Remember my excitement just a few weeks ago about the cool weather in Florida?
Well, that cool weather only lasted two days. Yep, two days!!
Talking about the weather is usually considered “a topic to talk about when there’s nothing else to talk about,” so I apologize for this random weather discussion in advance. There’s a point to this weather chat, and it’s going to end with homemade lip balm.
I’ve never been one to watch the news or weather reports, but, lately, I’ve been checking my weather app every single morning, just waiting for the consistent 80 degree readings to change. And guess what?! I have good news.
My daily checking has finally paid off. This weekend, just in time for the kids’ fall festival at school, the weather is going to drop to the low 60’s at night and the high 70’s during the day. My booties are ready!
By November, I’ve usually made several batches of homemade lip balm. Living in a state that enjoys 100% humidity, nearly year-round, means that even a few days of drier weather sends my lips into full panic mode.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been making and using a simple peppermint lip balm made with shea butter, beeswax, lanolin, jojoba oil, and peppermint essential oil. That simple lip balm always provides such a cooling and soothing relief to my moisture-loving lips.
This year, I’ve decided to venture out of my lip balm comfort zone, and use a lip balm that’s made with similar ingredients, but also includes, honey.
I’m so glad you asked…
First, honey is just an all-around amazing ingredient, and it’s pretty inexpensive when you consider the versatility of this ingredient. In my personal life, I use honey to wash my face, calm acne flare-ups, soothe my kids’ boo-boos, and make muffins and bread.
Honey is a natural humectant. This means that honey is able to hydrate the skin. Honey also contains antioxidants, which is a huge buzz word in the beauty industry. Antioxidants may help repair damage, which is an important factor for chapped lips and stressed-out skin.
Honey is a very sticky ingredient, so I was a bit concerned about using a lip balm containing honey. To my surprise, the honey in today’s lip balm recipe blends perfectly with the oil, shea butter, and beeswax, creating a non-sticky lip balm. The lip balm goes on smooth, and, thanks to the peppermint essential oil, has a cooling sensation that feels so good on my lips.
- In a glass bowl, combine the coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter. Place the glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Heat the mixture until the beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally. Fill a larger bowl with cold water. I place a few ice cubes (3-4) in the water. Set this bowl aside for later.
- Once the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat. Let the bowl rest away from the heat for just a minute. Place the bowl, with the coconut oil mixture inside, in the larger bowl (the one with cold water inside). This is meant to rapidly cool the mixture so the honey may be added without it separating from the other ingredients. The rapid cooling will also prevent a gritty lip balm, which can happen to shea butter. The coconut oil mixture will immeadiately begin to solidify. Pour in the honey, add the essential oil, and stir to combine.
- Spoon the solidified mixture into a container. I used a 1-ounce metal container. Alternatively, you could use a mini Altoids container. This recipe will make just about 1-ounce. The ratios for a larger quantity lip balm (roughly 4 ounces) is included in the ingredient notes. This lip balm will last about 6-8 months (or longer).
For a larger quantity (roughly 4-4.5 ounces): 1/3 cup coconut oil + 3 TB and 1 tsp beeswax, pellets or grated + 1 1/2 tsp shea butter + 1 1/4 tsp raw honey + 12 drops peppermint essential oil. Follow the instructions in the recipe.
If you’d like to use something other than coconut oil, I think jojoba oil (or another nourishing oil) would be lovely.
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