A few weeks ago I made an awesome DIY wood protector from natural beeswax. It got me thinking about other things I could make with beeswax. After a little research, I decided to try making homemade lip balm.
This was such an easy project and took me maybe 5 minutes to put together. It is also easily customizable by stirring in the essential oil of your choice, or tinting it with lipstick. Here’s how to whip up your own batch of homemade lip balm.
You will need:
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 1 tbsp shaved natural beeswax
– 1/2 tbsp sweet almond oil
– 1-3 drops of essential oil (I used peppermint)
*optional – lipstick in your choice of colour.
First, place your coconut oil in a heat safe microwaveable dish. If you don’t have a microwave, I would recommend a small pot on your stove. Heat the coconut oil until melted. I put it in my microwave for 10-20 second increments until melted. Stir in the shaved beeswax and return to the microwave. Continue stirring and microwaving until the wax is completely melted.
Add the almond oil, essential oil, and lipstick if using. I used a small chunk of old MAC lipstick I had laying around. The more lipstick you add, the more intense the colour. Return the mixture to the microwave one last time. Microwave for 10 seconds or so, and stir until everything is well combined.
Pour the mixture into clean containers and allow it to cool completely. I haven’t been saving lip balm containers, so I bought some small plastic pill containers from my local pharmacy. Within a few minutes the lip balm solidifies and is ready to use. That’s it!
If you aren’t a fan of minty lip balms, you can stir in other oils like orange, lemon, or lavender. A few drops of vanilla extract or a 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder would also work great! Or make a batch and omit the essential oil and lipstick altogether for a more basic version.
Looking for another handy DIY project using beeswax? Try my Beeswax Wood Protector. I am amazed how well it has been working on all my cutting boards, wooden utensils, and unfinished wooden Montessori toys. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Pinterest, to see what I am working on next.