Beeswax Lip Balm::
Making your own, natural, Beeswax lip balms
is fun, easy, and satisfying. You can make them using only the ingredients that you want, with none of the ingredients that you don't want, letting you take control of what you put on your skin, as well as what you eat because, let's face it ... lip balms goes away because we lick it off and we don't need to eat a bunch of synthetic chemicals or things that are not so good for us.
As a general rule you'll want to use 3 parts liquid carrier oils to one part beeswax, adjusting your recipe to make them more firm in the summer and more soft in the winter, as you see fit, based on your chosen packaging. The best carrier oils to give your lip balm some shine are Olive Oil and Castor Oil but, be careful as too much Castor Oil can make them sticky. The Coconut and Olive Oils will help your lip balm to have some residual moisturizing benefits. If you'd like to add some butter to your natural lip balm recipe you can add them at about 10% of your liquid oils without modifying your formula too much. If you'd like to add more than that then just take another 10%, but this time split it between your oils and your beeswax.
One of the nicest things about making your own natural lip balms is that you can easily modify them to suit your taste. To do this ... after you've finished melting everything and before you fill your containers, dip the tip of a stainless steel spoon into the lip balm and give it a couple of minutes to harden, then test it and see how you like the texture. If it's too hard reheat it and add more liquid oils to soften it, if it's too soft reheat it and add more beeswax, to make it harder. It's that simple.
NOTE:: All of these recipes are just some of our staff favorites, made for personal use. They have not been converted to percentage, or weight, yet. If you are going to market your lip balm the first thing that you may want to do is to convert them to weight, for easy scale up and consistency. To do that, as you measure each ingredient, tare your pot first and record the weight. After you've added all ingredients use another identical container and tare it on your scale, then weigh the first container with all of your ingredients, to get the total weight of your natural lip balm recipe, then just divide the total weight by the weight of each individual ingredient, to get it's exact percentage. You can also use our 'Amount to Percentage' Calculator to do the math for you. Don't try to just make the conversion based on the volume measurement because your numbers will not be accurate, i.e., when you measure 1 tablespoon of beeswax it isn't really a full tablespoon because there is a lot of space between the pellets, if the beeswax were a liquid, that filled the spoon solidly, then it would probably be about 2/3's of the tablespoon, not a full tablespoon.
All of these recipes will make enough to fill, approximately, 10 standard lip balm tubes.
|Lemon Rose - If you like Dr. Haushka's Natural Lip Balm you'll love this version, it's rosey with a touch of lemon.
||Coconut 76 Oil
|1 Tbl + 1 tsp
||Beeswax Natural or Beeswax White
||Rose Otto Essential Oil
||Lemon Essence Essential Oil (not cold pressed from the peel as it will be highly photo sensitizing and the last thing you need on your lips is damaged skin)
||Vitamin E MT-50 (optional, but recommended)
Add the solid ingredients to the pot first, using a heavy bottom stainless steel pan, to control and distribute heat evenly, or a double boiler. Allow the solids tp melt, then add the liquid oils, stirring to combine them, remove from heat. Test the consistency. Once it's exactly what you want, add your essential, or flavor, oils, pour into lip balm tubes and allow to cool. You'll want to work fast, at this step, because your lip balm will start to cool, in the pot, so you'll have to re-heat it gently to get it all poured, or you can just have one small container ready, that you can scrape any left over into, that won't look as nice, for your personal use. Don't try to use a pipette, or some other squeezable dispenser as it will harden almost immediately and create a lot of waste (never reheat soft plastics with product in them as the chemicals int he plastic can leach into your product). Once cool, apply the caps, and you're done. You can also choose from a wide variety of essential oils, or flavor oils, to suit your taste. Natural Lip Balms won't need preservative because you'll use them so fast but, they will need anti-oxidant protection to keep the oils from going rancid. The best choice for this is Vitamin E, which will prevent rancidity and is healing, and nurturing, to the skin.