Homemade unrefined beeswax balm is nourishing and soothing to the lips. Plus, it contains a trace amount of some minerals and vitamins. Beeswax smooths the texture of the lips and prevents the balm from losing moisture. It is excellent for dry and chapped lips and will keep lips hydrated.
Homemade balms consist of a combination of beeswax and solid and liquid oils. The balm will help protect lips from extreme weather conditions such as sun, cold, wind and snow. In addition, balm moisturizes and soothes the lips.
There are benefits of making homemade lip balm. For one, the natural oils do not contain any toxic ingredients or chemicals, which is healthy for the lips and for the environment. Plus, natural lip balms do not contain any water, so preservatives are not necessary.
The best soft or liquid oils to use include coconut, sunflower, jojoba, avocado, almond, olive and soybean. Solid oils most commonly used in homemade recipes include cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter. Beeswax is added to harden the mixture and keeps it from melting on the lips. Balms can be left unscented or flavored oils can be added such as cherry or orange. Essential oils such as peppermint can also be added for flavor.
The basic recipe for homemade unrefined beeswax balm includes two parts liquid oil, two parts solid oil and one part beeswax. Melt the beeswax and soft and solid oils in a double boiler and stir constantly until the mixture melts. Remove the pot from the stove and add a few drops of essential or flavored oil. Next, place the mixture in containers immediately because it will start to harden once it is removed from the stove. Allow it to completely cool and harden and then close and seal the containers.
When homemade lip balms are properly made, they will go on the lips smoothly in various temperatures and should not feel sticky. If the lip balm does not go on the lips with ease, the balm can be melted again and more soft oil can be added or a little less beeswax.
Homemade unrefined beeswax balm will not harem the lips and will soothe and protect the lips and will help keep them from being dry or chapped