Winter is fast approaching and with the cold, dry air coming your lips are going to need a little extra moisture. Here is a recipe for lip balm that will keep your pout smoochable and crack free all winter long. And the fun part – you can mix it up in your kitchen then tailor it to your taste.
1/4 ounce bees wax, beads or shavings. If you want a vegan balm use candellila wax instead.
1/4 ounce nut or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon glycerin or honey
1/2 to 1 teaspoon essential oil (not the ones from the cooking section at grocery store, they contain alcohol)
Heat the bees wax and oil together until the wax has melted. Mix with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the honey or glycerin and the essential oil and mix again. Store in small containers, you can find them at craft stores. If your balm is too hard add more nut oil, if it’s too soft add more wax.
Some fun tips: Adding beet or the juice from crushed cranberries will give your lip balm a little natural color. Use tea tree oil, comfrey, calendula, rosemary and camphor oils for an added healing effect. You can add shea butter to your mix to keep your lips silky smooth and soft. Some fun oils to try are coconut, almond, avocado and sesame. Mix in a little melted chocolate for a sweet taste. Adding a bit of vitamin E oil to the mix will act as a preservative.
Homemade lip balm makes great gifts, just buy a few nice containers, design a label and your friends will be asking for refills.
Making your own lip balm is easy and you’ll know exactly what ingredients you are putting on your lips.
Be eco beautiful.
About the Author (Author Profile)
Melinda received her degree in Communications from Drury University. After working in marketing for many years, she refocused her career and is now a freelance writer and artist.
Melinda brings her love of fashion, beauty and the environment together to find eco-friendly clothing and products each week.
She resides in the midwest with her wonderful husband and a really great dog.