I have been working on a recipe very similar to the popular lip balm called C@rmex for a while, and the other day I decided to go ahead and try it out! 😉
All of my high quality ingredients were purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs, and most of them are organic.
Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing properties. “Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals. Shea butter is an intense moisturizer for rough skin. It also offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6).” —Mountain Rose Herbs
Coconut Oil is one of the most revered oils for nutritional purposes. “This is a great oil for general moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. Coconut oil is without a doubt, the number one lather-producing agent used in soaps. And is the first choice for most people in the cosmetics and soap industry. Will melt at 76 degrees.” —Mountain Rose Herbs
I used beeswax pastilles to help harden the lip balm.
“Jojoba Oil comes from the beans of a shrub like plant, and it is actually a liquid plant wax. It is bright and golden in color, has a mild odor, and is favored in the carrier oil family because of its advanced molecular stability. It also makes a great scalp cleanser for the hair, and is equally wonderful for the skin because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skins own sebum.” —Mountain Rose Herbs
“Castor Oil is used in cosmetics recipes as a protective layer for the skin. It is smoothing on the skin and best used in a blend.” —Mountain Rose Herbs
“Our natural Vitamin E oil is obtained by vacuum distillation of vegetable fats derived from non-GMO soy sources. It is great for preventing rancidity in cosmetics, and it acts as an anti-oxidant in creams, lotions, baby products, cosmetics and more.” —Mountain Rose Herbs
“Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin, producing either a coolness or warmth sensation, and acts as slight local anesthetic and antimicrobial substance. Camphor is an active ingredient (along with menthol) in vapor-steam products, such as Vicks VapoRub. It is used as a cough suppressant and as a decongestant.” —Wikipedia
“Menthol crystals are cooling, refreshing, and have a pleasantly strong minty aroma. They are often used in cosmetics, salves, balms, medicated creams, throat lozenges, toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, foot sprays, pain relief, shampoos, conditioners, linaments, shaving creams, oral or throat sprays, compresses, medicated oils, and cooling gels.” —Mountain Rose Herbs
- 1/4 c. Shea Butter
- 1/4 c. Coconut Oil
- 1/4 c. Beeswax
- 4 tsp. Jojoba Oil
- 4 tsp. Castor Oil
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
- 3/4 tsp. Camphor Oil
- 1/2 tsp. Menthol Crystals
- In a double boiler, combine Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax. Heat until melted.
- Remove from heat and add in the Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Camphor Oil, and Menthol Crystals. Stir until fully combined. (Caution: I use rubber gloves when handling any essential oil, since so many are not supposed to be applied neat (undiluted) to your skin. Also take caution to keep your face away from the mixture when you add the Camphor Oil and Menthol Crystals, it’s quite powerful at first.)
- Pour into lip balm containers (tubes, tins, jars) and allow to cool and harden before using.
This batch size made twelve 1/2 oz. tins, so you can downsize the recipe if you like. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 😊