- organic virgin coconut oil (or other oil of your choice)
- shea butter or cocoa butter
- vitamin E capsules (optional)
- essential oils (optional)
- a double boiler
- lip balm tubes or containers
- dropper (optional)
1. Place equal parts organic virgin coconut oil, shea butter (or cocoa butter) and beeswax into your double boiler. I usually only make about enough to fill about five lip balm tubes to prevent ending up with too much that will go bad before I get a chance to use it. Also, since this mixture is more prone to melting during the hotter months, I add a bit more beeswax during the summer months and a little less during the cooler months to compensate.
2. Mix the contents with a spatula until it is completely melted, then take it off the heat.
3. Cut open some vitamin E capsules and squeeze it into the mixture if desired. One capsule per every half cup of the mixture should be sufficient. Also, add a few drops of essential oil to create a fragrance if you desire. Remember to mix well.
Apply your natural homemade lip balm to your lips as you normally would!
I find this mixture hydrates the skin much better than many commercial lip balms. It should last at least a couple of years in storage, but I would recommend only keeping it about three months during use, since you may be transferring bacteria from your lips and fingers onto it, then back onto your lips.
I'll let you in on a little secret. This recipe is actually pretty much an exact copy of my instructions for how to make your own lotion bars, the end product is just packaged differently!
Enjoy your homemade lip balm! It's natural, safe — and for those who need to use it on a daily basis — such a money-saver!