I've been a lip balm addict for as long as I can remember. I have a spare in just about every room of the house, one in each jacket pocket, one in the car, one in each bag/purse, one in my robe pocket, I could go on and on. Anyone else?
Everyone wants soft, kissable lips, and if you're anything like my 6 year old, you want them to be shiny/glittery too, lol!
Here's the thing... there is SO much junk in your normal, store bought balms and glosses, and it is SO easy to make this stuff yourself with just a few ingredients. You can flavor them HOWEVER you want. You can color them if you wish! They make excellent gifts for people, and they are SO incredibly cheap to make! #frugalmama
I'm talking less than .50 from start to finish for your average tube of homemade lip balm y'all!
So without further ado, check out my favorite recipes below!
This is usually the beginning point for people. It was one of the first things I attempted when I started making homemade goodies! I usually keep my flavor combinations relatively basic, but you can get really crazy creative with these. Empty lip balm tubes are inexpensive and varied in color so you can get them to suit your personality. A lot of them come with labels that you can use, or make your own if you want to get extra fancy. I've done it both ways!
2.5 tbs Organic Coconut Oil (the solid variety)
1.5 tbs Organic White Beeswax Pellets (you can use yellow too, I just prefer white for my lip balms)
10 drops Vitamin E (if you wish)
Natural Flavorings (if you wish)
Mica Color (if you wish)
1. Combine coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler (I use a glass Pyrex measuring cup in a boiling pot of water) and melt.
2. While you wait, open up about a dozen lip balm tubes and line them up on your counter so they're ready.
3. Remove from heat and add Vitamin E (if you wish). Vitamin E helps moisturize your lips further, reduces damage from free radicals (UV rays and pollution).
4. Add flavorings if you wish, mica color if you wish, and essential oils.
5. Stir thoroughly.
6. Using a pipette, suck up your mixture and add to your lip balm tubes. I add about half to each tube, then add more, then more. Beeswax shrinks a bit as it hardens, so expect that you will have to top them off as they harden in the tubes.
7. Label them and gift them!!
**To make your lip balm with SPF simply add 1 tsp Non-Nanonized Zinc Oxide. Make sure to stir thoroughly and continue to stir as your fill up the tubes so it is evenly distributed and doesn't sink to the bottom. Doing this should provide about 15 SPF protection.**
Margarita: Coconut Flavor, 10 drops Lime EO, 5 drops Stress Away EO
Lavender: 15 drops Lavender
Tropical Rose: Pomegranate Flavor, 8 drops Joy (or Geranium) EO, 7 drops Citrus Fresh EO
Chocolate Mint: Chocolate Flavor, 15 drops Peppermint EO
Apple Spice: Apple Flavor, 15 drops Thieves EO
Autumn Leaves: Orange Flavor, 15 drops Thieves EO (this one is great for preventing cold sores)
Creamsicle: Vanilla Flavor, 15 drops Orange EO
Gingerbread: 5 Ginger EO, 3 Cinnamon Bark EO, 3 clove EO, 4 Nutmeg EO
Winter Balm: 10 Frankincense EO, 5 Cinnamon Bark EO
LavenderMint: 10 Lavender EO, 5 Peppermint EO
Sweet Summer: 15 Lemongrass EO
Oh Christmas Tree: 15 Christmas Spirit
Lavender Lemonade: 8 Lavender EO, 7 Lemon EO
Guys, if lip balm making wasn't easy enough for you... lip gloss is even easier! Lip gloss tubes with the little applicator automatically make you look professional. Being able to curate exactly what you put in it gives you peace of mind. These are so fun and easy to make, even with your kids! If you want to create a lip #plumping gloss, a little known secret is adding peppermint essential oil! It makes your lips tingly, it smells great, and you get fuller lips!
Mica Color (if you wish)
30 drops Vitamin E Oil
1.5 ounces Organic Avocado Oil
Natural Flavoring (if you wish)
1. Open and set up your lip gloss tubes.
2. In a sterile glass Pyrex measuring cup (for easy pouring if you wish) combine your avocado oil, vitamin E oil, mica color if you wish to color it, and essential oils. Start slow with the mica and add as needed to obtain the color you want. You have the option of leaving it clear, or you can add glittery mica for clear, glittery gloss.
3. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
4. Using a pipette fill each tube, leaving a little room at the top for your applicator.
5. Label and enjoy!
Fa La La: Cranberry Flavor and 20 drops Thieves EO (this one is great for preventing cold sores)
Lavender Lemonade: 15 drops each Lavender and Lemon EO
Creamsicle: Vanilla Flavor and 30 drops Orange EO
Peppermint Bark: Chocolate Flavor and 15 drops Peppermint EO (Lip Plumper!)
Vanilla Mint: Vanilla Flavor and 15 drops Peppermint EO (Lip Plumper)
Lavender Mint: 15 drops each Lavender and Peppermint EO
Tropical Vacation: Coconut Flavor and 15 drops each Lime EO and Stress Away EO
Did you know that you should exfoliate your lips, just like you exfoliate the rest of your skin? It makes them soooo much smoother and more kissable, and it also helps your lipstick etc stay on longer! Lip scrubs are so easy and fun to make, seriously!
Sweet Almond Oil (or carrier oil of choice)
1. Since pot sizes vary, begin by filling your cosmetic pot almost to the top with your sugar.
2. Now dump that sugar into a small mixing bowl.
3. Add a very small amount of Almond Oil and mix. Just enough to give your sugar a clumpy, sand consistency.
4. Add your essential oils. I prefer citrus oils for this, or spearmint/peppermint since there's a good chance that you'll wind up tasting some of it accidentally, lol.
5. Store in cosmetic pot and use it 2 times per week.
6. Simply scoop a small amount onto a clean finger and gently rub over lips. Make sure to moisturize your lips with your favorite homemade lip balm after!
I personally only use and recommend therapeutic grade essential oils. I use Young Living oils which can be purchased through this link.
If you'd like to learn more about why I've chosen this brand in particular, check out my blog post talking about essential oils.