Lips are one of the most delicate places on our body! They should always be protected and cared for, especially in the sun. Making a lip balm with sun protection is so easy because the carrier oil, red raspberry seed has such a high SPF, naturally! Beeswax forms a barrier over the lips which also aids in protecting the lips from the elements. Adding in vitamin E, peppermint oil and pink mica are just a bonus. They help make this recipe super fun and special!
You ready to get started? If you’ve never made a lip balm, don’t worry! It’s one of the easiest skin care products you can make! You’ll never buy commercial lip balm again after this!
DIY SPF Lip Balm
- Fill a pot 1/2 full of water and place on the stove
- Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout inside the pot. Be careful not to get any water inside the glass bowl.
- Turn heat to medium.
- Add the oils, wax and mica to the glass bowl.
- Stir occasionally being sure the mica is well mixed. It has a tendency to settle at the bottom.
- Once the beeswax is melted, remove from heat.
- Add peppermint oil.
- Pour into lip balm container.
- Continue to stir as balm hardens in order to mix mica evening throughout the balm. I use a popsicle stick for this. Once my stick is really holding onto the balm, I stop stirring.
- Let cool. (about 20 minutes)
Despite the pinky color of my balm, it only gives a very tiny hint of color.
Red Raspberry Seed oil has an SPF around 28-50. Because we are diluting it with vitamin E and beeswax, the SPF will be a bit lower. If you are going to be in the sun for a prolonged amount of time, I would reapply your lip balm as often as you reapply your sunscreen.
As a side note-If you wanted to leave out the pink mica, you could apply this to your cheeks and nose for added protection. You could also add in a teaspoon of zinc oxide for added sun protection. I didn’t try this myself so I’m not too sure if it would go on white but I have seen many recipes for a solid sunscreen balm using zinc oxide, beeswax and a carrier oil. Hmmmm, maybe I need to look into this for a future post? Anyone interested?
Oh, and one more thing-Raspberry oil doesn’t smell like raspberries unfortunately. I’m not too sure how you could add in the smell. I just made a raspberry cake this weekend using a white cake mix and raspberry flavored gelatin so this might be an option. There is major red dye in it so I opted not to try it. I had enough from the cake! If you do, you would want to omit the mica powder.