Treat your dry, chapped lips with your own homemade lip balm made with natural ingredients. It is a great alternative to commercial lip balms loaded with synthetic chemicals.
You can make it using beeswax, coconut oil, castor oil and honey. Beeswax is known for its emollient, soothing and softening properties. It forms a protective barrier on your lips to prevent dryness. When melted and combined with other ingredients, it helps make your lip balm harder.
Coconut oil, being rich in fatty acids, helps nourish your lips and keep them moisturized. Plus, its antioxidant properties protect against damage. Honey also helps retain moisture, thanks to its humectant properties, and works as a natural flavoring.
This recipe also includes a little castor oil because it leaves a soft, glossy shine on the lips. To give it a nice fragrance and a refreshing tinge, you can also add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
How to make your homemade lip balm
Things you will need:
- Extra-virgin coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Raw honey
- Peppermint or any other essential oil of your choice (optional)
- A microwave or double-boiler
- A grater or peeler
- A mixing spoon or even a popsicle stick to stir
- A mixing bowl
- Sterilized lip balm containers or tubes
1. Shred a ½-ounce bar of beeswax using a grater or peeler and transfer it into a bowl.
2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil. (Ideally, the proportion of beeswax to coconut oil should be 1:2.)
3. Add 1 to 1½ teaspoons of castor oil.
4. Melt this mixture in a microwave or a double-boiler.
5. Add ½ to 1 tablespoon of raw honey.
6. Optionally, add 4 or 5 drops of peppermint or any other essential oil of your choice.
7. Mix it well and quickly transfer it into your lip balm containers before the mixture cools and hardens.
A single batch of this recipe should be enough to fill 4 to 5 small lip balm containers.
Store your homemade lip balm in a cool, dry place. It should last for several months. If your homemade lip balm turns out softer and oilier, you can also use it as a cuticle cream to soften and moisturize your cuticles.