Hello everyone! This tutorial is something I've wanted to make and post for a while now- DIY Lip Balm. Before we start please note that the images below do not accurately depict measurements/ amounts of ingredients as I changed my recipe many times, during experimentation to get the "right" consistency for a cosmetic.
So, before we begin there are obviously a few things you will need to buy (personally I ordered mine from amazon);
~Beeswax Pellets (grated beeswax is also an alternative),
~Lanolin (optional-Some people can be allergic),
~Essence (e.g. Lavender, apple, jasmine, chocolate)(Optional, but adds a lovely scent to your lip balm),
~An old lipstick that can be used for tinting the lip balm colour (also optional)
~Lip Balm Cosmetic tins/containers (I purchased some 15ml tins),
~A heat proof surface,
~An old pan,
To begin, collect all of your ingredients and utensils in order to ensure you have everything you need. The basic recipe for one lip balm in a 15ml tin is;-1 teaspoon of Beeswax pellets,
-1 teaspoon of Shea Butter,
-2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil,
-1/2 teaspoon of Lanolin.
Firstly, take your Beeswax Pellets (1 teaspoon) and place into an old pan, currently it should not be heated.
Then add your Shea Butter to the pan (also 1 teaspoon), you do not need to wash your spoon after every ingredient unless you plan to use specific ingredients for other uses in the future.
Next, add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. There should always be double the amount of coconut oil to beeswax pellets as the coconut oil is you carrier oil and ensures that your cosmetic is softer rather than to hard.
After that, take half a teaspoon of lanolin and add to the mixture.
Add 10-20 drops of essence of your choice. Here I added essence of apple, however you can purchase other scents such as strawberry, chocolate, jasmine, lavender etc. You could also add multiple scents to experiment with different flavours.
At this point you may also add a slither of lipstick in order to tint your final lip gloss whatever colour you desire.
Place the pan on a low heat and melt until all ingredients have melted together. Take your containers, open them and place them on a heat proof mat. Use either a spoon or pipettes to distribute liquid lip balm into the containers, and leave for approximately 30 minutes. They should become an opaque colour as they cool, however during this time frame the insides may still be liquid and the tins will be hot so handle with care!
Warning: Metal conducts heat, so tins and pan will be hot!
I hope I have inspired you to create your own organic Lip Balms. Please experiment and remember that the more coconut oil added the softer the lip balm will be and they the more beeswax pellets added the harder the lip balm will be.
Also note that these ingredients do naturally produce quite a hard lip balm, however they feel lovely and less is more when using them.
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