Chronically dry lips are a major source of discomfort for millions. Very dry and cold weather are often the primary cause of chapped lips, but they can occur at any time of year. Owing to the very common nature of chapped lips, a massive industry now creates lip balms to soothe the aching, itching, and general discomforts of flaking, cracking, or dry lips.
Making your own homemade lip balm is actually surprisingly easy, and can sometimes be made using only materials cound at your local grocery store or health food store. These simple directions can show you how to make an easy, fun, and functional lip balm for your own use or to give as a gift.
Vanilla extract or other flavor (optional)
Broken lipstick pieces for color (optional)
Vitamin E liquid (optional)
Making Homemade Lip Balm:
1. Use a spatula or spoon to measure out a roughly fifty-fifty ratio of beeswax and coconut oil, and put them together in a double-boiler. In general, the more coconut oil you use, the glossier your homemade lip balm will be. High-beeswax lip balms will be matte and densely packed. If the fifty-fifty ratio doesn’t turn out to be ideal for you, you can alter it next time.
2. Heat the lip balm mixture over medium heat until it is liquified, then add the optional ingredients, if so desired. If you choose to add vanilla extract or another flavor to the mixture, a good rule of thumb is to aim for about 3% of your total product’s volume to come from the flavor. If adding lipstick pieces for color, be sure not to overdo it– you want to tint your lip balm, but not turn it into a lipstick itself!
3. When your lip balm mixture is totally liquified, pour it into a glass measuring cup. When it has slightly cooled, quickly pour the lip balm blend into jars, empty lip balm tubes, etc. An excellent choice if you are making a large batch for yourself is an empty baby-food jar. Baby food jars are large enough to hold a long-standing supply of homemade lip balm, and they are easy to come by for little to no cost.
When your homemade lip balm is complete, you can either keep it simple and use it for yourself, or you can expand your horizons– consider giving lip balm as a gift or selling it locally. Should you decide to go big with your homemade lip balm hobby, several websites including mabelwhite.com offer lip balm supplies to make the process easy, quick, and inexpensive.