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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

Lip­balm seems to be one of those things that peo­ple hoard, myself included. I can never resist a pretty pot or unusual smell. That’s prob­a­bly why i’ve wanted to make my own for so long. Here’s an incred­i­bly sim­ple recipe and method. These will last up to 2 years so make up a batch and keep them on hand for quick gifts, party favours, stock­ing fillers, teacher gifts, fundrais­ing, any­thing you like!

Makes: 20 (eas­ily halved or quartered)

Ingre­di­ents

  1. 28g beeswax
  2. 20g solid cocoa butter
  3. 50ml almond oil
  4. 50 drops flavour essence (I used 25 drops lime and 25 drops coconut)

You can find all of these ingre­di­ents online really eas­ily. This is a great web­site, they even sell their own pre-packaged kits.

Equip­ment

  1. Heat­proof or stain­less steel bowl
  2. Saucepan
  3. Mea­sur­ing jug / scales
  4. Pipette (optional)
  5. Con­tain­ers of your choice, mine are 4.5ml

Method

  1. Mea­sure out all ingre­di­ents, except flavouring
  2. Melt together in a bain marie
  3. Take off the heat and drop in your flavour essence
  4. Trans­fer mix­ture to a jug or con­tainer with a pour­ing spout, if needed
  5. Pour care­fully into your cho­sen containers
  6. The mix­ture will solid­ify very quickly so it’s ok to re-melt if needed
  7. For accu­racy top up with a pipette, I didn’t have one and made a mess with a few!
  8. Leave to stand for a few min­utes before putting the lids on, and 24hrs before using them.

Quick warn­ing: You’re free to use these lip­balms your­self (obvi­ously!) or gift to other peo­ple, but if you’re hop­ing to sell them, as with all cos­met­ics, you need to have a safety cer­tifi­cate. Some com­pa­nies sell pre-certified mix­tures that you can melt down and re-package to sell, but I think that kind of takes all the fun out of it.

How easy was that? Have fun mix­ing up crazy flavours!

10 comments
  1. Sarah G. 18 August 2012, 2:21 am

    You men­tion that you use 4.5ml con­tain­ers but how many did you fill with this recipe?

    • Jess 18 August 2012, 9:52 am

      Hi Sarah, the recipe makes 20 tubes if they’re 4.5ml, but it’s eas­ily halved or quar­tered if you don’t need that many.

  2. Chelsea 22 September 2012, 7:15 pm

    This is gor­geous, what a great diy project!

    • Jess 25 September 2012, 10:12 am

      Thank you, Chelsea!

  3. Apple 26 September 2012, 9:44 pm

    Do you need to add preser­v­a­tives? Does it expire?

    • Jess 26 September 2012, 10:29 pm

      Hi Apple, no you don’t need any preser­v­a­tives. The balms will last up to 2 years.

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  6. Becky Sizemore 1 June 2013, 7:39 pm

    Lip balm or lip salve is a wax-like sub­stance applied top­i­cally to the lips of the mouth to relieve chapped or dry lips, angu­lar cheili­tis, stom­ati­tis, or cold sores. Lip balm often con­tains beeswax or car­nauba wax, cam­phor, cetyl alco­hol, lano­lin, paraf­fin, and petro­la­tum, among other ingre­di­ents. Some vari­eties con­tain dyes, fla­vor, fra­grance, men­thol, phe­nol, sal­i­cylic acid, and sunscreens.*,.…

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  7. Siah C. 23 January 2015, 2:19 am

    Hey,
    Can you con­vert the amounts to table­spoons and tea­spoons, please? I don’t have a scale…

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