K.C. Georgulas, MA, LPC-S
K.C.'s BEST Lipbalm Recipe
Updated: Oct 21, 2022
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About a decade ago, I became serious about using essential oils in my life. One of the first things I made - and continued to make because I loved it so much - is lipbalm. After almost a decade of making it and sharing it with my friends and family, this recipe continues to be my go-to for my lips.
I have tubes of this glorious goodness in my nightstand drawer, desk drawer, purse, and makeup bag. After years of making it I keep all of the ingredients around the house so I can whip up a batch anytime I need to! All of the ingredients are organic and natural, so these little beauties won't keep forever. I usually advise use within 6 months, but I know people who keep them longer than that and say they're still great! If it starts to smell like rancid oil or the consistency changes at any point, throw it out!
Once you have a good recipe, you can play around with different essential oils. My absolute favorite is peppermint - it's minty, soothing and perks me up. A close second is a combination of frankincense and lavender. I only use Young Living oils because of their commitment to sustainable sourcing and purity. Any high end essential oils will work in these recipes.
I have also recently started tinting my lipbalm, and have made some beautiful colors with this pink mica powder, and this red strawberry mica powder. I use about a teaspoon per batch below if I want it to be a light tint - use less or more for lighter or darker shading - I've used up to 4 teaspoons per batch.
Here are all the things you'll need for a basic, untinted batch of lipbalm:
16-18 empty lipbalm tubes I love these because they’re clear, and the caps fit well.
Essential oil or oils of your choice - my favorite is Young Living Peppermint. For a full batch, use 20-40 drops, depending on how strong you want that flavor to be in your lipbalm. I believe the stronger it is, the better it is.
2T coconut oil
3T shea butter
Wax paper, parchment paper, newspaper or (my favorite) butcher paper- something to protect your countertops from spills and drips - (you will spill and drip).
Combine coconut oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax pastilles, shea butter and cacao in a glass measuring cup. Heat until melted. I do this by creating a kind of double boiler situation with a small saucepan and a glass measuring cup.
2. When completely melted, carefully take the measuring cup out of the saucepan (I use an oven mitt). If you'd like to tint your lipbalm, now is the time to ad your mica poweder:
4. Then add essential oils.
3. Once essential oils are added, pour directly into chapstick tubes. You'll want to take the lids off of the tubes and place them on your butcher paper. I just put the tip of the pour spout into the chapstick tube and pour very carefully. This part is the messiest for me!
4. Once cooled, place the caps and label them with some cute labels - these lip balm labels came with one of my most recent chapstick orders. I have also used these vintage labels and love how well they stick. I also love the vinatage apothecary vibe.
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