Me: “Hey honey, do you have any lip balm?”
Him: “Do I have lip balm?”
Me: “Oh.” (Eyerollsmirk) “Sorry. Can I borrow your lip balm?” :D
I thought I went through tubes of lip balm…until meeting my husband. I realize now that I never really used them up, I just lost them after a while. They’d disappear in a drawer, pocket, or purse, or maybe even rolling around the floor of the car.
But Mark ALWAYS has a tube of lip balm in his pocket and he ALWAYS uses the tube all the way to the bottom.
Before I met my husband, I had never before seen the bottom of a tube of lip balm! The kids and I tease him regularly about whether he has a tube in his pocket. We always know the answer. (Same as a pen.)
Until we married, he used chapsticks that contained a dozen or more ingredients that we couldn’t even pronounce and, worse yet, that dry out lips like camphor, phenol, and menthol.
Kind of counterproductive, wouldn’t you say? Or…designed to keep you buying more.
For the last several years, I’ve been searching for the best lip balms. I’ve been looking for the ones that really protect and soothe my lips without drying them out or exposing me to harmful chemicals, chemicals that I’ll end up eating or scraping off my lips with my teeth and swallowing. I don’t need those extra toxins, thanks.
Favorite all natural lip balms
You’re probably familiar with lip balm companies like Burt’s Bees, found in stores like Target and Kroger. It’s easy to find Burt’s Bees lip balm, which I usually have laying around (somewhere) in a few colors. They have a huge selection of flavors and tints. I don’t share them with the kids and hubs would rather not use the pretty colors!
But Burt’s Bees isn’t the only place to find great lip balms. There are many other natural lip balm companies out there with nourishing ingredients that are free of the parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and other harmful ingredients.
Lexie Naturals lip balm is hand poured in small batches and contains NO fillers, preservatives, or fragrant oils. Their ingredients are simply coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils like peppermint, vanilla, grapefruit, lemongrass, and palma rose.
Last but not least—and definitely one of my favorites!—is Skinny & Company! Their lip balm is a bit pricey, but comes in either a tube or a tin. It offers an ultra-lightweight feel while still nourishing and protecting with beeswax, coconut oil, vitamin E, and peppermint essential oil. If thick goopy lip balm isn’t for you, give Skinny a try!
Making your own lip balm
Have you ever tried to make natural lip balm? Over the years, I’ve made quite a bit of lip balm from scratch and filled round metal tins with them for gifts, along with healing hand balms and other natural skincare products.
These lip balms are super easy to make and a fun activity with my girls. The girls especially love being able to choose which oils go into their own tube or tin! This is also another way to give meaningful gifts.
Recently I found this fun kit on Sew Grown (my newest addiction). It’s easy and inexpensive! It includes just the right amount of ingredients and tubes to quickly make your own natural and nourishing lip balms.
I bought a pack to try with my girls, because they love crafty things and they love starring in videos, but they are spending a week in Canada with friends, so my hubby stepped up to stand in for them. I’m not sure he knew what he was in for, but he was a good sport!
This fun DIY Lip Balm kit is super easy when you are short on time. That, and it makes sure Honey has his lip balm…so that I can borrow it. :P
How to make natural lip balm:
Gather supplies together:
- A double boiler OR a pot with 2-3 inches water and a glass bowl, measuring cup, or container set inside
- Sew Grown Lip Balm Kit (includes 5 tubes, organic white beeswax, a glass vial with organic cold-pressed Rosehip Seed oil and Carrot Seed essential oil)
- A funnel to help pour hot liquid into tubes
- Optional: your choice of essential oils (I used 5-7 drops each of peppermint, geranium, and lavender)
- Measuring cup with a pour spout
Remove tops from tubes and set them beside the stove, near the funnel and measuring cup.
Melt the beeswax and the carrier oils together in the pot on medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly.
Once melted, turn down heat to low and stir in essential oils if you’re using them.
At this point I poured my mixture into a measuring cup with a spout and with a steady hand (the liquid is still HOT!), poured it through a funnel into the tubes.
Fill tube until it is slightly overfull. As it cools, it will settle down and not be over the top. If you spill, simply let it cool and then smear the spillage on the lips of your husband :D but only if he is a good sport ;)
Let tubes completely cool about 30 minutes before using. Easy peasy. Enjoy!