DIY: 'Make-Your-Own' Lip Balm

It's that time of year again! Dry skin, chapped lips, cracks, bleeding and discomfort - moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! And those products aren't cheap. When it comes to looking for a 'good' lip balm, people tend to spend upwards of $3.00 per tube. I know you are probably thinking, well what other option do I have? What you are probably unaware of is just how cheap and easy it is to make your own lip balm. Not to mention, you can load it full of all-natural and organic ingredients and have the comfort of knowing exactly what you are putting on your face. Below is a breakdown of material costs, where to order from and step-by-step instructions for creating two all-natural lip balm flavours - vanilla and peppermint.

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WHAT YOU NEED, WHERE TO ORDER FROM AND COST PER ITEM

*Note: The below ingredients will be enough to make approx 100 .15 oz. tubes of lip balm. It's up to you whether you want to make them all at once or save your ingredients and make a small batch when needed.

Organic Shea Butter - Vitacost $9.79 for 7 oz.
You will have leftover. Use extra as a moisturizer for just about any part of your body!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Vitacost $8.99 for 16 oz.
Again, you will have leftovers but you can use this stuff for just about anything! Cooking, baking, moisturizer, conditioner etc.

Peppermint Essential Oil - Vitacost $5.99 for 1 oz.

Vanilla Essential Oil - Amazon $5.00 for 10 ml

Sweet Almond Oil - Vitacost $3.29 for 4 oz.

Beeswax - Etsy $9.12 for 16 oz.

Plastic Tubes - Etsy $12.69 for 100 tubes

Plastic Syringe
You can get these cheap at any pharmacy.

Printer-Friendly Labels
I bought a pack of Avery inkjet labels which tend to be around $10.00 per 100

Added $15.00 for shipping fees and $9.00 for taxes

Total Cost: $88.87 divided by 100 = 0.88 cents per tube

 
Tubes are taped together in groups of 10 and placed on a flat surface for filling.

Tubes are taped together in groups of 10 and placed on a flat surface for filling.

As the liquid begins to harden, go back and top up the tubes to create a flat surface for the top of the lip balm.

As the liquid begins to harden, go back and top up the tubes to create a flat surface for the top of the lip balm.

Get creative and design personalized labels! These were printed on Avery Labels and then trimmed to size.

Get creative and design personalized labels! These were printed on Avery Labels and then trimmed to size.

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HOW TO MAKE LIP BALM

Peppermint Lip Balm

MAKES 20 .15 OZ. TUBES

Ingredients
2 tbsp shea butter
4 tbsp organic coconut oil
3 tbsp beeswax
1/2 tsp peppermint essential oil
Plastic syringe
20 .15 oz lip balm tubes

Directions

  1. Prepare empty lip balm tubes by fastening them in an upright position. Make sure you have 20 tubes out and ready to be filled before moving on to step two. I taped sets of 10 tubes together to keep them upright, or you can purchase a tray online for them to sit in. Make sure you have your plastic syringe close by.
  2. In a double boiler melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Whisk until all the beeswax beads have completely melted.
  3. Stir in the peppermint oil.
  4. Leave your double boiler on low heat and stir occasionally while using your plastic syringe to divide the liquid amongst the tubes, filling them. You might want to top up some of the tubes as you go - I noticed that once the liquid begins to harden, it shrinks down in the tube a little. Let the balm set with the caps off and then label if desired.

 

Vanilla Lip Balm

MAKES 30 .15 OZ. TUBES

Ingredients
2 tbsp shea butter
4 tbsp organic coconut oil
3 tbsp beeswax
2 tbsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp vanilla essential oil
Plastic syringe
30 .15 oz lip balm tubes

Directions

  1. Prepare empty lip balm tubes by fastening them in an upright position. Make sure you have 30 tubes out and ready to be filled before moving on to step two. I taped sets of 10 tubes together to keep them upright, or you can purchase a tray online for them to sit in. Make sure you have your plastic syringe close by.
  2. In a double boiler melt the shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax and sweet almond oil. Whisk until all the beeswax beads have completely melted.
  3. Stir in the vanilla oil.
  4. Leave your double boiler on low heat and stir occasionally while using your plastic syringe to divide the liquid amongst the tubes, filling them. You might want to top up some of the tubes as you go - I noticed that once the liquid begins to harden, it shrinks down in the tube a little. Let the balm set with the caps off and then label if desired.

Download my label design here!

Note: These labels are designed to fit on Avery Mailing Label sheets size 3 1/3" W x 4" H. They will need to be trimmed to size before applying to lip balm tube.

Click here to download the Vanilla Lip Balm Label

Click here to download the Peppermint Lip Balm Label