Sometimes it seems, no matter how much water I drink, or how much bone broth I sip, my lips are still chapped by mid-afternoon and I need a pucker pick-me-up to make those smackers smooth and soft again.
I gave up commercial brand lip balms years ago, after discovering my food allergies and learning how easy DIY beauty products–especially moisturizing products–are to make at home.
My go-to, all-purpose lip balm recipe ticks all of the boxes — it’s fast, simple, easy-to-make. The base recipe contains only two ingredients that you can actually eat (lick), and with a few adjustments, you can also use this as a lip and body scrub, a face and all-over body moisturizer, an aromatherapy stress balm for pulse points, and a tinted moisturizing blush.
I’m a big believer in small batch quantities, but you can easily double or triple this recipe and keep the extras in the freezer, to pull out as needed or share with your friends and family.
- 3 tablespoons unrefined, organic virgin coconut oil*
- 1 tablespoon grated organic beeswax
- Using a double boiler with small glass or stainless steel bowl, melt coconut oil and beeswax over low heat. Swirl bowl to combine.
- Remove from heat, stir in desired mix-ins (see below).
- Pour mixture into tubes or tubs. Set aside 1 hour, or refrigerate 20 minutes to set.
- Keep at room temperature up to 30 days, or refrigerated up to 6 months.
• pinch of beet root powder
• pinch of dried, ground berries
For additional moisture:
• 1/4 teaspoon cold pressed, organic almond oil
• 1/4 teaspoon virgin, organic cocoa butter
• A few drops of cold pressed sesame oil
For scent/aromatherapy: A few drops of…
• Lemon oil
• Grapefruit oil
• Lavender oil
• Orange oil
• Cocoa butter for a chocolate scent and flavor
• Mint oil
You can also make…
- Tinted lip balm can also be used as a moisturizing blush
- Reduce beeswax to 2 teaspoons for a creamier balm, which can double as a face and body moisturizer
- Reduce beeswax to 1 teaspoon and stir in coarse sugar for a sugar lip and body scrub
- Stir in your favorite calming essential oils and use on your pulse points to reduce stress throughout the day.
A note about coconut oil…
Sometimes you’ll find coconut oil that says it’s organic, fair trade, non-GMO, and unrefined. It’s sort of in a semi-solid state in the store, and then you get it home and it turns to liquid. I’m not sure what they do to the oil during the manufacturing process, but coconut oil should stay solid at room temperature, unless your house is above 76 degrees. My favorite brand (and this is not a paid endorsement – I personally use this and am not affiliated with or receiving money from this company) is Kelapo. I usually purchase my beeswax bars directly through Amazon.
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