Guess what? Most lip balms contain either coconut or palm too. (To see a list of coconut derivatives, go here, thanks to Becky at the Allergic to Coconut? blog). Luckily, once have all the stuff to make the lotions, you pretty much have everything you need to make lip balm except the coloring and/or flavoring (which you can leave out if you want) and the containers.
I had previously ordered everything I needed from Majestic Mountain Sage (no affiliation other than being a satisfied customer), but I did want containers and coloring and flavoring. The recipe that I modified also comes from their website. I also suggest getting some plastic pipettes, it makes your life a lot easier. I ordered the small pipettes and the 20ml lip balm containers.
Denise’s Version of Make Your Own Lip Balm
- 20 grams of beeswax
- 25 grams of shea butter
- 15 grams of cocoa butter
- 40 grams of avocado oil
- 3 ml of Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor oil (I used a plastic pipette to measure this out)
- A drop or two of the Red oil soluable lip balm color
- A drop or two of the Blue oil soluable lip balm color
- 7 – 20ml lip balm containers or other containers to hold completed lip balm
Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients, except the lip balm color and the flavor oil, and place in a double boiler, over medium heat. Heat until all items are melted. Don’t heat over direct heat, and MMS cautions that oils and wax get hot very quickly and the temperature can climb higher than you suspect. Once everything is melted, remove the double boiler from the heat and add the flavor oil, mixing well. Then take a toothpick or a bamboo skewer, and dip the tip about a third of an inch into the red lip balm color and then stir it into the lip balm, mixing well. Repeat with the blue lip balm color. Add tiny bits more until you get the color you want.
Use a plastic pipette to put the mixture into the lip balm containers. According to MMS, it’s best to always use a plastic transfer pipette, as glass droppers are cooler than the oil mixture and it will quickly solidify inside the dropper. Let the containers cool and then screw on the caps.