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How to Make Homemade Natural Lip Balm

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Cold weather is coming, which also means dry, chapped, and cracked lips. No one likes dry or chapped lips.

And for many of us, lip balm is an essential product that we apply and reapply over and over in the course of a day. Now with winter months ahead, the frequency of lip balm use is only going to increase.

I am someone who was addicted to lip balm. I used to keep it in my car, purse, bathroom, bedroom, and pretty much everywhere in my house.

I used to think lip balm is meant to protect, moisturize and heal uncomfortable lips, so it had to be harmless and safe, right? Well, I learned it’s not the case.

Let me ask you this. Have you ever wondered about the ingredients in your lip balm? 

So I got curious and decided to do some research. And I was shocked to learn that some common lip balms are loaded with questionable ingredients that are toxic and even carcinogenic.

In this article, I am going to share with you the following:

  1. Toxic ingredients found in lip balm.
  2. Why natural homemade lip balm.
  3. How to make natural lip balm.
  4. Easy homemade lip balm in 10 minutes.
  5. Benefits of each ingredient.

Toxic Ingredients Found in Lip Balm

lip balmHere is a list of toxic ingredients found in common lip balms.

  1. Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly)
  2. Mineral Oil
  3. Phenols
  4. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  5. Parabens
  6. Synthetic Color & Dyes
  7. Chemical Sunscreen
  8. Fragrance or Flavor

1. Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly)

Yes, petroleum is what you put in your car. Would you apply petroleum on your lips and even lick your lips knowing that is what is on there? Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a byproduct of petroleum, which requires refining.

During the refining process, if Petroleum Jelly becomes contaminated, possible Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and other carcinogenic agents may get into the jelly, which has been linked to breast cancer and cause allergic reactions such as skin irritations and rashes.

The main purpose of using lip balm is to protect, moisturize, and hydrate your lips and make them feel and look moist and soft. However, if your lip balm contains Petroleum Jelly, it creates an airtight barrier layer on top of your lips, so it actually suffocates your lips rather than moisturize them.

The airtight barrier created by Petroleum Jelly on the lips also acts as a penetration enhancer. This means absorption of any of the toxic ingredients below will be increased.

Despite the fact Petroleum Jelly is FDA approved; it certainly is not something you want to include in your lip care routine when there are so many other better and safer alternatives out there

2. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum, a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.

Like Petroleum Jelly, mineral oil suffocates your lips with an airtight barrier layer and prevents it from normal breathing.

Similar to Petroleum Jelly, during the refining process, if mineral oil becomes contaminated, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other carcinogenic agents may get into the oil; PAHs are considered potentially carcinogenic and have links to breast cancer. Is that something you want to put on your lips daily?

3. Phenols

Phenol is an ingredient found in many common lip balm remedies. It is also a chemical found in embalming fluid that is used to preserve bodies of deceased persons and in the case of medical research cadavers.

Phenol is a chemical that can cause allergic reactions. And if the skin is exposed to high amounts on a regular basis, it can produce skin burns, liver damage, dark urine, irregular heartbeat, damage to the nervous system, and even death.

The skin on your lips is far thinner than it is anywhere else on your body, so ingredients can absorb into the bloodstream much more easily than other areas. Phenol is definitely not something you want to smother on your sensitive lips.

4. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Butylated compounds are primarily used as a preservative in lip balms. Butylated compounds have been linked to endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer and respiratory irritation.

You’ll see butylated compounds on labels as BHA or BHT.

Why buy and use a lip balm that has this ingredient in it when there are better and safer alternatives.

5. Parabens

Parabens prevent bacteria and fungus from growing in your favorite lip balm. Parabens are potential endocrine disruptors due to their ability to mimic estrogen. This effect is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and their use may also influence the development of malignant melanoma.

Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions by reducing sperm production and lead to reduced testosterone levels.

On labels, you’ll see them listed as Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in paraben. Be sure to avoid this ingredient, it is hazardous to your health and lips.

6. Synthetic Color and Dyes 

Synthetic color and dyes are derived from coal tar; these color pigments contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation, which can also be carcinogenic.

On labels, you’ll see them listed as FD&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, Red 33.

7. Chemical Sunscreen

Oxybenzone is the most common chemical sunscreen that has been shown to have the ability to mimic estrogen in the body. It also alters sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women.

