Many store-bought lip products contain a lot of mineral oils, like petroleum jelly, which actually don’t do your lips any good, but just makes them feel soft for a little while. On the internet there are lots of stories about lip products being addictive or harmful for your health. While non these horror stories are scientifically proven, I would rather be sure than sorry and make a lip balm with only natural products with moisturizing properties.
To make this lip balm you basically need beeswax and oil. I chose olive and almond oil, because these are very good skin moisturizing oils and I already had them at home. You can go as crazy as you want with this. You could just use one simple oil, or you can use about 10 different oils. It depends on what you like. Other oils you can use for this recipe are apricot kernal oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter or cacao butter. If you want your lip balm to be a bit firmer, I recommend you use coconut oil, shea butter or cacao butter. As an extra ingredient I used honey in this lip balm, for it skin healing and moisturizing properties and it’s sweet taste
Begin by making a double boiler. Fill a pan with some water and bring this to a boil. When the water is boiling, turn down the heat and place a heatproof jar or cup in the middle (I used a measuring cup)
Add two teaspoons of beeswax to your measuring cup. Now stir constantly until all the beeswax has melted.
Now add your oils to the mixture. Use seven teaspoons in total. I added four teaspoons of olive oil and three teaspoons of almond oil. You can play around a bit with this part. Add as many oils as you like, but just make sure you end up adding seven teaspoons in total. Mix everything together.
Now turn off the heat , and take the jar out off the hot water. Add one teaspoon of honey to your mixture, and stir well so all off the ingredients are combined.
Keep stirring until the mixture is beginning to turn solid. Now pour your mixture in to a little jar or an old cleaned out lip balm container. If you have some lip balm left over when your container is filled, just pour it into a bigger jar. When your container of lip balm is empty, you can simply heat up the extra mixture again and refill your lip balm container. Or fill more lip balm containers right away and give the extra ones as a present to your loved ones.
This lip balm is very good for moisturizing lips, but it doesn’t stop there. You can also use this balm to treat dry spots on your body or for softening your cuticles. It’s just a great natural moisturizing balm
Original source: Zellweger, C. “Maak uw eigen natuurlijke cosmetica” Book, Dutch. Webpage author: www.wildandwise.com