This post may contain affiliate links – read our full disclosure
Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
Cold wind and hot sun can take a toll on tender skin. This is especially true for the delicate skin of on your lips. When your lips need a little extra care, its time to learn how to make beeswax lip balm at home. The soothing properties of this natural wax locks in moisture making it a perfect solution for lip care-even if you are guilty of licking your lips too much.
Of course, there are many different kinds of lip care products to purchase that are premade and ready to go! Some of them are even made with natural ingredients. In fact, you may have a hard time deciding which one is best for you.
However, the only way to truly know what is in a product is to produce it yourself. And, you can make several diy lip care products for the cost of one that is premade.
You also have the choice of deciding which oils you would like to mix with the beeswax. Each type of oil whether olive oil or jojoba oil etc has beneficial properties. Everyone has a personal preference.
Why is Beeswax so Popular in Lip Balms?
The popularity of this wax made by bees as a lip care ingredient is due to one simple thing. It’s all about texture. We need something that will retain its shape through various temperature changes.
If the mixture is too soft, the product melts during the hot days of Summer. If the recipe produces a balm that is too hard, cold temperatures make it difficult to apply to your lips.
By its nature, beeswax is solid at room temperature and retains its shape even when the temperature rises over 100 degrees. By combining it with a few soft oils, we can achieve the semi solid consistency needed for a good lip care product.
Let’s not forget the beneficial properties of this natural wax made by honey bees. Beeswax is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
How Much Beeswax is Needed to Make Lip Balm
If you are not a beekeeper, you may be concerned about acquiring enough wax for your project. Never fear, raw wax is rather easy to purchase and you can order wax pellets too.
You can order raw wax from many places online or even better buy some from a local beekeeper. A little bit goes a long way, six to eight ounces of beeswax will make a lot of lip balm.
Melting Beeswax for Projects
Always begin with clean wax. Cleaning beeswax of excess honey, dirt, etc makes it easier to work with and suitable for all projects.
Because beeswax is a solid, we need to get it into liquid form by heating it. Then, the melted wax can be combined with the other ingredients.
I use a double boiler method to melt my wax. 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. With a flash point of around 490 °F it can overheat and burn easily.
Supplies Needed: 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)
- double boiler
- kitchen scale
Measure your ingredients using a scale. I prefer to use grams as it allows for more precise measuring but ounces will work as well.
Simple Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
Time needed: 1 hour.
Step by step directions to make beeswax lip balm at home
- Melt the Wax
Using a double boiler is a safe way to liquify your wax. I can not express enough how much I love these light-weight double boiler inserts. I have several and find them so handy.
- Adding Other Oils
When most of the wax is melted, add the palm oil, sweet almond oil and castor oil.
Once everything is liquid, mix well and remove from heat.
- Add Vitamin E and/or Fragrance
Now is the time to add a small amount of vitamin E. You may purchase liquid vitamin E from a craft supply.
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.
If desired add a fragrance oil to the mixture. Use the ratios provided by the manufacturer with your fragrance oil and be sure that it is approved for cosmetic use. Honestly, I don’t use it.
- Pouring Mixture Into Tubes
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.
- Fill Each Lip Balm Tube
Fill each lip balm tube. Don’t worry about a little over flow – the tray will catch it. And, it is easily cleaned up once cool.
- Let Cool – Scrape Excess
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.
- Let Cool for 1 Hour
Remove the cool tubes from the tray and top with the provided caps. Your lip balm is ready for a label .
Variations of Beeswax Lip Balm Recipes
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.
Using Fragrance or Sweeteners in Lip Balm
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 lip balm. Of course you can, but I feel that it promotes lip licking and leads to chapped lips.
A Final Word on How to Make Beeswax Lip Balm
Making homemade balms is only one of many ways that using beeswax aids in skin care. In addition to saving money on commercial products, beeswax lip balm is a great gift. Everyone appreciates receiving a gift that has been handmade especially for them.
And most important of all, when you make your own products, you know what is in it! No unknown chemicals and other substances will be present.