DIY Beeswax Lip Balm

I finally decided to try this DIY Beeswax Lip Balm after suffering with some crazy Sahara desert lip syndrome the last couple of days. I have no idea what was going on, but it was absolutely ridiculous–I am talking constant burning like I was in the middle of a spicy chicken wing eating marathon. Nothing I applied was working, not even my gold standard lip gloss. I’m going to call this experiment a success since after applying it, the relief was not only immediate, but it lasted!!! Woohoo!

I had purchased these tube containers a long time ago (when they were on clearance) in anticipation of someday trying this out. Today was the day. But, you can also reuse empty tubes–just wash them in hot soapy water, dry, and refill them with this. I scaled the recipe down and it is still enough for at least 4 standard tubes. I only had 3, so the rest is in a jar and can be reheated, melted, and poured into the next empty tube I have available.

The cost per tube refill (based on 4 tubes) is less than $0.25 based on the current prices of the supplies I have in my stash (circa 2015). I like that price point–it makes my frugal personality very happy. If you don’t want to use beeswax, you can use candellila wax for a vegan option.

THE RECIPE: DIY Beeswax Lip Balm
Makes 4-5 tubes

1 Tbs beeswax (or candellila wax)
1 Tbs almond oil
1 Tbs coconut oil
3 drops vitamin E
1/8 tsp glycerin
2 drops mint essential oil

1. Put all ingredients into a glass measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted (may only take 2 times).
2. Pour into empty tubes or into a container of your choice. Let them cool and harden for a couple hours before trying to turn the dial–see note #2 below.

1. If you do not have enough tubes for the recipe, the remaining balm can be poured into any container you want. I put mine in a jelly jar so I can reheat it and refill tubes later.
2. Let it cool in the tube for a couple of hours before trying to turn the dial. If it has not cooled and hardened enough, you will basically strip the grip of the little turning stem (it looks like a small plastic screw) and it will never work right. If you do this, you may just want to remove the hardened balm, remelt it and pour it back in–and then leave it alone this time. Yes, I did this. Heh.

Lip balm tubes
Candellila wax
Almond oil
Mint essential oil:  Peppermint or Spearmint
Vitamin E–you can buy small bottles of oil or use over the counter vitamin gel caps–just snip and squeeze


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