Who doesn’t love a nice lip balm?! I am very dependent on mine.
A couple of years ago I read an article about the amount of lip balm and lipstick a woman swallows in a life time. It scared the daylights out of me! I don’t know what are in those products, so I really don’t want to ingest them. Oh yeah sure, ‘they’ claim it is safe, but how many times have we been using things that were portrayed as healthy and safe, only to find eventually that they were the exact opposite? Think food for example. For years we have been told to eat margarine rather than butter for health reasons. And now? We are all going back to butter after we found out what is really in margarine. Call me suspicious (I really am), but I want to know exactly what I put in or on my body, and I want to know that it is safe.
So I started making my own lip balm. I have been using this for about 15 years now and I am not planning to change back to store bought ever!
So let’s jump right in!
- Olive Oil.
- Raw Beeswax (refined isn’t as good).
- Essential Oil of choice – this time I used Spearmint.
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, or place it in a glass jar, in a large pot and bring to the boil. When melted, carefully remove the hot bottle.
Measure out your beeswax to olive oil in a 1:2 ratio. For example, 10ml beeswax to 20ml olive oil. Beeswax sets extremely fast – warm up your measuring spoon before measuring otherwise it will set on the cold spoon.
Add both ingredients to a container from which you can easily pour; a small milk jar works well (warm the milk jar before you add the ingredients). For each ml of base you have, add one drop of essential oil. For my 30 ml, I thus added 30 drops of Spearmint oil. Pour into empty lip balm tubes, or small containers. I use small jam jars and the 30 ml base is exactly enough to fill one jar.
Leave to set and enjoy!
You don’t have to use Spearmint. Any oil that comes from an edible plant can be used. Experiment with different essential oils. Here are some oils and combinations you can try (experiment with others too).
- Lavender and Chamomile
- Peppermint and Spearmint
- Wild Orange
Let me know what you put in yours and how it smells!