One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.
You don’t need much in the way of specialized equipment for these. Just a pan, a spoon, your ingredients and something to put it in. The container to keep it in can be as simple as a small plastic container with a lid. (Dare I say Tupperware?) If you desire, you can order lip tubes made just for this purpose. They may run you anywhere from 13 cents to 35 cents, depending on where you get them. Your ingredients are pretty simple, but if you are too far out in the country you may have to order them. There are many places that supply them online. Most of them can be picked up at your local discount or drug store. When you get ready to do these, by all means, let the kids help. Just like cooking, they need to keep stirring and stay away from the hot stove. But mine are always eager to help and see the final product, and they like to give them as gifts. These are great to make at Christmas time for stocking stuffers. I will start with the simplest of them. Put your ingredients in a saucepan and melt, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.
When melted together, pour into your containers and let cool. If you like them a little stiffer you must add a little more of the beeswax. If you love making homemade products from beeswax, you might also like to learn how to make beeswax soap.
Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
2.5 oz. cocoa butter
2.6 oz. beeswax
1.4 oz. sweet almond oil
Castor Oil Lip Balm
3 oz. castor oil
1.5 oz. cocoa butter
1.5 oz. beeswax
Natural Lip Balm
8 oz. sweet almond oil
1.5 oz. beeswax 2 teaspoons honey
3 oz. sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons pure honey
½ oz. beeswax
1 drop of essential oil (peppermint or your favorite flavor)
Now making lip balm is not going to make you rich or save you thousands of dollars. However it gives you a sense of satisfaction to know that you can make them yourself and gives you something to use as gifts if you are at a loss for ideas — we all love home remedies for chapped lips!
If you enjoy natural living and making your own home remedies and beauty products, here are some articles you may enjoy from Countryside: Natural cold remedies, healing herbs list, home remedies for bug bites and a baking soda toothpaste recipe plus video!
Originally published in 2000 and regularly vetted for accuracy.