How many times have you found an awesome DIY project online only to discover that you’ll need to buy a ton of tools and supplies? Sure, it might be satisfying to make the thing yourself, but it’s not exactly cost effective. Around here, we strive to be frugal and fabulous. That’s why we were so excited to find out that it’s cheap and simple to make your own lip balm at home!
You can never have too much lip balm. You need at least one for every purse you own, plus more for emergencies. The homemade version costs pennies on the dollar, and you can personalize it for your ideal blend. Best of all, one batch makes about 12 tubes—enough balm to supply you and all your friends!
The basic ingredients are simple—although depending on where you live, you might need to order some of them online.
You’ll need beeswax, sold in pastilles, or little pellets, for easier melting. If you’re vegan, however, you can substitute vegetable-based candelilla wax.
Next, you need some type of oil. The easiest (and thriftiest) choice is coconut oil, which you can buy at just about any grocery store. Even though it’s solid when you buy it, it’s still considered an oil because of its low melting point. You could also use sweet almond oil in place of the coconut oil, or even mix the two for your own secret recipe. Other oil options include jojoba, avocado, or castor.
Finally, you’ll need butter. Shea is a wonderfully moisturizing butter, but you could also go with cocoa butter or mango butter.
For the best consistency, use 2 tablespoons of wax, 2 tablespoons butter, and 2 tablespoons of oil.
If you want to add some kind of flavor to your lip balm, you’ll need essential oils. Peppermint gives you that refreshing, tingling burst. Lemon is another classic option, but you can also use other citrus oils such as grapefruit or sweet orange.
It’s a little different, but you might also try lavender or rose in your lip balm. Lavender-lemon is a totally addictive combination! You can also use a few drops of vanilla extract—try blending it with mint or rose.
Add about 20 drops total to the mixture above.
Obviously, you’re going to need to put your lip balm in something once you make it. If you’re the kind of person who actually uses a lip balm tube down to the last swipe, you can reuse your old tubes. Otherwise, you can order empty ones online for less than 25 cents apiece. Most soap-making supply stores also sell lip balm tins and pots, as well.
Finally, you’ll need a microwave-safe bowl, a wooden popsicle stick, and steady hands.
Melt the wax, oil, and butter in the microwave, using 30-second bursts until the wax is liquified. You can also use a double boiler for this step. Stir occasionally with your popsicle stick to help everything melt.
Once the mixture is completely melted, add the essential oils. Stir in the oil and—very, very carefully—pour the mixture into your tubes, tins, or pots. This stuff is hot and it really hurts if you get it on your skin!
Let your balm sit for at least an hour at room temperature. Make sure that it’s completely opaque and hardened before you put the caps on.
If you’re giving these out as gifts, use printable sticker paper to design your own labels. That step is completely optional, however. Enjoy!