Lip Balm – A Love Story

by Maria on July 7, 2008

natural lip balm
I’ve never enjoyed the waxy feel of over-the-counter lip balm.
 When people talk about their lip balm addictions, or my girl friends reach into their purses for gloss several times in the course of a few hours, I’m the one scratching my head. I just don’t get it. To me, chapstick feels like rubbing a warm candle on my mouth and gloss feels like wearing a thin layer of glue.

At five months pregnant, I’m starting to experience a lot of overall dryness. Yesterday, after two sunburns and some chapping, I was ready to cave in and try some lip balm. Luckily, Andrea had recently given me a tube of her homemade lip balm.

At about 10 pm last night, I put on a thin coat. I immediately rubbed my lips together to test the consistency. Instead of a thick, sticky feeling, Andrea’s balm felt gentle and buttery without feeling greasy. The balm’s texture also felt penetrating, instead of like a waterproof barrier.

Okay, I thought, I’m sold.

I headed off to bed, and like the pregnant woman I am, woke up several times in the night to head to the restroom. Each time I got up, my lips still felt moisturized and protected. And when I stumbled out of bed in the morning, I realized with surprise that my lips still felt exactly the way they had when I first applied the balm.

I decided this was nothing short of miraculous.

While you can’t purchase Andrea’s luscious lip balm at Aromatics International or on any store shelf, you can make it yourself. Her recipe calls for Orange essential oil, which mixes nicely with the nutty, appetizing aroma of shea butter. The overall scent is tasty, but not overpowering or sweet. (In other words, you won’t be compelled it lick it right off.)

Ready for some serious bliss for your lips? Here is Andrea’s recipe for soothing, healing lip balm:

10 drops Orange essential oil
1/2 oz Organic beeswax pellets
1 oz Certified organic jojoba oil
1 oz Organic shea butter

Melt 1/2 oz. beeswax and 1 oz jojoba in a double boiler. When melted take off the stove, add the shea butter and the Orange essential oil. Stir until melted and pour immediately into lip balm tins or lip balm tubes.

For a double boiler, try a Pyrex measuring cup rested in a soup pot filled half way with water.

Makes about four 1 oz tins.

Don’t forget–Aromatics International has over 25 essential oil recipes! Do you have any favorite aromatherapy recipes? Share them in the comments!

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Maria Mora has worked on and off with Andrea Butje and Cindy Black since the inception of Aromatics International in 2006. With a background in writing and marketing, she enjoys assisting the talented Aromahead team with spreading their amazing wealth of knowledge. She looks forward to attending the Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program in the fall of 2008, and hopes that her next son waits to arrive until she's done with the last segment of the class.

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Korin June 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm

I tried it today, excellent, but I have a question, is there any change on the essential oil characteristics, when we add it to a hot blend?


Andrea Butje June 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Hi Korin – can you clarify what you mean by “hot”? Sometimes it can refer to the properties of oils too (Cinnamon Leaf, for example), so I want to make sure I can answer your question correctly 🙂


Korin June 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm

It’s not really hot, I mean the temperature needed to melt the wax, and warm enough to pour it in the container.
Thanks for your answer.


Andrea Butje June 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Hi again Korin – oils can be heated for brief period of time during the mixing of the blend with no damage to the therapeutic properties. It’s when the oils are heated for a prolonged period, like being left in a hot car all day, is damaging.


Dana Young September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

Do you sell the base


Michele Carroll August 4, 2008 at 6:33 am

I tried this recipe this weekend for the first time and it came out very nice. I didn’t have orange essential oil, so I substituted lemon. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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