8. Fragrance or Flavor

When you see the word fragrance or flavor on a label, they are also known as hidden chemicals.  Cosmetic manufacturers can include nearly any ingredient they want in their products under the name fragrance or flavor without actually having to list what they are.

Independent testing has found high levels of phthalates hiding under the label fragrance or flavor. Phthalates are potent hormone disruptors linked to pre-term births, reproductive system birth defects in boys, decreased sperm counts in men, reduced female fertility, and a worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms.

Many lip balms are infested with toxic ingredients, by avoiding these 8 toxic ingredients, you can dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals you put on and end up in your body.


Why Homemade Natural Lip Balm?

How to Make Natural Lip Balm - Easy Homemade Lip Balm in 10 minutesThe lip balms on the market are loaded with so many harmful and toxic ingredients. However, there are many amazing natural and organic lip balms available that you can smother your lips with all day long.

Burt’s Bees, Eos, and Hurraw are some great choices.

They are slightly more expensive than other lip balms but considering you are applying it on your lips and practically ingesting it. Health is worth more than money. In my opinion, it’s well worth the investment.

If you want to be adventurous like me, you can even make your own lip balm in the comfort of your home using all natural and organic ingredients, which I will be showing you shortly.

I used to think making lip balms would be difficult and impossible, but I’ve managed to do it successfully and I want to share this recipe with you.

In fact, I’ve been making lip balm for a few months now. I love to experiment with different ingredients and essential oils to find the right recipe for myself. My favorite is the Peppermint and Orange scent. You may use any scent you prefer.

These homemade lip balms are packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, moisturizing Shea butter and coconut oil, and soothing beeswax. They are also hypoallergenic, paraben, petrolatum, preservatives, and chemical free for soft, smooth, healthy, beautiful lips.

These homemade lip balms are not only free of all the toxic ingredients listed above, but they are also easy to make and good on your budget. 

They are also much more moisturizing, soothing and has a much faster healing ability than commercial ones.


How to Make Homemade Natural Lip Balm?

Homemade natural lip balm is very easy to make. In fact, it can be done in less than 10 minutes. You will only need 4-5 ingredients. These ingredients are readily available in local health stores and online stores.

It’s important you buy organic ingredients for any homemade skincare products since anything you put on your skin will get absorbed into your body.

The skin on your lips is much thinner than anywhere on our body, so good quality ingredient is especially important. 

This recipe yields about 5 lip balms.

Ingredients You Need: (All ingredients are available on Amazon)

  1. Shea Butter – 2 teaspoon 
  2. Coconut oil – 2 teaspoons
  3. Beeswax –  2 teaspoon 
  4. Vitamin E oil –  5 -8 drops 
  5. Essential oil – 15 drops 

Other Things You Need:

  1. Double Boiler or a Small Glass Bowl and a Small Pot
  2. Stir Stick
  3. Measuring Spoon
  4. Lip Balm Tubes (These are BPA free plastic tubes which are heat resistant) 

Easy Homemade Lip Balm in 10 Minutes 

1. Anytime you make a homemade skin care product, make sure the tools, containers, surfaces you are working with are clean. You don’t want to end up with a contaminated product. So cleanliness is very crucial.

2. Melt 2 teaspoons of Shea butter, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon of beeswax in a double boiler or in a small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water over medium heat as shown in the image below. Stir constantly until all ingredients are completely melted.

double boiler

3. Remove the pan from the stove and continue to leave the small glass bowl in the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted. Add 5-8 drops of vitamin E oil.

4. Add any essential oil you prefer. My favorite is the peppermint and Orange scent. You don’t have to add any essential oil if you prefer the Shea butter scent.

5. Stir to mix the ingredients.

6. Carefully and quickly pour the liquid into each lip balm tube. Make sure you do it fast because the liquid is going to harden as soon as it is removed from the hot water. Be sure to use these Empty Lip Balm Tubes (They are BPA free plastic tubes which are heat resistant). So you don’t have to worry about the plastic leaching toxic chemicals into your lip balm. 

Homemade Organic Lip Balm Recipe - Easy Homemade Lip Balm

7. Let the lip balm cool for 1 hour before putting the cap on. You can also put it in the freezer for 10 minutes if you don’t want to wait. Once it’s solidified, your lip balm is ready for use.

homemade lip balm

NOTE:

This recipe makes a smooth and soft lip balm. If you prefer a firmer and harder lip balm, use one or more teaspoon of beeswax. If you prefer softer lip balm, just use less beeswax.


