I am super super excited about this! This is really stinking easy to make and it's awesome because you KNOW what you're putting on your lips. No GMO's or chemicals that are banned in other countries and cause cancer. (Like color dyes banned in Europe for example).
I had some beeswax left over from when I made the Cutting Board Moisturizer, so I decided to make some lip balm. (My mom also likes to use this as hand moisturizer, so double whammy! Just make a bigger batch!)
Did you know that many chapsticks and lip balm actually DRY out your lips? In high school I was nearly addicted to chapstick. I would use chapstick about once an hour. Many companies put ingredients such as alcohol and aloe or vitamin E which can actually irritate and dry out your lips. So if you're reaching for your chapstick every hour, you should probably switch to another brand, or make your own!
I will note however, that peppermint naturally contains menthol, which is actually a drying agent. The more peppermint you add and the more you use the lip balm, you could potentially end up drying out your lips. But don't let that deter you as everyone reacts differently. I have been using it about 2 times a day for the past several days, and my lips do not feel dried out. If you are worried about that happening though, experiment! If you do not wish to use peppermint, try lemon and rosemary for a Burts Bee's like chapstick. Or maybe eucalyptus and lavender! Did you know what Burts Bee's uses SOY and CANOLA oils?! Gross. (& pricey!)
Oh this also makes an adorable gift!! :)
Makes: about (18) 5 gram cosmetic containers
Total time: 20 minutes
- Place a mason jar or a comparable glass jar in a sauce pan that contains about an inch and a half of water. (Make sure to not get any water in the glass jar as that will mess up the consistency).
- Turn your burner to medium/medium low. If the water almost comes to a boil, turn it down a bit. Just at simmering is perfect.
- In the jar add the shea butter, coconut oil, and bees wax. You do not have to wait for the water to become very hot.
- Once the water is hot and the contents of the jar become soft, use a wooden spoon to mix everything together. Continuing mixing until it's all melted. (I actually use the wooden handle of a spatula and that worked great).
- After roughly 10 minutes, the contents should be melted and mixed thoroughly. At that time add your desired essential oil(s) and mix.
- Carefully distribute the warm liquid into the balm containers. I used a narrow metal spoon because I did not have a dropper, however, a dropper would probably be easier and quicker. You might get an extra 5 gram container out of it because you will not have spilled as much as I did ;)
Let me know if you come up with any other cool flavor ideas!
(I've included Amazon link for some ingredients since they're not popular and widely known items).