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DIY Lip Balm

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

DIY Lip Balm

While placing my last order at New Directions Aromatics I realized I had all the ingredients I needed to make lip balm, I just needed to buy the containers. The lip balm tubes were only $0.16 each so I decided to go for it. About six months passed before I finally got around to making the balm, but my first attempt worked out well.

This recipe is for a basic balm with a little vanilla extract for flavor. You can customize the recipe with a different butter, oil or flavor. For example, if you’re putting the balm in a pot, you may want to use shea butter which is softer than cocoa. Or you can use coconut oil instead of olive oil for a different flavor. New Directions Aromatics and Bramble Berry also sell a variety of lip balm flavors.

Once you’ve selected your ingredients, melt and mix them in a double boiler, adding the flavor or extract at the end. Use an eye dropper to transfer the mixture from the double boiler to the tube. The recipe will fill three .15 ounce tubes so if you’re making these as gifts, you’ll want to increase the recipe.

DIY Lip Balm
A basic recipe that can be dressed up with any flavor you'd like.
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  1. 1 1/4 teaspoon cocoa butter
  2. 1 1/4 teaspoon beeswax
  3. 1 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat the cocoa butter, beeswax and olive oil in a double boiler until melted.
  2. Once ingredients are melted add vanilla extract or other flavor.
  3. Using an eye dropper, fill the lip balm tubes.
  4. Allow the liquid to cool and harden before capping.
  1. Makes 3 .15 ounce tubes. The recipe takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.
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Nicole’s  2ยข

Never substitute essential oils for flavor oil. Flavor oils are specially formulated to be safe for lip products.

Update 01/06/13

I just made lip balm using flavor oil for the first time and it is much stronger than extracts so only use about 1/8 teaspoon (4 drops) of flavor oil. I tested a few different recipes , some using just flavor oil and others combining flavor oil with extract. The best recipe I came up with is a raspberry cheesecake lip balm using 1/8 teaspoon raspberry flavor oil and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Kim is an eco enthusiast who tries to make small changes that will add up and make a difference.

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