Benefits of Each Ingredient

shea butter and lip balmShea Butter:

  • Excellent moisturizer
  • Natural Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Anti-aging and anti-free radical Properties
  • Provides healing benefits to skin wounds and cracks

Coconut Oil:

  • Antibacterialcoconut
  • Antifungal
  • Speeds up healing
  • Offers protection from sunburn
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Soothe chapped lips
  • Safe, effective and hypoallergenic

Beeswax:

  • Anti-Inflammatory beeswax
  • Moisturizer
  • Relieves Pain
  • Heals Dry, Cracked Lips
  • Protects the skin from environmental toxins and irritants
  • Has Vitamin A, which improves hydration to the skin and promotes cell regeneration

Vitamin E oil:

  • Antioxidant helps fight free radicalsvitamin E oil
  • Powerful antioxidant that helps to prolong the shelf life of an oil
  • Naturally hydrates and heals damaged skin while preventing future damage
  • Repairs and improves the appearance of the damaged tissue
  • Prevents and soothes chapped skin

Conclusion

Ok, there you have it. Now you know what ingredients to avoid in lip balm and how to make homemade lip balm.

I hope you got value out of this post. And if you did, don’t forget to share this post with others. 

If you have any questions, concerns or thoughts, please leave them in the comments below. Feel free to also share any homemade products you’ve made. I would love to know what you have to share.

Thank you for visiting. 

Hong

Comments

  1. Very well thought out and written article. Had no idea the number of the toxins in ordinary lip balm! Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Author

      Hello Byron,

      Thank you for visiting and for the kind comment. And you are welcome. Hope to see you again soon.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  2. Wow. Thank you so much for the informative article. Since it’s winter, my lips get chapped really badly. Now I can make an informed decision when I buy chapstick.

    1. Author

      Hello Shalisha,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. And you are welcome for the information. I am glad you found the article informative and now you can make an informed decision when buying a Chapstick.

      If you ever decide to make your own lip balm and have any question. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to assist.

      Cheer,
      Hong

  3. I had no idea it was that easy to make lip balm. I love to make my own natural versions of products so this article was a great find. I am excited to try this out. Great timing too with winter here chapped lips are on the rise. Every little step to get the family healthier and sounds fun too! Thank you!

    1. Author

      Hi Christina,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I used to think it would be difficult to make lip balm, but once you make it, it will become second nature. I am glad this article was a great find for you. Let me know if you need help or have any question, I am happy to help. Have fun making your own lip balm.

      All the best,
      Hong

  4. Wow, I really want to make the lip balm with coconut oil. I use coconut oil in everything and love it. I have switched to some locally made lip balm now or burt’s bees because I’m scared of what’s in the mainstream stuff. This confirms all my suspicions! It would also be cool if you put your lip balm in a metal container like these: http://amzn.to/2BturXR That way you can use it again and you don’t have to have a plastic container that never biodegrades. 🙂 Thanks again for the great idea!

    1. Author

      Hello Erin,
      Thank you for your comment.

      I am the same way too. I make lotion, lip balm, many skin care products and even cook my foods with coconut oil. It’s not only a great ingredient in skin care products, but also delicious and healthy when eaten. I am glad my article confirmed all your suspicions. It is truly scary the harmful ingredients they put in our skin care products. Ever since I started making my own skin care products, I now no longer buy commercial brands.

      Storing lip balm in a metal container is definitely a good option and good for the environment. However, the only problem I have with that is the constant touching of the lip balm with our fingers exposes the product to contamination and bacteria built up.
      When you decide to make your own lip balm, let me know if you have any question, I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  5. Wow! I did not know all that ‘poison’ that are in lip balms. Now that I know, creating our own natural lip balm makes so much sense!

    Thanks for writing this article and sharing your knowledge. To be honest, I am not the type to make my own things. I am clumsy and dislike cleaning up. But now that I read your article, I am inclined to create my own lip balm. It looks so yummy too! haha

    1. Author

      Hello Timotheus,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am glad you are inclined to make you own lip balm after reading my article. If you need help or have question, don’t hesitate to contact me.

