A friend and client of mine was in attendance at one of my Herbal Workshops. As the workshop was wrapping up, we were discussing what we should do for the next few workshops. One idea that my friend came up with was a beauty workshop featuring Basic Face Wash and lip balms.
I thought this was a fantastic idea, except for the fact that I had never made lip balms before. Not to mention the fact that I didn’t have any idea about flavours, and I had no containers nor labels.
Step 1: I had to actually find out how to make lip balms.
Step 2: I had to decide what flavours to make, and how to do that as well.
Step 3: I had to test all the lip balms on my friends and family and perfect the recipe.
Step 4: I had forgotten to order the containers beforehand, so an extra step had to be added to make up for this.
Step 5: Bekah had to design the labels, draw them, format them, take them to the printers, etcetera
So I got to work, and after a couple of weeks I had completed all of these steps and the recipe had now been through three iterations. Despite having to hand out so many samples and collect so much feedback, it paid off; I’m really happy with the final product, especially the packaging.
What I was so surprised about was just how easy the lip balms were to make. Anyone can make them at home with the right ingredients, and you don’t even need the tubes as small tins or empty lip balm containers work just fine.
In a double boiler (or a pot nestled in a larger pot filled with a bit of water) over medium heat, add the oils, butter, and beeswax.
Stir until the butter and beeswax melts and is fully incorporated.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a moment.
Add the essential oils. Stir.
Pour into clean and sterilised jars, tins, or tubes.
Chamomile-infused almond oil
Chamomile essential oil
Mint essential oil
Rose and alkanet-infused almond oil (alkanet root lends a gorgeous pink colour)
Rose and geranium essential oils
Lavender-infused almond oil
Lavender essential oil
Hemp seed oil
Calendula-infused almond oil
Red grapefruit and mandarin essential oils
Note: Due to Shea butter’s natural graininess, some of this texture may be found in the lip balm. This is completely normal and- with the heat of your skin- will melt, leaving your lips silky smooth.
You can purchase these lip balms here.
(photo credit: Zeinep Yessenbekova)