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DIY Lip Balm with 5 Healing Ingredients

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Lavender DIY lip balm

The average store-bought lip balm may moisturize your lips for a little while but often doesn’t last and often includes artificial, even toxic ingredients. In contrast, this DIY lip balm recipe provides nourishment and hydration for dry, cracked lips without the negative side effects.

Key Ingredients

  • Coconut oil: Why does coconut oil work so well for skin and lips? It’s because of the saturated fats that helps the skin stay moisturized, as the fat prevents moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone.
  • Beeswax: This amazing natural substance has the ability to protect and repair rough, dry or chapped skin because beeswax locks in moisture.
  • Shea butter: One of the better moisturizers, shea butter penetrates deep into the skin, offering more moisturizing benefits while preventing windburn. It’s perfect for cracked lips and while the SPF of this sunscreen is only about 6, it can provide some sun protection in a more natural way and is perfect underneath makeup.
  • Peppermint essential oil: Did you know that peppermint oil has calming, softening, toning and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin when it’s used topically? It also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
  • Lavender essential oil: Using lavender oil topically can help improve a number of skin conditions, from canker sores to allergic reactions, acne and age spots. Research indicates that its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help ease skin conditions and reverse signs of aging.

How to Make DIY Lip Balm

Making your own lip balm is surprisingly easy. In a small pot over medium-low heat, melt the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter.

Remove from heat and add the lavender and peppermint oils. Whisk well to distribute oil throughout the mixture.

Immediately pour into lip balm containers or chapstick tubes (which ideally are made of metal or thick glass rather than plastic). Let cool on the counter until hard.

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DIY Lip Balm

DIY Lip Balm Recipe


  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 5 lip balms 1x

Description

Rather than putting toxic chemicals onto your skin and mouth, try this homemade lip balm recipe with five perfect ingredients.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • lip balm containers or chapstick tubes (ideally made from metal or thick glass)

Instructions

  1. In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter.
  2. Remove from heat and add lavender and peppermint oils. Whisk well to distribute oil throughout the mixture.
  3. Pour quickly into lip balm containers or chapstick tubes. Let cool on counter till hard.
  • Prep Time: 3 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min

Keywords: homemade lip balm, DIY lip balm, lip balm recipe

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20 Comments

  1. Cici on

    I’m confused about something: peppermint has menthol in it. Isn’t menthol an alcohol that will dry skin out? If so, why is it always used in lip balm?

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  2. Sarah on

    Do you have any tips on how to make shaving or cutting up the beeswax any easier? I found myself looking like a madwoman trying to stab the block of beeswax to break off small enough pieces to measure. Shaving or grating it was near impossible, not to mention the huge mess it created! Thanks.

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  3. Carrie on

    brambleberry.com and bulkapthecary.com are excellent sources for all the products in this recipe. I love making my own lip balms & I always use their supplies. Just a tip to keep your pans clean….I prefer to use a double boiler method when melting my ingredients. I use mason jars because they’re designed to withstand high temperatures and I sit it inside a small saucepan with water. A pyrex container also works well. The spout is handy for pouring into tubes and I like to sit the handle outside the edge of my saucepan when I melting the ingredients.
    To clean the jar, I wipe out as much as I can with a paper towel, then wash with dawn. It works pretty well for me.

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  4. Liz on

    can I use cocoa butter instead of Shea? I have a lot of cocoa butter on hand that I need to use up. I suppose it might alter the smell a little bit though.

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  5. Liz on

    I have developed an intolerance to coconut products (resulting in an extremely itchy contact dermititus rash) and am so bummed b/c I make a lot of natural products using it, not to mention I can’t continue with my daily oil pulling. Is there a good substitute to use in place of coco oil?

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  6. Laura on

    This turned out so nice! So smooth and feels great. My question is, what is the best way to clean out the pan I used to melt everything in?

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