DIY Lip Balm

DIY lip balm!  This is another easy, affordable DIY you can do to keep your lips smooth with a hint your favorite essential oil.

DIY Lip Balm

Why DIY  lip balm?

  1. It is so much more cost effective.  While you will pay money up-front for the ingredients (which will last you quite some time even if you do all the DIY projects I suggest), the price per lip balm is $0.43 / gram which is 0.10 oz (a tube of typical lip balm is 0.15 oz.)   A three-pack of Chapstick at my local Target is $2.99.  I can make 15 lip balms for $6.45
  2. You can easily, and I do mean easily,  avoid these ingredients:
  • white petroleum (Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful. SOURCE: Environment Canada Domestic Substance List—also see the note about mineral oil below, same thing applies to petroleum)
  • arachidyl propionate (Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative SOURCE: Environment Canada Domestic Substance List) ,
  • Fragrance (please hop over to Skin Deep the cosmetic database from the Environmental Working group because “fragrance” is a very broad term and ranks as VERY unsafe in most cases),
  • light mineral oil (mineral oils do not moisturize at all, they create a seal over the skin and do not allow moisture to pass through) ,
  • methylparaben (so many risk factors here!!  Yikes, I will just share one major concern and you can do your research on the others.  Parabens are KNOWN endocrine disruptors by multiple international research bodies.  Eliminate paragons from your beauty products!) ,
  • octyldodecanol (as yourself this: does alcohol usually moisturize?) , oleic alcohol (again, not moisturizing) ,
  • phenyl trimethicone (Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative SOURCE: Environment Canada Domestic Substance Lis)
  • propylparaben (Human endocrine disruptor – strong evidence SOURCE: European Commission on Endocrine Disruption) ,
  • Red 6 lake & yellow 5 lake (may contain: aluminum, barium and other metal salts)

To Make Your Lip Balm You Will Need:

  • 15 drops of Essential Oil (I did 20 and my 5 year old thought it was too strong)
  • 15 3g containers
  • labels (I cut down existing labels, but I have not yet searched for ones I could purchase)

Steps for DIY Lip Balm:

  1. Melt ingredients in a glass bowl in your oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Stir and allow to cool slightly (you don’t want it to start hardening)
  3. Add your essential oils.
  4. Pour into lip balm containers.
  5. Wipe up sides of container and allow to cool & dry
  6. Affix your label.

 

How Long Does it take?

The whole project would probably be 15 minutes, without interruptions.  I had to take someone to the bathroom right when the timer went off to take the mixture out of the oven, so it took me closer to 30 minutes including photography.

At 300, the beeswax was melted in 10 minutes.

Special Notes:

An oven safe glass pitcher is probably your best best, because you can put all the ingredients in there to melt in the oven and pour directly into your containers.  I opted to pour from a glass jar into a coffee creamer, but as that pitcher was about 70 degrees so if you peek at the pictures above, you can see I lost some of the lip balm to hardening before I began pouring.

Why do you want to DIY Lip Balm?

Do you want to sell your own products?  Want to give personal, yet frugal gifts?  Are you just trying to avoid dangerous products on the market?

Final Word

It’s very easy to pop into any store and pick up a bottle of essential oil, but please remember that the FDA has very lax rules about essential oils.  You do not want to purchase oils that you expect can benefit your health and actually turn out to be extracted with hexane or grown with pesticides, herbicides and grown in poor soil.  I only trust Young Living Essential Oils and their Seed to Seal process.  Also, remember that organic essential oils may be grown in environmentally safe and ethical ways, but that does not guarantee that they are a grade that can truly offer therapeutic benefits.

Please let me know if I can help you on your oily journey.

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