I am doing a DIY lip balm post a year after I’d intended to. That has to be a record, right? Do I get a prize? No? Ok.
I made my first batch of DIY lip balm last year at this time. I was happy with the result (after revising the recipe three times during the cooking and testing process) and have kept it at my desk at work for the past year. I finally ran out a few months ago and am just now getting around to cooking up another batch.
I decided to revise the recipe again, though, because this time I’d planned to put the balm into tubes instead of little lip gloss pots. That meant that I had to ensure the mixture was solid enough to not get smushed in the lip balm tube, but I didn’t want to lose any of the sheen or softness by adding too much beeswax back in. So after a little experimenting in the kitchen, I settled on a recipe that I think turned out quite well. I also added in honey for this round. I love it combined with the peppermint.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this balm!
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- 2 tbsp beeswax (if you’re working with 1 oz blocks of beeswax, 1 oz = 2 tbsp)
- 3.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 3/4 tbsp shea butter
- 1/4 tbsp honey (we like Y.S. Eco Bee Farms brand)
- ~15 drops peppermint oil (multiple sizes here)
- ~3 drops rosemary oil
- Disposable aluminum tin, pan, stove
- Lip balm tubes, a tiny funnel (or look for a cheap glitter funnel in a craft store), toothpicks
- Paper towels and saran wrap (it’s a messy project!)
And here’s how to do it.
(Important: Beeswax is flammable. Never heat it directly on a stove or let it come into contact with fire—always use double boiler. The pan with water and an aluminum tin isn’t a real double boiler, but it works well in a pinch and cleans up easily!)
Step 1: Heat up about an inch or two of water in your pan. While the water is heating, put the disposable aluminum tin in the pan and dump the beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and honey into the tin (not the pan!).
Step 2: Stir the mixture in the tin until it melts completely, then turn the heat down to low and add the peppermint and rosemary oils. The goal here is to keep the mixture warm, but not so hot that you can’t handle the tin. When it’s safe to touch the tin, pinch one of its corners to make a little spout.
Step 3: Lay a piece of saran wrap on your work space, then grab your funnel and start pouring into your tubes! The tubes will fill up fast, but don’t worry—it’s fine if they overflow a bit. In fact, I prefer overflowing them because it gives the tip a nice smooth, rounded, professional-looking finish. Spillage is easy to clean up once it solidifies, which will happen quickly!
Step 4: As you’re pouring, your funnel will begin to clog. When that happens, just grab a toothpick, scoop out the wax, and dump it right back into your aluminum tin to re-melt it. Do the same with any spillage. Just peel it off of the saran wrap and put it back in the tin to re-melt.
Step 5: When you’ve finished pouring and the liquid in your tubes has solidified but is still warm, grab a paper towel and wipe off any overflow from the sides of the tubes. This is easiest to do when the balm is still a bit warm. If the tubes are extra sticky, put the caps on them and give them a rinse with a bit of soap and water.
The saran wrap makes clean up super easy since you can just ball it up and chuck it. Same with the aluminum tin. If you have any leftover wax, just wrap it up and pop it in the fridge. I made a double batch and ran out of tubes, so I am saving my tin of wax to make some more as soon as the rest of the tubes arrive.
And there you have it! I had a leftover lip balm tub from last year, so I filled that as well. 🙂
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