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Growing up in the desert, I became an early user and somewhat addicted to lip protection. I always had a tube of the stuff in my pocket.

One day, I realized that commercial lip balm was made of nasty petrochemicals and started looking for alternatives. There were a lot of pricey boutique brands and I tried a few, and then I found a product made by Chapstick, which was made with several exotic butters, like shea and aloe. These moisturized my lips while protecting them from the drying effects of wind and sun.

But, alas, all good things come to an end, and Chapstick stopped making them. The last ones are now available, but very pricey, up to $10 a tube.

So I decided I'd try to make my own.
 
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Step 1: Gather the ingredients

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As a beekeeper, I have plenty of beeswax, which I figured would make a nice base. I thought I'd start with a simple recipe, so I got some shea butter and coconut oil that was sitting on the counter in the kitchen. Both of these are solid at room temperature, so I thought they would make a nice combination, along with the beeswax base, so as to not melt too quickly in my pocket.

Step 2: The fancy filler thingee

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If I had thought ahead, I would have saved my spent tubes, washed them out, and used them. Instead, I found a handy little kit here. This kit has 24 tubes ready for filling, plus a holder and a little spatula, which I didn't need to use for this project. In all, the whole kit cost less than two of the nearly extinct tubes of Chapstick Naturals.

das cool!

hsnetby725 days ago

I don't know why my original message repeated so many times. Sorry about that. I have been playing with some different recipes using "parts" to try to get a softer balm. I am almost there. True, any balm will melt in the car in summer, but they all pretty much melt, even the commercial ones. My latest one recipe is/was --

1 part each beeswax, jojoba oil and almond oil;

3/4 part coconut oil;

2 parts shea butter and

half a part sea buckthorn oil (just cause I had it handy)

It is pretty close to a nice texture that softens and stays for a while. Next time I plan to get some vitamin E and I wonder if I can get some kind of oatmeal oil or extract or something? My previous favorite balm had oatmeal in it, somehow.

hsnetby71 month ago

Yet again, I found a favorite lip balm and they stopped making it. I bought the tubes noted here and a kit with ingredient. I used a similar recipe - beeswax, shea butter and almond oil, it's a little harder than I like it. I even doubled the amount of oil. What ingredient will make the balm creamier? And, how did you melt balm out of old tubes without making a huge mess? (Microwave? Double boiler thing?)

permie (author)  hsnetby71 month ago

As far as melting old stuff out of tubes, I didn't even bother. I tried one, and it never all came out. And then there's the problem with the little screw wearing out. Just not worth it. That's why I bought the new tubes along with the filler thingee.

For my latest batch, I used the oblong tubes. These are much better, as they allow you to sculpt the wax with your lips. Plus, they don't roll of the table. and they fit a little better in your pocket.

permie (author)  hsnetby71 month ago

There's a problem when using all-natural ingredients. You've really just got one hardness. So in the winter, it's pretty hard. But in the summer, if you leave the tube in the car, be prepared for a liquid mess when you take off the cap. The commercial tubes solve this problem by using all kinds of nasty chemicals to stabilize the mixture.

One solution is to make one recipe, with lots of butters, for the winter, and another recipe, with more beeswax, for the summer. Or, just keep a tube of the summer recipe in your pocket all winter.

For my latest mixture, I added a little bit of spearmint oil. That seems to have made it a little softer in the winter. We'll see what happens in the summer car!

hsnetby71 month ago

Yet again, I found a favorite lip balm and they stopped making it. I bought the tubes noted here and a kit with ingredient. I used a similar recipe - beeswax, shea butter and almond oil, it's a little harder than I like it. I even doubled the amount of oil. What ingredient will make the balm creamier? And, how did you melt balm out of old tubes without making a huge mess? (Microwave? Double boiler thing?)

hsnetby71 month ago

Yet again, I found a favorite lip balm and they stopped making it. I bought the tubes noted here and a kit with ingredient. I used a similar recipe - beeswax, shea butter and almond oil, it's a little harder than I like it. I even doubled the amount of oil. What ingredient will make the balm creamier? And, how did you melt balm out of old tubes without making a huge mess? (Microwave? Double boiler thing?)

hsnetby71 month ago

Yet again, I found a favorite lip balm and they stopped making it. I bought the tubes noted here and a kit with ingredient. I used a similar recipe - beeswax, shea butter and almond oil, it's a little harder than I like it. I even doubled the amount of oil. What ingredient will make the balm creamier? And, how did you melt balm out of old tubes without making a huge mess? (Microwave? Double boiler thing?)

AJE21 month ago

my custom mix i use is my old chapsticks, for color and base, jasmine, witch is common where i live, shea butter and old eos "eggs" i melt them togeather dry the jasmine and cruc it into a fine pouder and mix it togeather pour into the "egg" set in the freezer for 12 hours then use and enjoy

MissZindzi1 month ago

I imagine that orange and vanilla would work, almost like Creamsicle flavor. Or for a more sophisticated Creamsicle flavor, you could do vanilla and blood orange.

JanetF12 months ago

I live in West Africa where shea butter and beeswax are common and cheap! I made this tonight with olive oil and a little vanilla essence. I'm hoping it'll taste like ice cream. I'll have to wait till later to see if I put enough in to be able to taste it. I only made a small amount, one teaspoon of each ingredient with 5 drops of vanilla.

JanetF1 JanetF12 months ago

Mmmm. Tastes great! I've yet to see how it will behave out of the fridge, it may melt too much in this heat. It has a lovely creamy texture.

deangera106379 months ago
Amazing back story thx
mdaughtry21 year ago
I use this recipe as well minus the Shea butter. I add vitamin E oil and vanilla and peppermint extract. If I want a little color to it I add a small chunk of lipstick to the melting process!
arete011 year ago
I am certanly making your beewax lipbalm: I can not use industrial ones becouse they dry my skin. thank You for sharing
PoniesSwag1 year ago
Vitamin E as a healer and a preservative.
birthmark1 year ago
Nice one. I've made a lip (and skin) balm with a beeswax and olive oil and it works well too. I added few drips of cooking orange and vanilla oil and it smells beautifully.
I also use the same mixture (but in different proportions and without scents) as a wood finish.
permie (author)  birthmark1 year ago
Good idea, birthmark. There are so many uses for the oils that most people think are just for cooking.
Ty Mashaw1 year ago
I'm on accutane and I go through almost a tube a month. This is perfect. Thank you!
zamrin1 year ago
hmm can you use honey as an alternitive to the honey?
zamrin1 year ago
ooo you can add kool aid for the taste :D
jamob1 year ago
Mint would be a great additive! How would a non beekeeper obtain beeswax? Great instructable!
Some health food stores and stores that sell earthy, natural products could have beeswax.
omnibot jamob1 year ago
Stores for art-supplies have beeswax.
permie (author) 1 year ago
Status Report: After using the product for a week, I can tell you that it works well. My concern was that it would melt in my pocket. That's why the beeswax. That hasn't happened, and it looks like you can increase the proportion of softer butters or oils and still have a stable product. No word yet on how it handles a hot car, but perhaps I'll make an update later in the summer!
Viaticus1 year ago
menthol! helps to relax the skin and allow the balm to works it way deeper into the tissue.

Awesome post - I want to try your recipe very soon!
very cool!
bluesnake41 year ago
Hmm, maybe some raspberry syrup.
rimar20001 year ago
Very interesting. Some winters my lips break, too.