Today we’re making lip balm!
Here’s what you need:
3 parts oil (can be a combination of safflower oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, etc.)
1 part beeswax (cosmetic- or food-grade) *add a bit more if you want a more solid lip balm
1 part solid oil or butter (coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc.) *optional
Once you’ve chosen which oils and butters you want to use, you just heat up the oils in a double boiler, add the beeswax, swirl until everything is melted, and then pour the mixture into your clean, empty lip balm tubes. You can do the whole project in less than 10 minutes!
You can buy safflower oil and coconut oil at the grocery store and castor oil at the drugstore. The beeswax may be trickier to find because it has to be cosmetic- or food-grade, but your local natural food store should have some. Or, you can always just order it online :’) You can substitute pretty much any oils you want. Click here to read about some other options.
The cost per lip balm tube is about $0.26, which is cheaper than any lip balm you can buy, and way cheaper than the $2-5 you’d pay for lip balm made from natural ingredients. And, if you want to get fancy, you can always customize your lip balm with essential oils or add small pieces of lipstick for some extra colour.
Lip balm! Make some! It’s super easy! Seriously!