Sunday, September 2, 2012

soothing homemade lip balms, two ways

Here are two lovely lip balm recipes, one tinted and the other not. 

Ingredients for tinted lip balm:
3 to 4 tablespoons almond, jojoba, or castor oil (castor oil will be the glossiest)
1 tablespoon beeswax
2 teaspoons honey
20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil
1/2 tube of an all-natural, synthetic-free, generally happy lipstick (I bought mine from Honeybee Gardens)


What to do:
In a double boiler, warm the beeswax. As it begins to melt, add the oil of your choice and honey. When the wax is completely melted, add the lipstick and stir until just melted. Remove from heat. Add the essential oils, combine, and carefully pour into your containers. This recipe will fill at least ten lip balm tubes. I used a combination of old tins, glass containers, and plastic lip balm tubes.

Note: This makes a softer lip balm. Using 4 tablespoons of oil is better suited for a tin or glass container that you would apply with a finger, while using 3 tablespoons will make a firmer balm that will work better in a roll up lip balm tube. Feel free to add even more or less oil to create the consistency you want.



Ingredients for protective citrus lip balm:
1 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon almond, jojoba, or castor oil
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1/2 teaspoon honey
10 drops sweet orange, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil

Melt the beeswax and oil of your choice over a double boiler. Meanwhile, in a separate container, stir together the vegetable glycerin and honey. When the beeswax mixture  has melted, remove from heat and quickly stir in the glycerin/honey mixture, followed by the essential oils. This will solidify in no time, so be sure to have everything ready to go. Pour into containers of your choice and allow to set for about 20 to 30 minutes before using.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love your blog! New fan alert!

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  2. thanks so much! and right back at you, lady.

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