Winter is here and our lips are drying up in the cool, drying wind. My kids all lick their lips thinking that it is helping but of course they think that until their lips become sore, raw & red.
In the past I would naturally add a few lip balms or creams to my trolley when shopping and never gave it a second thought as to what was in them. My thinking was: “Of course there wouldn’t be anything for sale that wasn’t safe for us to use on our lips”… How wrong I was!
I prefer to now stay away from most synthetics, petroleum based products and fragrances. Now in saying this, we are by no means perfect! We live by a 80/20 rule and if you want those these creams as part of your 20% then that is fine.
If you need some reassurance though – making your own lip balms is so incredibly quick and EASY! In fact, if you had all the ingredients at home, it would be quicker to make lip balm than go to the shops! You don’t need fancy lip balm tubes so don’t let that stop you – even better – recycle a tube or container you already have at home.
I would love to hear how you go with this recipe! Please feel free to share this recipe with friends and try it out this weekend with the kids to combat this dry Winter air x
You will need:
- 50g shea butter or cocoa butter
- 50g carrier oil (I like to use Sweet Almond Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil)
- 30 g beeswax
- 20 drops of essential oils
- Melt shea butter (or cocoa butter), carrier oil and beeswax together in a glass bowl. This can either be done in the microwave, over a double boiler or in the Thermomix on a low heat
- Add essential oils until combined and pour into containers of choice.
- Place in the fridge to cool and set.
- Work quickly once the ingredients have been mixed as the lip balms set pretty fast
- You can choose your favourite essential oils to use here. My picks are Green Mandarin, Peppermint and Spearmint. Please be cautious when using Citrus Oils in your body care products as they can cause photosensitivity and you will burn if out in the sun. Green Mandarin is one of the only Citrus Oils that is not photosensitive so a great choice if you will be using your lip balm and going outdoors. If you are only using your lip balm at home/indoors then you can be more flexible with your oil choice!
Enjoy and have a little fun experimenting with your favours!