The easiest lip balm ever. Great for chapped lips and even as a hand salve! I've been using it as a lip balm all day, and on my hands at night.

And because it's made with coconut oil and beeswax, it tastes like honey and fresh coconut - you don't need any other flavorings!

Step 1: What you'll need:

  • containers for lip balm - you can use tubes or pots, or even reused tins, like Altoid's Minis
  • glass measuring cup
  • small grater
  • yellow beeswax
  • coconut oil (I really recommend Dr. Bronner's - it smells the best!)
  • vitamin E oil
  • measuring spoons
  • chopstick or something similar for stirring
  • microwave
Keep in mind that the grater you use on the beeswax is going to get pretty messed up. You can get rid of most of the beeswax by pouring boiling water over the grater, but it's good to have a little one just for beeswax.

Also make sure that your hands and tools are clean before starting - you don't want to get any nasties in the balm.
<p>Hi, I have some problems with my DIY Lipbalm,, it won't harden after 10 hours.. I made no-beeswax lipbalm using this recipe:<br>- 2 tsp cocoa butter<br>- 1 tsp shea butter<br>- 1/4 ml Vit E Oil<br>- 1 ml Argan Oil<br>- 1 ml Rosehip Oil<br>Is there some ingredients I should not missed or something I could do to fix this?<br>Thank you so much..</p>
A vegan alternative to beeswax would be Candelilla wax. It is made from the leaves of a shrub, so there are no animal origins to worry about.
<p>Sadly, the beeswax is needed for it to firm up. </p><p>Right now you have so much oil mixed with the butters that it will never harden if left alone. You may be able to double the butters and get it a little firmer, but it will always melt very easily!</p>
Thank you so much jessyratfink for the answer, I'm desperate to know why is it not harden..<br><br>There are no other wax available on my local store in indonesia, I could only get the organic beeswax for the best option.. So, how much beeswax should I put into my recipe to fix it?
<p>Try a ratio of about 1:1 oils/butters to wax and experiment from there!</p>
<p>One thing to keep in mind is the oil (liquid) to solid (waxy) ratio. I am not sure what the reason to choose to craft without beeswax is, but the other ingredients are great. With the current ingredients you will get a wonderful lip GLOSS. Balm needs the stability of wax to set up. There are two other types of wax that come to mind, neither of which I would recommend (personal preference only). Paraffin wax: food grade but petroleum based. Candlelilla wax is a vegetable wax which some prefer to use instead of beeswax. Candelilla wax is very firm so getting the proportions correct is challenging,best estimate would be to use a little under 1/3 of the above recipe requirement for beeswax, because Shea and Cocoa butters have a stability to them as well. If 1/3 of the proportion is still not setting up, I would slowly increase the Candlelilla wax and not the butters. To test the stability I usually take a drop of my mixture and put it on a piece of foil and pop it into the freezer then swipe the solid sample across my lips to test the &quot;feel&quot;. I also feel the container being used is important. Firmer balm is great for tubes and softer balm is better in a pot or jar container. Now I am off to make a small batch for the girls in my Dr.'s office! Happy Balming!</p>
<p>Different materials harden (become solid) at different temperatures. You can find out the melting point of all these materials you have used and might find that beeswax will have a melting point much higher than say cocoa butter or shea butter that is why beeswax helps harden the lip balm at room temperature. A simple study of ingredients' melting points will be a good start to determine what's the issue with your particular lip balm</p>
<p>Thanks for this! Here's mine (pen for scale).<br>The container is not ideal, but that's all I had.<br>The content shrunk when it dried (which took less than an hour), and unstuck itself from the sides, which wasn't a big deal, but wasn't ideal esthetically either. I think to prevent that, you need to leave the container open while it dries. My mistake.<br>Otherwise, it's great! Made for a cool present.</p>
