52 Homesteading Skills in One Year Project 32: Homemade lip balm
I timed it. You can make your own all natural, luxurious, homemade lip balm in three minutes.
I have a hard time just getting dressed and putting on my lip balm in three minutes.
And do you know how much it cost to make a tube of homemade lip balm? Less than $2. Last year I bought a Burt’s Bees lip balm for $5.
This all natural chap stick is not only cheaper than almost anything store bought, but so much better. In fact, I believe it works miracles. My lips are so sensitive that I can’t wear lipstick and even most lip balms on the market end up irritating instead of soothing them.
So I really didn’t have high hopes for this chap stick as I have tried natural lip balms before. But this has to be the best recipe in the world. I have been wearing this lip balm all week and my lips have never been better. Never. I wish I could insert my lips here so you could feel their softness.
If you suffer from chapped lips or are simply a crazy lip balm lover like me, I urge you to give this recipe a try.
I promise. After making this lip balm, you’ll feel like a superstar. Even when you can’t get your ducks into their coop at nightfall. And so you wait until it gets completely dark outside and they decide to go into the coop by themselves. But you still need to close their coop door without them exiting when they hear you coming near. So you decide to run as fast as you can from your house towards the coop – only you forgot you left a wheelbarrow right in front of it. Of course, you can’t see it because it’s too dark and you trip right over and into it. And it hurts a lot. And you cry. And then you go back inside. But you feel better because at least you succeeded in making homemade lip balm. The truth.
Just one word of caution. Be careful how much you make. If stored in a cool, dry place, your lip balm should last a year. Keep this in consideration when you are buying your supplies.
If you are like me, you could get so excited about this project and the potential of making your own chap stick that you order 200 lip balm tubes and 5 lbs of Shea butter from Amazon. Fortunately, homemade lip balm makes a great Christmas gift.
What you’ll need…
Makes 4 tubes of lip balm
Lip balm containers – pots, tubes, whatever you fancy
Small glass jar
4 tsp beeswax
2 tsp Shea butter
4 tsp sweet almond oil (or olive or grapeseed oil)
1/4 tsp essential oils of your choice. I like peppermint, chamomile or lavender for treating dry lips.
Step 1 – 1 minute
Fill your pot with about 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Note: To save electricity, we use an induction cook top, which boils water in seconds. Otherwise, this step may take a few seconds longer to do.
Step 2 – 30 seconds
Combine beeswax, Shea butter and almond oil in the small glass jar.
Step 3 – 1 minute
Bring the temperature down to low and set your jar into your pot. Stir until all of the wax and butter has melted.
Step 4 – 10 seconds
Remove the jar from your pot and add your essential oil. Mix vigorously to combine.
Step 5 – 50 seconds
This is the hardest step. You have to carefully pour the melted lip balm into those tiny tubes. If you are using the small pots, this step is a breeze. If not, it’s a little trickier.
At first, I tried simply pouring the liquid in the tubes, which to be honest, made a bit of mess, but was fairly easy to wipe up as it hardens quickly. I also tried a glass dropper, which worked much better but you have to be quick as it it does harden fast. Amazon sells lip balm pouring trays, which I haven’t tried yet, but they look like they may make clean up easier.
Note: The lip balm will settle and may create holes. This isn’t a problem. You simply add an additional drop of lip balm on top.
And you are done! The lip balm should harden within 10 to 20 minutes. Now don’t be surprised if your chap stick suddenly disappears. The kids love having their own lip balm (and then losing it) and even Jérémie has decided this lip balm is manly enough for him to carry around. So maybe you do want to buy that package of 200 containers.