Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm
It is really easy to learn how to make beeswax lip balm at home. When your lips need a little extra care, reach for a balm containing beeswax. The soothing properties of beeswax makes it a perfect solution for lip care. Lip balm is only one of many beeswax uses that aids in skin care.
Of course, you will find many opportunities to purchase lip balms with beeswax and other natural ingredients.
The wide variety of choices can make choosing only 1 a difficult task. And price must be considered as well, some of the natural lip balms can be quite expensive.
Beeswax Lip Balm Benefits
But, you don’t have to spend a fortune on lip care. With just a few simple ingredients, it is possible to make your own beeswax lip balm.
Why should you consider homemade lip balm? Well, for one thing it is a quick and easy project. Due to the low melting point of beeswax (147 degrees F), this project is good for kids of all ages.
With a little care and proper supervision, honey & beeswax lip balm can be a family project.
In addition to saving money on commercial products, homemade balm is a great gift. Everyone appreciates receiving a gift that has been handmade especially for them.
When you make your own products, you know what is in it! No unknown chemicals and other substances will be present.
How Much Beeswax is Needed to Make Lip Balm
If you are not a beekeeper, you may be concerned about acquiring enough beeswax for your project.
Never fear, beeswax is rather easy to purchase. You can order it from many places online or even better buy some from a local beekeeper.
You do not need a lot of beeswax for your recipe. Six to eight ounces of beeswax will make a lot of lip balm.
Why is Beeswax so Popular in Lip Balms?
The popularity of beeswax as a lip care ingredient is due to one simple thing. It’s all about texture. By its nature, beeswax is solid at room temperature.
When combined with a few soft oils, we can achieve the semi solid consistency needed for a good lip care product.
Beeswax is made by honey bees. It is a natural product that is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
How to Make Lip Balm with Beeswax
Easy Lip Balm Recipe Ingredients
There are many combinations of ingredients used to make lip balms. Most recipes are based on a rule of 3’s.
One third beeswax, one third oil that is liquid at (warm) room temperature and one third oil that is always liquid.
Of course, the variations to this basic recipe are endless. You can make the ingredients as simple or as complex as you wish.
Basic Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe – makes 16-17 tubes
- beeswax 27 grams
- palm oil (sustainable) 31 grams
- sweet almond oil 25 grams
- castor oil 7 grams
- vitamin E 1/4 tsp or equivalent
- peppermint essential oil 6 drops ( optional)
Homemade Lip Balm Directions
Measure your ingredients using a scale. I prefer to use grams as it allows for more precise measuring but ounces will work as well.
Because beeswax is a solid, we need to get it into liquid form by heating it. Melted beeswax can then be combined with the other ingredients.
I use a double boiler method to melt my beeswax. This may be a stainless steel double boiler or a glass measuring cup inside a pot of water.
Yes you can melt beeswax in the microwave but I don’t recommend it. Beeswax has a flash point and it can overheat and burn easily.
Wait until almost all of the wax is melted before adding the palm oil, sweet almond oil and castor oil. Once everything is melted, mix well and and remove from heat.
Now is the time to add a small amount of vitamin E. You may purchase liquid vitamin E from a soap supply company.
Or for a small batch, vitamin E capsules can be cut open and the content inside used. Vitamin E prolongs the freshness of your lip balm.
Now is the time to add any fragrance oil to the mixture. Use the ratios provided with your fragrance and be sure that the fragrance is approved for cosmetic use.
Candle and soap fragrance is not the same thing as fragrance oil for lip balm – read your label instructions.
I choose to use a small amount of essential oil. Not all are suited for use in cosmetic products – do your research first!
I do not add sweetener to my homemade beeswax lip balm. Of course you can, but I feel that it promotes lip licking and leads to chapped lips.
Before the melted ingredients begin to cool too much, we must pour it into our lip balm tubes.
The use of a lip balm tray to hold the tubes is a very valuable aid. However, it is not a requirement and you can certainly pour them by hand.
However, the tray is not expensive and it will pay for itself in short time but reducing spills and waste.
Fill each lip balm tube. The tray will catch excess material. Let the lip balm tubes cool and they will harden to a semi-solid consistency.
A flat scrapper can be used to scrape the excess lip balm ingredients off the tray and be stored in a container for use later.
One of the beauties of beeswax lip balm is the ease with which it can be melted and repoured into another container.
Remove the cool tubes from the tray and top with the provided caps. Your beeswax lip balm is ready for a label .
Consider making your own homemade beeswax lip balm this year. You are sure to enjoy this natural lip care product.