When I posted about Eight Products You Think You Need—But Don't, an overwhelming number of readers responded that they just couldn't go without lip balm. Well, if you can't give it up, at least consider making it at home, which also allows you to reuse tubes!
There are a few ingredients out there that will protect your lips from wind and temperature. While petroleum jelly will work, natural products like beeswax are a better choice for the obvious environmental reasons. Add a moisturizer in the form of an oil (like olive oil) and you're set. There are plenty of recipes out there that are more complicated than this one, but simpler is usually better. This recipe comes to us via GreenBeesbees, with some minor tweaks.
What You Need
2 tsp. beeswax (chop or grate it, then measure)
2 1/4 tsp. jojoba oil (you can use any oil you like, but for me jojoba's the only way to go)
6 drops of an edible essential oil such as grapefruit, lemon, lime, or tangerine (optional)
(These products are available at many locations including Mountain Rose Herbs.)
- Melt wax and jojoba oil together in a double boiler.
- Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into containers including new or used lip balm tubes. The author recommends letting the majority of the tube cool and topping it off for a better finish.
- Wait about 20 minutes for the tube to cool, and enjoy.
If you'd rather buy pre-made balm, check out a number of stores on Etsy that offer just about every flavor imaginable, including cinnamon.
(Image: Etsy Store Babynme2)