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.
Making Beeswax Lip Balm
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 with beeswax for the cost of one that is premade.
Of course you need some beeswax but you also need a few other items. Try rubbing a stick of wax on your lips – it doesn’t work. We need some oils to change the viscosity.
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You also have the choice of deciding which oils you would like to mix with the wax. Each type of oil whether olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil etc has beneficial properties. Everyone has a personal preference.
Some recipes call for the use of shea butter. I choose to not use it due to an increased risk of allergies but it is okay to use. Cocoa butter and mango butter are other popular ingredients.
When making my natural beeswax lip balm I like to use just a bit of peppermint essential oil. Not too much or it will be too strong. This does not add flavor or sweetness (which might encourage you to lick your lips).
Is Beeswax Good for Lips?
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. It also serves to lock in moisture and provides a little natural UV block.
Can You Make a Lip Balm Using Only Beeswax?
No, as wonderful as this natural wax is – you can not make lip balm from beeswax alone. This is because it does not flow at room temperature (or skin temperature). Instead, the added oils and/or butter combine to create the best texture for a lip care product.
Melting Beeswax Safely
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 it in the microwave but I don’t recommend it. With a flash point of around 490 °F it can overheat and burn easily. Slow and steady using low heat is the best option.
Measure your ingredients using a scale. I prefer to use grams as it allows for more precise measuring but ounces will work as well.
I prefer blocks of wax because that is what I have on hand and I know what is in it. However, using beeswax pellets is perfectly fine – just make sure there are no added ingredients.
Homemade Lip Balm Recipes
There are many combinations of ingredients used to make lip care products. Most recipes are based on a rule of 3’s.
One third wax, 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
Candle and soap fragrance is not the same thing as fragrance oil for lips – 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!
You can order flavor oil for lip balm, popular options are: peppermint oil, spearmint, cinnamon, orange, lemon and lime. Some of these contain sweeteners – check their ingredient label.
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.
Containers for Homemade Lip Balm
There are many types and colors of lip balm containers. So many that you may have a hard time decided what to use. I usually decide on the basic plastic lip balm tubes that screw up from the bottom.
If you like to apply the product with your finger, sliding lip balm tins are nice. When made from the proper mixture of wax and oils, the tubes should not leak under normal conditions.
I would not leave them in a hot car during Summer. I can also testify that the washer and dryer are not good environments for these products.
Making homemade balms is only one of many ways that using beeswax aids in skin care. In addition to saving money on commercial products (such as Bert’s Bees), homemade items are a great gift idea.
Everyone appreciates receiving a gift that has been handmade especially for them. And, one of the great things about this project is that you can make a large batch.
Divide it into 3 or more parts. Give each one a different flavor or scent to create a personalized item.
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.
DIY Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
- Melt the Beeswax: 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.
- Add in Other Oils: When most of the wax is melted, add the palm oil, sweet almond oil and castor oil. Stir gently. Sometimes I use a microwave for these but you can just add them to your double boiler too. Once everything is liquid, mix well and remove from heat.
- Add Vitamin E (and fragrance oil if scent is desired)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.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 tubes. The use of a special tray to hold the tubes is a very valuable aid. However, it is not a requirement and you can certainly pour them by hand.
- Filling tubes: Fill each tube.Don’t worry about a little over flow – the tray will catch it. And, it is easily cleaned up once cool.
- Cool and Clean: Let the tubes cool and they will harden to a semi-solid consistency.A flat scrapper can be used to scrape the excess ingredients off the tray and be stored in a container for use later.
- Cool and Set: After an hour – Remove the cool tubes from the tray and top with the provided caps. Your lip balm is ready for a label .
- This is a basic recipe for homemade beeswax lip balm. You can make adjustments.