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Homemade Lip Balm with Beeswax and Shea Butter

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Super easy DIY lip balm that is good for your lips and feels hydrating. When you make it yourself, you can control the ingredients and use high quality ingredients that are nourishing to your lips.

This DIY lip balm recipe is...

  • hydrating
  • protective
  • healing
  • Super awesome because you made it yourself

This lip balm recipe uses 3 base ingredients, which I use in all of my lip care products: shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.

From here you can tweak the recipe to your liking. I like to add peppermint essential oil for its refreshing tingle or lavender is great for repair. Beetroot powder can be added as an optional natural lip stain.

It’s fun and rewarding to make your own stuff, especially when it works out. Making your own stuff generally has a lot of failures before you figure it out. This is a recipe I have used for several years.

It is smooth. There is no sticky feeling and it's full of nourishing ingredients.

3 magical ingredients

1. Shea Butter

Shea Butter from the tree of life, contains vitamin A, E, F, essential fatty acids, and has numerous medicinal properties. The Shea Butter Institute describes shea butter as your skins best friend with healing properties that promote healing in wounds, eczema, frostbite, sunburns, skin allergies, insect bites, repair wrinkles, and more.

Shea butter produces the same oil produced by the glands in our skin, making it incredibly moisturizing and protective. A study found shea butter softened and reduced the severity of eczema, and helps prevent water loss from the
skin.

Shea butter lasts about 8 hours but was most effective for the 1st hour [3]. Shea butter effectively reduces inflammation and even has cancer-fighting abilities [4].

Studies found that shea butter boosts collagen and elastin production in the skin. Collagen and elastin are the major structural proteins of skin.

This ability also makes shea butter effective at reducing wrinkles and repairing sun damage [6]. Shea butter’s unsaponifiable fraction has substances that effectively absorb UV radiation, giving shea butter sun protective abilities.

Skin benefits of Shea butter:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reparative: Boosts collagen and elastin in the skin (making it great for healing & wrinkles)
  • UV protectant

Quality matters:

If you want to benefit from the magic of shea butter. Shea butter should be grade A raw and the Shea Butter Institute recommends no older than 18 months, because as it ages the healing abilities begin to fade. This nut butter has a characteristic earthy smell, its beige in color and at room temperature feels like butter.

It has a long list of uses for skin conditions, it's moisturizing, reduces swelling, and heals. All these properties make it an excellent choice for lip care and are an all-around excellent oil to have in your mama pantry.

Note: This is a nut butter, so if there is a nut allergy in the family this is something you may want to consider before using.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is mostly made of medium chain saturated fatty acids. It has been a health craze used both internally and topically for many years now, and for good reason.

Studies have proven coconut oil is effective anti-oxidant with anti-aging properties [7]. It is a very effective anti-microbial and effective at reducing swelling [9][10][11]. An excellent ingredient for chapped lips.

Skin Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Reparative: Boosts collagen
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory

Quality Matters

As with everything quality matters. Organic virgin first cold pressed coconut oil, can be found here. Oils will lose their headlining abilities when they are chemically or heat extracted.

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3. Beeswax

Beeswax improves skin hydration, because it is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains water. This is a great quality for lip care products.

It’s also high in vitamin A which is great for keeping skin young and looking rejuvenated. Beeswax is naturally antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and provides mild pain relief.

Since it is a wax, it creates a protective barrier but still allows the skin to breathe. This is unlike petroleum products which provide a barrier but doesn’t allow the skin to breathe.

It's proven to be effective for healing sores and relieving itching [3]. This is an excellent ingredient for keeping your lips protected and hydrated.

Skin Benefits of Beeswax

  • Antiaging
  • Humectant
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-microbial
  • Protective
  • Anti-inflammatory

 Quality Matters

I use organic beeswax. Organic beeswax smells amazing it has a mild earthy honey smell. I prefer the pastilles, these are little pellets of beeswax that are easy to work with.

Homemade Lip Balm with Beeswax and Shea Butter

Yield: 3 tubes of chapstick

Supplies needed

Ingredients for homemade lip balm

 

Directions for homemade lip balm

1.This recipe will yield 3 tubes of chapstick. Before you start, unwind the chapstick to completely lower push plate.

2. Set scale to grams, this makes it easier to work in small batches. Fill a small pan with 1/3 of water and bring to a simmer.

This is the small pocket scale I love for making all my DIY beauty products. It's great for making smaller batches for personal use. It is very precise, maxes out a 1000g, and measures to a 10th of a gram. It can be switched to ounces also.3. Weigh the empty container you will be using to mix ingredients. I like to use a pint size mason jar. Weigh the empty mason jar and write down its weight. This is tip will save a lot of frustration if your digital scales goes off in the middle of weighing out your ingredients.

4. Add coconut oil to the jar until you reach the desired weight, and write down this number. Then add Beet Powder capsules.

5. Stir them together, if the coconut oil is still solid, then place the jar in the simmering water to melt the oil. The coconut oil melts very quickly. The beet powder mixes easiest with the coconut oil.

6. Then return the jar to scale and add the remaining ingredients. Return the jar to the simmering water and let everything melt. Lightly stir until everything has melted, this generally takes 2-3 minutes.

7. Remove from heat and add essential oil.

8. Work fast because the oil begins to harden quickly. A container with a pour spout works best to fill the tubes. Check out these cool BPA free silver tubes!

Tips:

If it does harden before you are done, just return to simmering water and re-melt. Then let it cool, and enjoy! 

Also if you don't have one of these, then band the tubes together with a rubber band.
Conclusion:

This is a simple DIY beauty recipe that also makes a great gift. It has high-quality nourishing ingredients that are actually good for you. You can personalize it too, by designing your own custom chapstick labels. Happy DIY-ing! Do you like making your own stuff?

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