If you are looking for gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or just a great project to do during your daughter's next sleepover, look no further than whipping up a batch of lip balm that uses essential oils. Not only will you be able to create a superior product to many of those on the market, you will know that they are all natural, and they can be made for a fraction of what you will pay for them in the store. The best part about it is that the products are very simple to make.
The Problem With Commercial Lip Balm
Depending on where you live, you have to deal with changes in seasonal weather. The cold, windy days of winter can wreck havoc on your lips. If you are like many people, you spend money each season in an effort to find a lip balm that will keep your lips moist and smooth throughout the winter months.
Did you know that some of the balms that you may be purchasing may actually be making your lips worse instead of better? Look at the ingredients in the current lip balm you are using. Look for:
- OL (alcohol)
These are all products which are put into your balm to make it feel cool and refreshing, but in all actuality are drying out your lips, and making them crack even more. Because of their drying properties, these chemicals can actually cause you to become addicted to the habit of repeatedly applying your lip balm throughout the day. The great news is, once you learn the simple art of making lip balm, you can avoid these ingredients, and you will probably never return to a store bought balm again. Here are several recipes to try.
Make Your Own Lip Balm Instead
Healing Lip Balm
If your lips are badly chapped you will want a balm that does not just coat and smother your skin, but will moisturize your lips deep down. These basic ingredients will do that, as well as hold on to the moisture, and promote hydration.
You will need:
- 1 Tbsp. Grated beeswax
- 1 Tbsp. Virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. Organic raw honey
- 2 drops of vitamin E oil
- Several drops of your favorite essential oil
A container to put it in. This recipe will fill two small tubes or containers, but can be multiplied out to make more.
In your double boiler, start by melting your beeswax. Once approximately 1/2 of it has melted, add your coconut oil, and your honey. Continue to melt and stir these three items together until they are fully blended. Once they are, add in your vitamin E oil, and your essential oils. Add your drops of essential oil slowly until you get the fragrance you are looking for. Once combined, pour into your tubes, or containers, and allow to cool.
Homemade Mint Chocolate Lip Balm
What girl does not love chocolate? It is safe to say there are not many. This balm will give you a great chocolate smell without the calories. This is a softer balm and will not do well in a tube.
To make approximately three small pots of balm you will need:
- 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp Pure almond oil
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa butter
- 10-12 drops of pure vitamin E oil
- 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 6-8 semisweet chocolate chips
Add all of your ingredients to your double boiler, and slowly melt your ingredients until they have been fulled melted and combined, stirring as you go. Once everything is combined, pour your balm into your pots, and allow to fully cool.
There are many different recipes that you can use. Once you learn the basics, the sky is the limit about what you can create. If you want to see what others have already done, you can find a host of recipes online. Once you learn how easy these are to make, you will never look at store bought lip balm the same.
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