This past winter, another blog I follow put out a recipe for “Sticky Lip Balm”, which I tried and found too hard and not tacky enough or glidy enough to be useful. I understand it was meant to be thick and, well, sticky, but it was rock hard and left little to no residue on my lips so it didn’t work for me.
But the idea stuck around in my head. How great would a two or three ingredient lip balm be?!? No measuring out liquid oils, and if it worked, maybe no shea butter and the potential graininess that you risk when you put shea into a product. I love my ultra moisturizing shea butter lip balm, but I’m open to change.
Then I remembered cocoa butter, and how a simple pure cocoa butter bar can make a fabulous lotion bar and even an emergency lip balm. So I decided to swap some of the beeswax and coconut oil in the original recipe for cocoa butter.
While I call this a three ingredient lip balm, it’s actually more like five but the last two are up to you. I suggest 5-10 drops of vitamin E oil to prevent oxidation of your oils and butters and combat rancidity, especially if it will take you awhile to get through the 4-5 lip balms this recipe makes. The final ingredients are essential oil(s), and you can use whatever lip safe, non-toxic oils you choose. Non-toxic means no tea tree or Wintergreen essential oils, please, and no citrus oils as they make you photosensitive and sunburned lips just sounds miserable. I use peppermint a lot, I’ve been known when doubling batches to use peppermint, camphor, and a few menthol crystals, and my other favorite is cardamom and lavender (with a pinch of stevia or crystal Splenda to sweeten, but just the tiniest amount).
Here’s the recipe:
9g extra virgin coconut oil
5g cocoa butter
5 drops vitamin E oil
5-10 drops essential oils of your choice.
Melt coconut oil and cocoa butter in double boiler or in pyrex measuring cup set in saucepan filled with 1″ of water. Once water is at simmer, hold there x 20 min. This will reduce chances of graininess with your coconut oil. Add beeswax and melt through. Remove from heat, add Vitamin E oil and essential oils and stir well. Pour into lip balm tubes or tiny pots. Should make 4-5 lip balms.