Making this honey lip balm recipe has saved me from dry and chapped lips during winter. Honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic which helps moisturise chapped lips and promotes healing. Truly a miracle of nature for your lips!
This honey lip balm recipe requires few ingredients and it very easy to make at home. In this recipe, I use coconut oil, sunflower oil, beeswax and of course honey. I recommend using a liquid organic honey as it will be easier to mix with the oils and beeswax than creamed honey.
The most important ingredient in this lip balm is the beeswax; it is a natural emulsifier that combines oils and water. It is also the culprit that hardens the oils and butter so you can apply it on your lips easily.
Beeswax also forms a natural protective barrier to prevent chapped lips.
This honey lip balm recipe is very similar to burt’s bees lip balm. The only difference is that my honey lip balm recipe does not contain lanolin. (and for a good reason!)
You may ask what is lanolin?
Lanolin is an animal by product, basically wool grease or wax extracted by washing sheep wool in hot water with a detergent. The main problem with using lanolin is that is it full of pesticides. According to Leslie from Mamavation, “Lanolin can legally contain up to 40 parts per million (ppm) of pesticides to be FDA-compliant. Lanolin that is reserved for hospital use on open wounds is regulated to no more than 3 ppm of pesticides.”
Interesting isn’t it?
Back to our recipe, instead of spending $5 per lip balm like Burt’s bees, making lip balm at home will cost you about $0.75c per lip balm. This honey lip balm recipe is pretty cost efficient and It also make great gifts to friends and family.
Now if you have a really bad case of chapped lips and that it is not related to the lack of humidity in the air, ensure that you are well hydrated and also look at your diet. Chapped lips may be a sign of unbalance of good bacteria in your colon. Look at the problem inside out in case you have an extreme case of chapped lips.
- Melt beeswax, oils, and honey in a double boiler on low heat. If you do not have a double boiler, simply use an aluminium bowl placed in a pan filled with warm water.
- Once the beeswax has melted, take it off the heat and start whipping with an electric or manual mixer until the liquid becomes frosty and the honey well blended. (At first you will see the honey at the bottom of the oils, which means you need to mix more!).
- If it has already starting to harden, don’t panic! Put it back into the double boiler for a few seconds until it melts again and pour the rest in the containers.
- Let it cool for 2 hours until it has completely solidified.
- Apply on your lips as often as needed!
- The shelf life of this honey lip balm is about 1 year, depending on the shelf life of the oils and butters you have used. It does not need to be refrigerated.
- Yield: about 1.5 oz (7 plastic lip balm containers).
Please comment below if you have any questions, and don’t forget to rate this recipe!