I don’t know about you, but my lips get pretty chapped as the warmer weather kicks in. Before bed and in the morning I tend to slather on lip balm to keep my lips from chapping. Many over the counter lip balms contain all sorts of toxins and long ingredient names that are impossible to pronounce, so I’m hesitant to put them on my lips.
I’m not by definition a DIYer , but there are times when the urge to use those creative juices is hard to resist. I was DIY lip balm inspired when I saw a recipe for How to Make Naturally Tinted Lip Balm over at Frugally Sustainable. Since my three boys are constantly grabbing my chap stick and using it on their own lips I decided to focus on a color free version. I was looking for a recipe that was:
- Simple to make
- Toxin free
After several disastrous attempts I finally came up with my own recipe for lip balm and now it’s become an obsession!
Recipe for Non-Toxic Lip Balm
- 6 teaspoons beeswax (I bought my Organic Beeswax through Amazon and they also carry it at some Whole Foods Markets and other health food stores)
- 1/2 teaspoon organic honey
- 5 teaspoons organic olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon essential oil of your choice
- Containers -either reuse containers or purchase a few tins.
- In small double boiler (you can use two pans on top of each other), melt beeswax over low heat. Once melted add olive oil, honey and vitamin E. Once completely melted remove mixture from heat and add your favorite essential oil. I like ylang ylang or peppermint. Mix well.
- Pour into lip balm tins or tubes. I chose stainless steel containers to avoid using plastic. This recipe will yield between three to four one ounce containers. For my first attempt I reused a few old lip balm containers that were empty.
- Let stand on counter until lip balm hardens and cools. Could take a few hours so be patient!
Have you made your own lip balm?
Photos: Beeswax © Olga Volodina #7630422 and Angela Mabray/Flickr
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