Want to learn how simple it is to make a natural, nourishing lip balm at home? Follow this very simple lip balm recipe with olive oil and beeswax.
Nourishing and Simple
For this recipe, you will only need:
Olive oil is highly conditioning and emollient. It is also very mild on the skin, making it adequate for the delicate skin of your lips. Remember to use extra virgin olive oil, since it’s a high-quality oil per se. The better the ingredients, the better the product you will have.
You can actually use another oil, like sunflower oil, if it’s easier/cheaper to get in your living area. Check out Natural Oils For Skin for good replacements.
Beeswax as the name says, is a wax produced by honey bees to build their own beehive. Thanks to its antibacterial agents, beeswax has a long history of being used in cosmetics and also for certain skin issues. Historically, this has included treating burns and wounds. Beeswax is ideal for moisturizing sensitive skin, hydrating the skin and soothing certain skin conditions.
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. Eucalyptus has been my favorite essential oil for balms and salves, due to its camphoraceous, minty scent.
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). 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 this case, 1 capsule is enough).
Always Sterilize Your Containers!
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.
I hope you enjoy this oh-so-easy recipe that will super-moisturize you lips!
Find Where to Buy Natural Olive Oil Lip Balm
If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you still wish to try a natural handmade lip balm, you can find some at the following links:
- Organic Beeswax and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lip Balm
- Handmade Lip Balm with olive oil and shea butter
- Lip Calm with olive oil & beeswax, enriched with more noble oils like jojoba oil and rosehip oilApple Valley Rosemary Mint Shampoo Body Bar
- More about Vegetable Oils: Natural Oils For Skin
- More about Essential Oils: Essential Oil Chart
- More Balm Recipes: Balms Recipes Category
Watch This Video Before Starting Your Recipe
- 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 double boiler inside the pan with water (you can use a metal jug instead of double boiler).
- 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.