January 27, 2017

An All-Natural Lip Balm That Works!

If you think lip balm’s tha bomb, holla at ‘cha girl! (that’s me, in case you were wondering. Although last week some kid called me lady, which led to a downward spiral of potato chips and self-loathing, but for all intents and purposes of our lip balm talk; you can holla at me). I adore lip balm: I like to keep one beside my bed, one in my purse, one by my desk, one in the bathroom, the kitchen, you get the picture.

One of the greatest joys in life, is that moment, when you reach down the side of the couch, or are reorganizing some drawers and you discover a wayward lip balm. It’s like uncovering buried treasure. That lip balm could be from the turn of the century (I’m talkin’ last century), and be covered in pocket lint, and I’m still gonna uncap that baby and swipe it on. I don’t know why. It’s probably a sickness.

Over the years I have tried at least 30 different lip balm recipes. Most I’ve found on Pinterest, and many of them have turned out to be okay. There have been a few fails, which irritates me in 7 different languages because a) I’m cheap and that means I’m wasting ingredients, and b) I’m lazy, which means I’m wasting my time.

After making enough lip balm to keep a reasonably sized community of chapped lip sufferers well-moisturized, I’ve come up with what I’d like to think is the perfectly perfect lip balm for me. It’s nourishing and shiny. It has a slick feel when applied (yes, that’s a thing, and yes, it’s totally important) and it tingles, which, is like Tiger Balm for the lips and that, my friends, is alllll right. Best of all, you ask? My recipe makes two lip balms. Yup, only two.

Make your own lip balm with a few simple ingredients! www.mudonherboots.com

The small batch lip balm

Here’s the deal: unless you know 47 million people who want you to make them a lip balm, most of the recipes you’ll come across just make too big of a batch. I’ve been there. With my lip balms all neatly lined up on my counter like little soldiers. And six months later, I still owned 85 of them and I couldn’t feel my lips anymore because they had a bajillion layers of waxy balm on them. When you are making your own beauty products you have to deal with the fact that there are no real preserving agents in them to give them a long shelf life. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because, well, who wants anything that’s creepily termed “preserving agent” on their skin? It’s bad, because the shelf life of your product becomes very short. Like under six months short.

If you’ve tried your hand at making lip balms before, then you know all about the addition of vitamin E as a preserving agent. And although, sure it probably prolongs the product a bit: it’s not exactly Hans Solo in Carbonite, know what I mean?

To keep gross bacteria from multiplying, small batches of lip balm is the answer. Lip balm is quick to whip up: seriously, we’re talking under 10 minutes, including prep and clean up! I have been known to do it while cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, or waiting for my kettle to boil. It’s like a multi-tasker’s dream!!

 

Some tips:

When you are making your own beauty products, dedicate a glass measuring cup (like those pyrex ones with the handle and the little spout) just for this purpose. Butters and beeswax are notoriously difficult to get off things and having a container just for melting these will make your life waaaaay easier. If you can swing it, have a spatula, knife, and spoon dedicated to it as well. You WILL thank me.

Find a local beeswax. There is a bunch of holistic evidence that says that using local honey and bee products can help with allergies and skin afflictions. Mostly I just use it to support my local bees. They work pretty hard, after all. If you live on earth, there should be a farm somewhere near you. If you don’t live on earth. Sorry, can’t help you.

Making lip balm is customizable. Play with the recipe. If you like a harder lip balm, add more beeswax. If you want it less slick and more creamy, swap out some of the coconut oil for shea butter. When you’re only making two lip balms at a time, you have the freedom to play a bit and not worry too much about waste. You can always rejig the lip balms you don’t love into foot creams or salves (I’ll show you how someday. But only if you’re good.)

**So listen: before I give you the recipe, I want to do a call out: if you know how to take apart those EOS ball lip balms and refill them, MESSAGE ME! I’m not even joking. I have followed a bunch of tutorials and still can’t figure it out. Sometimes, I lay awake at night and think about it. Really.**

Small Batch Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon light flavoured oil of your choice. I like sunflower or avocado.
  • 1 teaspoon grated beeswax.
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
    tools:
  • glass measuring up with pouring spout
  • spoon
  • 2 clean and empty lip balm tubes
  • small saucepan

Instructions

  • Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Put coconut oil, sunflower oil, and beeswax into a wide mouthed mason jar or glass measuring cup, and place container into the simmering water. You have just created a double boiler! (go you!!)
  • Allow the oils and beeswax to melt. It takes about five minutes for all of the ingredients to liquify.
  • Once melted, remove container from water, and let sit for about a minute.
  • Add essential oils and mix well with spoon.
  • Pour melted oil mixture into prepared lip balm tubes.
  • Let sit, undisturbed, for a few hours to firm up.
  • Cap and enjoy!!
http://mudonherboots.com/lip-balm/

Wonderful, nourishing, and easy to make lip balm

You’re the balm! (see what I did there?!? I know.)

 

7 Comments

  1. Alana - 6 months ago

    Hey Jen…I will definitely try your recipe because I have wax from my bees, I’m also addicted to lip balm (as I work outside) and hell, who doesn’t love supple lips?! Lol! Thanks for the great post and recipe!

    • Jen - 6 months ago

      Is it wrong that I’m jealous of your bees?? We have bees, but they live in a hive about 40 ft in the air. And they don’t belong to us. They’ve formed their own union and have no interest in sharing the wealth. 😉 If you get around to making the balm, let me know how it goes. We’ll start a supple lip club!

  2. Eyecandypopper - 6 months ago

    Love it! I used to be completely addicted to lip balm as a teenager. I had one stashed everywhere! When I started eating better, I switched to a natural one and then eventually ditched it entirely. Now I rarely use any. Isn’t that weird?! It’s like my lips adjusted and they’re ok now without anything. Once in a while, I’ll put some shea butter or even just some olive oil, but it’d be nice to have a couple of tubes like this for those rare occasions! I love that I don’t have to make a gigantic batch that would last me 30 years. haha

    • Jen - 6 months ago

      That doesn’t surprise me that you don’t “need” lip balm. I mean, all those healthy fats you’re getting probably keeps your skin nice and healthy!! Having one or two around is nice for chapped lip season, or just because. Glad you liked the post!! 🙂

  3. Redawna - 6 months ago

    Love this idea! My 17 y/o goes through lip balm like crazy, he is constantly looking for tubes of it. I am not sure where he loses them, there is probably a stash in his truck!

    Where would I find the tubes?

    Thanks

    • Jen - 6 months ago

      I know! I find mine EVERYWHERE they shouldn’t be!! I have gotten tubes through Amazon before. I think I paid abou $10 for 50. Or something like that. They’re pretty inexpensive and, if the lip balm’s just for yourself, you can certainly re-use them. I just empty them, and toss them in the cutlery holder in my dishwasher. Easy peasy!

      • Redawna - 6 months ago

        Okay excellent! Thanks Jen! Have a fantastic rest of the day.

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