Lips are the most susceptible to drying out and that’s why we turn to lip balms. There are varieties of lip balms available in the market, but sticking to one is a task. Over time, I have come to realize that lip balms are very addictive. They may have an ingredient which seems to solve our dry lips problem but in the long run, they do dry out our lips more and in turn force us to apply more lip balm. My observation may be wrong, but I have found my solution. I have created my own homemade lip balm with simple chemical free ingredients and this is my HG product. I wish I had discovered this long time ago but this lip balm is God sent! You all should make it to believe it. The benefit of this is that you know exactly what you are applying to your lips. Its chemical free and does wonders for your lips. Now enough of promotion, let’s get to know how it is made.
Ingredients used and benefits:
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax
Beeswax is considered to be the natural emollient. It is a compound secreted by female bees. It is very moisturizing and it helps retain the moisture. Beeswax is used in variety of cosmetic products as well. But as an advice, some people might be allergic to bees products, so it’s suggested to test it first.
- 1 tablespoon Shea butter
Shea butter comes from seeds of Shea(karite) tree and it is rich in vitamins A, E and F. It has essential fatty acids and help in collagen production. It is very moisturizing and soothes the skin. Again, people with nut allergies are advised to avoid using it or test it first.
- Less than 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
Coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties and is very moisturizing. It contains rich fatty acids
- 10-15 drops of essential oil
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with healing properties. Apart from its therapeutic properties, it also has a good aroma.
- Pomegranate juice for some color
- Mixing bowl
- Empty lip balm container
- Grater for grating beeswax
Before you start the procedure, it is advisable to use gloves, because you don’t want to put in any bacteria in your product. After that, you need to grate the beeswax. Take the grater and lightly grease the sides of the grater with coconut oil to make the grating process easier as beeswax is hard to grate and might just stick to the grater. So you grate as per the amount you need. Here I have used 1 tablespoon of beeswax. I have used raw unrefined beeswax from anaha. Put it in a mixing bowl.
Next, you measure 1 tablespoon of Shea butter and add it to beeswax in a mixing bowl. If you don’t have Shea butter, you can use other butters like cocoa butter or kokum butter or add both Shea butter and cocoa butter. I have just used 1 tablespoon of Shea butter.
After that, you make a double boiler. Take a large bowl, pour hot boiling water in it and then place mixing bowl in large bowl containing boiling water. After a few minutes, you will see the two ingredients melting, at this time, add less than 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You will find that beeswax take a little more time to melt. So in case, the water cools down before everything is melted, pour more boiling water. You can melt everything in a microwave as well, but microwave just kills the nutrients so I adopted the double-boiler method. Also make sure to not put the mixture on direct heat. I have taken normal parachute coconut oil, but you can take other carrier oils as well, like almond or olive.
Once, everything is melted, which should take around 2-3 minutes to melt, remove it from the hot water, and after a few minutes, add any essential oil of your choice for light fragrance. Here, I have used 10-15 drops of aroma measures lavender essential oil, as it is relaxes the mind and it is very soothing.
Since I wanted to make a tinted lip balm, I thought to add a few drops of pomegranate juice to the mixture to give it a little color. But it is water; it didn’t get mixed with oils very well. But you can add a lipstick color of your choice to the mixture but then you lip balm will not be considered to be 100% organic.
Now, pour the mixture in an empty lip balm container and allow it to sit for 1 hour or you can leave it overnight. And your own homemade lip balm is ready!
Honestly, it’s such a fun to make your own products. This lip balm is my saving grace. Believe me; I used to apply a lip balm like every half an hour. But since the time I have started to use this homemade lip balm, I don’t reach for my lip balms for whole day. I apply it in the morning, and only at night, I feel the need to re-apply it. It is so moisturizing and so soft and smooth. It is a thick lip balm, which goes on smooth and melts once you apply it on your lips. It doesn’t leave any residue on lips. It doesn’t feel heavy on lips rather it gives MLBB look. I am using it for the past two weeks, and my lips never felt better. So you will love this lip balm for sure.
You can store this lip balm for 3-4 months easily. With the quantity that I have used, I can use it up for 3-4 months easily, or may be for 6 months, but since it has no preservatives, I don’t want to use it beyond 3-4 months.
TIP: I would advise you to do all the process very fast because the beeswax starts to harden in the mixing bowl itself once it is out of the hot water. Mine started to freeze and therefore, I couldn’t click a photo with essential oil.