I wanted to dive in and teach you how to make your very own products as gifts or for yourself. I think it’s so important that everyone should be able or at least be shown how easy it is to make your own products and without unnecessary additives or unwanted nasties. This way you know exactly what you are putting on your skin and you can enjoy the benefits of natural ingredients.
My top tip is to reuse an old jar/tin to pour your mix into. This way you give an old item a second life and save it from being a potential pollutant or wasteful item. Happy days.
Before you start, make sure you have the ingredients and equipment on hand.
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Peppermint Essential Oil (you can add essential oil of your choice)
- Small jar or Old Tin
- A double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with boiling water
- A spatula
- * I recommend a gravy bowl or something with a lip – makes pouring easier
Lip Balm Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons Beeswax
- 2 tablespoons Shea Butter
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 15+ drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Lip Balm Instructions
- Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted.
- Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
- Add essential oils to your preference. I just added peppermint in this recipe. I recommend adding a few drops at a time and testing a tiny amount on your arm to make sure the scent is to your liking.
- Once you’ve added the essential oils, pour your mix into your Jars/Tins. This must be done quickly since the mixture will start to harden as soon as it is removed from the heat.
- Let your balm sit at room temperature for several hours until cooled and completely hardened before using.
Just so you know, you can use an extra teaspoon or two of beeswax if you prefer a thicker and longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you prefer a smoother and softer lip balm.
Since there are no water-based ingredients, you can re-melt and add more of each ingredient during the melting process until you get the exact texture you want. When experimenting, I’ve put a few drops of the melted mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and let harden in the fridge so I could test it before putting the mixture into your jars/tins.
What is a good place in cork to buy ingredients?