Beeswax lip balm has been around for a loooooong time.
That’s because beeswax is among the most important of lip balm ingredients.
Even some of the most popular brands such as ChapStick and Blistex still use beeswax as one of their lip balm ingredients in at least some of their products.
Why is lip balm made with beeswax so effective?
It's because beeswax is unmatched in its ability to help protect the lips by sealing in moisture.
And beeswax has the added advantage of being a natural ingredient with a delicate, sweet scent - a nice fringe benefit for a product that you apply directly under your nose!
Some lip balm manufacturers don't bother to use beeswax. Instead, they substitute petroleum jelly (petrolatum) to hold in moisture.
Why? Because petroleum jelly is cheaper than beeswax.
But it's not better.
And some manufacturers also throw in a number of dyes and preservatives.
So when you’re shopping for lip balm, be sure to read that ingredient label!
You can buy lip balm made of only natural ingredients like beeswax. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is one of the most popular all-natural lip balms.
But another way to be sure you’re getting lip balm with beeswax and other natural ingredients is to make your own.
Want to try your hand at making your own lip balm?
Just buy a kit for making homemade lip balm. A kit makes the process of making your own homemade, safe and natural lip balm easy and fun.
Buy any of these kits, and with one purchase you'll get all the ingredients you need, along with detailed instructions.
Here are a couple of great choices:
Do you prefer the challenge of making your lip balm from scratch instead of from a kit? Then here's a simple recipe for you that requires only a few ingredients:
If you don't have all the ingredients you need on hand, here are some popular choices for some of the ingredients for the recipe above.
Most beeswax lip balm recipes will require that you melt the beeswax in the process of making your homemade lip balm. Just be aware that beeswax is highly flammable, and you need to be cautious when melting it.
If you let the beeswax get too hot, in addition to risking a fire, there’s a chance that you’ll diminish the quality of the beeswax.
So never apply a source of heat directly to the beeswax.
Instead, use a double boiler to melt the wax.
The double boiler provides even heating and avoids isolated hot spots that could reach the point of flammability even if the overall temperature of the wax is safe.
Also, the double boiler method limits the maximum heat to the boiling temperature of water (You won’t need to get it that hot to melt your beeswax, though. Beeswax melts at about 150 degrees F).
It'd be a shame to end up with blistered lips in the attempt to avoid chapped lips, so be careful!