Years ago, when I saw Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in the cute clear bins at my local Whole Foods, I bought one and when I tried it, became one of their biggest fans! This was when I was beginning my wellness journey, over a decade ago, and was ditching my toxic products for better choices. Little did I know back then, that just because it comes from Whole Foods doesn’t mean it is good for you.
Fast forward to what I know today. The brands and/or the ingredients you choose do make a difference. The effectiveness and support that a product provides your body has a lot to do with where the product is grown, when it is harvested and how it is processed. Let’s talk about the ingredients I chose to make this lip balm and why.
First, beeswax. Many beehives are sprayed with chemicals for mite and disease control. Many companies harvest that wax that was sprayed, which defeats the purpose of spending more on a product that is labeled natural. Yes, the wax is natural. Yes, the wax is filled with chemicals. Natural doesn’t have the same meaning it did 20 years ago. I recommend staying with the organic wax pastilles or buying straight from a beekeeper you trust. I love the pastilles as they are so much easier to work with. No more shaving the block for us, until I get my own beehives. One day.
Next up, shea butter. I always choose organic and unrefined. Unrefined shea butter simply means it is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals or preservatives. It uses cold-press extraction, which maintains all of its supportive vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin and hair. There are several organic and unrefined brands available. I have used many, but currently like the ease of using Sky Organics. It works well to blend at room temperature, which means I am keeping it as close to creation as possible and not detroying it with heat.
Let’s talk about coconut oil. I save my pennies for this brand as I LOVE it and trust it! We use it for everything from popcorn, cooking, add it to my coffee, and all my homemade goodness. I buy it when it is on sale or has free shipping. It is worth every penny. In fact, I had to order more today and within 5 minutes of ordering I got shipment confirmation. So, what brand do I love? Tropical Traditions Gold Label. Now, let me tell you why it is the best for your wellness support.
Not all coconut oil is the same. Tropical Traditions Gold Label virgin coconut oil is produced using a traditional wet-milling low-tech method, called fermentation. This is different than the other brands of cold pressed, virgin, organic coconut oil you see in stores. Gold Label is hand produced and cannot be massed produced. The coconuts are certified organic according to the USDA. Also, all of the coconuts are hand-picked and within 24 to 48 hours of harvest they are used. Only the coconuts that produce the highest quality coconut oil are chosen, while the rest of the crop is sold elsewhere. Also, the testing shows that it is twice as high in antioxidant levels compared to the other coconut oils on the market. They keep the coconut oil as close to nature as you can get making sure it retains all the supportive benefits. To learn even more, click here and it will take you to their website. Oh and no, I am not an affiliate. I just truly, 110% LOVE this coconut oil.
Last, but not least, I chose Peppermint and Lavender Vitality Essential Oils. The vitality line is perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements. Since these oils would be on your lips and you may have the urge to lick your lips and ingest some of the oils, I thought using two of our vitality oils would be the best choice. An added bonus of using these two oils, they come in the Premium Starter Kit!
Lavender essential oil has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It is soothing when applied to skin, which makes it a good addition to the lip balm. Lavender is often called the swiss army knife of oils as it is used for so many different things! I used peppermint also because when you apply it topically it creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, which can be very soothing to the skin also. I wanted this to soothe and support my lips. Plus, it smells so good!
To make 50-55 tubes of Lip Balm:
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter
- 1/2 cup Beeswax Pastilles
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 30 – 40 drops of Young Living Essential Oils
- 1/2 teaspoon of Mica Powder (Optional for Sparkle – See the picture below.)
- Empty Lip Balm Tubes (I like the clear, but there are colors too.)
- Add the Shea Butter, Beeswax Pastilles and Coconut Oil to a double boiler, a stainless steel pan or in a Pyrex 2 Cup Glass Measuring Cup in a pot of water, to melt the ingredients. I melted mine on low-simmer and watched it the entire time.
- Once melted, turn off the heat and add the essential oils and optional mica powder. Stir.
- Pour into the lip balm tubes. You can use a rack like this or I used a small funnel, stood the empty tubes in my bread pan and carefully poured them all. I think I am getting the lip balm rack next time I make 50.
- Let cool.
- Cap and wipe off the wax, if it is on the outside of the tube.
If you only want to make a few tubes, only add 1 TB of Shea Butter, 1 TB of Coconut Oil and 1 TB of Beeswax Pastilles. Then just 10-15 drops of the essential oils and a pinch of the optional mica powder.
Enjoy a healthier version of lip balm this year.