Making our own lip balm is easier and faster than preparing dinner most nights. Even with highest quality ingredients, making it is cheaper than buying it, and one can make it just so. What’s more, melting oils and waxes and watching them set is ever so pleasing.
Sourcing your ingredients and some good tins is the trickiest bit. (Locals, we are particularly fond of places like The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, and Self-Heal Herbs in Victoria for this stuff!)
We made this with young friends recently (with the elders in charge of melting ingredients) and it took no time at all.
There’s not much to it:
1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond, hemp oil, or olive oil
2 tablespoons beeswax, grated, or up to 4 tablespoons if you prefer a firm, less oily balm
optional: 1/4 tsp edible oil/extract such as peppermint, orange, vanilla
Melt the butters, oils and wax in a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl set inside a pot, above an inch or so of water, set to very low heat.
Once melted, remove from the heat and then stir in the flavoured oil.
Pour the mixture into tins and let it set without lids until morning, or chill it in the fridge if you’re in a hurry.
Like making soap, a little effort once a year or so is all that’s required to make what we need. I like that I can refill the containers, too, when we run out. Nothing wasted.