Simple, but good


Homemade lip balm. Image: Su Leslie 2019

In her recent Changing Seasons post, Sarah at Art Expedition included her recipe for beeswax lip balm, along with some lovely photos of the finished product.

It looked sooo good, I had to try making some.


Beeswax lip balm. Image: Su Leslie 2019

It was easy to make, tastes nice (I added some vanilla flavour), and seems to work well. Even using mainly organic ingredients, plus buying flavouring and the little aluminium pots (which should be reusable), my lip balms cost less than half the price of the brand I used to buy.


Just poured. Beeswax lip balm. Image: Su Leslie 2019

But more importantly, I know exactly what went into them, and I understand the process — which means I can experiment with different flavours or oils.


Three main ingredients, plus optional flavouring. Image: Su Leslie 2019


40 thoughts on “Simple, but good

  1. I am very impressed with your effort Su. I have only brought similar products at local markets wherever we are. You do make it look effortless, and I really should try it! Natural products are the best, and I love a natural citrus fragrance.

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  2. nice photos of this craft – and you made a good point – about knowing all ingredients – because i heard that sometimes there are hidden stuff in products – to give it travel and shelf life.
    and so this pure and basic lip balm is extra nice.
    I use lanolin and have some in a tiny container.
    Maybe sometime I can try this balm. hmmm I will go and check Sarah’s site too

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  3. I’m so happy you tried this out, Su! Like you, I’m amazed that it’s actually cheaper than anything produced bought even though I only use organic ingredients. And it IS so good to know what’s in it, isn’t it? I’ve always been baffled at the longs lists of ingredients for lipsticks and wondered what it all was, since I haven’t studied chemistry. It can’t actually be all good what’s in it, can it? xxx

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    • I’m so happy with them πŸ˜€ I figured out that 2/3 of my production costs were flavouring and packaging, so mine were relatively expensive, but still waaay cheaper than mass produced, no -organic bought ones. I hate the feel of lipstick β€” always have β€” but the balm is lovely. I’m guessing I could tint it with something other than lipstick (beetroot powder maybe πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚), as I’m reluctant to add even a little bit of lipstick to my lovely balms.

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      • Aronia berries and blueberries could work too I imagine! πŸ˜„ If you like blue lips that is. πŸ˜‰ Used to be quite a thing in my teens. πŸ˜‚ Turmeric also had a lovely colour maybe if you mix it with the beetroot… Ah, now you’ve made my mind spinning with ideas! πŸ˜„

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