Lip balm is the easiest skincare/beauty products to make. If you’re just starting out your homemade skincare journey, this is the place to start. All you need is some beeswax (pure and unrefined) and some oil. You can play around the the quantities depending on whether you prefer it firm or soft. Start with extra virgin olive oil, it’s an excellent moisturiser and has antioxidants and healing properties. Use a 1:1 ratio of olive oil and beeswax, melt the beeswax down in a double boiler or microwave, mix in olive oil, pour into a small container and allow to cool.
You can then try adding different ingredients and playing around with the quantities. The firmer your oil (eg coconut oil/ shea butter) the less beeswax you’ll use. Jojoba and coconut oil are another two ingredients I love to use.
I’ve made many lip balms and love this one. The great thing about making your own products is that you can decide what goes into it, you can tweak it to suit you and you can make sure there are no nasties in it.
1 teaspoon Beeswax pellets (or grated) – This creates a later of protection on your lips to seal in moisture.
1 tbls raw organic Shea butter – very moisturising, great for healing sore lips.
1 tsp organic sweet almond oil – revitalises, soothes, moisturised, evens lip colour and the vitamines treat cracked corners. Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6 and E
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil – Extra virgin has a high concentration of antioxidants which is good for healing, it’s also an excellent moisturiser.
1/2 tsp Shea Nilotica (optional) – This soft Shea butter already has the consistency of lip balm so your recipe won’t change if you add more or less. This Shea butter is amazing and used for treating rosecia, eczema, dermatitis, sunburn, dry and cracked skin.
10 drops vit E – protects lips and skin from sun damage and has anti ageing properties
3 drops peppermint, spearmint or other essential oil – adds a great flavour and has healing properties.
Double boiler or a small saucepan with a heat resistant bowl over it.
Small container/s or lip balm tubes.
Makes about 45ml, feel free to double recipe.
Gently heat the beeswax and Shea butter (not your Nilotica) in a double boiler or use a bowl over saucepan with boiling water in it. Remove from heat and wipe the outside of the bowl, you don’t want to get any water in your lip balm as it can go moldy. Allow to cool slightly, when you see it starting to thicken, add your oils (heat will destroy many of the nutrients and vitamins) and mix with a small whisk. Allow to cool a bit more and then add the rest of your ingredients, mix and quickly transfer to your clean and dry lip balm container. Allow to cool.
I sometimes use the little breakfast glass jam jars from the hotel I work at. They would otherwise go in the bin, you could probably inquire at your local hotel. Otherwise purchase some little tubes or jars.
I love how this doesn’t absorb too quickly and makes my lips feel so soft and smooth.
Next time I make it, Ill take some photos and add them.
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