No matter how much water I seem to drink, my lips get dry. While it’s cold out, things get even worse, and until the summer arrives in full force, I’m the type of gal who needs to keep a good lip-balm on hand.
I’ve tried so many different brands with tons of natural ingredients, but I have to say that my favorite lip balm is one that I made right at home with a few things I had left over from other DIY beauty projects.
Now that we’re all spending more time indoors, it’s the perfect time to brush up on your DIY skills and totally rethink your skincare regimen. As I said, I was buying expensive lip balm for years before I discovered that the perfect formula costs so much less — and works even better!
The two ingredients you’ll use for this DIY lip balm recipe are coconut oil and beeswax. Beauty products containing these ingredients can be pricey, but at a fraction of the cost, you can make a variety of skincare saviors and customize them to your unique skin. Coconut oil has shown to be great for everything from your skin to your hair to your gut! And all-natural beeswax contains antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial compounds that fight chapped skin and bacterial infections that affect us more during the dry, cold months. Beeswax is also a humectant, meaning it sucks up water (moisture) and forms a protective seal of moisture on the skin without clogging the pores.
While I’m only including two ingredients for this DIY lip balm, you can add other ingredients like fresh shea butter (try this one from Natural Cosmetics: $5.49, Amazon) and essential oils to your mix for added moisturizing power and a sweet-smelling fragrance. For example, I sometimes like to throw in a half teaspoon of shea butter and five drops of citrus essential oil like sweet orange ($5.99, Amazon) to my DIY lip balm. This combination not only keeps your lips moist, but the sweet citrus smells amazing, brightens your skin, and has an uplifting effect on your mood!
Making DIY lip balm isn’t rocket science, either. As long as you have all your ingredients, a sauce pan, and a container for your lip balm, you’re all set! To avoid harmful chemical contamination, opt for BPA-free containers that are made of metal or glass. These small tin jars from Hulless ($6.99, Amazon), for example, can be used as a container — and you can even use the extras to make more lip balm for future use or to give away as gifts.
Follow the instructions below for making your very own moisturizing DIY lip balm.
- 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil (sub one tablespoon shea butter, if using)
- 1 tablespoon organic beeswax (melt down pellets like these from Mary Tylor’s Naturals ($11.95, Amazon)
- ¼ teaspoon sweet almond oil or hemp oil (for added moisture)
- 5 to 10 drops essential oil of choice
- Over low heat, add coconut oil and beeswax to a small saucepan. (Add in shea butter here if using).
- Melt down ingredients and whisk until mixed thoroughly.
- Pour warm mixture into your container(s).
- Add in essential oil, if using.
- Place filled containers in the refrigerator for one hour to cool and set.
That’s it! Once your DIY lip balm is fully hardened in the container, you can begin using it. Rub the balm in circles with your finger, and apply generously to the lips. This mixture has everything your puckers need to look and feel moisturized all day long.