      All the best,
      Hong

  6. Great article! I didn’t realize how toxic lip balm could be. Thank you for giving some alternatives that work.

    1. Author

      Hello Leah,

      Thank you for your comment. You are very welcome for the information. Yes, most commercial lip balms are loaded with many harmful ingredients. Now you can make lip balm in the comfort of your home following some simple steps. Let me know if you need help making the lip balm, I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  7. Thank you so much for sharing such a great article about lip care and organic lip balms. I will definitely give it a go and will recommend it to others. It is always good idea to use organic and simple skin friendly products. Good and well written article…

    1. Author

      Hello Sarah,
      Thank you for your comment. And you are very welcome for the information.

      Everything we apply on our skin gets absorbed into our body, especially with the skin on our lips being so thin, things get absorbed very easily. So it is very important that we use organic ingredients.

      Thank you for spreading the words to others, I really appreciate that. If you decide to make your own and need help doing so, don’t hesitate to reach out to me for help.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Hong

  8. This would be a great project for christmas gifts! With the holidays just around the corner, this quick guide will be extra handy to have. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and ingredients!

    I have heard things here and there about homemade lipbalms and moisturizers, and I’ve always wanted to try making them. Would I be able to use eucalyptus? I’ve heard that’s a good ingredient to use.

    Thanks!

    1. Author

      Hello Isaya,

      Thank you for your comment. This would make great gifts. Feel free to use any essential oil you prefer. Eucalyptus is great essential oil that offers many benefits that has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities. So it would be a great ingredient to use. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  9. Hello Great post very informative. While I do not personally use lip balm however my mom and sister do. Those two use it all the time and I bet they had no idea about the harmful ingredients they place in lip balm. I believe this homemade lip balm would be a better solution for the two of them considering they will be using ingredients they know personally. When I tell them how easy it is to make there own in as easy as ten minutes they are gonna be thrilled. Thank you so much and keep up the great Work!

    1. Author

      Hello Kelly,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad you found the post informative. I hope your mom and your sister try out this recipe and hopefully they like the lip balm. If they need help making it or have any question, just email me at hong@organicsulfurforhealth.com or leave me a comment. I usually get back within a couple of days or sooner.

      All the best,
      Hong

  10. Well, I didn’t know lip balms could be so bad! I like Burt’s bees, so I guess I’m okay there! Thanks for showing us how to make them ourselves, & including where to find the products, extremely helpful!

    1. Author

      Hello Angie,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. You are welcome for the information. Burt’s bees are pretty good. If you do decide to make your own organic lip balm, feel free to reach out to me if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

    1. Author

      Hello Butterfly,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As of right now I don’t have any article on homemade color lipstick. But it will be something that I will experiment in the future.
      As always once I try or find something that I believe would be useful and provide value to you, I will write articles to share with all of you.

      Feel free to check out my website regularly for new content or you can sign up for my newsletter to receive new content directly in your inbox.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Hong

  11. Wow, this is awesome. I’m a great supporter of using natural ingredients and fully support what you are promoting here. My wife and daughters are always using lip balm and it does concern me since my research has shown for many cosmetic products there are way too many toxic and carcinogenic ingredients.

    I especially love the way you show where to get all the ingredients too, AND the little tubes 🙂
    My wife and

    1. Author

      Hello Abdusalam Green,

      Thank you for your comment and the support.

      Cosmetic products are not subject to FDA approval, with the exception of color additives. So with this loose regulation, companies can put whatever they want in their products without having to list them on the label.

      We can’t really trust the label anymore, which makes it much harder for consumers to know what product is safe.

      It’s very unfortunate that many skin care products are so toxic and harmful. As a consumer we have to be very careful when choosing a product to use.

      I am now starting to replace all my skin care products with my homemade products. They are much better, safer, effective and even great on my budget.

      I am glad you enjoyed the article. Let me know if you need help making this lip balm. I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  12. Good info. I learned a lot. I’m going to try this for sure. tfs. I was wondering if the coconut oil could be replaced with olive oil? Or could I just add the olive oil to the recipe?

