This is a simple and natural lip balm recipe that is completely free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colors.
This recipe is trombonist approved ( yes- horn players need to revitalize their tired chops) and is also second grader approved (I used to teach my glittery lip gloss obsessed second graders to make this- it was a huge hit).
For this recipe to be successful, you simply need to follow the ratio that I will outline below. This being said, you can make as little or as much as needed. Vitamin E oil is used as a preservative. Your lip gloss will easily last a year or two.
Here's what you need:
Essential oils of your choice (I love the tingle of peppermint)
*Your ratio is three parts oil to one part wax!
Here's what to do:
In a double boiler (if you haven't got one, no worries, simply place a smaller pot inside a larger one containing boiling water) add your one part carnauba wax (I used a tablespoon because I wanted a small batch) and your three parts jojoba oil.
Stir continuously until the wax is completely dissolved into the oil. Remove your pot from the heat and add your Vitamin E oil (a few drops to a teaspoon depending o the size of your batch).
Stir your mixture and set aside to cool for five minutes.
Add about ten drops of essential oil to a 3:1 ratio measured with tablespoons (you can use this to adjust for larger batches). I like the refreshing tingle of peppermint, but you can use whatever you like. Rosemary, lemon, fennel and eucalyptus essential oils are also lovely for the lips.