October 2019 – Lip Balm


I have been making my own deodorant for a year now and have been seeking another healthy alternative- a lip balm. I am shocked at how many unnatural ingredients, preservatives  and  especially parabens contained in body products. These additives are absorbed straight into our pores and into our bodies.Yuk!


The recipe is very simple and once made, usually lasts for between 6-9 months. I like to recycle the eco friendly lip balm tube I once bought. Below there is a link to a website which sells containers, including small tins and lip balm tubes at a reasonable price.  Alternatively, a  small easy to carry jar, tin or BPA-free container may also be used. Any excess balm remaining, maybe  give some to a member of your family or gift it to a friend. Alternatively, it will store in a cool dry  place. You may use any single or combined essential oil you wish.  I personally prefer lavender, I just love the smell! For my next batch, I am going to put in some zinc oxide as a sun protection factor. Also, if you would like your lip balm to look colourful why not try a powdered herb such as barley grass or beetroot powder to give it that extra `Je ne sais quoi`.



  • 1 tblsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tblsp bees wax (I go to the honey farm on the way to Warkworth)
  • 2 tblsp shea butter (or coconut butter)
  • 7-10 drops of lavender oil
  • Receptacle to put it in
  • Small Stainless steel saucepan

NB:I bought an old stainless steel saucepan for $3 in the Opp shop just for the use of, for it will be hard to clean out.


Melt the bees wax, coconut oil and butter in a small saucepan on a low heat (use a wooden stick or a chop stick to stir- not your best cooking implement).

Remove from heat once melted. Add the oil(s). Whisk well and distribute oil evenly into a receptacle (or two if you are doubling the recipe). If you want a hard wax, then add more melted bees wax or a little softer you can add a bit more essential oil. The balm at this stage can become a little thick and a bit tricky!

Allow to cool (but not set) and place in desired container. And there you are! Fresh organic lip balm with no additives, toxins or preservatives.

Web site link: Mountain Rose Herbs