We absolutely adore some of the amazing DIY recipes from Humble bee and Me, Marie has a flair for writing and a great sense of taste when it comes to luxurious homemade skin care products. This recipe caught our eye as the colder months of winter set in and the combination of dry weather and indoor heating takes its toll on tender lips.
It is pretty straightforward ingredient list, all easily found at your local organic shop or online (we have included some links for NZ suppliers, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your cozy fireplace). And you will be able to whip up a batch of deliciously smooth, all-natural lip balm in no time!
20g | 0.7oz beeswax, the natural type that still has a honey scent
25g | 0.88oz coconut or babassu oil
15g | 0.5oz cocoa butter
40g |1.4oz sweet almond oil
2g | 0.07oz vitamin E oil
Essential oil, of your choice (try spearmint, peppermint, or cardamom)
Melt everything together in a saucepan over medium heat, and then pour into tins or tubes. I find the easiest way to do so is by using a preheated Pyrex measuring cup with a pouring spout. Just warm it in the oven at a low heat (200 degrees F) so the mixture doesn’t harden upon contact with the glass. Even so, you’ll probably still have to re-melt the mixture unless you’re extremely quick.
Regarding choice of essential oils; I’d recommend sticking to the field of the edible, and with essential oils. I’ve tried synthetic flavoured oils, and they all leave a chemically aftertaste. For mint, I personally prefer spearmint to peppermint. Spice oils can be nice, but be wary, as too much cinnamon can leave you feeling a bit burnt. The citruses sound like a great idea, but be wary of their photosensitive properties, which can quickly set you up with sunburnt lips if you wear a balm made with them outside.
Once packaged, the balm will harden up in a few minutes and be ready to use. I carry a tube with me everywhere, storing the extra ones in a cool, dry, and dark place. I usually have two or three tubes on the go at any given time, and find that a tube will last me about four months.
Makes about 23 tubes of lip balm—you might want to halve the recipe!
As we mentioned we are sharing this recipe from HumblebeeandMe and we really recommend checking out some of the other awesome DIY recipes that Marie has to offer.