DIY: Homemade Lip Balm

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Every year in the middle of fall, I find myself quickly going through several tubes of lip balm as my lips become more and more chapped with the chillier weather. I used to throw away lip balms that I couldn’t quite get the rest out of since I couldn’t twist it any further. I wanted to find a way to reuse them, and after plenty of tries, I perfected a DIY lip balm recipe that is all-natural and can be any flavor you want!

What You’ll Need:

1 T coconut oil

1 T cocoa butter

2 T beeswax

10 drops essential oil (optional)

4 lip balm containers (you can reuse old empty ones!)

Melt coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax together in a microwaveable glass container on high for about 1 minute. The softer ingredients melt quickly, but the beeswax may not. If it doesn’t all seem melted after that time, give it a few stirs and the remaining beeswax that may still be solid should mix in.

Add about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil, if you want to. This is totally optional, but really makes a difference! Peppermint or lavender oils can be really refreshing, while citrus scents are just delicious.

Pour carefully into lip balm containers, until they’re full on the top. When it cools, it settles and shrinks a little, so if it seems like you can’t fit any more without it spilling over the top, that’s probably perfect. It’s hard to move them since they’re easy to spill, so leave them alone for about 5 minutes while they solidify.

Move your new lip balms to the refrigerator, and let them sit for about 30 minutes. They should be ready to use after!

If you’re feeling a little more inventive, you can recycle your old lip balms that have almost run out or you just don’t use anymore. Simply use the recipe above and melt in the old lip balms as well, and pour them into the old containers. It’s a great way to recycle both the balm and the container! It adds extra flavor (and sometimes color) like the ones in the picture above. I combined an old berry-flavored lip balm with the regular recipe and a few drops of lemon essential oil to make a lip balm that tastes like pink lemonade!  I’ve found that these are really moisturizing and make great little homemade gifts for friends and family as well, but I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to keep them all for yourself either.

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