As part of my ‘Basics’ series, this lip balm recipe teaches you the bare bones of how to make a lip balm. Making a lip balm is a great way to start BeautyCrafting as the ingredients are so simple, nourishing and easy to use. You don’t need a preservative as everything is oil or wax-based and once you’ve cracked the basic recipe, you can start experimenting with different butters, oils, waxes, essential oils and even colours!
This recipe doesn’t use any essential oils, but if you are going to add some in then make sure you don’t add more than 1% of your total recipe. (So if you are making 10 grams of lip balm, make sure you don’t add more than 0.1 grams of essential oil). The skin on your lips is very thin so you don’t want to use strong chemical compounds such as essential oils in very high percentages.
If you are vegan, you can replace beeswax with candelilla wax which is derived from a Brazilian Palm. Keep in mind that candelilla sets much harder than beeswax so you will need to use less. Experiment with the ratios to create your ideal recipe!