Make your own: lip balm

Jess Henshall

Lip balms are something that most of us have about 5 different pots on the go, scattered around in different bags, each one usually a different scent, but have you ever thought of making your own? It’s surprisingly easy, only requires 3 ingredients and is super cheap to make per pot. Today we’re sharing a simple (but luxuriously lip softening) recipe, using super ingredients which are ethical too.

This lip balm recipe can also double as a skin healing balm due to the amazing healing properties of the balm and the nourishing, moisturising ingredients. 

What’s in the lip balm?

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is a a really useful ingredient to use in natural beauty recipes as it can also double as a food ingredient, makeup remover and more! It’s one of our favourite ingredients here at Archie Browns due to the vast range of purposes, and such amazing benefits. Coconuts contain anti fungal, antibacterial, anti-itching, and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it an ideal natural beauty ingredient, especially for lips as it helps to heal cracked skin, reduce soreness and acts as a natural sun protector. 

We recommend using Lucy Bee coconut oil, as this is Fair-trade (most coconut oils unfortunately are not), organic, raw, ethically harvested and environmentally friendly. 

Shea butter:

Shea butter is super hydrating and will leave your skin silky smooth, as it is easily absorbed by the skin and is extremely calming to irritated skin. It also contains vitamin E and A which are natural antioxidants, with vitamin E helping to protect skin from sun damage 

Beeswax:

When ethically harvested, beeswax is a fantastic option for lip balms and skin care, as it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and an anti-oxidant so is incredibly healing. It also helps to lock in moisture in the skin, so ideal for in a lip balm, as it will compliment the coconut oil and shea butter to hydrate lips. When choosing a beeswax, opt for small harvested beeswax, as this helps to support the bee industry (vital for the environment and bee population) but they won’t take too much produce from the bees, meaning they are still able to thrive. 

 

The Recipe

What you’ll need

  • a small heatproof bowl or jug (we recommend a small jug as this is easier to pour into the tins)
  • electronic scales 
  • small tins, glass pots or lip balm tubes (this recipe makes 20ml of lip balm, enough for one 20ml tin, two 10ml tins or four 5ml tins)
  • saucepan 
  • water

Ingredients:

  • 10g coconut oil
  • 5g shea butter 
  • 5g beeswax 

Directions:

  • if you don’t have a double boiler, place the saucepan on a low heat with boiling water inside. Place the small bowl in the saucepan (this prevents the heat from directly hitting the ingredients as this would denature the amazing properties of the ingredients and they wouldn’t be as beneficial to the skin)
  • add the beeswax to the bowl first and allow this to melt - coconut oil and shea butter are much easier to melt so these are added once the beeswax has melted 
  • once the beeswax has melted, add the coconut oil and shea butter and allow to melt
  • once everything has properly melted, pour the mixture into the lip balm tins
  • leave the lip balms to set - the smaller your tins, the quicker they will set, so for 5ml tins this will only take a couple of minutes

Variations:

  • add 5-10 drops of essential oils to flavour/scent the lip balms 
  • use a beeswax alternative for a vegan friendly recipe