2 years ago I had a horrible experience with a popular drugstore brand lip gloss. It was sort of a vinyl looking hot pink situation which wasn’t usually my style but i decided to give it a shot. Not only was it totally unflattering on me, it ruined my lips for literally months afterward! They were so dry that i couldn’t even smile without the skin on my lips cracking painfully.. this happened conveniently a week before I was supposed to be a bridesmaid in a friends wedding. After this fateful lip balm application i couldn’t even tolerate the chap stick that I would normally wear so I was relegated to using Vaseline on my lips for the next six months while they healed which honestly they never completely did. Every so often when my lips would get dry I would get a little crack on one corner of my smile that was pretty much identical to the one I had during those awful months. Always the same side, always the same place. I couldn’t seem to keep my lips moisturized enough to keep it from happening.
Enter my new found obsession with homemade lip balm. It’s a total game changer and SO easy to make! Seriously, homemade lip balm in its most basic form takes maybe 20 minutes and is way cheaper than store bought brands. I made lip balm for the first time maybe two months ago and I haven’t had any problems with dryness despite the fact that it’s mid-winter. I also made an unscented/unflavored moisturizing balm for my puppy’s perpetually dry nose and it is completely back to normal.
This recipe is for a beeswax based lip balm that is infused with dried lemon balm and scented/flavored with lemongrass essential oil. It’s intensely moisturizing, completely natural and it smells and tastes amazing. The oil infusion process is optional and does add quite a bit of time to the process but I think it’s worth it.
Lemon Balm Infused Oil
- 4 Tbsp Dried Lemon Balm
- 1/4C Avocado oil
You can make this infused oil two ways. The first takes 4 weeks and involves placing the lemon balm in an airtight jar, covering with oil and storing in a dark cool place for 4 weeks. The second method involves simmering the herb and oil mixture over low heat in a double boiler for 3 hours. You can create a makeshift double boiler by placing a heat safe bowl inside a small pan of simmering water. You want your heat save bowl to fit comfortably on the top of the pan without falling in, you don’t want the bottom of the bowl to touch the boiling water beneath it. You will also want to add water to the bottom pan regularly throughout the process so the pan doesn’t dry out. After your herbs have been sufficiently infused the oil should be an intense green color. Strain your oil through a coffee filter into a clean container and set aside.
Lemongrass Lip Balm
- 1 Tbsp white beeswax beads or pellets, like these
- 2 Tbsp lemon balm infused Avocado oil
- 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1-3 drops of lemongrass essential oil* (I used this oil)
- Clean metal can with the paper removed
- Pot with 1 inch of water
- 1-2 tubes or tins for your lip balm
*Essential oils can cause irritation or dryness. If you have experienced sensitivity to essential oils in the past you may want to leave the lemongrass oil out of this recipe.
Prepare your lip balm tins/tubes setting them out on a paper towel, open and ready to be poured. Fill your pot with 1 inch of water and place on the stove. Bring water to a boil and turn heat down to med-low. Place beesewax pellets in your clean and dry metal can and using oven mitts place the can into the simmering pot. When the beeswax is completely melted add the infused oil, coconut oil, and essential oil. Stir well and remove from heat. Using oven mitts remove the can from the pot carefully so as not to burn yourself. Pour the mixture into your containers and let cool for 20 minutes or until firm.
Enjoy your homemade lip balm!