Making your own beauty products is a fun and rewarding activity.
It is nice to know exactly what went into the product you are applying to your body and how can those ingredients benefit your skin.
A lip balm is one of those great beauty products to make at home because it's relatively simple to make and only requires a few ingredients, some of which you probably already have on hand.
If you are looking for a quick, easy, and super failproof lip balm recipe, check out our article How To Make A Homemade Lip Balm With 5 Simple Ingredients.
But even though it’s simple to whip up a batch of DIY lip balm, you might be wondering how long it actually lasts.
The answer to that question depends on a few factors, like how it's stored and what ingredients are used.
Ingredients for your homemade lip balm
When making a homemade lip balm always use fresh ingredients!
When you buy your raw materials make a note of their expiry and don't use the ingredients past that date.
When storing your ingredients between uses, always store them in a cool and dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Also, adding a couple of drops of vitamin E to your lip balm will extend its shelf life as vitamin E is an antioxidant and it will protect the oils and butters in your lip balm from going rancid.
If you use fresh ingredients and add vitamin E to your lip balm your homemade product should stay nice and fresh for at least 6 months (or even longer in some cases).
Storage of your homemade lip balm
Just like store-bought lip balms, you should keep your DIY version in a cool, dry place.
This will help it last longer and prevent it from going rancid.
Lip balm that's stored in a sunny spot or near a heat source is more likely to melt or spoil.
Homemade lip balm is a great way to save money and cut down on waste—but only if it lasts!
With proper care and storage, your DIY lip balm should stay fresh for at least six months.
Be sure to use fresh ingredients and store your lip balm in a cool, dark place to extend its shelf life.
Have fun making your own lip balm!