Normally, I would have a stash of Chap Stick in the cupboard but in my DIY mindset, I haven't bought any lately. I do, however, have a lip balm recipe from WellnessMama.com and empty tubes from MountainRoseHerbs.com (they cost 30 cents apiece!!!!) at the ready. In the meantime, I gave hub my tube of lip balm to keep him happy while I sprang into action!
I pulled out my 3-ring notebook of recipes and quickly found what I was looking for and you can find Wellness Mama's recipe below. I made half a batch as I only had 8 tubes on hand. I opted not to add any tint but I did add 5 drops of peppermint oil for fragrance.
I put the ingredients into a small jar in a hot water bath and melted them, added the Peppermint Oil and here's where it got a little um..sticky. I tried using a little metal funnel which promptly cooled the mixture and clogged. A metal skewer removed that. Also, it tended to cool as I poured it into the tubes. Pouring it directly into the tubes worked well as long as I moved quickly but poured slowly. I used a little scraper I had and scraped the cooled balm off the inside of the jar and remelted it and continued on. Not a big deal but it took a little time. I think I will be a bit faster next time now that I've done it once. Be careful to place the tubes upright to cool in a place where they won't get bumped. When cool, use a paper towel to wipe off the outside of the tube and then put on the cap.
I took a tube to my husband and he was thrilled! Especially when I told him that it cost a lot less than what we had been purchasing. I can't wait to share it with my kids and see what they think.
Estimated cost: $1.60/tube. A little more than Chap Stick but much less than lip balm sticks using similar ingredients:
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm retail price $3.29 Vitacost price $2.63
Dr. Bronner's Sun Dog's Organic Lip Balm retail price $3.24 Vitacost price $2.69
Alba Un-Petroleum Lip Balm retail price $2.75 Vitacost price $1.79
Aubrey Organics Lip Balm retail price $2.95 Vitacost price $2.19
A definite DIY Success! Have you ever made lip balm? Would you consider trying to do it?
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Wellness Mama's Natural Tinted Lip Balm Recipe
Author: Wellness Mama
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles (or 2 Tablespoons if making in lip chap containers)
- 1 tablespoon Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- This base recipe will fill about 6 small tins or about 10 plastic lip chap containers.
- Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea/cocoa butter in a glass jar sitting in a small pot of simmering water (not boiling) and stir gently until melted (be careful not to get any water into the mixture).
- When melted, carefully stir in any colors or essential oils, if using. My favorite is lemon and vanilla for scent and a little red coloring or cocoa powder for color. A couple drops of peppermint will make it similar to Burt’s Bees Lip Chap.
- Once colors/scents are mixed in, use a dropper to transfer to tins or lip chap containers. Let cool.
- Apply the versions in the tins with your finger or use the version in plastic container as you would regular lip chap.
Optional Add-Ins For Red Hues: ⅛ teaspoon of beet root powder or 1 drop of natural red food coloring with no chemical additives. NOTE: Add these very slowly as a little goes a long way! I added one drop of natural red food coloring to the recipe above! For Brown/Tan Hues: ¼ teaspoon (or more for color) of organic cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric to get the shade you want For Scent: A drop of essential oil of choice (optional)