How To Flavor Lip Balm
What if we told you that you could flavor your own lip balm with any flavor you wanted, in under thirty minutes, and for pennies on the dollar? Well, that’s what we’re telling you. Using just a few simple ingredients and Natures Flavors lip balm flavors, you won’t have to go through tubes of expensive, unnatural lip balm anymore. The best lip balm out there is the kind you can make on your own. And it’s a lot easier to make than you’d think.
To hold our lip balm, we picked up small bead containers at the local arts and crafts store. Relatively inexpensive and a convenient size to fit into any pocket or make-up bag, the clear plastic is the perfect way to showcase your do it yourself skills. For another option, you can opt to use a traditional lip balm tube, which can also be found at most arts and craft supply stores.
We have 161 lip balm flavor oils for you to choose from, because we know you can never have enough lip balms. They’re great to throw in your purse, have in the car, and wherever dry lips may strike. Below we made just four – but you have a world of flavor at your fingertips. (Yes, we do have a cookies and cream flavored lip balm oil, in case you were wondering.)
Beeswax – pellets or a bar
To create the base for your lip balm, you only need two simple ingredients – beeswax and coconut oil.
For every part beeswax you use, pair it with two parts coconut oil. We used one tablespoon of beeswax for every two tablespoons of coconut oil to create a firm finish on our lip balm.
If you want a softer feel, experiment with adding more coconut oil to the mixture. Beeswax acts as the hardening agent for the lip balm, so you can play with the ratios until you get your desired consistency. Our coconut oil has a light coconut aroma, which is good to keep in mind if adding more or less coconut oil to the lip balm.
When heating the beeswax, the wax should be hot – but not boiling – in order to avoid bubbles. When the wax is fully fluid after melting, add the coconut oil to the beeswax. If the mixture hardens too quickly, it’s possible your beeswax was not hot enough. The two ingredients should blend together without hardening immediately. If it does harden, then it’s not the end of the world. You can throw the mix back onto the stove to warm it for several seconds.
Don’t fear if your lip balm mixture is sitting in its bead container completely fluid for a few minutes. It will begin to solidify over time. If you’re using the two to one ratio of coconut oil to beeswax that we used, it should take a little under ten minutes. Be sure to pour carefully – the mixture will be hot.
Once you’ve got your base prepared, you’re ready for the fun part: choosing your flavor. As always, flex your creative muscles as much as you’d like. We created these few guidelines to get you started with some ideas on the way to making your own lip balm.
1. Melt 1 TBSP of beeswax
2. Pour 2 TBSPs of coconut oil into beeswax mixture
4. Add flavor oil
5. Add any extra ingredients (oranges, petals, coffee beans)
7. Allow to cool
There’s nothing quite like the refreshing scent of lavender. We wanted to bottle it up and take it with us wherever we go – this lavender lip balm oil was the solution.
We picked a few sprigs of lavender and gently removed some of the petals to decorate our lip balm. Since the flowers are delicate, don’t add them directly to the hot base mixture to prevent them from wilting. Arrange the flowers in the lip balm container in any pattern you’d like to appear in your finished lip balm product.
Pour about one teaspoon into the base mix of two tablespoons of coconut oil and one tablespoon of beeswax. The lavender scent is fairly strong, so add slowly to preference. Then pour the wax mixture into the lip balm container and allow to cool.
We can never get enough coffee, so it seemed like a pretty good idea to put it into a lip balm. Get your morning pick-me-up anytime your lips need a little TLC with this caffeine studded blend.
We ground up coffee beans and placed the coffee grounds directly into the base mixture of coconut oil and beeswax. Once that was mixed together, we added the coffee flavor oil. We used about one teaspoon, but the strength of the scent is up to your preference.
Before we added the flavor oil, coconut oil, coffee, and beeswax mixture to the lip balm containers, we placed a few whole beans in the containers for show. You can choose to add the beans or leave them out.
Keep your lips happy and healthy and smell like an orange creamsicle. It’s basically allowing yourself to have dessert all the time, and there’s nothing better out there than that.
We took the peel of an orange and cut it into thin slices. We then added the slices directly into the base mixture while it was still hot. If your orange mix starts to harden before you’re able to pour, you can put it back on the stove for a few seconds, but be careful. Overheating will cause the oranges to wilt.
Next, we incorporated the flavor oil to the mixture. We added about two teaspoons of the oil, as the orange is more of a subtle note. If you want a stronger scent, gradually add more flavor oil until you reach the desired strength.
When the lip balm flavor oil, coconut oil, oranges, and beeswax have all been combined, it’s time to pour the combination into the container. Carefully pour the mix into the storage containers. For variety, you can add a small orange slice to the jar already before you pour.
We picked the freshest flavors to bring you anything but a garden variety lip balm. The subtle floral notes will make sure you’re stopping to smell the roses all day long.
We picked the smaller inner petals out of a rose. Just like the lavendar, don’t put the delicate petals directly into the base wax mixture. Settle the petals into the bottom of the lip balm containers in the arrangement you’d like, then pour the mix.
To add scent to the mix, add about a teaspoon of rose flavor oil. You can add more or less depending on the desired strength. Allow to cool.