Homemade Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Balm

A few years ago Lexi and a group of friends had a mini market day. Each child had to make something to sell. At just five years old, she decided that she wanted to make homemade lip balm. It was a huge hit with the other kids, and some of the moms asked me for more in the following weeks and months.

We have since carried on making and experimenting with our own homemade lip balm. And every so often Lexi will suggest a new flavour or colour and we’ll give it a go.

Homemade lip balm makes a great gift too! Whether you live in the Northern hemisphere, where you want to protect your lips from the cold, or in the Southern hemisphere where you need protection from the sun, Christmas is a great time to make and share lip balm.

Benefits of Homemade Lip Balm

If you know me, you’ll know that I love all-natural products!

Parabens, fragrance, artificial sweeteners, and camphor and menthol (which are natural!) are all extremely drying for the skin. Easily available ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and shea butter are nourishing and offer natural sun protection.

The added benefit of natural ingredients is that kids can safely work with them!

Natural Beeswax

There are dozens of variations and combinations that you can try. For Christmas Lexi wanted to make a “candy cane” lip balm. It smells good enough to eat and feels wonderful on your lips.

Not sure where to get beeswax? I bought ours on Faithful to Nature for just R64 and it has made several batches of lip balm.

Homemade Christmas Lip Balm

Equipment

  • Double boiler OR small glass bowl over boiling water
  • Small lip balm pots

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp Bees wax
  • 12 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tsp Beetroot juice / powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Melt coconut oil and beeswax over gently boiling water, making sure that the water doesn't touch the bottom of your bowl. The bowl will get very hot, so please assist your child.
  • Once melted, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in peppermint essential oil and beetroot for colour.
  • Depending on the consistency you like, add more oil for a softer lip balm or more wax for a harder finished product.
  • Carefully pour into lip balm pots.
  • Once cooled you can decorate with your own labels or tie with ribbons.

Notes

For a slight, natural tint to your lip balm, you can add any of these colourings:
  • Dragonfruit powder
  • Blueberry powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Alkanet root powder
  • Moroccan clay

Find more Christmas themed activity ideas for kids here, or follow our Pinterest for more.

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