Coconut oil is very moisturizing for lips, and has the benefit of smelling great too! Since it melts at a relatively low temperature, the heat of your lips starts the melting process and helps the balm to glide on super smoothly every time.
Beeswax has a number of properties that make it a great choice for any type of skin care, including anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and protective qualities. It also acts as a humectant, meaning it attracts water to help skin stay hydrated.
Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E is another great moisturizer, with the added benefit of being an antioxidant with anti-aging properties. It will also greatly increase the shelf life of your lip balm, since it is a natural preservative.
One of the best things about making your own lip balm is that you can customize it whichever way you want by using different essential oils. Not only can you choose an oil based on it’s benefits for skin, but scent can play a role as well. For example, since citrus oils have an energizing scent, making a lip balm with citrus oils can give you an extra energy boost when you use them! (However, citrus oils are photosensitizing and can increase the risk of sunburn, so avoid wearing them if you’ll be out in the sun!)
I made three different “flavors” of lip balms for this post using essential oils: grapefruit, lavender and peppermint, and lemon. Other oils that would be great in a lip balm would be lime (very tropical!) and eucalyptus.
Lip Balm Recipe:
2 Tbsp beeswax pellets
4 Tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
Essential oil(s) of your choice
Start by adding the beeswax and coconut oil to a double boiler to melt them together. I used a glass measuring cup so that it would be easy to pour once they were melted, and set it on a canning ring that I had set in the bottom of a pot of simmering water. This suspended the glass above the bottom of the pan enough that I didn’t have to worry about the glass cracking from the heat.
Once the oil and wax have melted together, remove from heat and add the Vitamin E and stir.
At this point you have two options. Either you can pour the mixture into your containers and then add the essential oils, or you can add the essential oils first and then pour into your containers. The first option, which is the one I chose, is good if you want to make a few different flavors out of one batch. If you want to make them all the same flavor, just go ahead and add the EOs before you pour into your containers.