Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ultimate Lip Balm


So after playing around for several years with homemade lip balm, I have decided that this is by far my favorite recipe. It's easy, it's so soft on lips, it's highly nourishing, and it never fails.

If you are wanting to get into making your own body care products, but aren't sure where to start I would highly recommend right here. Lip balm is exceptionally easy and pretty much fail proof. It's a great way to "get your feet wet" in the world of concocting.

Let's get started. Oh but first, the measurements are by weight not by volume, so it's helpful to have a little scale handy. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce coconut oil
  • 1/2 ounce shea butter
  • 1/2 ounce beeswax
  • 50 drops essential oil(s) of choice
  • Empty lip balm tubes

Directions:

1) If you have a double boiler, get that out. Otherwise do like I do and get an old saucepan plus a glass jar. A used salsa jar works great, otherwise a small mason jar. Fill the sauce pan with a few inches of water and place the glass jar in the water. Start heating the water on medium heat.

2) Measure out the first three ingredients by weight. Place them in the glass jar. Stir occasionally and watch the magic happen. 




3) Continue to stir as the oils melt together. Adjust the heat so the water stays at a low simmer. Also keep an eye on the water level and add more if necessary.

4) Once the oils are all melted together you can remove the pan from the heat. Using a hot pad remove the glass jar from the water.

5) Pour in any essential oils you may be using, give it a good mix and carefully pour the hot mixture into your empty lip balm tubes. 

6) Allow them to harden and wallah! You have homemade lip balm. 

About the ingredients



Beeswax:

  • Used to make it a stable solid
  • Moisturizing
  • Protective barrier prevents chapped lips
  • Emollient

Coconut Oil:
  • High in vitamin E
  • Helps reduce wrinkles
  • Soothing/Healing
  • Antioxidant
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Antiseptic (fights against things like coldsores...)

Shea Butter:
  • Natural sun protectant (approximately spf 6)
  • Moisturizing
  • Soothing (helps with chapped lips)
  • Rejuvenating

Other tips:


  • Great essential oils to use would be peppermint, spearmint or lavender. Or any combination your little heart desires. I would suggest staying away from citrus oils like lemon or grapefruit because those oils cause photosensitiviy. 
  • If you would like to give your lip balm a little color you can add dried beet powder which will give it a little pinkish tint, or cocoa powder which gives it a more nude/brownish tint. Start by simply mixing in 1 teaspoon of either at a time once you've removed the hot oil from the stove. 
  • If the consistency of the lip balm is a little too hard or too soft for your preference, then simply add a little more beeswax to firm it up, or reduce it by a little to make it softer.


This color is a mixture of cocoa powder and beet powder



Bethany
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