I will be honest. I was oddly intimidated to take on DIY chap stick and lip balm before… I have no idea why… but I was! I had heard of so many people who made their own lip balm and / or chap stick, but for some reason, I thought it was going to be way more difficult than it actually is. I also was very frustrated that it was so difficult to find a recipe or version that was beeswax free AND vaseline / petroleum jelly free.
I have a small allergy (I guess I’d really call it a sensitivity) to beeswax – basically, with a lot of use it irritates my skin like crazy. I can use a product that has beeswax a couple of times, but if I’m applying something regularly that has beeswax in it, my skin gets irritated. With something like lip balm and chap stick that I apply regularly, it’s REALLY, REALLY hard to find any without beeswax in it. Even on the internet… ALL the DIY recipes I could find all had beeswax in them.
If you’re allergic to bees, you’ll be allergic to beeswax.
And then, when I’d find a recipe that was beeswax free, it would have petroleum jelly or vaseline in it… which I was really trying to avoid, too!
After doing some research, I came across a vegan alternative to beeswax – caranuba wax! It comes from the leaves of caranuba palms and has a BUNCH of different uses… one of them being it’s very moisturizing so it’s great in DIY cosmetic products – thus making it a great alternative to beeswax. HOORAY! Now, you can definitely use beeswax if you’re not allergic to it or have a sensitivity to it like I do… and I include the ratios for it in the recipe just in case. I just, personally, wanted to make some chap stick without it.
So, I set out to make my first lip balm and it was a success! It is also INCREDIBLY economical to make. No more $3-$5 organic chap stick at the store for me… not when I can make my own for $0.38 cents a tube! BOOM!
And just think… how awesome would it be to make a big batch of this and give it to friends, family members, teachers, etc. as a sweet homemade gift this holiday season?
Enough rambling. Let’s get to the recipe!
DIY Organic Lip Balm / Chap Stick with Essential Oils (Beeswax & Vaseline Free!)