Burt's Bees lip balms, as just one example, claim to be sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and petrochemical-free. That sounds pretty good, right? Well, guess what else is in it? Some ingredients that I can't pronounce. Oh, and both soybean oil and canola oil. Gross. Those are not healthy oils at all. Just because you aren't eating them doesn't mean they aren't absorbed into your body. To make your own lip balm you only need:
5 tsp. sweet almond oil
7 tsp. coconut oil
3 tsp. beeswax
8 drops essential oil
2 1-oz. tins/containers
1 mini dropper (optional, but recommended)
Put the almond oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a small saucepan and heat it over low just until the beeswax melts. Turn off the heat and add the essential oil of your choice. Pour the liquid into the lip balm tins; the mini dropper makes this much easier. Set the lip balms aside to cool before putting on the lids.
Cost of one stick of Burt's Bees lip balm (0.15 oz.): $3.00
Cost of two tins of homemade lip balm (2 oz.): $1.28
You would need to buy 13 tubes of Burt's Bees to equal the 2 ounces that I made. That would cost $39 compared to $1.28 for homemade!