I’m always on a lookout for a good quality lip balm, but quite often I seem to get some that are way too thin and disappear too quickly. Yes, I know I lick my lips far too much!
As I’ve already tried to make soap, body butter and bath bombs I thought why not try a lip balm next. I’ve used beeswax as a base for this recipe, but if you don’t want to use beeswax in your lip balm, I also have a vegan lip balm recipe for you to try.
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Why make this coconut lip balm
Today’s recipe, uses, as always, natural ingredients with protective oils, vitamins, and antioxidants. This easy homemade lip balm is quick and simple and perfect to keep as a treat or as a gift for your friends or family.
The beeswax blends in beautifully with the coconut oil to achieve a creamy consistency that is protective and moisturizing. The colour comes from a dried beetroot powder, which doesn’t only give the lip balm lovely pink sheen but also adds vitamin C and antioxidants.
The basics of this coconut lip balm recipe
You can add few drops of essential oils to the mixture, but I kept mine as it was. The beeswax has an amazing honey scent and the coconut comes through as a fragrance too.
The ingredient ration for this recipe is simple. It’s one portion of beeswax and double the quantity for the coconut oil.
The beeswax will keep the lip balm firm, which is what’s important if you are using lip balm tubes. If you find that your lip balm is too hard (or too soft) you can play around the ratios to achieve the consistency you like.
What you’ll need to make coconut OIl & Beeswax lip balm recipe
- Organic Beeswax White Pellets – Easy Melt
- Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
- Natural Beetroot Powder
- Lip Balm Pots
- Lip Balm Sticks
What Ingredients are best for simple beeswax & coconut oil lip balm recipe
I’ve used white organic beeswax which has been filtered several times to ensure that the texture is very smooth. I’ve chosen the white beeswax as I wanted to add a colour tin using my beetroot powder and if I used yellow beeswax the colour would be more orange than a subtle pink.
organic unrefined coconut oil
You can use any kind of unrefined organic or cold pressed coconut oil for this lip balm recipe. Infact you could use any kind of food save coconut oil, but the better quality you use the better and more nourishing your lip balm is going to be.
There are plenty of different types of coconut oil in the food shops or special cosmetics or crafts shops or you can also make your own homemade cold pressed coconut oil if you like.
very fine beetroot powder
Beetroot powder is a natural colouring and depending on how much you use you can make a shades from a subtle pink to more deeper red colour. This will make your homemade lip balm like a lipstick and you can use it to colour your lips.
You can use any food grade beetroot powders, just make sure it’s really finely grounded to make sure that your lip balm doesn’t feel gritty on your lips.
I found most of my supplies online, as it’s quite specialist food, so if you can’t find a beetroot powder in your local health shop, have a look at natural beetroot powder online.
How to make coconut oil & beeswax lip balm
Carefully melt the beeswax and add the coconut oil. You can leave the wax slowly melt in an oven or on a warm cooker. Be careful not to burn the beeswax as you are working with quite a small amount.
Stir in the beetroot powder and blend in. Keep re-melting the waxes if they solidify too quickly.
To make sure that the lip balm is smooth, pour the liquid waxes through a cheesecloth (or a fine cotton cloth) and then fill your pots.
This recipe batch size
You can make about two lip balm pots or up to 4 lip balm sticks with this recipe. If you would like to make more for your friends, just double up (or triple) the recipe.
How to store your coconut & beeswax lip balm
Keep in room temperature (around 18 – 20 C if possible, but not too warm and use within a few months.
I find it helpful to label my containers with a date I’ve made the batch and name or ingredients, so that I know what I have and when I need to use it up by.
Labeling your own lip balms is handy when you make several batches and you can’t tell which one is which without opening each pot.
More tips on making natural Beeswax & coconut lip balms at home
What can I substitute for coconut oil in my lip balm?
If you can’t get hold of coconut oil or you don’t want to use it, you can swap it for shea butter, jojoba oil or olive oil. Other alternatives to coconut oil include castor oil or safflower oil.
The only thing you need to do is to slightly change the proportions of the recipe and add more beeswax (or less of the coconut oil substitutes). This is because coconut oil is slightly thicker than other oils and you don’t want your lip balm to be too runny.
Does it matter if I can’t find unrefined organic beeswax ? Can I just use normal beeswax?
O.K let’s put it this way. Most of us put a lip balm on and then eat, talk, kiss and the chances are that a lot of your lip balm is going to end up not only on your skin but also in your stomach.
So, you want to make sure that you are using the best ingredients you can buy. The more natural your ingredients are the better (e.g. raw, unrefined, organic).
You can use both white or yellow coloured beeswax, depending on what colour (if any) you’d like to use. If you are colouring your lip balm, it’s probably better to use a white beeswax as it easy to colour.
If you want to keep the natural colour of the yellow beeswax, you can buy unrefined yellow, natural beeswax.
What essential oils can I use to flavour my lip balm?
There are no rules here, just think about what will taste nice on your lips! You can try lavender, mint or peppermint, rose, bergamot, lemon, strawberry or other fruit flavours.
Depending on the amount of lip balm you are preparing, use 1-2 drops of your chosen essential oil and add it to the melted mixture just before pouring.
If you are not sure whether the essence is strong enough, put a little bit of the melted balm on your lips. Add more if you feel that the flavour is not strong enough, but be careful so that you don’t over do it!
Can I re-melt my lip balm after it has set?
Yes, of course! Just be careful not to overheat the containers or the balm inside.
What can I replace beeswax with?
The consistency of beeswax is important in the lip balm as it helps to solidify the balm properly, but you can replace it with candelilla wax which is also a natural product made from the candelilla plant. It’s completely plant based and suitable for vegan lifestyle.
It also doesn’t have much of a smell or flavour, which makes is a great wax alternative if you don’t like the smell of honey or you want to develop a different flavour altogether.
How should I store my lip balm?
Make sure it’s somewhere dark (ish) and away from direct sunlight or direct heat. Ideally, you don’t want the lip balm to go over 23C otherwise it might start re-melting. Lip balms, unlike other fresh cosmetics, don’t need to be kept in a fridge.
What’s the homemade lip balm shelf-life?
You can safely use your lip balm for 3-6 months. I always make smaller batches to make sure I use up the balm before I make more.
I’ve seen two different types of beeswax pellets, which ones shall I buy?
There are two types of beeswax suitable for cosmetics making, white beeswax pellets and yellow beeswax pellets.
I’ve used white beeswax pellets in this recipe, because I wanted to make sure that the beetroot powder colours the mixture nicely. The white beeswax is left to go white on a sun, but it’s still very much a natural product.
Yellow beeswax is completely natural and it’s perfect to use with darker tinted colours or if you want to keep things natural. The final colour of your lip balm is going to be a pale yellow, which I think it’s really nice.
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Lip balm with coconut oil
Materials & Ingredients
- 2 teaspoon of organic beeswax
- 4 teaspoons of organic unrefined coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of very fine beetroot powder
- Carefully melt the beeswax and add the coconut oil. You can leave the wax slowly melt in an oven or on a warm cooker. Be careful not to burn the beeswax as you are working with quite a small amount.
- Stir in the beetroot powder and blend in.
- Keep re-melting the waxes if they solidify too quickly.
- To make sure that the lip balm is smooth, pour the liquid waxes through a cheesecloth (or a fine cotton cloth) and then fill your pots.
- Keep in room temperature, but not too warm and use within a few months.