You guys, you have to do this. I can’t even believe how easy this is to make. It literally took me 10 minutes. Remember how easy it was to make your own deodorant? This is even easier! I’m going to show you how to make your own lip balm, which I’m sure many of you in colder climates (and you ski & snowboard bums) need right about now. It’s Orange Peppermint Lip Balm, to be exact, and it smells divine!
Here is what you’re going to need to get started. You’ll notice that the ingredients are the same as my homemade deodorant recipe, but without the baking soda and arrowroot (and different essential oils). In fact, you could probably make both at the same time, just separate the mix after melting and put the rest of your ingredients in accordingly.
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (this one is a good deal from Amazon for a big container, but Trader Joe’s and Costco also have good prices).
- 1 tsp beeswax (vegans can try using carnauba wax instead).
- Essential oils (I used orange and peppermint, but use what you like).
- Tins of some sort or empty lip balm tubes. I got a free tin in a box of Sleepytime Tea (score!) so that’s what I used. It’s a little big, but it was free and it works. If you use smaller tins or empty tubes you will need more than one.
Alright, you’re going to start by making a double boiler. Put a small amount of water in a pot and bring to a simmer, then put a heat proof bowl on top of that. Add your coconut oil and beeswax to the bowl.
Once it’s melted take the bowl off the heat (careful, it’s hot!) and stir in your essential oils. I used 3 drops of peppermint and 4 drops of orange. Peppermint can be strong, so I wouldn’t do any more than 3 drops.
The more I make things at home instead of running to the store whenever I need something the more self sufficient I feel. No, the world’s not going to end if you don’t have lip balm, but it sure is nice to have when you need it. And if you keep the ingredients on hand (things you should have anyways) you can whip it up faster than driving to the store to buy it. Plus, it will last a long time, save you money, and give you peace of mind that you aren’t putting weird ingredients on or in your body. Sounds good to me!