Zero Waste Lip Balm Recipe

Zero Waste Lip Balm Recipe for Lip Balm Tins

Follow our zero waste lip balm recipe to make lip balm with three ingredients for lip balm tins. It’s a simple, natural lip balm recipe made with shea butter.

I’ll be honest, the first time I heard about the zero waste movement, I didn’t know exactly what it meant. And I especially didn’t understand how anyone could create zero waste. Even my great grandparents who lived through the depression and two world wars made waste. But, still, I was intrigued. 

A few podcasts and a couple of books later I came to understand that zero waste living doesn’t have to be extreme. The primary goal is to significantly reduce waste in your daily life. And it turns out, that a lot of things I already did were in line with the zero waste movement. Such as making my body wash, face cream, and natural cleaners.

In fact, there are many small things we can do to not only create less waste but save money too. Treating your lips to this zero waste lip balm recipe is just one of them! 

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There are many small things we can do to not only create less waste but save money too. Treating your lips to this zero waste lip balm recipe is just one of them!

How Do You Make Natural Lip Balm At Home?

If you’re reading this now, you’re probably, maybe, definitely on the same path. And you’ve been thinking a lot about the products and ingredients you’re using. I know how important it is to me to know what I am buying and putting on my skin. 

What better way to achieve this than by learning how to make natural lip balm at home? It’s one of the easiest things you can make to create less waste. Plus, you can skip all the plastic and additives when you make homemade lip balm in tins! 

Related To: My Zero Waste Skincare Routine

How Do You Make Lip Balm with 3 Ingredients?

You heard right, all it takes is three ingredients to make a natural lip balm that nourishes and soothes even the driest lips. It’s a simple recipe of body butter, carrier oil, and beeswax to keep lips smooth and hydrated. 

1. Shea Butter

This zero-waste lip balm recipe begins with unrefined shea butter. High in vitamins E, A, and F, shea butter is an intense moisturizer known for improving cracked heels, dry scalp, and eczema. It has a beautiful pale color with a soft texture that melts on contact with skin. 

There are a lot of choices out there, but I choose Better Shea Butter because I love that their motto is all about a smarter way to be beautiful, and they are right here in Texas! I’ve been using their products for years to make skincare recipes and I know you’ll never use anything else, once you’ve tried them. It is oh so perfect for lip balm! 

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2. Coconut Oil

The second ingredient of this natural lip balm is unrefined coconut oil. Yes, you want the thick stuff! It’s quite the moisturizer too and one I recommend for dry skin types. I love the fact that it melts and absorbs into the skin rapidly. And that it gives us a soft gloss on our lips when you apply this lip balm. 

3. Beeswax

And the third ingredient of this lip balm recipe is beeswax. It’s one of my favorite ingredients with a multitude of uses. In fact, I shared twenty things to make with beeswax here. As for lip balm, it gives it just the right amount of thickness without causing a waxy buildup on your lips. And its anti-inflammatory benefits are certainly appreciated on dry lips.  You can grate beeswax from a bar or use beeswax pellets for the same results. 

Those are the only ingredients you need to make lip balm at home. If you’d like to add a nonoverpowering scent and flavor – essential oils are great for that! I chose lemon and lavender because they work so well together. The calm, floral notes of lavender complement the bright, citrus scent of lemon. They are a match made in heaven if you ask me! 

However, you can completely leave them out or customize this recipe with your choice of essential oils. Once you have your supplies ready this zero lip balm recipe is really quick to make!

Related To: Lemon Lavender Homemade Soap Recipe

How do you make lip balm in a tin? Follow our zero waste lip balm recipe to make lip balm with three ingredients for lip balm tins.

What Is The Recipe For Lip Balm?

Follow our zero waste lip balm recipe to make a simple, natural lip balm of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Together they create a lip balm that feels great when it goes on and doesn’t cause a waxy build-up. 

Add an optional blend of calming lavender and cheerful lemon to complement the silky-soft texture of kissable lips! 

Zero Waste Lip Balm Ingredients:

4 lip balm tins 15 ml size

1 ½ teaspoon unrefined shea butter

2 teaspoons beeswax 

1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil 

6 drops lemon essential oil

4 drops lavender essential oil

How To Make Zero Waste Lip Balm:

Cover your work area and remove the lid from each 15 ml lip balm tin. Next, grate two teaspoons of beeswax from the bar or measure out beeswax pellets

Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler with 1 to 2 inches of water. Then add the beeswax along with 1 ½ teaspoon of unrefined shea butter and 1 tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil to the top pan of a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can melt the ingredients in the microwave in 30-second intervals.) 

Melt the ingredients on medium heat until the wax appears to be dissolved, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and promptly remove the top pan from the bottom pan. 

Working quickly, add 6 drops of lemon essential oil and 4 drops of lavender essential oil to the lip balm mixture. Swirl the ingredients together or stir to blend. 

Carefully pour the lip balm mixture into each tin. (A small pouring pitcher like one used for creamer can come in handy.)

Allow the lip balm tins to cool for approximately 30 minutes before covering with lids. 

With a focus on reducing our waste we can live more sustainably, while treating our lips to a dose of silky lip balm delicately infused with lemon and lavender. Because, all changes, big or small, can lead to a lasting difference.

How do you reuse lip balm tins?

Each lip balm tin will last you for some time, but when they are empty you can use them again after cleaning. I like to use mine to make more lip balm, but you can also use them to hold jewelry such as rings, earrings, and small necklaces. 

Some reuse lip balm tins to hold salt and pepper when they travel. I think it’s a great idea to reduce waste instead of paper salt and pepper bags. My mom has used one to keep a mini sewing kit in her purse. I have used a lip balm tin to hold coins and make tea light candles

With a focus on reducing our waste, we can live more sustainably, while treating our lips to a dose of silky lip balm delicately infused with lemon and lavender. Because, all changes, big or small, can lead to a lasting difference. 

If you’re interested in a zero-waste lifestyle you may also like:

DIY Beeswax Wraps

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DIY Reusable Cotton Rounds

How to Make Lavender Lotion Bars

DIY Dish Soap Bar

Follow our zero waste lip balm recipe to make lip balm with three ingredients for lip balm tins. It’s a simple, natural lip balm recipe made with shea butter.

Zero Waste Lip Balm Recipe

Yield: 4 lip balm tins

What Is The Recipe For Lip Balm? Follow our zero waste lip balm recipe to make a simple, natural lip balm of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Together they create a lip balm that feels great when it goes on and doesn’t cause a waxy build-up.

Materials

  • 4 lip balm tins 15 ml size
  • 1 ½ teaspoon unrefined shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

    1. Cover your work area and remove the lid from each 15 ml lip balm tin. Next, grate two teaspoons of beeswax from the bar or measure out beeswax pellets
    2. Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler with 1 to 2 inches of water. Then add the beeswax along with 1 ½ teaspoon of unrefined shea butter and 1 tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil to the top pan of a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can melt the ingredients in the microwave in 30-second intervals.) 
    3. Melt the ingredients on medium heat until the wax appears to be dissolved, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and promptly remove the top pan from the bottom pan. 
    4. Working quickly, add 6 drops of lemon essential oil and 4 drops of lavender essential oil to the lip balm mixture. Swirl the ingredients together or stir to blend. 
    5. Carefully pour the lip balm mixture into each tin. (A small pouring pitcher like one used for creamer can come in handy.)

Notes

Allow the lip balm tins to cool for approximately 30 minutes before covering with lids.

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