Are you interested in making your own nourishing lip balm?
At Vitality, we have the ingredients!
It’s winter! Well it feels like it anyway. For me, that means dry lips. Now….I make a pretty wicked lip balm. It rivals Burt’s Bees for sure and I will confess that I still use their balm as I love the colour Peony in their coloured balms, but if I want to use a balm for the sake of a balm and not the colour, I use my own. Balms are probably the easiest thing to do in the natural cosmetic world. You merely need a double boiler, a scale and a stove top. Some people use the microwave, but I prefer the control you get with a double boiler compared to the stove. If you don’t have a double boiler, making one is as simple as putting a heat safe vessel over a pot of water. A thermometer is helpful, although not necessary as the only real temperature you need to know is 40C and that is pretty close to our body temperature so you can just go by feel when adding the essential oils and vitamin E.
- Double boiler
- Something to stir your balm (I use a stainless steel utensil as it can be sterilized).
- Scale (all measurements are in weight, so use a scale, liquid measurements aren’t as precise and do not replicate easily).
- Standard Lip Balm Tubes (Approximately 20)
- 28 g NOW® Shea Butter
- 14 g NOW® Jojoba Oil (the jojoba adds a little more slip NOW® to it and makes it less waxy).
- 35 g NOW® Almond oil or other fast absorbing oil (such as fractionated coconut, apricot kernel, or sunflower)
- 10 drops NOW® Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 drops NOW® Peppermint Essential oil
- 1 g NOW® Vitamin E oil (Used as an antioxidant to prolong the life of the balm, also has skin soothing properties).
- 28 g Beeswax
This recipe makes 100 g of product or approximately 20 tubes.
- Melt the beeswax, oils and butter in a double boiler until melted, do not overheat.
- Remove from heat.
- Place the thermometer in the balm (keeping it in the middle). Let cool to 110F (44C) so that the Vitamin E and essential oils do not flash (disappear). If you do not have a thermometer, body temperature is 37C, so if the balm feels really hot when you touch the side of the vessel, then it’s not cool enough to add the heat-sensitive ingredients. It should just feel warm to the touch.
- Add Essential Oils and Vitamin E.
- Stir well.
- Pour or pipette into lip balm tubes. Do not cap.
- When cool, close lid tightly, label and shrink wrap.
Note: If the balm starts to solidify before you can pour it all into the tubes, just put the vessel that contains the balm back on the warm water from the double boiler. It will melt again without flashing off the essential oils and vitamin E.
To customize this balm to your particular needs keep in mind that to make a softer balm you add more oil or reduce the beeswax percentage, and for a firmer balm you do the opposite… reduce the oil or add more beeswax. It does take trial and error to get it the consistency that you want. You can always check it, by taking some out and placing it on a clean cool surface. It will cool quickly. This is another reason why a double boiler is nicer, you can control the temperature for longer periods of time and have more playtime.
Enjoy your lip balm making experience!
Come see us today in-store to pick up the one for you, or give us a call at (780) 761-1999.