Believe it or not, making your own lip balm is a skill you can easily master and even incorporate into your own recipe. This way, not only will you always have a nice and useful gift on hand for your friends, but you can even turn your creative passion into a product.
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Advantages of homemade lip balm
- Homemade lip balm is inexpensive and can be prepared in a short time with the ingredients available in the household. These ingredients are free from harmful additives.
- When you make your own lip balm, you can use the ingredients according to your own taste. This way, you can avoid ingredients that can irritate or burn your lips. You can also easily determine the color, scent and consistency yourself.
- Homemade lip balm protects lips better, gives them more shine and makes them softer than marketed products.
Disadvantage: since no preservatives are used, homemade lip balm does not have a long shelf life.
Types of homemade lip balm
Chapped lips are a universal problem – many of us use a balm or stick every day to keep our lips soft and supple. Making lip balm the natural way is fun and easy. It requires only a few ingredients and gives you maximum control over what goes on your skin. While there are numerous types of natural lip balm, here are some of the most popular and commonly used.
Natural lip balm with beeswax: When it comes to choosing natural ingredients for the base of your lip balm, beeswax is one of the most suitable substances you can use. It’s easy to order, mixes well with other ingredients, and is relatively inexpensive.
Colored lip balm: Although natural lip balm is usually used to treat or prevent chapped lips, many of us also want to use it to add color to our faces. That’s why there are a variety of tinted lip balms available in a variety of colors. From pink to orange, purple, red and everything in between, you can create individual shades with a small amount of lipstick.
Healing lip balm: To soothe chapped or dry lips, many natural lip balm varieties contain ingredients that ease the pain of chapped skin. Some of the most common ingredients include menthol or camphor, which soothe the pain of dry lips. If you are making your own lip balm, you can also include various essential oils in your recipe. These will add additional healing properties to your product, such as lavender for stress relief.
Make your own lip balm – How to do it.
While there are many different types of homemade lip balm, here we offer a basic recipe that you can build upon. Change the basic beeswax base, use your favorite essential oils, and/or add a tint to customize the following recipe for your own purposes.
You can read what the difference is between a lip oil, lip gloss and lip balm here !
Gather and combine all the ingredients
What you need:
- Beeswax: you can buy beeswax in the form of beads or pastilles
- Shea butter: get creamy, raw shea butter to use as a base for the balm
- Coconut oil: purchase this common ingredient at your local grocery store
- Essential oils: Whatever scent you prefer for your homemade lip balm, you can find a variety of essential oils at most health and wellness stores
- Mica powder: To add a rosy hue to your homemade lip balm, buy mica powder
- Tubes or jars: get containers for your homemade lip balm
Combine the ingredients: Take the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil and put them in the top container of the double boiler. Add tap water to the bottom pot of the double boiler. Place the double boiler on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Once all ingredients in the pot begin to melt, stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to combine.
Make your own lip balm – add flavor and color.
Add flavor: Once all the main ingredients have melted and mixed well, remove the water bath pot from direct heat. Keep the top pot over the bottom pot of water to maintain the temperature of the ingredients (and to prevent the melted balsam base from hardening). Begin by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture. Mix five to ten drops at first and then test the scent. Add more essential oil depending on your preference.
Add color to lip balm: It’s time to add color to the mix, too. A pinch of mica powder or lipstick on the balm base will do the trick. Stir to combine the color with the mixture. Gradually add more powder or lipstick to darken the mixture to your taste. Then spoon the balm into an eyedropper or dropper.
Finish: Once the mixture is in the pipette or dropper, pour the balm into the tins or tubes. Let it cool at room temperature for a few hours. Once it has cooled to room temperature, you can enjoy your newly created tinted lip balm!
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