Nice and easy homemade lip balm to protect and care your lips. I think we can all agree upon the fact that summer and winter are the seasons that cause the most damage to our lips. The dangerous sun rays and the heat in summer or the cold wind in winter leave your lips dry and life-less. However, dried out and chapped lips can be a problem which you’ll leave in the past if you learn how to take proper care of them.
Causers of harm to your lips
This is a list of things that you should avoid if you want to keep your lips soft and pink:
- Ingredients as menthol and camphor can be commonly found in lip care products and although they are natural they still have a negative effect
- Smoking takes away your vitamin C and makes your lips dry
- Leaving the house without sun protection factor is never a good idea because it can easily lead to sunburn of your lips and this is very unpleasant.
- Fragrance and parabens are present in most commercial lipsticks and are known to dry and damage your lips
- Your air conditioner is also an enemy, it creates dry air which may dry out your lips
Moreover, not all the ingredients found in lip balm and lipstick have a negative effect. Aloe Vera and glycerin suck moisture out of the air and then attach it to what they are applied on, in this case your lips. Your lips need water, I am sure this you already know but water itself evaporates quickly because it has nothing to hold it there.
Lip balms are designed to hold the moisture in but before applying homemade lip balm it is advisable to exfoliate. Just mix a little oil with granulated salt or sugar and rub it gently on your lips.
Homemade lip balm recipe
Let’s put this out there: the finished product will probably need to be melt again because the wax varies in hardness and you will need some time to find your most preferable texture. Adding a bit more oil softens the balm while a bit more wax makes it harder.
- ¼ cup butter (cocoa, mango or shea)
- ¼ cup oil (coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed)
- A few drops of essential oil (for flavor)
- Enough wax to make ¾ cup total balm mixture (soy wax or beeswax)
- Optional! (1 teaspoon powdered herb for color as alkanet root powder or beetroot powder)
- Take a heatproof glass measuring cup and measure your butter and oil. Put it in the microwave for a minute or two until it’s melted. (Another option to melt the mixture is to set the glass measuring cup in a pan of gently boiling water)
- Then add enough wax to make a total of ¾ cup. Melt it by using either of the methods mentioned above. Be very careful with the class cup because it will be extra hot.
- Next take a steel spoon and mix everything together. Take out the spoon and wait until what’s left on the spoon hardens. Test it to find out if it is soft or hard enough and then make your adjustments. Remember more oil makes it softer, more wax makes the structure harder
- Optional step: Add a few drops of essential oil like grapefruit or peppermint. Coloring your lip balm is another fun idea. Add small amounts of powdered herbs and stir it in well so there will be no lumps.
- Finally, carefully pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or tins. Old ones can be reused or if you are not up for that you can just buy new ones.
Homemade lip balm recipe variations
Different types of essential oils may be used because they have unique individual qualities. For instance, adding a few drops of ginger or cinnamon essential oil will make your lips look plumper because these oils increase circulation.
Grapeseed oil is known for its nourishing effect and you can even add a little zinc oxide to insure protection from the sun.
If you want a sweet taste to your balm add very small amount of powdered stevia and by small we mean a pinch because this herb is known to be very sweet.