<p>I know this article is a bit old, but people may still end up here. One thing I wanted to pass on is that if you do add essential oils or flavour oil make sure that you add these after the mixture is finished heating. It is good to experiment with the amount of beeswax because you need different consistently for tubes vs pots. A balm too soft in a tube will not last very long and balm too stiff in a pot will not melt onto the finger you use to apply it to your lips. I modified the recipe to use cocoa powder and cocoa butter that gave me a lovely chocolate balm that was amazing with mint or peanut butter flavour oil. It is also great without any flavour oils. Unfortunately I am the kind of Cook that wings everything so I do not have a recipe to pass on. Besides using this as a hand salve it can also be modified to make solid perfume. One last idea. . . I usually make a good sized batch of the base and make what I need, then I put the remainder in silicone muffin tins until they harden, pop them out and wrap them in tin foil to save time on additional projects. I use a double boiler insert so I can make this on a stovetop which gives me a chance to eyeball the mixture and add extra beeswax or coconut oil to get the consistency I want. Making stocking gifts and shower or wedding favours are a snap with balm tube trays and no worries about the tubes falling over. Let your imagination run wild and have fun!</p>
<p>Thank you for this! I look forward to using your advice when I make these!</p>
What if i use a mixture of<br>2oz Jojoba oil<br>2 oz emu oil<br>2oz vitamin e oil<br>4 oz coconut oil<br>How much beeswax should i use for the entire mixture ?
I want to make 50 lip balms...do I need to do one cup beeswax to two cups coconut oil?
<p>Awesome! One question: How do you properly pour it? I am worried certain ingredients would 'harden' earlier, and/or sink to the bottom; giving me an uneven lip balm. Any way to prevent against this?<br><br>Also when I pour it into my tube it eventually sinks down- how do you properly 'top it off'?</p>
<p>I've never had any issues with the balm separating as it cools - as long as you're not adding a load of other oils, you should be fine! If you're really worried about it stir it really well right before you pour. </p><p>I normally fill it VERY full, so it's slightly bubbling above the top. If you go slow and easy, you can keep it domed.</p>
<p>Very successful! I used 1 part olive oil (infused with dried comfrey and strained), 1 part coconut oil and 2+ parts beeswax. The &quot;+&quot; was to compensate for the liquidity of the olive oil. And of course vitamin e, and I used a few drops of peppermint oil to offset the slight comfrey smell. It set very nicely in tubes, and smells nice too!</p>
<p>Its great to see so many projects using natural beeswax that are being made available. We provide a high quality beeswax filtered with a natural process making it perfect for any project from cosmetics to candles. Feel free to stop by and pick up some wax.. All of our wax is extracted and filtered in the US using raw material from US beekeepers. http://bit.ly/bulkwax</p>
<p>I used equal parts beeswax and coconut oil with Vit E oil and a bit of honey and it turned out perfectly! </p>
<p>Thanks for sharing! I was wondering if ther is a substite for beeswax?</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing the recipe jessicaratfink. I am going to make up a batch of this. I just ordered some beeswax and already have the other ingredients. I am thinking (though the shelf life may not be as long) about adding hemp oil also. I'm thinking I'll have to use less coconut oil or more beeswax. Was wondering about using ascorbic acid also to help the hemp oil version keep longer and the Vitamin C is not bad for the lips. I was also thinking a Vitamin B2 version also as I know some people like my Mom for one, benefit from B2 since when they are deficient they have lip chapping/cracking problems. </p>
<p>I add some cocoa butter too and it smells and feels great!</p>
<p>I like to add essential oils...I intend to use my Thieves Oil for placing near the nasal passages to ward off the viruses and bacterias that are taken in through the nose....it WORKS. having it in a chapstick form will make it easier to use! I will most likely need more wax in order to keep it from being too soft. </p>
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<p>can You use beeswas organic pastilles instead f the bars?</p>
<p>I think the recipe should read 2parts wax to 1 part oil. Mine didn't even set up. Still liquid after 6 hours.</p>
Just a thought<br>there is a liquid and a solid coconut oil<br>I mixed them up by accident as well
thanks for that tip bout the coconut oil. I have never bought any before. I thought it looked odd for an oil in the pics. So I need to buy the coconut oil that is solid.
<p>Coconut oil is solid until it hits 76 degrees, then it melts. It's not different. Except for fractionated coconut oil, but that's not what you want for this.</p>
