Herbal Interests // DIY Lip Balm
I posted a photo of our all natural massage lotion bars on Instagram last week and asked if you all would be interested in purchasing some of our herbal beauty products. There was a lovely response of yes, and we were so excited! We just started selling our all natural herbal soap, made by a local artisan, and it has been going so well! Make sure you scoop one up if you've been eyeing it - they're made in small batches. I really liked the idea of sharing the DIY recipe with you so you might be able to make our beauty recipes yourself or purchase the ones that I have made! Then you can see exactly how a product is made, what ingredients are going into it, and be able to ask any questions if you have them.
Today, we are making herbal lavender lip balm! I only have a handful available for purchase at this time, but I am planning on making more soon in other scents and non-scented. So exciting! Like the soap, these will be made in small batches. I am hoping to begin selling our salves and other recipes as well. Let's make some soothing + healing lip balm!
Lavender has a long history of use in cosmetic and home cleanliness, mainly being used to wash laundry in earlier centuries. The Latin verb lavere, which means to wash, in turn creates the name we know today. We associate the sweet smell with cleanliness, which makes it a wonderful addition to any beauty products you create yourself. This herb is a natural stress reliever; our recipe has a touch of lavender essential oil within it which can help to soothe dry, irritated lips. The scent alone is extremely calming!
INGREDIENTS (for six 1 oz. containers) //
1 tbsp beeswax
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp shea butter
1/2 tsp rosehip seed oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
In a double boiler**, melt your beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter over low heat. Mix together until nice and warm. Remove from heat.
Stir in your rosehip seed oil and lavender essential oil, being precise and quick as to not let the balm set up.
Have your lip tins ready, and pour the balm mixture into each tin, being careful not to fill too high. The balm can expand a bit as it hardens. You could also pour these into lip tubes!
Let the balm harden, about 20-30 minutes. This balm can melt in warm climates, for example if left in a purse in a hot car. Don't stress - just let is harden in a cooler climate and continue using as normal. This recipe does not involve water, so its expiration date is the same as the oil with the shortest shelf life.
**Please note that beeswax can be difficult to clean from a metallic surface, or any surface for that matter. If you plan to use a nice pot that you love, I would consider either finding an old pot that you don't mind getting sticky things in and don't have to scrub. I make my herbal recipe in an old pot in a makeshift double boiler!
As you can see, this recipe is really simple and creates a lovely, creamy lip balm. I have been using this continually throughout the day everyday, and I really love it! The scent is calming, and it makes my poor dry lips feel so much better. I have even been rubbing a little around my nostrils and under my nose where it gets chapped. I have noticed that because our home is a bit cold, the balm has hardened a bit more than when I first made them. If you find your balm gets hard, it melts pretty easily once touched!
You can purchase our herbal lip balm here!