had reward points available, also wanted some coco butter and could potentially get free Super Saver shipping ;). So, I hopped on Amazon.com and purchased a bag of five 1 oz. bars of beeswax for $6.35 and a pack of 10 clear .15 oz. lip balm containers for $11.97. Not bad, but learned from a reader, Cheryl, that I could have done better on the lip balm containers by using “Amazon Prime” in my search terms and digging a little further in the results. She found 25 black containers for $13.97!! Live and Learn!!
Anywho, yesterday I got home and my Amazon shipment was at the door! I was sooooo tired because I’d been on the road for several hours, stuck in horrendous traffic on the turnpike as I was returning home from south Jersey. But, after changing and chilling for a bit, I couldn’t resist taking a stab at the lip balm recipe. And, let me tell you, it was soooo easy and quick!!! I grabbed an eye dropper from a hair product and cleaned it with some soapy water, then grabbed my Maychang essential oil and got to work!
I decided to throw the balms into the fridge after finishing them last night. However, that was NOT a good idea! LOL!! The contents got too hard and I wasn’t able to turn the knobs to make the balm rise out of the container. But, when I placed one of the containers high over a burner to allow it to warm a little, it worked like a charm. So, in the future, I know to just let them cool at room temperature.
I used the balm last night and today and it’s very smooth and silky feeling. It doesn’t feel as thick or hard as chapstick, but it feels moisturizing and not at all waxy so far! So excited to have a natural and paraben free lip balm that is so easy to make!!
Finally, next time that I have extra, I’m going to try the hard lotion bars! At the end of the recipe post, the author indicated that leftovers can be poured into an ice cube tray to make hard lotion bars!! LOVE it!! Shoot, why wait for next time and leftovers?!?! I just might make another batch of the balm today!! I’m guessing that I can just store the hard lotion bar in a sandwich bag!
Are you a Chapstick addict? Would you ever try making your own? If you’ve made your own lip balm, what ingredients do you use in YOUR recipe?!? Any tips or tricks to share?
I looked at the blog link you had on FB and it looked very easy. I am ordering the items off of amazon but I need to order something directly from Amazon so I don’t have to pay the $12 shipping and handling cost. I will try Amazon Prime. Good review and awesome it’s all natural.
Oh this is great! I’m gonna have to be a copy cat. I love lip balms a lot too. My problem sometimes after overusing certain ones my lips start to become dryer than before. Do you ever get that problem? I wonder if these ingredients will cause more dryness to my lips with over usage.
This is something I would definitely make for my daughter. She goes thru Chapstick like water. She’ll probably wanna make it herself. Great idea with the leftovers as well.
Ha ha! Shelli, thanks for mentioning me in your post, I feel so honored! 🙂 I haven’t made mine yet, I can be forgetful so thanks for the reminder and for the great photos. I’m going to see some out of town girlfriends for a “post Christmas” dinner tonight and will bring along some homemade lip balm. Your lips look so shiny and smooth! LOL And yes, funny that you said you’re a lip balm freak. I have a tube in every coat pocket and purse. MUST have soft lips. LOL Happy New Year!
lol, how cute are you any your smooches! ❤
and* your smooches. 🙂
Such a great idea! Since I’m a lazy b’, I’m using Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly. It’s in a large 3oz tube. I smooth it on my lips at night and include the crow’s feet area.
Having those good oils in a stick sounds mighty tempting to try – I will have to consider this!
Yes – I will have to try this! The idea of organic, all natural unflavored lip glosses is might-tee tempting!
I love lip balms and after seeing this recipe and one by Hey Fran Hey! I’m not sure I’m motivated to make my own. I like all natural as much as possible but the extra work is deterrent. I like that this was super simple for you to make. Definitely enjoy and thank you for sharing! You are definitely an inspiration!
Wholesale Supplies Plus has the same thing 12 for less than a dollar depending on what color you want and if you want round or oblong.
umm yeah I’m not a big DIY gal and I do love lip balms too so if you want to start selling these, I’d buy (hint)
You can find higher quality supplies at MUCH better prices at http://RusticEscentuals.com. Their Mica colorants work great in lip balm as well.
I get 100 tubes for $11