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Your Guide To DIY Flavored Lip Balm

There’s nothing quite as indulgent as applying a great lip balm to your lips. It’s a fast, portable way to give your lips a mini spa day after all. It gets even better when you use a DIY flavored lip balm. But sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect flavor you want, and going through a ton of flavored lips balm can get expensive. That’s where making your own flavored lip balm comes into play. And it’s surprisingly easy!

Basic DIY Flavored Lip Balm Method

Most lip balm recipes follow a specific pattern. You’ll want a natural oil, a wax and a butter. The most popular options are olive or coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. You’ll want about one part oil to one part butter to two parts wax. From there you’ll add whatever flavoring you want.

You’ll heat everything together either in 30-second intervals in the microwave, or you can place a glass container in an inch of boiling water to melt and stir everything together. Then you’ll pour your mixed liquid into a balm tube or tub, and give it a few hours until the mixture has cooled and hardened. See? Easy!

Fun Ideas For Flavoring

When it comes to flavoring your own lip balm, the sky is the limit, as long as the ingredients you are using are safe for consumption. Below are some excellent ideas for homemade lip balm flavoring.

Food grade essential oils: Any essential oil that is safe to consume is fair game for a lip balm. Popular options include lemon, sage, lavender and vanilla. A couple drops should do it.

Extracts: Cooking extracts like vanilla, peppermint or coconut are all great flavorings. Use a small splash.

Sweetened oils: You can also find some sweetened cooking oils like sweet almond oil or buttercream cupcake flavor oil. Add just a small splash.

Botanicals: You can even add a few sweet, editable flower petals, like rose petals.

Kool-Aid: If you want to summon your inner summertime kid, add a splash of Kool-Aid to your lip balm. It’ll add a real dose of color to your balm, as well.

Chocolate: You can even add a few semisweet chocolate chips into the mix. It goes great with peppermint extract, if you like mint chocolate.

The real fun is mixing and matching different favors and playing around with amounts, depending on how strong you want the flavoring to be. And remember to get creative—this is by no means an exhaustive list of flavoring ideas.