I totally cheat on making my lip balms. I use Majestic Mountain Sage's Lip Solutions and doctor them up with just a few ingredients. There are a few formulas to choose from. My favorite is the Shea Butter formula. But I also like the Mango Butter formula. These bases are $8 a jar, (plus shipping) and each jar fills about 55 lip balm tubes. You could use the bases just as they come, but I like my lip balms a tad firmer than the base alone. So I add beeswax to firm it up a bit. You could also use Candelilla wax if you'd like. It has a higher melting temperature than bees wax. Some people like it for hot areas so it won't melt in hot weather as easily. I also like to add a tiny bit of Allantion. Allantion is a powder that helps skin heal quickly. It is pretty amazing stuff. The final thing I add is a little bit of Peppermint Essential oil. I love the cool feel it adds to lip balms.
Here is my recipe. Feel free to adjust the measurements as you please. I never really did follow a recipe until my husband wrote down what we used as we made lip balms one time. He likes exact recipes, and I like to just wing it.
- 1 cup Lip Solutions base (or pretty much the whole 8oz. jar)
- 1/2 tsp. Allantion
- 3 Tbs. grated Beeswax
- 1 1/4 tsp. Peppermint Essential oil
Melt the base in a pan of water on the stove, or in the microwave. You want to melt it, but not over heat it. Overheating could kill the properties of all the beneficial oils in the lip balm. So stir often. If you use the microwave, stop it every 30 seconds or so and give it a stir.
Add the Allantion to the base and stir the best you can. It doesn't mix in very well, but I don't worry about it. It usually mixes in well enough and I never notice pockets of it in my lip balms.
Melt the beeswax in the microwave. Stop the microwave every 30 seconds or so and stir it so it does not overheat. Again because you don't want to kill the beneficial properties of the beeswax with too much heat. Beeswax needs to be quite hot before it will melt. So be careful. You will need a hot pad. I use a small glass dish to melt mine in. I have also used a glass or ceramic mug. This is hard to clean out when you are done. But with enough hot water and scraping, it will eventually clean out of your dish.
Add the peppermint. Make sure your lip balm base is not too hot, because Peppermint Essential oil has a flash point of 160 degrees F. That means it will evaporate if it reaches that temperature. Then you won't have the benefits of the peppermint in your lip balm. Sometimes I like to use Double Mint Essential Oil from Pine Meadows in Provo, Utah. The Double Mint is a blend of Peppermint and Spearmint that is softer than just peppermint alone. It seems sweeter to me too. In fact, Pine Meadows also has some nice lip balm bases too. I use them about the same as I do the Lip Solutions.
Use a disposable Transfer Pipette to squeeze the hot melted lip balm into Lip Balm containers. My kids like tubes because it keeps dirty fingers out of the lip balm. But I think the little jars are cute and fun to use too. (Be sure to order lids if they don't come with the tubes.)
The best way to fill a lip balm container is to not fill it completely all at once. If you do that, as it cools, it will make an ugly little sink hole at the top and not look pretty. I love the look and feel of a fresh new lip balm that is slightly domed over the top of the container and smooth, with the slightest little dimple in the center. The way to get this finish is to fill your tubes almost to the top of the screw stick on the inside of the container. Let the balm cool till it is opaque. Then top it off again with more hot melted lip balm, filling it till the tube is so full that it domes over the top of the tube slightly. As the balm cools it will turn smooth and shiny with the pretty little indent in the center.
After your balms are cooled in the containers. Wipe the outside clean with a damp paper towel, being careful not to mess up the pretty finish of the top, and put the lids on. I like to shrink wrap my tubes and store them in the refrigerator in a ziplock baggie until they are needed. It will keep them fresh for a very long time. I am not sure the shelf life of a handmade lip balm, but I think if it was clean and unopened and stored in the fridge, you could probably store it for a year or so. Since they are made with food grade oils, most of the oils probably have a shelf life of 6 months if not refrigerated. So storing them in the fridge greatly improves the shelf life. Sometimes I like to decorate my lipbalm tubes with cute little stickers. It makes them fun and cute and people love them that way as a gift.
That is it! If you give these to your friends and family, they will never again be satisfied with regular store bought lip balms again.
40% Liquid Oil -such as Sweet Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Grape Seed, Hemp, Macadamia Nut, Sunflower or Soy.
25% Solid Oil - such as Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Almond Butter or Lanolin.
20% Wax - such as Beeswax or Candelilla wax
15% of Brittle Oil - such as Cocoa butter, Kokum Butter or Palm Kernel Oil.
These percentages are by weight. Try any combination of oils to equal the percentages. The oils listed are just a suggestion. You can use any combination of any food grade vegetable or animal oil. It is pretty fun to experiment with this as a guide