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Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm (All-Natural and Toxin Free!) + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Store-Bought Lip Balm

Learn how to make soothing and nourishing homemade beeswax lip balm (Burt’s Bees copycat) that’s made with natural and toxin free ingredients!

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

A good lip balm is one of those must-have items for me. I have dry skin and have always had trouble with chapped lips along with it. I think I might have a lip balm in every room of my house, as well as in my car. Trust me, it’s necessary.

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

I’ve been making my own homemade beeswax lip balm for about 3 years now and I love it so much. Not only does it smell amazing (peppermint, always), but it’s actually so nourishing and effective. I used to use Burt’s Bees lip balm all the time, but I actually prefer my version better and it also makes a great gift as well!

With a soothing combination of shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and peppermint essential oils (or whatever scent you like), this homemade beeswax lip balm is so easy, costs pennies, and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

5 Harmful Ingredients in Conventional Lip Balm

I actually started making my own homemade beeswax lip balm after learning about some shady ingredients in drug store versions that are known to cause a host of health issues. It’s especially important to be aware of these ingredients because we are putting these products on our lips and we can easily consume them!

These are some common ones to watch out for and avoid:

  1. Parabens (also known as other ingredients that end in -paraben like methylparaben and butylparaben): Used as a preservative, parabens are widely recognized as endocrine disruptors. They are known to increase the risk of breast cancer and other reproductive issues.
  2. Petroleum jelly: Yes, the main ingredient in Vaseline! Petroleum jelly is a highly refined oil made from fossil fuel. Not only does it block our pores, it also contains carcinogens and chemicals known to cause estrogen dominance.
  3. Synthetic colors and dyes: These are especially common in tinted lip balms. Synthetic colors are composed of heavy metals that cause allergies and irritation, and if accumulated for a long time, are even known to cause cancer!
  4. Chemical sunscreens (also labeled as avobenzone, homosalate, oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and octocrylene): All of these chemicals help the sunscreen be absorbed in our skin fast, especially when our skin is exposed to sunlight. They are estrogen mimickers and are associated with endometriosis in women and lower sperm count in men. If you want a lip balm with SPF in it, look for ones with non-nano zinc oxide instead.
  5. Fragrance or flavor: Companies are not legally required to disclose what chemicals make up “fragrance” or “flavor” on ingredients labels. Those words can mean absolutely any chemical, whether or not it has been tested for safety. Usually, it is a synthetic concoction that includes phthalates and synthetic musks, which are known hormone disruptors.

Don’t Want to Make Your Own?

There have been times that I’ve been busy or lazy and ran out of my homemade beeswax lip balm. In those cases, I ended up buying safer option that are free of the above toxins. Here are my favorite brands that smell amazing without chemical fragrances and work really well:

  • Beautycounter’s Lip Conditioners: Beautycounter is probably my favorite skin care company that has banned over 1500 ingredients that are known or suspected to be harmful in their products, when the US has only banned 30. Their lip conditioners come in peppermint or calendula and these products are so soothing and hydrating with clean ingredients! If you are looking for something that’s tinted or has a light color, I highly recommend their sheer lipsticks which are also made with coconut oil and are extremely moisturizing.
  • Primally Pure Lip Balm: Primally Pure has amazing, natural lip balm made of all the soothing oils like coconut, beef tallow, and beeswax. They come in 5 different flavors, scented with organic essential oils, and the peppermint is my favorite. You can get 10% off your first purchase with them with code: JEAN10.
  • Perfect Supplements Lip Nutrients: These come in 2 flavors, lemongrass and tangerine, and I prefer tangerine. These contain all organic ingredients that nourish you lips you coconut oil and beeswax, along with jojoba oil, essential oils, and vitamin E. You can get 10% off with my code: GREATGRANDMA10

Perfect as Gifts!

If you are wondering what to get for someone special in your life, or if you are looking for stocking stuffers for the holidays, I highly recommend these homemade beeswax lip balm, because there’s nothing better than homemade gifts. I’ve gifted them myself before and all the recipients have told me that they love them. My mom actually insists I make her 20-30 of them every year so she can use them throughout the year. Good thing they are so easy to make!

Because these do not contain any water or moisture and only healthy oils, they actually last indefinitely so you don’t have to worry about them spoiling or going bad!

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe (All-Natural and Toxin Free!)

Makes 18 lip balm tubes

Ingredient

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler, or a heat-safe bowl nestled on top of a pot of simmering water over medium low heat, combine beeswax pastilles, shea butter, and coconut oil.
  2. Heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture is completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in peppermint essential oils.
  4. Pour the mixture into a glass cup or a measuring cup with a spout.
  5. Carefully pour into the empty lip balm tubes and fill them up to the top.
  6. Let them cool for 30 minutes before putting on the cap.

Notes

If you don’t like the peppermint flavor, you can use other essential oils like grapefruit or lavender. Avoid them altogether if you prefer unscented!