<p>I was wondering has anyone tried adding some essential oils?? I was thinking of adding a little bit but not sure how much to add!! Any ideas??</p>
<p>Yep. You can use whatever you want, really. Just be careful because citrus scents increase your liklihood of getting sunburnt in that area. So use a small amount. In my lip balms I've used lemon and in others i've used peppermint. Peppermint should be used in small amounts too because it leaves a tingly sensation on your lips. A few drops usually does the trick! </p>
Peppermint or mint essential oil or extract can be added ingredients to plumping lipglosses &amp; such.
<p>I added peppermint and cocoa essential oils in equal parts (nine drops of each with the part ratio being 1 tablespoon) and now my balms smell like after eight. It's wonderful and now all the neighbourhood kids come and ask me to make them some.</p>
Amazing! Worked perfectly. Not too hard or soft and it feels great on my lips. This batch made 3 very small (5g?) Lip balm pots full. Definitely making more and giving them away in gift baskets full of my homemade beauty products.
Where did you get the beeswax from?
I got it from a local bee keeper
I know you posted this a long time ago but...try your local farmers market. Search out local bee keepers. They are your best source for the best wax.
I found a pound at Hobby Lobby, but there are lots of great places to get it online. Ive heard ebeehoney.com is good. :)
<p>I am making this for a teen library program tomorrow evening and I made a trial batch today. Fantastic! Recipe worked perfectly and the finished product feels amazing. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>What a wonderful recipe. I followed it to a T and got some truly amazing lip balm. I had tried one before with honey and beeswax but could never get the honey to be incorporated with the wax. THIS one is perfect...thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Thanks for this simple and effective recipe. Well done.</p><p>BEESWAX</p><p>I would only advise folks to carefully check the source of your beeswax and try to get it from a local beekeeper AFTER YOU ASK:<br>Do you treat your bees in any way with fungicides or other pest control methods? </p><p>Many commercial beeks put all kinds of junk in their hives to control pests (varroa and other nasties) which gets into the wax. Now, to be fair, bees will bring some things back to the hive from where they forage, and those things can get into the wax. But you had might as well get wax from naturally maintained hives.</p>
<p>Definitely going to give this recipe a try, especially since everyone seems to be using Beeswax. I use sheep wool wax (lanolin) and cocoa butter in mine. </p><p>Just did a quick DIY vid that shows the recipe and some nice container ideas at <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_vB-BOogOcA" width="500"></iframe></p><p>For anyone looking for &quot;recycled&quot; containers, I think mint tins and empty skincare containers (like the small glass jars that eye and face cream sometimes come in) work well and are easily washable. </p>
Does anyone have a line on recycled packaging materials for lip balm? I did check a previously posted link but unable to find anything recycled.
<p>I was looking for a place to get lip balm tubes and came across this site while looking for a lip balm recipe. </p><p>https://www.thesage.com/catalog/LipBalmContainers.html The black containers state they are made from 100% recycled plastics. Pretty decent pricing as well.</p>
I use the vitamin E gel caps,just clip the ends and squeeze it into your mixture.
Great recipe: clear and easy - thanks for that! I might give it a try this weekend. <br> <br>I wonder if it would help to store the lip balms (if I go through all this trouble, I might want to make more than one at the same time) in the fridge? <br> <br>Also: do you think essential oils like lavender can be added?
What a great idea. I just clicked on the &quot;add&quot; button to my projects list :-). BTW, playing with wax (which has almost countless uses) I accidentally spilled melted wax in a Teflon pan, and it was a pain to remove safely, I mean without ruining the Teflon coating. So I heated waste vegetable oil inside it until wax melted and mixed in with the oil. Wax doesn't mix readily with a lot of things, except oil. So I could pour the mix in another container and simply wash the pan with water and a sponge to get rid of the rest of oil and wax.

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