Lip Balm for Beginners

I don’t pretend to know what I am doing. This whole clean ingredient/DIY journey is unfolding right in front of your eyes. I am a beginner. But, I embrace my lack of knowledge and my willingness to try. I always tell my kids, “we are all beginners at some point” —– “even the professionals and the experts”. Serena Williams wasn’t born with a tennis racquet in her hand and I wasn’t even thinking about making lip balm 6 months ago.

Life moves on and here we are.


I did a crazy thing. I bought a 25 pound block of unfiltered beeswax from an apiary in Michigan. She was a lovely lady and since I couldn’t find anything local, I immediately went to Etsy and found her. I knew very well that I would have to filter the entire block myself before I could make anything with it, but the idea of spending a day melting wax was honestly a part of the allure. (I love repetitive and meditative projects)

So, this Sunday morning, I came downstairs in my slippers and started chipping away at the block. The double boiler and filter fabric was set up and my molds laid out. Here we go….


Ya know – this is fun. I just sat here and took care of the small little household details that need to be taken care of while each batch of wax melted. The idea was to take that huge block of beeswax and filter and pour it into more manageable sizes so I could move forward with using it for candles, creams, salves and balms. Or whatever!


Once I had a substantial amount of little molds poured — gosh they are adorable, aren’t they? I decided it was time to make something small just to try. Lip balm it is.

My recipe is really easy:

Melt the wax, shea butter and coconut oil in your double boiler, once melted, remove and add oils and pour into clean containers. I used these “>adorable containers, but you can also try the “>tub “>es (I have yet to try that – starting small). Or you can even go for one of the “>sweet kits that are offered with all the tools. It’s a party!

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Now that my little lip balms have solidified, I couldn’t wait to try them out. They definitely work, but I don’t think 10 drops of oils are enough. It’s more like an unscented lip balm. Of course, this is your preference. I think I will definitely double the amount of oil drops next time.

Excited to try Pineapple oil next….. better get more supplies. Let me know if you try it. The above recipe makes about 8 of those little containers so you can share with friends or give out some spring time gifts! Just think about how much you could make with those supplies? Such a great project.

****EXTRA TIP – did you know shea butter is a natural sunscreen? It has a SPF of around 6-10, so it’s not safe to use alone if you are light skinned, but as a natural product, that’s pretty impressive!


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