We were using store bought lip balms, but they would only work for a few days or even hours. It seemed like we were constantly reapplying them! Then I found out why.
Read the label of your chapstick carefully because some ingredients can actually dry out your lips. Alcohol can really dry out your lips and make chapped lips worse. So can camphor, menthol, and phenol. Some formulas also have petroleum, which many people try to avoid because of negative long-term effects.
I started making my own lip balm because I wanted all natural ingredients. This is my favorite natural lip balm recipe because it's easy. I don't have to remember a complicated recipes, just 1:1:1! I'll use ounces for the recipe below, but you can make it bigger or smaller. If you want to use lip balm pots, use a little less beeswax for a softer balm.
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DIY Easy Lip Balm Recipe
What You Need
- 1 ounce shea butter
- 1 ounce beeswax
- 1 ounce sweet almond oil or olive oil
- Chapstick tubes or lip balm pots
- Double boiler*
*For an inexpensive double boiler, I fill a larger pan half full with water. I set a canning jar ring on the bottom and set a glass Pyrex measuring cup on the ring. I heat the water to boiling over medium heat. Make sure the water doesn't bubble into the Pyrex cup.
- Add all ingredients to a double boiler.
- Heat until melted, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly, but don't let it set up.
- Use a hot pad to carefully pour into lip balm tubes.
- Let cool completely before capping.
Use this all winter for soft lips. If your lips are already chapped, this will heal them. You can also use a lip scrub to jump start the healing process.