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Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm
Learn how to make beeswax lip balm at home. When your lips need a little extra care, a natural homemade beeswax balm is what you need. The soothing properties of beeswax locks in moisture making it a perfect solution for lip care. Lip balm is only one of many ways that using beeswax aids in skin care.
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.
Also, the cost must be considered. Some of the natural lip balm products 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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 beeswax can 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.
Materials 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)
Measure your ingredients using a scale. I prefer to use grams as it allows for more precise measuring but ounces will work as well.
How to Make Lip Balm with Beeswax
Time needed: 1 hour.
Step by step directions to make beeswax lip balm at home
- Melt the Beeswax
Beeswax is solid at room temperature. It is flammable so you do not want to over heat your wax.
However, using a double boiler is a safe way to liquify your wax. I can not impress 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 beeswax is melted, add the palm oil, sweet almond oil and castor oil.
Once everything is melted, 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 with your fragrance oil and be sure that it is approved for cosmetic use.
- 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 with the warm beeswax lip balm mix. Don’t worry about a little over flow – the tray will catch it.
- 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 beeswax lip balm is ready for a label .
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 beeswax 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
One of the beauties of beeswax lip balm is the ease with which it can be melted and repoured into another container.
It is very difficult to make a mess of this simple recipe. Making lip balm is only one of many uses for beeswax in the home .
Consider making your own homemade beeswax lip balm this year. You are sure to enjoy this natural lip care product.