Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY Mega Moisturizing Lip Balm

Source: Martha Stewart

With so many varieties of lip balm out there, it's often difficult to find that one perfect balm. The one that has the perfect scent, the perfect texture, and the perfect list of ingredients (free of chemicals). So if we can't find the perfect lip balm, why not make it?

This DIY lip balm recipe is surprisingly simple and fun. I felt like a chemist in my kitchen concocting the perfect flavor and color combination, and the end result is more than worth the extra effort. Gather up some beeswax and shea butter, and get ready for some mega moisturized lips!

Here's what you'll need:
1 tablespoon beeswax pellets (I purchased mine on Amazon, but I have also seen beeswax at select Walmart and JoAnn Fabrics locations.)
1 tablespoon pure shea butter (Another Amazon purchase)
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
10 drops essential oil
A sprinkle of Kool-Aid powder for color and flavor (optional)

There are quite a few options in terms of oils you can include in this lip balm recipe. For chapped lips, try eucalyptus or peppermint. Or if you'd like something a bit more soothing, try lavender or vanilla.

1. Using a double-boiler or a heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil together. Stir until well blended.

2. Once the ingredients are blended, remove from heat and add in your essential oils.

3. Transfer the liquid to a large container with a pour spout, and then divide it among four 1/2 oz jars or tins. (Work quickly, as the balm will start to solidify.)

4. Let the balms cool for about an hour. Once they feel solid and cool to the touch, they are ready to use.

If you try out this recipe, I'd love to hear how it went in the comments below! We'd also love to see your homemade lip balm photos on social media! 

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DIY moisturizing lip balm recipe from The Beauty Bar. This recipe is a beeswax and shea butter homemade lip balm. This DIY lip balm also uses Kool-Aid powder for color and flavor. 

30 comments :

  1. OMG I have a TON of unused koolaid and jello packets in my cupboard. I think I have to try this!! (Cuz I really need so many more lip balms in my life hahaha). Thanks for the super tutorial!! I love it!

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    1. Not sure if the Jello mixture would do anything to the balm's consistency, but it's worth a try! I'd love to hear how your lip balm turns out! You can never have too many :)

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  2. Can you use something other than coconut oil? I'm allergic to coconut.

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    1. Hi Kristen! This DIY does not call for coconut oil. The only essential ingredients are beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil. So as long as you aren't allergic to any of those ingredients, you should be good to go!

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  3. Leave out the flavoring, use unflavored gelatin, and I bet it would nake a superior nail and cuticle balm!

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    1. Interesting idea, Lynn! If you try it out, I'd love to hear how it works for you!

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  4. Leave out the flavoring, use unflavored gelatin, and I bet it would nake a superior nail and cuticle balm!

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  5. Did you use raw shea? or like a lotion? I'm looking at ingredients and there is quite a variety. Should I use the raw form?

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    1. Hi Chandra! I used pure shea. A link to the exact product I used is in the article :)

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  6. A very traditional "balm" but I think adding the koolaid for color and flavor is a mistake. Too many artificial ingredients which might cause problems on the lips. Also, FYI...using essential oils so freely can be a problem as well. Many are laced with nasty ingredients or very poor quality oils. I would use caution and maybe only a drop or two of high quality (you get what you pay for), essential oil.

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    1. Thanks for the info, Lily! Kool-aid is just a fun (and optional) part of the recipe. Some prefer their lip balm to have color and flavor, so this is just one easy method to achieve that. However, if you are very conscious of artificial ingredients, there is absolutely no need to add it in.

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  7. I have the beeswax bar rather than the pellets. What is the measurement for the bar? I'm new to this so I believe I grate the beeswax bar but is that also 1 tbls?

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  8. Where did you buy your container from? Thank you for your recipe!

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    1. I got mine from http://www.magnakoys.com/ through Amazon. Good price in comparison to the competition. Fast delivery and they included a couple extra tins.

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  9. This is a great recipe! I used tube containers and this recipe makes A LOT! Easily 10+ tubes. I got tired of filling the tubes so I used a couple of little pots for the rest. The recipe is great as is, but I think next time I will do a heaping tablespoon of beeswax instead of a level one to make it just a tad bit more firm. And I also added maybe 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil for kicks.

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  10. I tried making some lip balm today with a different recipe. It had some coconut butter in it, and it was SO oily, it was like putting oil directly on my lips. Is this recipe oily at all?

    Thanks!

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  11. Hey just wondering what the shelf life is? Great easy recipe :) Thanks!

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  12. Pepperment oil and lavendar oil can be extremely sensitizing to the skin - i.e. cause a reaction. Just because you think something is natural does not mean you should apply it to the skin!

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    1. Lavender is not sensitizing...in fact it's one of the very few EOs that can be applied directly to skin.

      Citrus EOs are sensitizing and the sun should be avoided after application.

      Peppermint is not sensitizing but because it's strong only a drop or two per container should be used. You must do your calculations so as not to exceed the recommended usage.

      Look for pure, uncut and preferably organic to insure quality.

      How do I know these facts? Thirty plus years of studying essential oils along with being a certified aromatherapist.

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    2. It's incredibly common to have a topical reaction to pure peppermint oil. Not everyone has it, and not all places on the body! But even I have sometimes had a chemical burn from peppermint, and I wear it daily in the summer for cooling purposes. It could also have to do with the AMOUNT used. If you're using it by the drop, then peppermint is fine for even the most sensitive of skins! I generally use it by the smear, however much that is. :P

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  14. I too, was wondering about the secret ingredient?
    I like your recipe, although I might substitute your kool aid with cinnamon. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I find Shea butter goes grainy, any suggestions to stop this happening ?

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    1. I have found Shea butter only goes grainy if it heats too fast. Turn down the heat, and melt it slowly and most of the time that issue goes away.

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  16. You can also if using kool aid makes you uncomfortable try adding color by shaving off a bit of lipstick and melting it in with the oils. I have cheaper lipsticks that are just a dollar or two from Walgreen's OE the dollar store just for this purpose. It works great!! Also for the beginners that aren't familiar with all the types Shea butter comes in you definitely don't want to use a Shea butter lotion. You will want to buy refined or unrefined Shea that come in solid form. You just break off the amount you need and melt it down. It will get nice and firm as it cools. The unrefined Shea has a stronger Shea nut scent to it but not so much that it affects the scent you choose. My main suggestions are lipstick shavings for color and quality hypoallergenic flavor oils to add the flavor your looking for. This will give you a nice firm lip balm you will love! Happy balm making y'all!!

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  17. I don't have almond oil. Could I use jojoba oil?

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  18. Love this Diy. Can I use honey instead of the beeswax?

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  19. I used cocoa butter instead of shea butter; it's lighter and less greasy, and I like to pour my lip balm into tubes and cocoa butter solidifies better for that. Instead of kool-aid, I used a dram of LorAnn flavoring (strawberry) and several drops of peppermint essential oil. I made this for my son who always has dry, cracked lips, and he LOVES it! He says it's way better than anything we've bought. His classmates want some too!

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