So, the latest thing I’ve made is the Aromantic Starter Pack for Natural Lip Balms. These are fairly easy to make, and the ingredients help your lips by giving the extra protection from the effects of the sun, wind, dry air, bacteria and salty foods they are sensitive to, without having to be repeatedly applied, as some others do. This need for continual applications can be the result of using lip balms containing vaseline or paraffin oil from the petroleum industry.
There are many different fats, waxes and vegetable oils which can be used to make a lip balm base, and different active ingredients which can be added to create particular kinds of lip balms. The waxes protect the lips, while the vegetable oils soften them. The shelf life of these natural lip balms is 1.5-2 years, depending on which essential oils you use (eg any citrus oil will last for 1.5 years, but tea tree and lavender oil will last for 2-3 years).
(Nb When you first start using the natural lip balms you’ve made using these recipes, you may experience drier lips for the first 3-5 days until the body adjusts to the new ingredients.)
My craft buddy Karen and I made both the standard citrus balms (using Organic Lemon & Organic Lime oil provided), and one batch of lip balms for sore lips (tea tree & lavender oil – see end), using the following instructions:
How to Make Your Own Natural Lip Balms
(Recipe for 20 Lip Balms)
Ingredients: 28gr Beeswax, 20gr Cocoa Butter, 50ml Sweet Almond Oil, 50-60 drops Essential Oils (blend to your preference)
Equipment: 20 x 4.5ml Lip Balm Cylinders with Lids, Spoon for Stirring, Funnel for Pouring, Saucepan x 2 for heating & Melting (fit 1 inside the other), Hob
Tip – Initially only fill 18 cylinders, just in case you accidentally spill some of the raw materials!
- Heat all the ingredients, except the essential oils, in one saucepan (or other beaker/stainless steel cup), immersed in another saucepan of hot water.
- Stir and melt ingredients fully.
- When everything has melted, take off the hob and quickly add 25 drops of each essential oil (or 50 of one). Re-heat as required if need to re-melt.
- Pour the mixture into the cylinders, as full as possible, and allow to cool. They will sink back (condense slightly) in the cylinders after 7-10 minutes.
- After c.10 minutes remelt the mixture and top up the cylinders. (It’s important to keep the pan with the hot water boiling to remelt this)
- Leave for a few minutes to cool before putting on the lids.
- Let the lip balm settle for at least 1 day before using them.
- Customise the labels and you’re ready to sell or give as gifts! Suggested rrp of £1.50-£2 for citrus lip balms and £2.50-£3.50 for tea tree and/or lavender lip balms.
Add Value by Adding Other Raw Ingredients
Different kinds of lip balms can be made through the addition of other fat-soluble ingredients. For every c. 5g/ml of any liquid ingredient you add, you will need to remove 5g/ml of the vegetable oil. All of the additional ingredients – apart from the essential oils – will need to be heated with the main ingredients. Here are some suggestions:
- Lip Balm for Sun Protection – Add Tiosol – 10g/ml for Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 12, or 5g/ml for SPF 5-6.
- Lip Balm with Zinc – Add 5ml Zinc Oxide (do not reduce the amount of vegetable oil).
- Tea Tree Lip Balm (for Sore Lips) – Add 1-4ml/g (25-100 drops) Tea Tree Oil and 0.5ml/g (12 drops) Lavender Oil as your essential oils. NB Only use this lip balm for treating problems – it should not be used for regular use.
- Vitamin Lip Balm – Add 2g/ml Vitamin E Oil and 5 drops of Carotene.
They are lovely little lip balms, smelling gorgeous and really making for lovely lips. Why not have a go at making your own?