    1. Author

      Hello Marlinda Davis,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I have never used olive oil in this recipe, so I am not sure how the lip balm will turn out. But I know if you try it and the lip balm is too soft, you can always re-melt the recipe and add more beeswax to increase the firmness. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  13. Hi Hong, Another nice recipe. I want to make lip balms using your protocol, but I have limited materials. If I buy everything based on your suggestions, the cost may be more than $100. I bookmarked your page and will come back someday. I guess you already made some lip balms. Can I ask you if you sell your lip balms? If yes, how much is for one? My email is ceo@kcancer.com and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your hard work! Anthony

    1. Author

      Hello Anthony Hu,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

      I’ve been making lip balms for some time now. In fact, I also have been selling them locally. I will be putting up an online store for my homemade products once I found the right plugin, which I will be selling it at $3.50 each. I will email you with more information. If you have any question, feel free to leave me a message or email me at hong@organicsulfurforhealth.com.

      Have a wonderful day!

  14. Hi Hong,

    Fantastic work. I need this. Been using Burt’s bees. i here there are bad elements in that as well. Makes perfect sense that if your lips or your skin for that matter can’t breath, your not going to resolve and likely exasperate the issue. The skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s paramount to take proper care in it’s wellness. i already have some shea butter, just need to get the other stuff.

    Oh, BTW, had the egg avocado salad for lunch yesterday. Loved it!

    Thanks so much, Brad

    1. Author

      Hello Brad,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

      I didn’t know that. It’s scary that many lip balms sold are so bad. I’ve never used Burt’s bees products, but heard that they are better than other lip balms.

      I agree with you 100% that is our skin can’t breathe, it would not function properly. And also since skin is the largest organ in our body and our first line of defense, it is crucial that we take care of it and keep it healthy.

      The skin on our lips is very thin, so we have to be careful what we apply them with. Any toxic chemicals on the lips can get absorbed into our bloodstream much easily, and that is definitely something that doesn’t belong in our system.

      I am glad to hear the avocado egg salad turned out good. I also tried your avocado banana smoothie, it was so delicious and creamy, I am thinking about making it on a weekly basis. It’s yummy.

      I hope you get a chance to make your organic lip balm. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Hong

  15. Hello Hong, I love your article. Thank you very much for all the helpful and interesting information and for all the research you have done. I tried to order the lip balm tubes from your site but unfortunately they don’t ship to Canada. Do you wash the lip balm tubes before using them or are they sterile? I hate harmful chemicals in the cosmetics, I am definitely going to make my own lip balm from now on. Best wishes.
    Grace

    1. Author

      Hello Grace,

      Thank you for commenting and visiting.

      I am very happy to hear that you like the article and found in helpful and interesting. I am sorry the lip balm tubes from my site don’t ship to Canada. I think you can still order other BPA tubes in Canada. You don’t necessarily have to get the one I recommended on my site. You can also order other ones, as long as they are BPA free, then it is safe to use.

      Anytime I purchase any containers online for my homemade products. I always wash them to just be sure. We don’t really know how clean they are, where they have been, or if they are returned from other, so it is just safer to wash them before use.

      I hope you have lots of fun making these organic lip balms. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  16. As a healthy nut, I do not trust the store bought lip balm. They put all sorts of weird stuff in there, maybe even lead. With your recipe in hand, I will no longer have to buy from them. I appreciate you for writing this article.

    I do have a question though. Do you know of anyway you can flavor it? Christmas is coming up and I want to get homemade presents for my sisters. They love strawberry and banana flavors. Thank you in advance and I hope you have a wonderful day.

    1. Author

      Hello Alex,

      Thank you for commenting and for visiting.

      I hear you; many commercial products are loaded with tons of harmful stuff, which are so bad for our health. It’s not only inexpensive and easy to make them; the best part about making homemade lip balms is that they are loaded with beneficial ingredients that are good for our health.

      That’s very kind of you for making homemade presents for your sisters. You can buy banana essential oil or strawberry essential oil to flavor these lip balms. If you have any question. Please let me know. I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  17. nice and simple recipe! Good post! i myself have been switching to more organic things. I use my own mix of oil for my hair now and skin cleansers. I can add this to my list now! great post!

    1. Author

      Hello Savita,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed the post. This recipe is so simple to make, anyone can do it. Have fun making your lip balm!

      Have an awesome day!
      Hong

  18. Really cool. I never new it would be so easy to make your own lib balm. Greta article! Thank you! Do you have any other home made solutions?

