If you look through all my purses, not just the one I’m using, but all the ones in my closet, you’re guaranteed to find at least one lip balm per purse. In the downstairs of our house, right now, I have one on my desk, one in the living room side table, and one hidden in a bowl of garlic cloves in the kitchen so I don’t have to misplace and go without one.
I know. It’s kind of a lot!
But the deal is, I’m also sure I’m eating a fair bit of it. I mean, it’s on my lips, I drink coffee and water all day, and I’m sure it’s going in there. It’s going in my kids’ mouths, especially my younger, kind of make-up interested daughter, and so I wanted to come up with a specific lip balm for spring (and whenever, honestly) that takes a step up from the basic lip balm and adds a little variety. We love lemons in this house, so that was an easy choice!
- 10-15 minutes
I have included these tools in all my DIY lip balm recipes, but just in case this is your first time here, I’ve listed them all and which ones I use below.
- Medium metal saucepan
- Metal measuring spoons
- I’ve talked before about why plastic won’t do a good job here. You can find the basic ones I use here.
- Glass measuring cup with a spout and handle
- Glass is heat safe and easy to clean, both of which you need. The spout is essential to pour it easily into your vessel. I like using this inexpensive cup.
- Wooden or metal stirrer of your choice
- Lip balm tubes
- You have several options for lip balm vessels. The kind I used here is just a basic tube type (which you can find here). Just remember that you might have to adjust how much you make, but the ratio is a super easy 1:1:1 one, so it’s totally easy to change quantities.
- 1 tsp shea butter (what I used)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (what I used)
- 1 tsp beeswax (what I used)
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil or 1 capsule (what I used)
- 5 drops lemon essential oil (what I used)
- Add about an inch of water to your saucepan and put it over medium heat.
- While your water heats up, add all your ingredients to your measuring cup. If you use a capsule of vitamin E as I did, just puncture it with a knife and squeeze it into your cup.
- Let everything slowly melt in your cup. Don’t let the water boil around your cup; if it gets too hot in there, just cut the heat down a bit.
- Once it is all melted, pour your mixture into your tubes or tubs, making sure you are careful and using a potholder when touching the measuring cup. If your mixture gets waxy again, you can definitely put it back in the water and melt it down again.
I chose not to put any stickers or labels on these tubes, but these would be adorable as gifts with custom labels. There are a TON of sellers on Etsy who can personalize labels for weddings, birthdays, holidays, and everyday, and these would be perfect as a stocking stuffer or little care package addition.
Even though I’ve written about lip balm before (I wasn’t kidding when I said I love it!), I especially wanted to put this recipe up because it is a family favorite. This is the crowd-pleaser, perfect for the start of spring when the daffodils are poking their little heads out, the days are warmer but the nights are still crisp, and the promise of life is in the air. What is your favorite spring scent? What makes you feel exhilarated this time of year?
If you try this recipe and love it, let me know on Instagram!