If not, you should! It's pretty simple and way more cost effective. I suggest getting a group of 4-5 friends together for a lip balm party. Each person can purchase one ingredient and than you split the batch! Fun.
For the last craft fair I participated in I made PURE (unscented) and GRAPE. They turned out lovely and I got many requests for the recipe. So I figured it would be a good blog post, right? I'm hesitantly calling it a tutorial as I didn't get a bunch of good pictures while making it (step by step shots).
I tried a few recipes before I settled on the following combo. It melts right into your skin and nourishes it instead of stripping it of it's own moisture (like so many store brands do). There's whole wild theories on the idea that they manufacture the stuff specifically to make you more addicted to using it. What?!?! Not cool. Plus I'm a little weird about putting petroleum on my skin.
Here's my recipe for Crooked Moon Apothecary Lip Balm:
2 oz organic beeswax (or 1 oz candelilla wax - vegan lip balm)
2.5 oz shea butter
1.5 oz organic cocoa butter
4 oz organic jojoba oil (I have used sweet almond oil and that works fine, but I prefer jojoba)
10-15 mL flavor oil (if using)
I've linked to all the products I use, but there are many places to get the same ingredients. Since I sell the stuff, I try to get the highest quality (ethically sound) ingredients.
This recipe makes about 50 tubes. I suggest using tubes. The little lip balm pots are super cute (and anti-plastic) but they are hard to get open and people seem to prefer the tubes.
First set up your tubes to be filled somewhere conveniently located to where you're cooking your lip balm. You'll need to work fast with a plastic (not glass) pipette in order to fill them before your mixture starts to cool and harden. It takes me 2 small plastic pipettes to fill 50 tubes, as one undoubtedly gets clogged or hardens 3/4 of the way through.
Ah...the scary crooked tube shot again....
Melt all the ingredients in a double boiler, except the flavor oil. On med heat this will take about 5 min. I gently stir the mixture to encourage the beeswax to melt. Use beeswax pellets, or pastilles, as they melt a lot faster than chunks or shavings. As soon as the beeswax has completely melted, turn the heat off. Add your flavor oil, if using. Then swiftly, but carefully, began filling your tubes. I like to fill to the top of the screw and then go back and top them off so they are full. You can cap them as soon as they're cool.
Go forth and make some homemade lip balm! Then come back and tell me about it.
Already make your own? What's your favorite recipe?
Not the DIY type? That's ok...I'll sell you some of mine.
Leave a comment telling me what lip balm flavor you'd like me to make next and be entered to win a 5 pack of my lip balms.
All tied up in a sweet hand knit little sack made by Lacey from the Bits of Goodness swap group.
I will close the comments Friday April 2nd and announce the winner Saturday morning. F is so thrilled to do another give-away!!