If you want to try making your own bath and beauty products lip balm is an easy place to start. Today I whipped up a batch of Peppermint Lip Balm. I substituted avocado oil with jojoba oil because that’s what I had. The beauty of lip balm is that you can experiment with it and if it doesn’t work you can simply rewarm it and add a few ingredients to fix it.
Mountain Rose Herbs gives a general rule of using 3 parts carrier oils (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil etc.) and 1 part beeswax for making lip balm. Butters (cocoa butter, shea butter) which are a nice addition are usually left out of the above equation because they are solid at room temperature.
The most difficult part of making lip balm is finding the ingredients. I collected my ingredients from a variety of sources. I purchase the beeswax from a local beekeeper. The carrier oils and cocoa butter came from soapcraft.ca. Mountain Rose Herbs also sells good quality oils and butters. I purchased shea butter from Serf to Surf Products and the rest of the supplies, like essential oils and vitamin E oil, were picked up at the local health food store.
Once you’ve gather your ingredients the options are endless and it takes very little time to make. The batch I made today took me no more than ten minutes from measuring the ingredients to pouring them into the tins.
Here are few more recipes that I’ve come across recently. I haven’t tried them (yet) so I can’t say how they turn out but they look promising.