I am a lip balm addict! I have gone through more Burt’s Bees than anyone on the planet. The only problem with my Burt’s Bees is that I have a hard time digesting the fact that one small tube is almost $3.00 in some places. So, I moved on to buying the lip balm from my favorite soap company, Wash Your Mouth Out Soap Company.
While collecting all of my supplies for holiday soap making, I noticed some inexpensive cosmetic-making supplies. So I figured, why not try to make my own and see what happens? At the least, it would be something I could do with my daughter and they would make great Christmas gift add-ons, right?
For $0.12 a tube, I purchased 20 lip balm tubes and a 1lb bag of white beeswax pastilles for under $9.00. You only use a tablespoon or two for a recipe for 20 tubes, so that 1lb bag will last me forever! I also purchases a 0.5oz bottle of peppermint essential oil , some plastic pipettes, a bottle of sweet almond oil, and some labels to gussy up the tubes. I already had some vitamin E supplements in my cabinet, so a quick trip to the store to buy a jar of coconut oil and cocoa butter and I was ready to go!
The initial investment (about $40.00) seems a little steep, but I figure that for a long while the only purchase I will have to make will be for more tubes, pipettes, and labels (if they are for gifts). By my estimation, each tube of homemade lip balm costs me less than a dollar, AND I get to have a fun time with my daughter!
So, here was my process:
Place 2Tbs of sweet almond oil, 1Tbs of coconut oil, and 1Tbs plus 1tsp of beeswax (if you like a firmer balm, you can add up to double the beeswax), and 1Tbs of cocoa butter over low heat in a double boiler or you can use my method of hanging a glass measuring cup over the edge of a large pot filled with water.
You want a slow melt, so this may take about 20 minutes or so.
Situate your tubes so you can be ready to pour.
When the mixture is melted and appears homogenous, add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil and the contents of 3-4 vitamin E capsules. Stir and use the pipette to fill each tube.
Let dry, cap, label, and enjoy!