Lets talk about lips. My lips have been taking a serious beating this winter. (Actually, all of my skin.) For whatever reason(s), it has been a pretty mild winter but we have been averaging only 20% humidity which makes for lots of static and extra dry skin. So, lips. They take the brunt of the dry air, especially since I spend a lot of time outdoors.
Much to my dismay, I completely ran out of lip balm the other day. Now, I’m the type of gal who keeps several tubes of lip balm strategically located in various places at all times. My purse has at least two, there’s another one in my car, one next to my sink, and another on my nightstand. Better to be prepared than not!
Anyhow. The situation was dire and I wasn’t about to load up the kids in the car (and let’s be real, get out of my “comfy” pants) after their afternoon nap just to get some lip balm at the store. Also, who just walks into let’s say Target and only leave with the ONE thing they actually need and not 10 other random things? I digress but it’s true.
Right after my husband got home from work yesterday, I practically forced him to put this homemade lip balm on his lips. Poor guy. But not really, because he gave me such a high compliment! He said and I quote, “babe, you are so hippy…and this smells good!”
My favorite part about making this lip balm is that you only need 3 (technically, you could get away with 2!) ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier than that. This “recipe” makes a massive amount of lip balm which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because that means it is extremely cost effective.
A few more notes of importance! If you can’t find pure beeswax, I got mine at Whole Foods though I’ve seen it at other natural grocery stores and on Amazon. You could also add shea butter, but this lip balm is super soft without it so I don’t think it’s an absolute must. Adding too much shea butter can make the balm really hard to apply because it’s too solid and can even have a grainy texture. Finally, I wouldn’t leave the lip balm in a hot place (such as a car) because it will probably make a melty mess.
DIY Lip Balm
What you need:
*Unrefined, organic virgin coconut oil
*Beeswax (bars, pastilles, etc. as long as it’s 100% natural)
*Optional flavoring: pure essential oils, such as peppermint
How to make it:
1. Place 2 oz. coconut oil and 1 oz. beeswax (I roughly chopped mine up in small chunks for quicker melting) in a clean, dry 16 oz. mason jar.
2. Fill a small saucepan with about 2-3 inches of water and place the filled mason jar inside it. (Pictured below.)
3. Turn on medium-high heat and bring to a boil, making sure water doesn’t spill over into the mason jar. It shouldn’t though if you use a tall enough mason jar. Also, don’t be worried if your jar shakes around a little bit during the boiling process, so long as it doesn’t tip over.
4. Occasionally stir (or very carefully lift out the jar and swirl around) the oil/beeswax until it is fully melted. Mine took about 10 minutes or so.
5. Turn off stove, remove saucepan from heat and carefully take out the mason jar with fully melted oil/beeswax. Add in about 20 drops of pure peppermint essential oil and stir/swirl.
6. Carefully (it’ll be very hot!) pour into appropriate tubes, containers, or leave in a mason jar. The liquid will cool and set fairly quickly, within minutes. Using the above measurements, this yields approximately 1/2 cup (4 oz.) of lip balm which translates to a lot of little tubes/containers if you pour them out that way. I left most of mine in the mason jar, which can easily be reheated and poured into more tubes/containers later on.
You’re welcome for THE softest lips you will ever have.