Earlier this summer, I bought a few small bottles of essential oils to use as a natural air freshener, to repel mosquitoes and more.
So when I got my hands on some raw honey from Martin’s Sweet Farm in Campbellville, I finally decided to put the coconut oil in the fridge to use and combine these ingredients together to make my own Burt’s Bees inspired lip balm.
I referenced a few DIYs (from Happy Money Saver, Revived Kitchen & Everyday Roots – thanks!) and came up with my own super easy recipe using as few and as organic and healthy ingredients as possible. It feels good knowing exactly what went into this balm – especially because it’s something that easily get’s “accidentally” consumed. Between gardening and walking around outside, I managed to get a mild sunburn on my lips and this balm brought them back to life by the next day
Why Beeswax? Beeswax is a natural moisturizer and acts as a barrier to the elements. It also is what gives the lip balm its integrity and stiffness.
Why Coconut Oil? Coconut oil is a very healthy natural oil with a lot of fatty acids that holds in moisture and promotes hydration.
Why Raw Honey? Honey attracts and naturally holds onto water molecules, keeping your lips moist.
Why Essential Oil? I like to steer clear of fragrances when it comes to my lip balm, but if you like you can add in a few drops of your favorite scent.
*Cleaning Tip: The beeswax hardens and sticks to whatever utensils, pots or pans you used to make the lip balm. Don’t try to chip or scrub it off; just let it soak in very hot water and it’ll liquify again. If you’re worried about the wax hardening again in your drain, perhaps dump the hot water bath out it in a corner in your backyard.
3 T beeswax
3 T coconut oil
1/2 – 1/4 teaspoon raw honey
1/8 t vanilla extract (optional, for flavour)
8-20 drops of essential oil of your choice
1) Melt beeswax in a saucepan. Once fully melted, stir in coconut oil, vanilla & honey.
2) Let it cool for a few minutes.
3) While mixture is still liquid, stir in vanilla and essential oil.
4) Pour into individual containers. In my video, I poured the saucepan mix into a Pyrex measuring cup first to make pouring into smaller containers easier because my saucepan, while gorgeous, is awkward.
The above recipe makes enough to fill about 8 1 oz containers.