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Tutorial about how to make a natural lip balm at home following a very simple lip balm recipe.
In this article, I am going to show how simple it is to make a nourishing lip balm at home. We are going to follow a very simple recipe with beeswax and olive oil.
You can also watch the tutorial video from YouTube:
What You Will Need
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For this recipe, you will need:
Remember the better the ingredients, the better the product you will have. Avoid using old or low quality olive oil (as a reference, use the one you use to prepare food). I use extra virgin olive oil for food preparation and that’s the one I use for my homemade cosmetics, but then again, olive oil is cheap in Portugal!
You can actually use another oil like sunflower oil if it’s easier to get in your living area.
The essential oil is optional and you can put your favorite one, or you can skip it entirely. Avoid using citrus essential oils, as they may cause photosensitivity in your lips.
Balms do not need preservatives as they are oil-based products, and do not contain any water. Still, they last longer by using an anti-oxidant, to prevent the oil from going rancid.
The vitamin E is an anti-oxidant to increase the lip balm best by date, it is optional but reccommended, so that your lip balm lasts longer. I’ve bought the oil and use it for homemade cosmetic recipes or applied directly to the skin (it’s vitamin E after all :D). I never tried this recipe with vitamin E capsules, but if the content is mostly oil, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work (in that, case, 1 capsule is enough).
Lastly, it is very important to make sure that the containers you are going to use to keep your lip balm are sterilized. Use a solution of water and bleach to sterilize your containers. Make sure they are absolutely dry before pouring your mixture, as water can create bacteria and fungus, something you don’t want on your handmade lip balm.
Natural Olive Oil Lip Balm
- Heat-resistant jug with spout (or a double boiler)
- Pan (for bagne-marie)
- Spoon or wooden stick
- Measuring spoons
- Lip balm tubes or tin cans (clean, dry and sterilized)
- 1 tsp (4 ml) beeswax
- 1 1/2 tsp (6 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 3 drops essential oil (optional) eucalyptus / other
- 2 drops vitamin E oil (tocopherol)
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- Assemble the ingredients and equipment first
- Measure the olive oil and the beeswax to the jug
- Fill the pan with water to use as a double boiler. Turn the heat on and place the jug inside the pan with water.
- Let the beeswax melt completely (beeswax melts at ~60ºC)
- Turn off the heat and remove the jug from the water. Wait a few minutes to let it cool down
- Add the essential oil and the vitamin E and mix well
- Before you pour your mixture into the containers, it is very important to make sure they are sterilized. Use a solution of water and bleach to sterilize your containers, and make sure they are absolutely dry – water can create bacteria and fungus, something you don't want on your wonderful lip balm.
- Pour the mixture in the lip tubes or containers. If the misture hardens before you can pour everything, you can reheat it again.
- Wait 5 minutes for the mixture to solidify, then place it for 15-30 minutes in the fridge to solidify completely
- Make sure you clean up the wax from the utensils while it's in liquid form, with a kitchen paper towel. If needed, reheat the utensils.
That’s it! Your lip balm is ready to use!
Notes About This Recipe
I’ve made this lip balm for the first time in September 2019. I’ve poured on lip tubes and a small plastic container I gave to my daughter to use. I still have my lip tube now and it’s still in very good condition, it’s not rancid, it doesn’t smell bad and it’s not too soft or “wet” like it’s melting, or too hard that you can’t spread it well on your lips.
I love this lip balm, as it is soft and sort of buttery, and leaves my lips moisturized for a few hours, unlike many lip balms I’ve used before. With olive oil being cheap in Portugal, and assuming you already have a container (so that you don’t need to spend money on it) this lip balm costs less than 0,10€ for a lip tube of 4g.
I hope you enjoyed! Feel free to leave a comment or make any question.