I've wanted to make my own lip balm for quite some time. Here's the recipe I came up with for my first attempt (there will be more!). I've looked at some recipes online for inspiration and created my own version with ingredients I had around the house for a nourishing lip treatment. Just a hint of essential oil results in a delicate and yummy scent. The mint doesn't overpower the cocoa butter so it's a cocoa treat with a hint o' mint...
2 tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 tbs beeswax
1 tbs cocoa butter
1 tbs jojoba oil
several drops of pure vitamin E
drop of peppermint oil
drop of vanilla oil
Using a double-boiler melt the coconut oil and beeswax together, stiring frequently. If you do not have an actual double-boiler, like me, place a smaller metal pot or bowl into a larger pot with a couple inches of water in it. Since this just makes a small amount I just used a metal 1 measuring cup inside my smallest saucepan. Heat the water up but don't let it boil or water will end up splashing into the mixture, and it's not necessary to get it quite that hot anyway.
After the beeswax has melted into the coconut oil, add the coco butter. Stir until melted. Now, remove saucepan from burner (but keep the mixing area in the hot water so the mixture doesn't cool off enough to set -- If it begins to set before pouring into containers at the end, simply place back on heat) and add the remaining ingredients one-at-a-time, mixing thoroughly before adding the next.
Finally, place the liquid mixture into lip balm tubes or containers of your choice. I order some new tubes from Mountain Rose Herbs but you could save, clean out and reuse old tubes or use other little containers such as mint-tins to place the mixture in.
Okay, so getting the mixture into the tubes is probably the most challenging part of this entire process. I use what items I have around the house and am glad I found a funnel that was JUST small enough to fit the tube. I spooned the mixture through the funnel very gradually trying to not overfill. I did overfill a few times, that was no problem, just leave the tube up and once it sets a bit you can clean off the outside. Once I got the hang of it I realized it's not so bad. It simply requires a little patience and focus! So, not to worry...
Now, I have 8 tubes of natural lip balm that would have cost me roughly $3 total to create (would be less if you reuse your containers, too)! If you bought 8 tubes of $3 lip balm at the store that would come to $24! Sure, the ingredients add up but they last a very long time and can be used for many other amazing things such as hair and skin care (jojoba oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E), cooking (coconut oil), didgeridoo (beeswax and PVC!), making candles (beeswax), making body lotion/butter, etc...