Hi Mystic Moments, I'm trying to make my very own lip balm for family and friends, with the problem being, I don't know where to start! Any recipe ideas would be welcomed with open arms.
Maria, 35 from Surrey
Hi Maria, you have indeed come to the right place. Mystic Moments have all the ingredients readily available to make the perfect lip balm. I'm no stranger to a lip balm myself, and under my excellent guidance you'll be popping lip balms out like tic tacs! All my recipes generally follow the same ratios, a 3:1:1.
3 Parts Carrier Oil 1 Part Beeswax 1 Part Butter
Then you have the additional 10-20 drops of essential oil(s) to choose from and a little bit of Vitamin E for preservation.
If your lip balm turns out too hard, melt it again and add more oil. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if your lip balm turns out too soft, melt it again and add more beeswax. Keep melting and tinkering until it’s just right!
Karen, I'll now run you through the potential oils and butter you could use in your lip balms. There are plenty to choose from; you'll certainly be spoilt for choice!
Which Carrier Oil?
You can use any combination of these oils together. But usually Almond Sweet, Apricot Kernel, Coconut, Olive and Sunflower oils make great bases and are generally inexpensive, so I like to use a majority of those. Then I add some dearer oils like Jojoba, Pomegranate seed or Tamanu to glam it up a bit! I would probably say the chosen carrier oils are the most important ingredients.
Here’s is a list of some potential candidates:
Amazing for healing cracked lips and conditioning them. Avocado
Packed full of antioxidants, rich and moisturises dry lips. Castor
Adds that extra gloss and smoothness to a lip balm. Coconut
Excellent moisturiser packed full of goodness. Hemp Seed
Great healing and regenerative properties. Jojoba
Softens and nourishes skin, leaving lips soft and supple. Olive
Can condition and protect lips from drying out. Pomegranate Seed
Rich and nutritious and offers protection from the sun. Sunflower
Heals damaged skin and locks in moisture. Tamanu
Heals many skin conditions, beneficial for chapped lips.
Beeswax is the classic option when it comes to most cosmetic products. It is an incredible natural substance with a seemingly never-ending array of uses. From lip balm to candle wax, beeswax is an environmentally friendly super wax! This substance is very moisturising and therefore very good in lip balms, and it can also help protect the lips from the harmful rays of the sun. It can also help prevent infections and cold sores. It is also a crucial ingredient because, without it, your lip balm will not harden enough.
Candelilla is a plant-based wax and provides Beeswax with some healthy competition and is also a fantastic vegan alternative. It makes for an excellent DIY skincare ingredient in its own right. Like beeswax, this unique wax acts as a stabiliser and emulsifier in cosmetic products. It is skin conditioning, quickly absorbed, odourless, and packed full of nutrients. It also provides a beautiful gloss and lubricity to lip balms.
Candelilla wax is a bit denser than beeswax, so you will have to adjust your DIY skincare recipes if you are substituting it for beeswax. Use approximately half as much candelilla wax as beeswax since it has twice the stiffening powers.
All of these kinds of butter will be solid at room temperature and in my eyes are crucial in the recipe. Not only are they packed full of nutritional goodness, but they also add a nice creaminess to your lip balm formula.
All the different types of butter vary in hardness, so you should base the recipe off Shea and Mango butter. Any butter you use that is softer than these two add a little bit more beeswax. But when working it the other way, any butter's that are harder, e.g. Cocoa, add a little bit more carrier oil to counteract it. As I've said before, it's all about experimenting and finding what works for you!
The following Butters can be used in your lip balm:
Aloe Vera Blended Aloe Vera Blended Butter is a blend of coconut oil, soya bean oil and aloe vera extract. This butter is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B, choline, B12, Folic Acid, highly antioxidant as well as being renowned for its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. Aloe vera extract is famous for its ability to soothe, rejuvenate, restore and rapidly re-hydrate and moisturise the skin.
Cocoa Butter Virgin Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable fats known. It contains natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity and has a long shelf life. An excellent moisturising agent for the skin. The smooth texture and sweet fragrance of cocoa butter make it a favourite ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products. Typically used in lotion bars, lip balms, body butters and soaps.
Kokum This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports the elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. Kokum Butter contains anti-oxidants and possesses natural skin healing and regeneration properties.
Mango Mango Butter has beneficial moisturising properties and adds a luxurious emollient feel to products while also acting as a mild lubricant for the skin. It is very similar in colour and texture to cocoa butter and is an excellent source of essential fatty acids. Mango Butter has wound healing qualities and is used as an application for ulcerations, fissures of the lips, hands and chapped skin etc.
Shea Butter Refined Shea Butter is hailed for its healing, protecting and moisturising properties. Rich in cinnamon acid, it reputedly protects the skin from UV rays and therefore is often included in skin care products for after sun care. The first choice in natural skin care and beautiful body care products, this butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturising.
Soy Soy Butter is made from soybeans and is white in colour with a very mild scent. Soybeans are incredibly high in lecithin, sterolins, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and isoflavones. It penetrates easily into the skin which makes it an active moisturising agent, re-hydrating and replenishing the skin’s lipid barrier to help hold in moisture while softening dry, chafed and damaged skin.
Which Essential Oil?
Citrus oils like Bergamot, Lemon and Grapefruit are phototoxic. This means they can potentially make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you should take care when adding those to lip balm. If you can, try and go for the distilled options as they are usually safe to use.
The following essential oils could be used in you lip balm:
For stronger scents like Tea Tree, please use sparingly. Also don't be afraid to combine some essential oils to create a super blend!
My Favourite Lip Balm Recipe's
The following recipes should fill 10 of the Lip Balm Twister Tubes:
Lime & Orange Lip Balm
10g Coconut Oil 10g Avocado Oil 5g Castor Oil 5g Pomegranate Seed 10g Beeswax Beads Unrefined 10g Shea Butter Refined 1g Vitamin E 8 Drops of Lime Distilled Essential Oil 12 Drops of Orange Blood Essential Oil
Vegan Peppermint Lip Balm
15g Almond oil 5g Argan Oil 5g Castor Oil 5g Tamanu Oil 5g Candelilla Wax 10g Mango Butter 1g Vitamin E 10 Drops of Peppermint Arvensis Essential Oil
Add your chosen carrier oils, solid butter and wax into a pyrex measuring jug. Place down into a saucepan filled with a couple inches of water to create a makeshift double boiler. Gently heat the pan over medium-low heat until everything melts together.
Remove the jug from the saucepan, wiping any water off of the outside, so that it doesn’t drip into your lip balm while pouring. Then allow to cool slightly.
Next, add essential oils, give the mixture a few stirs, then pour into lip balm tubes and allow to set. Once cooled they are good to go.
3 easy steps to create a truly excellent product!
This should be all the information you need Maria to make some super cool lip balms! Once you make them, we would love to see your finished products. If you do need anymore help, please don't hesitate to get in touch!