How to Make Your Own Lip Balm
DIY Crayon Lipstick?
The whole point of making your own cosmetics is to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals. Lately, there has been a trend of making lipsticks out of crayons to acquire the bold colors that celebrities such as Katy Perry or Lady Gaga wear.
But how safe are these DIY crayon lipsticks?
Consider these facts:
- Crayons are not made from cosmetic wax.
- Crayons are not completely lead-free regardless of what the package says. Crayons contain measurable amounts of lead, depending on the color of the crayon and can contain up to 5 ppm of lead. Lipsticks contain 1.1 ppm of lead, so you do the math as to which is more harmful.
For your own safety, stick to making all-natural lipstick or just buy one from the store. It will have less lead than its crayon counterpart.
I love lip balms, lip glosses and lip moisturizers! I like them in all kinds of colors and flavors. But they're expensive, especially if you try to go with the products that are all natural, such as Burt's Bees brand. Eventually I got tired of spending so much money so I decided to start making my own.
Here's how you can also make your own lip balm.
What Should You Include in Your DIY Lip Balm?
There are a plethora of ingredients you can add to your lip balm, and of course your ingredients will vary according to your goal.
Do you want your lip balm to be moisturizing? Add cocoa butter.
Do you want it to be super moisturizing? Add cocoa butter and Shea butter.
Cocoa and Shea butter are my moisturizers of preference, but you can also add other oils that have great properties such as coconut, grape-seed, sunflower or even olive oil. The added benefits of adding oils to your DIY lip balm is that they will add gloss to your lips, while Shea and cocoa butter will keep your lips looking matte.
Of course, you can also add vitamins, especially vitamin E which will keep your lips nourished. You can add the contents of 1 or 2 vitamin E capsules to your DIY lip balm.
Some people even choose to add chocolate chips to their lip balms, which gives you a heavenly chocolate taste and smell that will keep you hungry all day long. So if you're trying to eat less, refrain from adding delicious foods to your home made lip balms.
The other great thing about making your own lip balms is that you can add any smell you please. I personally like the chocolate-mint smell (it's like having a junior mint in your mouth all day!). There are many essential oils you can add to your DIY lip balm to achieve your favorite smell:
- Peppermint oil - super refreshing and tingly
- Lavender oil - Calming and relaxing
- Sweet orange - Wake up and smell the flowers
- Rose oil - ultra feminine
I like to go to my local health food store and just check out all the essential oils they carry. Sprouts stores carry a nice selection of essential oils.
If you want to add tint to your lip balm you can use different things depending on how natural you want your lip balm to be. If you're not particularly interested in keeping it all natural, you can mix a little bit of lipstick shavings into your DIY lip balm mix.
However, if you want to keep it all natural, you can use root beet powder, vegetable food coloring or even jello powder. I wasn't able to get the jello powder to mix, but others have done successfully, so I guess it's up for you to try.
Keeping it Together
To keep your DIY lip balm together you will need to use beeswax. Without the beeswax, you will end up with a liquid-y lip balm that gets all over the place if not placed in the right container.
To mix all the oils and waxes together, you will need a double boiler, or a glass container, a pot and boiling water. This method is commonly known as Bain-Marie. What this means is that you will place all the ingredients in a heat resistant glass-container and place the container in boiling water. This will allow all the ingredients to heat evenly without burning any one of them.
Recipe to Make Your Own lip Balm
Gather your ingredients together and join me for the fun. Here's the recipe for my favorite, moisturizing, DIY lip balm
What You Will Need:
- 2 tbs. cocoa butter
- 1 tbs. shea butter
- 1 tbs. beeswax
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Red lipstick shavings
- Bain-Marie Materials (glass container, pot, water, stove)
- Place the cocoa butter, Shea butter and beeswax in your glass container and begin the Bain-Marie process.
- When all ingredients are melted, add the lipstick shavings.
- Once everything is melted, add the essential oil, mix and place in lip balm container immediately.
- Allow 1 hr to cool.
Your DIY lip balm is ready!