Simple homemade lip balm

DIY Lipbalm

Love to cook? Love beauty? Then this little lip balm recipe is for you. It’s so easy to make and, once you’ve made your first batch, you’ll be hooked.

I spent some time doing a little research into other lip balm recipes and this is by far the simplest; all you need is three ingredients. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, you can add whatever colours or flavours you wish and start experimenting (that’s the fun bit!).

I bought the basic ingredients from Amazon and, for a grand total of £12.67, I have enough ingredients to make way over 50 pots – that’s 25p a pot! You’ll need some little pots or jars too; I bought my aluminium pots from Amazon, you can find them here. They are a little more expensive but you can always recycle your old sample product pots if you feel thrifty!

Dressed up with a little patterned craft tape and a label of love they make the sweetest of gifts. I’m definitely going to be making these for my friends and family next Christmas – imagine all the Christmassy flavour combinations!

To makes eight 15ml pots:

3 tbsp Refined Coconut Oil (Extra Virgin is the best)

2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil

1 tbsp Beeswax (There’s two kinds you can get: white or natural. You can also purchase it in blocks or beads – in block form you will need to grate it. I used white beads but I think I’ll try natural blocks next time)

Basically its a 3:2:1 ratio but you can add more beeswax if you want the lip balm firmer. It’s lip balm making for dummies really!

Put all the ingredients into a microwaveable jug, add in a little lipstick if you want a tinted balm, and heat on a low heat in the microwave until melted. Just be careful as it gets very hot! I suggest microwaving in 15-30sec intervals and just keep checking if it’s melted. You can also do this in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. (But i’m way too lazy for that!)

Now it’s time to add the flavour. I made my balm peppermint and they not only smell gorgeous but make your lips a little tingly too! For this I added a few drops of peppermint oil which you can pick up at your local health store or online. Any essential oil will do, so pick your favourite.

All you need to do now is pour the oils into the pots and leave to set – which takes about 20mins.

Voila! The most lip luscious balm around!

Flavours and colours

Once you have it down, why not try the following flavour and colour options?

♥ Mint chocolate – Cocoa powder and peppermint oil

♥ Lemon oil

♥ Rosemary and thyme oil – you can also infuse the oils with freshly picked herbs but the smell is not as intense

♥  Floral – rose oil and lavender oil are heaven scent!

♥ Honey – set honey works best

♥ Eucalyptus – Not for lips! Use this as a cheap and effective decongestor for those nasty winter colds

♥ Add some edible glitter for some sparkle – this can be picked up at any good cake decorating stockist

♥ Lip tint – I experimented with Benefit’s Benetint and Posietint which add a subtle colour. The pigments separate once warm but when cooled you’ll get an even mixture.

Have you got any colour and flavour suggestions? I’d love to hear!

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