Easy Homemade Coconut and Beeswax Lip Balm!

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Introduction: Easy Homemade Coconut and Beeswax Lip Balm!

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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.

Step 2: The Basic Formula

You can do any measurement you like, but I chose a teaspoon because it makes just enough for a tube of balm or a small pot.

Basic ratio:
  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part beeswax
  • a few drops of vitamin E

Step 3: The Vitamin E Oil.

Add a few drops of oil to the bottom of the measuring cup. Not only is it good for your skin, it will also help prolong the shelf life of the balm!

Step 4: The Coconut Oil.

Measure out two teaspoons or coconut oil, pressing it into and leveling the spoon. Scrape it all into the measuring cup.

Step 5: The Beeswax!

You'll need a teaspoon full of beeswax. I prefer to grate it on a sheet of parchment or freezer paper so that I can transfer it easily to the spoon.

Press the beeswax into the spoon until it's full. Make sure to really pack it in there! If you don't get the full amount, the balm will be softer and oilier. Which is not necessarily bad, and it makes a great hand cream... I learned a lot during my trial runs with this. :P

Step 6: Stir Everything Up and Microwave!

I tend to microwave 30 seconds as a time, take it out and stir, and then microwave again. Heat the mixture until the beeswax melts completely and the oil looks nice and golden.

Pour it into your container before it has time to set up!

Step 7: Down Time.

It'll take your balm a little while to set up - no more than a couple hours. Leave it out somewhere that no one will bother it and let it harden. The first two pictures are a few minutes in, the last two are an hour or so after.

Just make sure you can't feel any heat and that the balm is a nice cream color.

Step 8: Use It!

Works great on dry skin, lips, and the dreaded "tissue nose" that comes along with winter. When I was very sick a few weeks ago, it really helped heal my lips and nose without the burning you might get from other lip balms.

I can't vouch for how long it'll last, but I'm about a month in on my first batch and it's still wonderful and I'm getting low. As long as you use only oils and the vitamin E, you should have a decent shelf life. Just don't mix any water in there, because it can lead to mold and other gross things. :D

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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??

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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!

Peppermint or mint essential oil or extract can be added ingredients to plumping lipglosses & such.

isn't cinnamon a natural plumper as well?

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!

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I would like to add to the idea of using a double boiler instead of a microwave to heat/melt your ingredients. A microwave is going to destroy all of the natural goodness in your beautiful natural oils & waxes!! Do NOT use a microwave to heat your ingredients please!

Thank you for this! I look forward to using your advice when I make these!

Hi, I have some problems with my DIY Lipbalm,, it won't harden after 10 hours.. I made no-beeswax lipbalm using this recipe:
- 2 tsp cocoa butter
- 1 tsp shea butter
- 1/4 ml Vit E Oil
- 1 ml Argan Oil
- 1 ml Rosehip Oil
Is there some ingredients I should not missed or something I could do to fix this?
Thank you so much..

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Beeswax will harden it.

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

So the melting point of your Cocoa butter and Shea butter are both below 90degrees F or 33degrees C...your oils will contribute to an even lower melting point...you need to up your boiling point with either coconut oil, bees wax, or cheddar cheese ;-)

Sadly, the beeswax is needed for it to firm up.

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!

Thank you so much jessyratfink for the answer, I'm desperate to know why is it not harden..

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?

Try a ratio of about 1:1 oils/butters to wax and experiment from there!