I want to share my recipe for DIY organic lip balm tubes that I made a few weeks ago! These plastic tubes came from Amazon (of course) and were super simple to fill with my own moisturizing lip balm mix. I did this on a freezing cold/snowy day this winter, and the recipe made about 14 tubes so I have plenty to share with friends and family! I meant to make it before Christmas so that I could give them out as little gifts and stocking stuffers, but of course I did not get that quite done 🙂 Better late than never! This organic lip balm even got my hubs’ seal of approval, which is definitely saying something. So here it is!–
You will need:
- Double boiler
- Empty lip balm tubes (or containers)*
- 1oz of organic beeswax (I used these pellets)
- 1oz unrefined shea butter
- 10z coconut oil
- 6-12 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
- Small spoon or funnel to transfer liquid
(*NOTE: again, I would recommend metal or glass containers if choosing to add any citrus essential oils)
Organic Lip Balm Directions:
Okay so I had never heard of a double boiler before finding this recipe. Is that like a millennial thing, or is it because I know nothing about cooking?…I honestly had to Google how to do it, so in case you have no idea what a double boiler is either, here’s a nice picture and instructions. Basically I added some water to medium sized pot, brought it to a boil, and then began adding my ingredients to a metal bowl on top. The hot water heats the ingredients in your bowl slowly and evenly. I measured out 1oz of each of my three ingredients, which (after more Googling) I learned is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. The double boiler nicely melts the three ingredients together, along with some stirring. When they were all melted and mixed, I turned the burner off and added my essential oils. I chose lavender for this recipe because I love my lavender lip balm from Young Living and wanted to see if I could make my own version for when that tube runs out. I used about 8 drops, which I think turned out great but you could add more for a stronger scent! Once you have the mixture you can begin transferring it to your lip balm containers. That part can be a little tricky so be careful! Once they’re full you just wait for the mixture to cool and harden and then you have your very own organic lip balm.
- Make sure to keep the mixture over top the hot water as you’re pouring into your containers to prevent it from hardening (it will do so very quickly!).
- You could change up the ratio of the three ingredients to make the lip balm firmer or softer depending on your needs. I haven’t had the chance to play with this too much yet, but common sense says adding more coconut oil would make it softer and adding more beeswax would make it firmer.
- Be careful when pouring the mixture into your tubes or containers! I spilled a bunch and had VERY moisturized hands after I was finished 🙂 A small spoon or a funnel might help do the job of getting the mixture into those tiny tubes.
- I found there was a little room left at the top of my tubes after the mixture hardened. You might consider adding more mixture to the top of your tubes at the end to get them all the way full.
- You could make a bigger or smaller batch depending on what you need; just remember to use equal parts of the three ingredients unless you’re looking for a different consistency! (See first tip.)
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried a lip balm recipe or what you think of mine! Be sure to subscribe with your email over on the right for updates from Oily Livin’!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.