    1. Author

      Hi Jason,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      Making lip balm is easy and simple, if you have any question or need help on how to make it, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I will be happy to help you.

      I have another post about making homemade facial spray for skin problems. Feel free to check it out if you are interested.

      I will be updating my website with more content. So stay tuned for more exciting DIY recipes.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  19. Awesome article on making your own lip balm. I love that you added on the information on each ingredient used in commercial lip balms, all I can say is wow! I’m definitely going to try this out. I actually bought some home made beeswax lip balm from a craft fair a few weeks ago, and it is terrific. I like it better than any store bought brand I’ve ever had. Again thanks, for the article!

    1. Author

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for the comment. Glad that you enjoyed the article.

      I love Beeswax, I use it in almost every homemade recipe. It forms such a nice protective barrier that helps protect our skin from environmental assaults, while also provide moisture and reduce dryness.

      Let me know how this recipe turns out for you. If you need help or have any question, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, I will response as soon as I can. I agree with you it is much better than any commercial stuff.

      Have fun making you lip balm!
      Hong

  20. Thank you so much for your great inspiration! You really did a wonderful job and I am going to try to do this. I am all about approaching life the natural way and I’m aware of all the dangerous ingredients in many things that are thought to be safe for you, but really aren’t. Thank you for sharing this and have a wonderful day! ♥

    1. Author

      Hello Anja,

      Thank you for the kind comment. You are very welcome for the information.

      I used to think if something is on a shelf in a store, it must be safe. After all, FDA is there to regulate what goes into each product, so we are protected. I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. Maybe it was the case in the past, but not so much anymore.

      I’ve become health conscious in the past few years, and my love and passion for natural approach to health is only growing stronger.

      Let me know how this homemade lip balm works out for you. If you need help or have question, please let me know, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Hong

  21. Well, now I have a surprise for all the ladies in my family. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author

      Hello subhadeep,

      Thank you for your comment. I hope they like the recipe. Let me know if you need help or have question about this recipe.

      Have a nice day!
      Hong

  22. I had no idea lip balm had all those toxic ingredients. I also had no idea it would be so doable or easy to make good, homemade stuff. Thanks for sharing your ideas and the easy step-by-step recipe, this looks fun!

    1. Author

      Hello Penelope,

      Thank you for your comment and for viewing the article. You are very welcome for the idea. I hope you make yours soon. If you have question or need help, just leave me comment or email me at hong@organicsulfurforhealth.com, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Hong

      1. Thanks so much for the answer! I may need some hand-holding for sure, and I’m glad you’re available to help 🙂

        1. Author

          You are very welcome. Let me know when you are going to make your lip balm. I am here to help.

          Have a great day!
          Hong

  23. Wow, great information and a great recipe. I like that you can adjust the firmness of the lip balm with your recipe, I can’t wait to try it out!!

    1. Author

      Hello Kat Schmidt,

      Thank you for your comment. Let me know how this recipe works out for you. If you have any question, I am here to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  24. Very good post Hong! I So far i was thinking that petroleum jelly is a safe item i am using to cure my lips but i was wrong actually.Really liked your idea of making lip balm naturally. I am really gonna try it soon. Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. Author

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

      I used to think petroleum jelly is safe since almost everyone is using it and it’s such a common ingredient in lip care and skin care products.

      I learned that just because when there is a product on a shelf in a store, it doesn’t mean it is harmless. Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA approval, with the exception of color additives. Since there isn’t really a regulation, companies can pretty much put anything they want without listing the ingredients on the label.

      I’ve been making lip care and skin care products for months now, I will say that I will never go back to the expensive and unsafe store bought brands when there is a safer and better alternatives.

      If you have any question on how to make lip balm, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

      Have a great!
      Hong

  25. Hello! Wow, you have really laid open the dilemma of using things we do not even understand where the ingredients being used come from! This was a very thorough and informative article. It is so important to read labels as you have made so clear.
    You have certainly opened my eyes to lip balm. I really like your recipe for making your own lip balm. Just the ingredients feel so soothing.
    Have you noticed though that the more lip balm is used, the less your lips actively moisturize themselves?
    Great article, so interesting to read. Thank you so much for this information.
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Author

      Hello Ariel,

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I am very glad to hear you found this article interesting and informative. I used to be so obsessed with lip balms, and I did notice that the more lip balm I use, the more I keep applying.

