Wondering how to make lip balm? Your in the right place my friend. When you grow up you realise you have lots of inherited choices. You start to think… Is this face cream working for me or am I using it because my grandma swore by it? Do I agree to using all the ingredients in this shower gel or am I using it because I grew up with this brand which therefore automatically made me know, like and trust it? You might start to ask yourself questions like, am I feeding my body with goodness? Do I want to use man-made ingredients like petroleum? Is this for me?
Let’s face it, if you’re joining me here now, you’re 99.9% probably, definitely/definitely-maybe on this path. The one sign-posted as natural. You’ve thought about all the ingredients your putting onto and into your body and you want more control. You want to be able to say you respect your skin, you’re treating it sensitively and you know exactly what’s going onto and into it.
What better way is there to do this than by making your own skincare? The simplest and easiest of all being homemade lip balm. Which is exactly what I’m going to teach you in this how to make lip balm crash course.
(…of course if making all of your own skincare is a bit too much to ask it’s great to have an awesome natural skincare brand up your sleeve like *cough* Honesty)
How to Make Lip Balm – The Ingredients
First up – let’s take a quick peek at the ingredients. Let’s get to know the tomatoes and potatoes of the homemade lip balm world. If you’ve ever looked at the back of a lip balm ingredients list you’ve probably walked away thinking what the heck. Are these ingredient names from outta space?
That thought might have led you to believe that finding out how to make lip balm and other skincare treats was hard and should be left to scientists. Well dear friend you have a scientist here… yup me over here, telling you that great, natural skincare can be safely homemade from the comfort of your own palace. It’s just like making that vegan, organic, raw food packed lunchtime wrap each morning… although this you’ll only need to chef-up once a year depending on how quickly your friends catch hold of your new hidden talents.
Making your own lip balm can be as simple as a recipe of 2 ingredients. These ingredients work naturally to moisturise and condition your lips because they come from 2 kinds of families;
- Occlusive moisturisers e.g. beeswax.
- Emollient moisturisers e.g. Almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter.
In other words, these 2 types of ingredients are;
- Providing a second skin that stops hydration from leaving your lips while also helping to defend against stressors like those 5 times a day caffeine-free tea stops. This is exactly what beeswax does.
- Softening and conditioning skin, lending yummy nutrients like vitamin E. This is exactly what almond oil does.
This is why a very effective homemade lip balm can be made with just 2 ingredients. Beeswax and almond oil, Beeswax and shea butter or beeswax and coconut oil. The trick is in getting the ingredient together in the right ratios. That take us nicely onto part 2… our how to make lip balm crash course.
How to Make Lip Balm That’s All-Natural
This lip balm recipe is so simple and yummly natural you’re going to wonder why the heck you hadn’t made it before. But first what do you need to make your own lip balm? Let’s lay this out like those beautiful 1-page summaries you see in recipe books, which by the way for this lip balm recipe – you can download for free, here.
First up – what kind of homemade lip balm are we making? That would be a Soothing Shea Lip Butter Treatment – fancy ‘eh.
Equipment you’ll need to make your own lip balm;
- A teaspoon.
- A bain-marie… or microwave.
- A small glass pot that you can pour from.
- … and that’s it folks.
The final thing you’re going to need are some ingredients. For this DIY lip balm recipe you’ll need;
- 22.5grams or around 5 teaspoons of Almond oil.
- 13.5grams or around 3 teaspoons of Shea Butter.
- 4.5grams or around 1 teaspoon of Beeswax.
- 4.5grams or around 1 teaspoon of Cocoa butter.
Oh… and you’ll need something to put it in;
- Something like an aluminum lip balm container.
(you can buy all these individually or you could grab a make your own lip balm kit like this one – which for full disclosure is created by my own fair hand to help lovelies like you break into the freedom of all-natural homemade skincare)
Once you have those 3 things sorted, this lip balm recipe is simple (download the full recipe for free here);
- Weigh out your ingredients or skip this part if you have a pre-weighed lip balm kit.
- Combine the almond oil and beeswax together in your glass pot.
- Heat this in a bain-marie and stir. Do this until the beeswax has fully melted and the mixture is transparent aka – you can see through it clearly without it being hazy.
- Remove from the bain-marie and add the cocoa butter – this should melt quickly. If not, you may need a little extra heat.
- Add the shea butter and stir until melted.
- Pour your homemade lip balm mixture into your aluminum container.
- The important part! Put this lip balm straight into the fridge and leave it there over night. This allows your DIY lip balm to set into a dreamy, glossy balm.
What do these Lip Balm Ingredients do for Your Lips?
With how to make lip balm sorted you might be curious just how these 4 natural ingredients can help your lips. Never one to leave you hanging dear friend, let’s take a look.
First Up: Almond oil
Almond oil is a natural oil that’s created from, you guess it, an almond nut. The oil is full of conditioning fatty acids and vitamins including antioxidant vitamin E. That makes it great for defending lips from pesky environmental happenings like the wind or your addiction to hot cups of cocoa.
This oil has so much nutritional value you can even cook with it. Almond oil is great for your body from the inside out and the outside in. Not bad ‘eh.
Next Up: Shea Butter
A fabulous skin softener, shea butter is a treat for dry and chapped lips. In fact any time your lips are in need of hydration, repair and nourishment, they probably need a good ol’ dose of shea butter. The natural nut butter also contains phytosterols which are a real booster for lip repair.
Third Up: Beeswax
Ever licked your lips too many times to end up with sore cracked lips that felt like sandpaper? Oh, double chocolate brownie fudge cake, I blame you! Well this is what happens when your lip skin barrier goes down. Ironically the more water (or saliva!) that’s left on your lips, the dryer they’ll become. Beeswax stops this from happening by forming a helpful second skin. A layer that locks in hydration and locks our de-hydrating liquids like saliva.
And Finally Up: Cocoa Butter
Packed with fatty acids and vitamins that replenish and protect the skin. Cocoa butter is a great ingredient for improving skins elasticity. Not a bad skill to have for a lip product ‘eh. This also edible butter helps to grant you healthy lips that won’t crack and bleed during the harsher winter months.
Oh and the best part – 3 out of these 4 ingredient you could also cook with. There’s no proof more than that to tell you they have a lot to offer your lips.
There you have it dear friend, how to make lip balm that’s natural, homemade and kindly moisturising. Don’t forget to download your free recipe reminder here and be sure to tell me in the comments below of your favourite ingredient or even come back to tell me you made it.
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.