This is one I’ve been making for about two years now. I wanted to get off of the petroleum-based lip glosses that make up the bulk of the store-bought gloss. Rubbing petrol on your mouth just seems like something to be avoided. I’m not really into flavoured or scented lip gloss either but this recipe can be altered to suit your tastes.
So I start with this stuff:
Beeswax pellets, almond oil, shea butter and vanilla extract. The vanilla is optional, or exchangeable for any other flavour you’re into. Just a note – don’t use lavender, it’s not tasty… You’ll also need little containers to keep it in. I buy everything online. Let me know if you want details. One other thing that I always forget to buy is vitamin E oil capsules. Vitamin E is a natural oil preservative so it’s handy if you make a lot at once. I just keep my spares in the fridge which preserves it too.
My usual recipe is 2 parts shea butter (I usually go with a dessert spoon as one ‘part’), 1 to 1.5 parts beeswax, 3 parts almond oil. Melt this all in a metal bowl placed over a pan of simmering water – but don’t get any water in your mix! Once it’s all melted, take it off the heat. If you’re adding vitamin E, break open a few capsules (2-3 is enough) and pour in the oil, mixing well. This is also when you add your vanilla or whatever flavour – be sparing, you don’t need much! Some people add artificial sweeteners here but I’m not keen on those in any way at all. Not the sweeteners themselves, not sweet lipgloss either. Your call on that one. Anyway, mix up everything and carefully spoon it into your containers. Leave the lids off until it cools, which will look like this:
If you put the lids on when it’s still liquid, you can end up with the whole thing coming out stuck to the lid. Annoying to get back into the tub!
A 10ml container of this lasts me a month or so, and I use quite a lot of it.
A weird aside – put a little of this on sandfly or mozzie bites to reduce inflammation and scarring. Well, it works for me anyway.
What do you think? Hope you like it. Let me know if you’ve got a favourite flavour or scent for your lip balm!
UPDATE: As requested, here is where I sourced my containers and ingredients. Please note that I am not encouraging/advertising/endorsing these brands or anything like that, I’m just saying what I found at a reasonable price with a reasonable shipping cost, when buying from here in Germany.