The three most important men in my life, often complain of dry, chapped lips. My father, brother and Sergiy all suffer from dry lips during the winter months. So, I decided to finally try making my own after reading about an inexpensive DIY starter kit offered by LorAnn Oils for $20. So I ordered a kit and waited for it to arrive.
The kit includes 4 one-dram bottles of flavoring oil (Pineapple, Tangerine, Tropical Punch and Peppermint), beeswax, 1 four-ounce bottle of sweet almond oil, 1 four-ounce jar of shea butter, 6 stir sticks, 12 plastic tubes, 12 plastic pots, and 24 colored labels. Plenty for gifting and just enough for you to still have a nice collection of your own.
I had to tweak the recipe a few times in order to get the balm to the consistency I wanted, but I finally think I got it right.
Let me start out by saying that lip balms are really quick and simple to make.
1) The beeswax, shea butter and almond oil are measured and put into a small, clean glass jar with a lid.
2) Meanwhile, fill a saucepan or shallow pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil.
3) Lower heat to medium and set the glass jar into the pot; the water should be below the rim of the jar.
4) Stir the mixture using a wooden stir stick (disposable for hygienic purposes) until all of the wax and plant butter has melted.
Make sure everything melts well or you'll end up with super lumpy balm.
5) Choose a flavoring oil (optional). This time I chose Pineapple. But, I plan on creating a line of coffee and tea inspired balms to gift to my friends and family this holiday season. Ideally, I would love to create my own flavoring oils, but I found some great ones already on the internet so for the sake of saving time I will probably choose that option. I found: Chai, Java Jolt, Mocha, Amaretto, Coffee Bean, Vanilla Bean, Orange Bergamot, Bergamot, Mint, Southern Sweet Tea, Arnold Palmer and many others.
6) Remove the glass jar from the pot very carefully and add the flavoring oil. Close jar with lid and shake to combine. Not too much because you don't want it cooling down too quickly.
7) Carefully pour the melted lip balm into the container of your choice (plastic tubes or plastic pots). Use caution as the lip balm is very hot at this point. Fill each container to the rim. An additional drop or two can be added to the containers to prevent settling holes that may occur in the center of the lip balm.
8) Allow the lip balm to harden without disturbing for 20 minutes. Discard the wooden stir stick you used in Step 4.
And voila! You have your own lip balm. I can't wait to wrap these up and give them to the guys. None of them read my blog posts so I don't think I will be ruining any kind of surprise.
And then...everyone will be ready to enjoy that cup of tea sans chapped lips.
The recipe should yield enough for approximately 4 containers depending on which ones you use.
4 teaspoons beeswax
3 teaspoons shea butter
3 teaspoons almond oil (for glossier lip balm, add 1.5 teaspoons additional almond oil)
1/4 teaspoon of flavoring oil