Steve Shriver, the founder of Eco Lips, a manufacturer of organic lip care products and now the Vice President of Aura Cacia Aromatherapy, provides tips and recipes for great homemade lip balms.
Did you know that prior to ChapStick®’s launch in the 1800s, earwax was commonly used as lip balm? Thankfully, nowadays there's a more civilized approach to lip care! Not only can you find many natural, organic, and petroleum-free lip balms, but you can easily obtain the ingredients needed to make a simple natural lip balm yourself.
An easy way to think about the composition of a lip balm is 25% of it is solid (wax) and 75% of it is liquid (oil). So you could easily take a quarter cup of beeswax pastilles and mix it with 3/4 cups jojoba oil and voila! But it’s fun to be a little more creative than that.
Here are a couple of starter recipes to get you headed in the right direction.
This recipe will yield a soft and supple lip balm with plenty of glide. It's a balm that's good for everyday lip care or to apply under your lip color. The rose and jojoba oil are especially nourishing for older lips.
Directions: Measure beeswax and jojoba into a small metal bowl. Place bowl in a shallow pan of simmering water until wax is melted and fully incorporated into the jojoba oil. Remove bowl from simmering water and stir in rose oil. Stir and pour into an empty lip balm tube or small salve container. Cap and allow to set before applying.
This recipe will yield a protective tea tree sheen and powerfully fresh flavor punch.
Directions: Measure beeswax and jojoba into a small metal bowl and place in a shallow pan of simmering water until wax is melted and fully incorporated into the jojoba oil. Remove bowl from simmering water and add essential oils. Stir and pour into an empty lip balm tube or small salve container. Cap and allow to set before applying.
Modify the recipe to obtain the desired consistency. More oil equals more glide and a thinner coating on the lips. More wax equates to better protection, but can feel a bit sticky — and creates a “drag” when applying the balm that some people find undesirable. Experiment until your formula suits you perfectly. And most of all — have fun!