I’ve shared that through my recent diagnosis with Celiac, I’ve returned to making a lot of my own personal care products at home. DIYs are just awesome - you get to chose exactly what goes into the products you are using, without any compromises! There are SO many new personal care brands out there that are completely gluten-free, made with organic and holistic ingredients…but when I see that they’ve included “essential oils” on the ingredient list, red flags go up! Knowing and trusting the Seed to Seal standards of Young Living, I avoid other brands that use lower quality essential oils in their products. Nothing disappoints more than smelling a product that has great ingredients all around, but is supposed to contain Neroli…and doesn’t smell anything like true Neroli! That happens for a few reasons - either the oil is not pure and therapeutic grade, the oil is tainted with impurities from less optimal/toxic growing environments, or the oil is processed with heat, too quickly, or with solvents. When an essential oil aroma smells “off,” it’s for a good reason that we skip that product! So while it may take a little more time and energy to make my own products, I’m happy to do so knowing I get to use my YL oils in the recipes.
Lipstick and lip balms are one of the main products that people with Celiac have to be cautious of - anything that you are potentially consuming. Most balms and lipsticks, even the most natural ones, contain wheat-based tocopherol, or Vitamin E. Young Living’s line of Cinnamint Savvy Minerals lipsticks do not have tocopherol in them, which is awesome! I love to wear lip balm with a tiny swipe of the Muse color - it gives the perfect hint of color for everyday wear. After applying it this way for a few months though, I realized I could simplify the process by just making a few of my own tinted lip balms. It’s been perfect! This is a quick and simple recipe that’ll last quite a while!
Recipe at a glance:
• 5 tsp beeswax
• 3 tsp shea butter
• 1 Savvy Minerals Cinnamint lipstick (my favorite is Muse!)
• 2 tsp coconut oil or sweet almond oil
• 3-4 drops of essential oil for flavor - Peppermint Vitality, Orange Vitality, Lavender Vitality
• lip balm tubes or tins, plus a 4 oz jar to store extra lip balm (Find my bamboo ones here)
• tiny funnel or pourer
Melt the wax, butter, oil, and lipstick together in the microwave, 3o seconds at a time, stirring in between. When all of the beeswax is melted, add in the 3-4 drops of essential oil and stir. From here, work quickly to pour the mixture into your lip balm tubes and tins - it hardens quickly! Let set for a few hours, and you are ready to go!
This recipe will make about two ounces of lip balm, which is perfect for 4-5 tubes of the larger bamboo lip balm tubes. I used the three pack from Amazon, and just saved the rest of the lip balm in a 4oz jar to melt down again when one of my original tubes is empty.
The beeswax takes a while to melt down completely - be sure to stir in between microwaving to make sure it is completely melted!
So so simple - once it’s melted down, it just needs a little time to harden in the containers. To avoid difficult to clean messes, put your containers into a dish or on a plate that you can wash easily, rather than scrapping lip balm drips off of your counters!
One additional note! We are in Texas, and I want lip balm that doesn’t melt terribly all summer! This recipe is on the firmer side, with the beeswax content higher so that I don’t have lip balm sludge in my purse. If you live somewhere more temperate or prefer softer lip balms, swap one of the teaspoons of beeswax out for an additional teaspoon of almond oil or coconut oil!