Homemade lip balm is so awesome.
And so ridiculously easy to make! It’s a wonder how large companies have managed to screw it up so incredibly!?
Oh. Wait a minute…
Petroleum jelly is an ingredient in many popular chapsticks/lip balms, along with petrolatum and mineral oil. None of which are good for the skin, and in fact all three are by products of the oil industry. These cheap, non-renewable, far-from-green-ingredients give a false sense of hydration, forming a seal over the skin and disrupting the body’s natural skin sloughing cycle; and potentially damaging collagen and elastin.
Your lips do not have sebaceous glands, which are responsible for keeping the skin moisturized. That is why lips are so susceptible to being chapped. Coupled with having no melanin; thus no sun protection, they are left vulnerable to the elements. Tight, cracked, dry and uncomfortable lips practically beg for lip balm. But, before you reach for the nearest tube, be sure to check your ingredients. Most commercially processed, chemical lip balms will make your lips worse, and you won’t be able to stop the slathering.
I used to be one of those people…
Crazy chapstick-applier, every 5-minutes-can’t get-enough type of gal who had more tubes of chapstick than pairs of socks. And I still somewhat resemble that gal, in that I deeply appreciate a properly moistened and supple pucker, but; I will go without if my choices are nothing; or conventional chapstick. Once I quit the chemical-induced lip assault, I found that my lips healed themselves, and were much better off.
I still needed a good slathering though. What can I say? Old habits die hard. So again, I was cruising the natural products circuit, paying stupid-high amounts of cash for a natural lip balm. And that was over 10 years ago…
Have I been making my own lip-happiness for a decade? Heck no. It was only a few years ago that I made my first lip balm. I will share with you though, the very same recipe that, in fact, was the catalyst of my kitchen cosmetics obsession, and part of the fuel for the fire that drives this blog.
Once I made this lip balm and fell in love with it, I realized I *might* have something to say about it…
What a silly girl. She fell in love with a lip balm…
Lavender~Calendula Lip Balm
For directions on how to infuse oils, click here
- 1 oz. beeswax
- 1.25 oz. coconut oil
- A few drops vitamin e oil (or capsules) (optional, but recommended)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
In a small double boiler; (I use a glass mason jar placed atop of a washcloth in a pan of water), slowly melt beeswax, infused oils, and coconut oil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils, (if using) and almond extract. Pour into chapstick tubes, lip balm tins, small glass jars, re-used containers; whatever you’d like. Allow to cool completely before using.
This was my first time using the almond extract. I went for it since I had it on hand from my almond~poppy muffins. It was great addition, and the end result is a delightful lavender/honey/almond scent. We keep bees, and lucky for me, my beeswax has a rich, heavenly, honey scent, and it always shines in my body care recipes. (Depending on the beeswax you get, you may or may not get the honey scent in your lip balm). This recipe fills approximately 25 chapstick tubes, or a few tins, or any combination in between. Either way, it’s enough for you, and some to share. Sharing is my favorite part! 🙂
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I get my chapstick tubes here.
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