Have you ever been addicted to lip balm?
I thought I was for years.
If you use lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm, you’ve probably had a similar experience. You alternate between moisturized lip bliss, and dry, uncomfortable lips – when you start frantically rummaging through the bottom of your handbag to find your lip balm for another fix.
After years of a lip moisturizing rollercoaster, I finally realized: it’s not all lip balm that’s a problem, it’s only specific brands.
Some lip balms contain drying ingredients like alcohols or salicylic acids that can dry out your lips. Also, you could have a light allergy to certain ingredients, such as lanolin.
Either experiment with lots of lip balms, and read the ingredients, to pinpoint your specific lip-drying culprit.
Or (more natural, fun, creative – and quicker!) – make your own lip balm!
This week I’m sharing a video tutorial on how to make a natural, organic lip balm with only 3 ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax and Peppermint or Rose Essential Oil.
- 2 tsp olive oil (or coconut oil, avocado oil, or sweet almond oil.)
- 1 tsp. grated beeswax
- 1 drop essential oil (peppermint or rose are nice, just avoid citrus oils as they make your lips sensitive to sun)
- small container to store your lip balm (you can also use clean vintage tins or glass pots)
- In a double boiler or bain-marie, melt the beeswax and olive oil together.
- Stir in your drop of essential oil.
- Immediately pour into your container. Leave the lid off and let it cool.
- Once the lip balm is solid, it’s ready for use!
- (Think beyond lip balm, this is a moisturizing balm that you could use on rough cuticles or skin, or to smooth down flyaway hair!)
- Lip balm should last at least 6 months. Use common sense, if it looks or smells different, throw it out and make a fresh batch!
- IMPORTANT – with all homemade beauty products, always do a patch test before using the product. Apply a small amount of the product to your inner arm, and wait 24 hours to check for a reaction. It’s always better to test it on your inner arm, than to put it all over your face, just in case!
Share your tips! Leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve made your own lip balm … and your favorite ingredients to use!