Lip Balm Recipe – How to Make Lip Balm
So you want to make lip balm homemade and you are looking for a great lip balm recipe. Although easy to do there are a few things that you will need before getting started. The first thing to keep in mind is how you will package your final product. As you already probably know, there are countless containers that lip balm is usually sold in. For starters you have standard chapstick style tubes, squeezable tubes, jars, tins and then countless variations of each of those. For purposes of this article we will describe the entire process of making your very own chapstick style tubes from scratch. Please keep in mind all the ingredients below are widely available on the web.
Things needed for a 1 gallon batch:
Stainless steel pot or pan large enough to hold 1 gallon of finished product
Stainless steel mixing spoon
26oz.of Beeswax (more or less depending on how hard you want your balm)
10oz.of olive oil
2oz.of shea butter
2oz.of cocoa butter
66oz.of soybean oil
2oz. of an essential oil of your choice to flavor the product (more or less depending on desired flavor.)
1 – higher temperature or meat thermometer
Once you have all of your supplies the process is fairly simple. Simply place the beeswax in a stainless steel pan on medium heat and allow beeswax to melt slowly stirring frequently to avoid burning. Once melted add all of your oils to the melted wax with the exception of your essential oil. Stir for about 2 minutes to ensure that all oils are mixed together well and bring batch temperature down to roughly 120 degrees F. Once cooled, add essential oil and stir for about 60 seconds. After that, simply pour into tubes and let cool. One Tip: You can use lip balm trays found on eBay to help with pouring. They will save you a lot of time and energy.
**Important Tip – Make sure you know why you want to make your own lip balm before getting involved with it. If it is a craft project simply for fun then have a blast. If it is simply a way to save money or start a business you might be better off buying bulk blank lip balms already filled for .19 – .28 per unit off a large lip balm manufacturer like Bulk Apothecary or countless other manufacturers in the USA and labeling them yourself. It will save you time, cost far less than making it from scratch and avoid any unnecessary liability involved with making your own for commercial use.