Stop what you are doing. Reach in your purse or pocket. Pull out your Chapstick and take a look at the ingredients.
Now ask yourself a question. Would you eat this? Would you melt it down and drink it?
No? Well, you probably already have.
The other day I was drinking a cup of tea and noticed a film on the top of the tea. I realized that it was from the lip balm that was on my lips. Luckily, I was wearing the lip balm I had made, so I wasn’t too concerned. And luckily for you, making lip balm is very easy!
There are many tutorials on the web for making lip balm. I played around with a few different recipes and came up with one I think is great. It is very soft and makes your lips feel luscious and fabulous!
- 1 1/2 tsp beeswax pellets
- 1 heaped tsp cocoa butter
- 1 3/4 tsp coconut oil
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 3 squirts vitamin e
- 1/4 tsp organic almond extract for smell/flavor (optional)
- 1/4 tsp mica powder for color (optional)
- 6 lip balm tubes (I really like the clear ones best)
Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass container with a pouring edge. Once melted, add olive oil, vitamin e, and flavors/colors if using. Have your tubes lined up and ready to go, as the mixture hardens quickly once taken off of the heat. Pour mixture into lip balm tubes, but leave a little room at the top. Once you pour them all, wait a few seconds and then pour the remainder in each container. This forms a rounded edge. If you pour it all at once a hole forms where the stick is in the tube.
The lip balm pictured had no added flavor or colors, so they took on the color of the olive oil. I like these tubes because they are clear and you can see how much you have left and are easier to not overfill!
As you begin to live a little “crunchier” you will start taking notice of the things you are putting on and into your body. Vowing not to buy commercial lip balm could be your first baby step! If you don’t have time or resources to make your own, there are many great sellers on etsy who make lip balms. If you are local, I have seen them at Fabricate made locally. And, I hope to soon sell my wares at a local farmer’s market! Stay tuned…
Once you try it, you will never go back to store bought lip balm again. These also make great gifts!