3 DIY lip balm recipes

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The following three formulations are inexpensive to make and provide a lot of lip gloss or balm for the buck. Consider dividing the lip balm mixture into several small containers, so that you can carry some with you.

Honey lip balm 

You'll need:

  • 90 g cosmetic-grade beeswax, grated or shaved
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 30 g honey
  • 1⁄2 capsule vitamin E, 500 IU

Method:

  1. In a microwave or the top of a double boiler, melt the beeswax and oil together. Do not boil. If the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and allow it to cool.
  2. Once the beeswax and oil are blended, stir in the honey.
  3. Then pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze out half the contents, and stir in. Pour the resulting mixture into clean containers with tops.
  4. Let the lip balm sit at room temperature for 48 hours until it arrives at the proper consistency for spreading.

You can carry a small container of lip balm around with you during the day, but you may find it keeps better in the refrigerator overnight.

 

Cocoa lip balm

You'll need:

  • 90 g cosmetic-grade beeswax, grated or shaved
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1⁄2 capsule vitamin E, 500 IU

Method:

  1. In a microwave or the top of a double boiler, melt the beeswax and oil together. Do not boil. If the mixture starts to boil, remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
  2. Once the beeswax and oil are blended, stir in the cocoa powder.
  3. Pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze out half the contents and stir it in. Pour the resulting mixture into clean containers with tops. 
  4. Let the lip balm sit for 48 hours at room temperature until it arrives at the proper consistency for spreading.

You can carry a small container of lip balm around with you during the day, but you may find it keeps better in the refrigerator overnight.

 

Chocolate chip lip balm

You'll need:

  • 90 g cosmetic-grade beeswax, grated or shaved
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 capsule vitamin E, 500 IU
  • 3–6 chocolate chips

Method:

  1. In a microwave or the top of a double boiler, melt the beeswax and oil together. Do not boil. If the mixture starts to boil, remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
  2. Once the beeswax and oil are blended, pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze out half the contents, and stir in.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the resulting mixture into clean containers with tops.
  4. Let the lip balm sit for 48 hours at room temperature until it arrives at the proper consistency for spreading.

You can carry a small container of lip balm around with you during the day, but you may find it keeps better in the refrigerator overnight.

 

Warning:  When you cook up these little treats in your kitchen, you may be tempted to eat them, but these yummy-smelling lip balms are not food. Be sure to label it as lip balm and to supervise its use on children.