One of the most commonly used beauty products has to be lip balm. But store-bought balms can have lots of unnatural ingredients in them, including petroleum byproducts and parabens. Cut the list of multi-syllable chemicals going into your body and make your own at home.
— 1 ounce of beeswax. (You can buy this from local beekeepers or craft stores or order it online.)
— 1 ounce and an additional spoonful of coconut oil.
— 2 tablespoons of vitamin E oil. (You can get this at most grocery stores and natural food stores.)
— Containers to store your lip balm. I purchased mine at a local craft store, but you could reuse containers you have around the house.
— A heat-safe glass container that you won't mind parting with.
— An essential oil such as peppermint. Be sure to check that the oil you choose to use is safe for your skin. Many are not.
1. If you are able to cut up your ounce of beeswax, do it. It will make this whole process go more quickly. But I didn't, and everything turned out just fine. Measure out your beeswax, vitamin E oil and coconut oil. Drop all of the ingredients into your heat-safe glass jar.
2. Prepare a small pot of boiled water. You only need about an inch or two of water.
3. Place the jar into the water. It will probably dance around the pan and make a bit of noise. This is normal.
4. Keep an eye on the mixture. The beeswax will begin to slowly melt. If you have a spoon you don't mind getting wax on, stir it up a little.
5. Once your oils and wax have completely mixed, feel free to add a few drops of essential oil. I used vanilla extract, which I wouldn't recommend using. When I made my balms, the extract did not integrate with the rest of the oil.
6. Give the mixture one final stir.
7. Make sure you've cleaned off and sanitized your containers. Put on a heat-resistant glove and pour the liquid balm into the containers.
8. Let the containers rest. Within five minutes, you should start to see the beeswax and oils hardening. Leave it alone for at least a half hour before trying out your brand new lip balm.
— This recipe produces a more firm lip balm. If you'd like something a little softer, increasing the amount of coconut oil you use should do the trick. If I were to redo this, I would probably include a few more tablespoons of coconut oil.
— If you're vegan, there are options other than beeswax. National Geographic has a good recipe here.
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