This easy DIY lip balm recipe features dried chamomile flowers, for their skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Castor oil was also added since it gives lip balm a wonderful longer lasting feel and slightly glossy look. If you don’t have any on hand though, you can use more chamomile-infused oil in its place.
This lip balm is perfect for smoothing over chapped or dry lips and also makes a wonderful gift for the ones you love!
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For the Chamomile-Infused Oil
Before you can make the lip balm, you’ll first need to make a chamomile-infused oil.
To do so, fill a small jar (I used these 8-ounce half pint jars) about half-way up with dried chamomile flowers.
If you don’t grow chamomile, you can find dried flowers at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Cover with about twice as much as your favorite carrier oil, or to the top of the jar.
I used sunflower oil, but you could also try olive, sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, hemp, and so forth.
For a quick infusion:
Set the jar down into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Heat over a low burner for a few hours, keeping a close eye that the water doesn’t evaporate out.
Remove from heat and strain.
For a slower, more traditional infusion:
Cap the jar of flowers and oil and tuck away in a cabinet for around 4 weeks, shaking occasionally as you remember to. When the infusing time has passed, strain.
For a third option:
You could also set the jar of flowers and oil in a sunny windowsill for several days to a week to jump start the infusion. (Don’t store for long periods in sunlight though, as it tends to fade flowers and herbs over time.)
For the Soothing Chamomile Lip Balm
(Ingredients are by weight, but if you don’t own a scale, these measurements might help: 1 tbsp oil = abt 10 to 12 grams, 1 tbsp tightly packed beeswax = abt 10 grams.)
- 1 oz (28 g) chamomile-infused oil
- 0.5 oz (14 g) castor oil (or more chamomile-infused oil)
- 0.15 oz (4 g) shea butter*
- 0.5 oz (14 g) beeswax**
- optional: 8 to 10 drops peppermint essential oil for flavor/scent
*If allergic to shea butter, try mango, cocoa or avocado butter instead. If you can’t use any of those, omit the butter completely. You may need to adjust the beeswax a slight bit to compensate, but sometimes you won’t have to.
** For a vegan option, try using roughly half as much candelilla wax, instead of beeswax. You may have to remelt the lip balm a few times and tinker with the amounts a bit to get the perfect texture.
Yields: 12 to 14 tubes
Directions to Make
Combine the oils, butter and beeswax in a heat proof jar or empty tin can. Set the jar/can down into a small saucepan that has a few inches of water in it.
Set the pan over a medium-low burner and heat until everything is melted, keeping a close eye on things as it does so.
Remove the pan from heat and the jar/can from the pan. Stir in the peppermint essential oil if using.
Pour into lip balm tubes. Let cool and then cap.
For the Labels
You can find printable labels for this lip balm HERE.
Use the fit to page print option and print out on heavy duty waterproof label paper. (Regular sticker paper tends to peel off of the tubes.) I’ve had best results with this label paper from Rustic Escentuals.
You can also find other labels in this set (note cards, tea bag labels, bath salts tags) at THIS POST on chamomile care packages.
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