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How to Make Beeswax Lip Balm

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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.

3 beeswax lip balms on a green tray image.

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.

Beeswax lip balm being applied to lips and in tubes get recipe image.

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.

Beeswax lip balm making materials image.

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 for Lip Balm

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

Tools Needed:

  • 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.

DIY Beeswax Lip Balm

Time needed: 1 hour.

Step by step directions to make beeswax lip care products at home

  1. 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.

    Melting beeswax in a double boiler pot image.

  2. 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.

    lip balm recipe ingredients melting image.

  3. 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.

    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.

    Capsules of vitamin e oil image.

  4. 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.
    holding tray for filling lip balm tubes image.

  5. Fill Each Tube

    Fill each tube. Don’t worry about a little over flow – the tray will catch it. And, it is easily cleaned up once cool.

    Using glass cup to fill beeswax lip balm tubes image.

  6. Let Cool – Scrape Excess

    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. 

    Using a flat spatula to scrape off excess material on lip balm tray image.

  7. 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 .

    Removing cool beeswax lip balm tubes from tray image.

Variations of Beeswax 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 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

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!

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.

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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.

Don’t stop now, you can also make Beeswax Food Wraps or Beeswax Body Butter and many more.

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