UPDATE: This post originally ran on September 20th but with the cooler weather in the air we wanted to share it again!
Fall begins this Saturday and along with cooler weather comes the season of chapped lips. I won’t go anywhere in winter without lip balm or chapstick, and I go through a lot of it. You guys may have noticed we’ve been on a bit of a kick lately with the homemade beauty products, and honestly discovering how to make things – face masks, split end treatments, sea salt spray, body scrub, you name it – has been like a whole new world for me. It is so much more cost-effective to make these things with items you may already have around the house, plus it’s a lot of fun! There’s something very satisfying about using a beauty product that you made with your own hands. Now, you may not have the ingredients to make lip balm around the house already but these are things you can definitely use for other purposes, so whatever you have left over will not go to waste!
What you need: There are a number of recipes you can use for homemade lip balm, but pretty much all of them require beeswax. I bought the block of beeswax from A.C. Moore (you can also use beeswax to make your own candles!). I also used coconut oil, which I got at the grocery store, vitamin E oil and tee tree oil (both from Trader Joe’s). Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing ability and also smells amazing! Vitamin E oil is a wonderful ingredient for this due to its numerous health benefits – it helps reduce the effects of sun damage, decreases dryness and helps increase moisture retention. It is also a powerful antioxidant and immune system booster! Tea tree oil has amazing healing powers and also helps keep bacteria away. Combined, these ingredients make for an amazing lip balm that will make your lips feel incredibly moisturized, soft and luxurious.
Coconut & Tea Tree Oil Lip Balm
1 cup shaved beeswax (you can use a cheese grater or a knife, but be careful!)
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
2-3 drops tea tree oil
To avoid burning the beeswax, melt it using a double boiling system. This sounds more complicated than it is. I don’t have a double boiler, so I boiled water in a regular pot and then placed a saucepan on top of that pot, and melted the beeswax in the saucepan. Add the coconut oil to the beeswax and stir until melted, and remove from the boiling water pot. Now add your vitamin E oil and tea tree oil and mix in while still hot. Pour into your container of choice, and let cool. Pretty simple, right?
I got these containers at A.C. Moore as well – they originally had glitter in them, but I thought they were the perfect size so I just washed them out. This recipe made enough to fill about five of these. If you plan on making more, just double or triple the recipe! You can also buy containers in bulk online.
Let your lip balm cool and harden overnight, and when it’s ready it will look like this:
I love it so much I’m going to make a bunch as gifts for the holidays! I don’t think I’ll ever purchase lip balm again. :)
Photos by Julia.