Rather than purchasing a lip balm chock-full
of preservatives in a load of wasteful packaging, consider making your own
handmade lip balm. Not only is handmade
lip balm ideal both environmentally and economically, it's also completely
it's to protect your lips from the sun or to simply ensure your lips look and feel smooth, handmade lip balm is the ideal product to make part of your beauty routine.
Things You Will Need
- 1 T. Beeswax
Take 1 T. of beeswax and melt it in a double boiler on low
heat. If you don't have a double boiler,
you can make your own by placing the pan with your beeswax in another pan that
contains shallow, boiling water. The heated water in the bottom pan will gently
and evenly heat and melt the beeswax in the first pan, preventing it from
burning. Use a rubber spatula to
continually stir the beeswax so that it doesn't harden on the side of the pan.
Use a pin to pierce the side of one vitamin E capsule. Gently squeeze the contents of the capsule
into the melted beeswax. Stir the
handmade lip balm mixture together briskly.
Add 4 or 5 drops of honey to the handmade lip balm to add a touch
of sweetness and taste to it. Honey acts
as a perfect emollient to help add further moisture to your lips. Don't add much more than this as the honey
can make the handmade lip balm too sticky and can hamper how quickly it can
Customize your handmade lip balm by experimenting with
different ingredients. For a relaxing
scent, add a few drops of essential oil-such as lavender-to the mixture.
Vanilla and mint are also popular oils you can use. If you prefer to add a bit of color, add 1/4-inch
of a lipstick tube to make a tinted handmade lip balm (this makes great use of
the last bit of lipstick that never gets used!). Or, make a lip exfoliate by adding coarse sea
salt-if you're careful not to mix this in too thoroughly, you will end up with
a rougher handmade lip balm which makes a perfect lip scrub.
Pour the mixture about 3/4 of the way full in a small
container (an eye shadow pot is the perfect size); pour the rest if it into a
small storage container for the next day.
Allow the handmade lip balm to harden overnight. Be sure to immediately wash the pan you were
using as the handmade lip balm mixture will quickly stick to the sides and
As the mixture hardens overnight, it will constrict,
allowing you to place more balm into the container after it fully hardens. In the morning, heat the leftover lip balm in
a pan (or double boiler) on very low heat until the balm softens. Quickly pour the rest of the balm into your
handmade lip balm container.
A Final Thought
Handmade lip balm is easy (and inexpensive) to make. Since the variety of different recipes you can make is endless, handmade lip balm also makes a perfect gift.
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