Lip balm is my desert island essential. I couldn’t be without it; applying it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I keep one in my bag at all times and another in my beside drawer so I never forget to apply it before bed. Recently though, I’ve found my lips have an unquenchable thirst for moisture and the shop bought salves just aren’t cutting it. In fact, I feel like they’re making them dryer than ever. Bad news when you love bright, matte lipsticks, right? That’s when I knew it was time to try make my own homemade lip balm.
I’ve been dying to make a homemade lip balm recipe for ages, and this week I was finally found the time after my matte MAC lipstick (in Please Me, my favourite shade ever) left my lips almost chalk like. I swear I heard my lips make that awful squeaky chalk board sound when I put it on. I just couldn’t let things go on this way. So after lots of research and a little ingredient sourcing, I came up with this amazing coconut lip balm recipe. The best thing about making your own lip balm is that you know exactly what’s going into it and you can cherry pick your favourite natural ingredients to get the best ultra-nourishing results. Plus, it’s way easier than you think.
I ordered these metal 15ml screw-top lip balm containers earlier this week and they arrived really quickly. I also got my hands on some beeswax, the basis for most homemade lip balms as it helps keep the lip balm firm at room temperature. If you’re making a vegan homemade lip balm, you can switch out beeswax for a vegetable alternative like candelilla wax – although the ratios will differ slightly as candelilla wax a little firmer than beeswax.
I wanted to my favourite ingredient of all time – coconut oil. I use this for everything; cooking, oil pulling, hair mask and body oil, so it’s only right that it makes an appearance in my homemade lip balms. Filled with fatty acids, coconut oil helps maintain your lips moisture naturally, plus it smells divine.
Vitamin E oil is something I’ve bought recently and decided to pop into this recipe too. It’s a really popular ingredient in anti-ageing products and is packed with antioxidants which help neutralise free radicals that cause ageing. You can buy this in liquid form or in capsules, whatever you can get your hands on.
This recipe is so versatile you can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil into it if you love a particular scent. I’ve gone for natural vanilla essence (not extract) because for me, coconut and vanilla are a match made in heaven. Like cheese and pickle, chips and ketchup, crisps and dip – can you tell I’m hungry? – they’re soulmates of the ingredient world.
Finally, I include a little honey. It’s a humectant, which means it helps retain water making it a great moisturiser, and it’s filled with antibacterial properties.
Here’s how you can make your own homemade lip balm with coconut and vanilla…