Most commercially available lip balms have scary-looking lists of ingredients that include petroleum-based oils and preservatives and additives you probably can’t pronounce. Making your own lip balm is easy, and it lets you control what goes into the product you’re putting on your lips. For an eco-friendly product, select organic ingredients and use local products, such as beeswax harvested by local beekeepers, whenever possible. Once you make the basic recipe, you can add organic essential oils to change the scent or provide extra healing properties.

Step 1:Add 6 1/2 ounces of organic liquid vegetable oil to a double boiler. Alternatively, use a metal bowl placed in a saucepan filled with water. Good vegetable oils to use include sunflower, almond, olive and avocado.
Step 2:Add 4 ounces of an organic solid vegetable oil to the liquid. Solid vegetable oils include shea butter, coconut oil and lanolin.
Step 3:Add 3 ounces of organic beeswax and 2 1/2 ounces of organic cocoa butter.
Step 4:Turn the stove on low heat. Stir the mixture frequently, and keep it over heat until the ingredients are fully melted and blended. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
Step 5:Add essential oils, vitamins and other additives. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed. Citrus and peppermint oils provide pleasant scents.
Step 6:Pour the lip balm into two 8-ounce jars using a funnel. Allow the mixture to cool completely before sealing the jars. (See References 1)
Step 7:Test the first batch and make any necessary adjustments. If the lip balm is too soft, reheat it and add more beeswax. If it’s too hard, reheat it and mix in more vegetable oil.


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