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Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don’t let food allergies stop you from indulging in treats! These soft and chewy Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are also paleo, vegan, gluten free, and egg free!

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you believe I don’t have a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe on my blog yet? Well, I can, because I’m the worst baker. But sometimes, the baking gods are on my side and I end up making a treat that’s super delicious and dreamy.

I recently had one of those moments when attempting to make these cassava flour chocolate chip cookies, and no tears were shed from an inevitable #fail (a norm when I’m baking) and I lived through it to share this yummy recipe with you.

Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, these are not your standard chocolate chip cookies. They are gluten free and grain free, made with cassava flour and a bit of coconut flour, and they are also paleo and vegan! And if you have some common food allergies in your family, these might be for you because they are also nut-free and egg-free.

Don’t worry though, because they are NOT fun-free. They actually taste amazing and have the perfect amount of chewiness and softness that you love in your favorite cookies.

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Yield Perfectly Chewy Cookies

Since these are gluten free cookies, you have to treat them a bit differently than regular cookies. Here are some tips to make these cassava flour chocolate chip cookies THE BEST EVER:

  • If you are using coconut oil instead of ghee, make sure it’s soft instead of melted. If it’s hard, you can microwave it for 15 seconds at a time, and if it’s melted, you can leave it in the fridge it gets to the right consistency.
  • DO NOT pick up the cookies once it’s out of the oven. They will be quite fragile and fall apart if you try to pick them up. Wait about 30 minutes for them to fully cool down before handling them. I know, it’ll be incredibly hard but it’s 100% worth it!
  • For even chewier and sturdier texture, keep the cookies in an airtight contain in the refrigerator. I think they taste better when they are cold!

Hope you love these cookies, because my husband and I can’t get enough. We just made these a few days ago and they are already half gone! So dangerous, but so worth it.

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don't let food allergies stop you from indulging in treats! These soft and chewy Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are also paleo, vegan, gluten free, and egg free!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 105kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together ghee (or coconut oil), maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together cassava flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. 
  • Stir until combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use a rounded tablespoon to scoop the dough and place on the baking sheet, flattening it out slightly. 
  • Repeat with the rest of dough, making sure you give enough space in between to spread a bit.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely on the baking sheet for 20-30 minutes before removing and serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They'll get even chewier (in a good way) once cold!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 1.6% | Iron: 4.3%
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Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

These Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs are a delicious snack filled with healthy fats and they are guaranteed to kill your sugar cravings! 

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

New favorite snack alert! Since you guys have been loving my Chocolate Almond Butter Collagen Fat Bombs, I’m so excited to share another delicious fat bomb recipe with a flavor combo that I just can’t get enough of.

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs Recipe

I’ve been loving these Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs so much in between meals to hold me over on busy weekdays ever since making them. I’m definitely not keto, but I do tend to do better on a lower carb diet. So when choosing my snacks, I like to keep them low in sugar and high in healthy fats to keep me satiated until the next meal. These fat bombs do just that while killing any sugar cravings that I may have.

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

You can use either butter or ghee for this recipes, but I do love the extra toasty and nutty flavor and smell of ghee so I highly recommend you use the latter. Also, many people who have a sensitivity to the lactose in butter usually find that they can tolerate ghee much better. If you want to make it at home, you can find my recipe here. It’s so nutritious and yummy, and make an excellent high heat cooking oil.

Grass Fed Collagen

I also like to add in collagen whenever I can for that extra boost in nutrients. I just love Perfect Supplements‘ Hydrolyzed Collagen and it’s been working really well for me in my gut healing, as well as my hair, skin, and nail health. And for a limited time, you can take 10% off your entire purchase with Perfect Supplements using the code GREATGRANDMA10 at checkout! Shop HERE.

I hope you enjoy these Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs as much as I have been. They remind me of my childhood summers when I use to steal a bite out of my dad’s favorite ice cream flavor, and it just makes me so happy. They are also a breeze to make so you have no excuse the next time you get hangry or those sugar cravings hit!

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

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Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

These Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs are a delicious snack filled with healthy fats and they are guaranteed to kill your sugar cravings! 
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 12 fat bombs
Calories 145kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add the pecans and toast them while constantly stirring. Transfer to a dish when the pecans are darker and smell toasty. They'll toast even more while cooling.
  • Roughly chop the pecans. I like to leave them in larger chunks.
  • In a small saucepan, combine coconut butter, ghee (or butter), and coconut oil and heat over low heat until melted.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and sea salt, as well as a sweetener and/or grass-fed collagen, if using. 
  • Divide the chopped pecans into a silicon mold of your choice. I filled them into 12 mini cubes (I used these).
  • Pour the heated butter and coconut mixture over the pecans, dividing it evenly. 
  • Freeze for at least 30 minutes until the fat bombs harden. 
  • If you don't have a silicon mold, you can pour the mixture in a small container, freeze, then cut into bite-sized squares.
  • Store in the freezer or the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fat bomb | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4% | Iron: 1%

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