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!
You can buy beeswax, essential oils and tins here in the USA and here in the UK.
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!