Do you find that your lips tend to be on the dry side? Does yours crack and split, especially in the winter months? Mine do if I don’t put something on them fairly often. My daughter has braces on her teeth, so her lips are always dry. But what is the best cream or balm to use?
If you take a trip to your local drug store, you would, no doubt, find a plethora of products for the lips. And I’ll bet you that over 50% of them contain Vaseline, mineral oil and others products that simply can’t be pronounced. What’s the big deal about Vaseline?
Well, Vaseline (petroleum jelly) comes from the same place as gasoline. Yup, that’s right. It is residue left over from crude oil. So it does nothing to heal the skin. It is not water soluble, so it is difficult to clean it from your skin. It can trap bacteria and dirt, and it can cause breakouts on the skin.
But, let’s face it, it’s been around for a very long time and many people swear by it. So, what can you use instead? What about natural, good-for-your-skin products. You want something that will nourish and feed your skin; something that will rebuild collagen and really moisturize your skin so that it feels and looks great. Remember, your skin is your largest organ, so what you put on it will be absorbed and affect the rest of your body. But, not to worry. I have an excellent, easy recipe to make your very own lip balm without Vaseline. You will love this and will make it again and again for luscious, moisturized “smackers”.
1 Tablespoon Beeswax
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 or 2 drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional)
This is sooooooo easy. Mix the beeswax and coconut oil together in the microwave until it turns into a liquid. Stir, then add the drop of essential oil. Pour in a small cosmetic jar or tin and that’s it. Once it cools, it will turn into a solid. If you want to make a larger batch, just remember the 2 – 1 ratio (oil to beeswax). Use as often as you wish. Enjoy!
Side note – If you want to tint your balm, when the mixture is still in liquid form, add in about a dime sized piece of a lipstick in the color you want and stir. Now you will have beautiful color for your balm and your lips.
What other recipes do you use to make your own lip balm with natural ingredients?