The Perfect DIY Lip Balm
I've been an avid LUSH fan for years. Among the many LUSH items that I considered to be "Holy Grail" items was their Lite Lip lip balm -- but sadly, it seems this has been discontinued. I moved onto LUSH Honey Trap, but was disappointed in how quickly it turned rancid.
In my frustration (and not wanting to continue paying over $7 for a 0.3 oz. container), I decided to come up with my own version of what I considered to be The Perfect Lip Balm.
After trial and error, I came up with a recipe for what I found to be a perfect culmination of all the things I liked best about all three of the aforementioned LUSH balms: hints of cocoa, the slight sweetness of honey (naturally antimicrobial, and a natural preservative), super-moisturizing, long-lasting, and neither greasy nor waxy. Here is the recipe for what I consider my ideal lip balm:
Honey Bomb Lip Balm
5 tsp Beeswax Pastilles
3 1/2 tsp Cocoa Butter
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Oil (I use a combination of Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba, Avocado Oil, Almond Kernel Oil)
1 tbsp Honey
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil (optional - I personally LOVE the honeyed-cocoa-orange flavor/scent)
1/8 tsp Vitamin E (optional - acts as a preservative)
1. In a double boiler (I use a Pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water), add beeswax, cocoa butter, and oils, and stir until beeswax and cocoa butter are fully melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add honey, and stir until honey dissolves (it may show as little "blobbies" within the mixture -- this is okay, and will be blended in further as it cools.
3. Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes, then add EO, and Vitamin E (if using), and stir until mixture is cool/thickened enough to emulsify honey into mixture.
4. Once thickened, scoop into containers. (You can use whatever you happen to have on hand -- when I was just making lip balm for myself, I re-used clean, empty lip balm containers and even empty breath mint tins, but since I started selling mine on Etsy, I buy lip balm containers with screw-on lids, like the ones shown here. They're readily available from several different suppliers.)
5. Mixture will continue to set until it has fully cooled -- if you're as impatient as I am, you can hasten the process by popping the filled containers into your refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
See more homemade beauty recipes from Caroline at her blog, Made From Scratch, With Love!