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How To Make Lip Balm (Zero Waste Beauty)

How To Make Lip Balm (Zero Waste Beauty)

Have you always wanted to know how to make lip balm? It’s a lot easier than you might think! Within a few simple steps you can transform all-natural ingredients into your new handbag essential.

If you’ve found your way onto this page you probably don’t need convincing. But just for fun, there are lots of reasons why you’d want to make your own beauty products from scratch.

Are you just tired of seeing those single use plastic packagings pile up in your bathroom? Maybe one of your New Year’s Resolutions is going plastic free? Or have you caught the zero waste DIY Beauty bug like me?

Whatever your reasons, I’ve got some good news for you.

Homemade beauty products are kind of my jam.

And making your own lip balm is as simple as 1, 2, 3. You only need 1 container, 2 ingredients and 3 steps to show off your homemade lip balm and accompanying soft, moisturized lips.

This beeswax and coconut oil lip balm is actually the first DIY Beauty product I ever made.

It must have been about 7 or 8 years ago, when I first learned that my dry, itchy, red, blistered lips were due to contact allergy eczema. The culprit: my fancy store bought lip balm.

I was allergic to one of its ingredients, but with descriptive ingredients like ‘fragrances’ and ‘colorants’ it was impossible to figure out which one was breaking me out. So I decided to make my own lip balm, with as few ingredients as possible.

As it happened, my uncle was a beekeeper at the time. And what do all beekeepers have in abundance? Beeswax! So after a family visit I went home with a block of dark golden colored beeswax.

The only other ingredient I needed (according to Pinterest) was coconut oil. And even before the superfood craze hit its peak this oil was already readily available.

I remember using a spoon and candle (the OG double boiler method) to melt a small chunk of beeswax and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Once liquid, you just pour it into a clean container.

The result was a simple yet effective lip balm. Since using my own homemade lip balms exclusively, I’ve never had red, itchy lips again. And I’ve been hooked from that point on.

Simple lip balms with beeswax

Most lip balm recipes will list a wax as one of the main ingredients.

A wax helps your lip balm become solid. Great when you’re using a twist-up lip stick container. The sticky wax will also help the balm last longer on your lips.

The most common wax that’s still very popular in natural beauty products is beeswax.

It’s a by-product from the honey industry and there’s a good chance you know or have heard of a beekeeper in your neighbourhood. And of course you can also buy beeswax online.

Before you buy beeswax make sure that it says filtered. This means that all of the dust and debris has been filtered out. Depending on the process used there’s white and yellow beeswax.

Also make sure the beeswax is pure. In other words, check to see that no other ingredients are added to the wax.

There’s an easy formula you can follow when you’re making your own lip balm:

Lip Balm Formula = 1 part wax + 1 part butter + 1 part oil

For example: 1 part beeswax + 1 part Shea butter + 1 part coconut oil

If at this point you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with all this talk about butters, waxes and oils, I have an easy beginner’s guide to natural beauty ingredients. Check it out if you want to learn more about the different types of natural butters and carrier oils.

Before you start, I have a few tips if you’re making your own lip balms at home:

  • Measure beeswax when it’s grated or in pellet form instead of a block.
  • Play around with the ingredients to find the perfect consistency that works for you. Shea or Mango butter for example are softer than cocoa butter.

And here are a few recipe ideas to start making your own lip balms from scratch!

Beeswax Lip Balm Recipes

Have you always wanted to make your own lip balms? This easy beginners project is the first step to a zero waste bathroom and an all-natural skincare routine.

Vegan alternatives

Not surprisingly, beeswax is not a vegan-friendly ingredients. Don’t mistake the word ‘vegan’ for ‘vegetarian’. Beeswax does NOT contain bees. It’s made by bees, just like honey is.

If you’re vegan or want to make a lip balm for a vegan friend, there are few easy swaps you can make. The most obvious one is swapping beeswax for another, plant-based wax.

Popular plant-based waxes are candelilla wax and carnauba wax. These waxes are generally a little bit harder to find than beeswax and usually also a bit more expensive.

Every wax behaves differently (like with any ingredient) so keep that in mind when formulating your recipes.

Here are a few easy lip balm ideas with carnauba wax:

Vegan Lip Balm Recipes

Move over beeswax! In these recipes it has been replaced by a plantbased wax alternative if you want to make an entirely vegan lip product.

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