If you're a fan of DIY beauty treatments, you'll love this lip balm. It's not only easy to make but also contains natural ingredients that will nourish your lips and keep them supple.
This recipe yields about 15 lip balm tubes, but you can use any small container that works for you.
1.5 tbsp beeswax (or 1.5 parts)
2 tbsp organic shea butter (or 2 parts)
2 tbsp organic cold-pressed coconut oil (or 2 parts)
10-30 drops of your favorite essential oils (optional)
Use a double boiler to melt the first three ingredients. If you don't have a double boiler, place a glass jar inside a saucepan filled halfway with water. Heat it slowly while stirring occasionally.
When all ingredients melt and turn transparent, remove from heat.
Add the essential oils and pour the blend immediately into a container. It starts to solidify within 5 minutes, so you don't want to take too much time transferring to the container.
To speed up the process, put it in the refrigerator.
Consistency—If you prefer your lip balm smooth and juicy, use less beeswax (as little as 1 part). But if you like it harder, you'll want to use more beeswax (as much as 2 parts).
Note: The firmer balm lasts longer because you use less product with each application.
Filling—If you use chapstick tubes, get some plastic pipettes to make filling them easier.
Wax—Go for the least processed and most local variety you can find. We recommend beeswax pastilles, which are small pieces that melt evenly and quickly. Tip: If using a block of beeswax, grate it to obtain smaller pieces like the pastilles.
If you don't like beeswax, go for soy or sustainably sourced palm wax.
Scent—Play around with scented oils until you find the one that works for you.
Color—If you have organic powder makeup whose color you like, mix 1/8 of a teaspoon after removing from heat. It will add a tint to your lip balm.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team