      The lip balms I used before had lots of irritating ingredients in them. In fact, some of these ingredients offer absolutely no protection and moisturizing properties. They actually can cause inflammation and even loss of hydration. This, in turn, causes our lips to need more moisture so we keep applying the product over and over and this vicious cycle continues.

      When we give our lips too much protection from the use of lip balm, our lips will become lazy and stop moisturizing themselves naturally, because the skin doesn’t have to work to maintain its own hydration level. So with anything, moderation is the key. Be sure to only use lip balm when you need it, just don’t apply too excessively throughout the day. Making our lips lazy is not a good thing.

      If you do decide to make the lip balms, be sure to use all organic ingredients. They are better and safer for our health and lips.

      Let me know if you havve any question or concern. I will be happy to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  26. Such a great idea Hong. My wife and I can’t use the toxic stuff that you find in the chemists. We have found a bee wax balm one which seem to be good but I’ll attempt to make my own with your recipe.
    Appreciate you sharing this great info.

    1. Author

      Hello Vince,

      This recipe is all organic ingredients, 100% safe and pure, and free of all toxic chemicals. If you decide to try out this recipe, let me know how it goes. My experience with this homemade lip balm has been wonderful; I find it much more moisturizing than the store bought ones. In fact, ever since I started using it, I have neither used the store bought lip balm nor will I ever go back to it. I am sure once you make your own; you will love as much as I do. Have fun making this recipe. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  27. I like your post. Very organized and informative. This post is what I want. I am thinking of buying natural lip balm, but now I know the way to DIY. TQ. But you mention that we have to pour the hot liquid into the lip balm tube, won’t the tube which made of plastic release harmful material while meeting with hot liquid?

    1. Author

      Hello Kalis,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am glad you like my post. I understand your concern. Yes, with regular plastic, it would release harmful chemicals to the product.

      I use BPA free plastic lip balm tubes, so they are heat resistant and I won’t have to worry about the plastic leaching chemicals into the lip balm.

      These lip balm tubes have a wide temperature range, with each container’s ability to withstand a temperature range between 0°F and 240°F without incurring any damage to the exterior or interior areas. So if you would like to try to DIY lip balm, I strongly recommend these tubes. Let me know if you have any question.

      All the best,
      Hong

  28. These are some really great ideas for homemade lip balm. As it’s gets colder and colder out I find myself needing it more and more.

    This is kind of an off-topic question, but with essential oils are there any scents that help with dry lips, though. I know you mentioned peppermint oil and orange, but they really don’t have any effect on dry lips do they?

    1. Author

      Hello Garen,

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Some of the essential oils for chapped lips include lavender, peppermint, chamomile, citrus and frankincense. These essential oils not only smell great, but they also have moisturizing, healing, ant-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, which are great for dry and chapped lips.

  29. Excellent article. I didn’t realize all the toxic chemicals, and other nasty additives in lip balm, and products used as a lip balm, although I shouldn’t be surprised. It is also nice to know how to make an effective, natural lip balm myself. May even save me a little money too.

    1. Author

      Hello Tom Priesmeyer,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Yes, common lip balms are loaded with harmful and toxic ingredients. Making your own lip balm is very cost effective, and also much better and safer. I hope you try out this recipe and hopefully you like it. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  30. I’m very careful to choose foods and ski cares. I would definitely want to try making this natural lip balm! Thanks!

    1. Author

      Hello Tom, with so many lip care and skin care products out there, it becomes hard to choose what is right for you, and also many products are loaded with preservatives and other chemicals which can be harmful to our body. I think natural homemade products are the best, effective and the safest. Let me know how this recipe works for you. If you have any question. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  31. Wow I did not know that lip balms has so many dangerous ingredients in them that could be so bad for us. I am specially surprised to learn about petroleum jelly afterall who has not used it? I love your home made recipe for lip and will definitely give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      Hello Ramandeep,
      I did not know until I did some research. To be honest, I was really shocked to find this many toxic ingredients in lip balm. I am happy that I no longer have lip balm addiction. It is scary when I think about all of the toxic chemicals I used to smother my lips with for so many years. What was I thinking. Petroleum jelly is all over the place, it has sort of become normal part of our life. But unfortunately it is something we want to avoid. It is not as safe as we once thought they were. I hope if give this recipe a try. Let me if you have any question.

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